Business development

Government launches drive to raise skill levels

The government has set out details of a new drive to improve skills in the UK workforce.

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New Year VAT help for businesses

Some businesses in the leisure, hospitality and catering sectors are to be allowed to continue charging VAT at 15 per cent into the early part of New Year’s Day.

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HMRC announces 'light touch' approach to VAT rate change

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that it will apply a ‘light touch’ if businesses make mistakes on their returns following the forthcoming change in the standard rate of VAT.

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Job vacancies on the increase

Both permanent and temporary job vacancies showed a rise last month.

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Service sector registers strongest performance for two years

The UK’s services industry has posted its best growth figures since the end of the summer of 2007, a new survey has claimed.

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Consumer confidence shows signs of recovery

Confidence among UK consumers, although still fragile, is at its highest for some 18 months.

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Start-again firms 'facing' VAT bills

Businesses that start up gain after they have collapsed are, in some cases, being met with demands for significant up-front VAT payments, it has been claimed.

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