Business development

Businesses may get extra time for VAT repricing

The government is considering whether to allow businesses more time to update price labels in shops once the rate of VAT reverts to 17.5 per cent at the end of the year.

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Lending service could help smaller firms

The banks have been urged to engage with a special intermediary lending service aimed at securing the flow of credit to viable small businesses.

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Keep trade credit top-up, government urged

A government scheme designed to help firms that are struggling to secure trade credit insurance cover must be extended.

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Tax changes would help support economic recovery

The Chancellor has been urged ahead of his pre-Budget Report to introduce changes to the tax system as a way of helping to stimulate economic growth.

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More funds going into workplace pension schemes

Both employers and employees have stepped up their level of investment in defined contribution pension schemes over the past two years.

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Freeze business regulation to create jobs

Putting a stop to new business regulation and simplifying existing rules would help boost job creation, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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A third of firms keep wages on hold

One out of three firms have imposed wage freezes on their employees this year, a new study has found.

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Business lending offers signs of improvement

The Bank of England has said that more money is being made available for business borrowing.

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New graduate internship programme for small businesses

The government is to establish a special internship scheme aimed at helping smaller firms recruit graduates.

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Van owners (and VAT) to benefit from extended car scrappage scheme

The government’s decision to extend the car scrappage scheme could prove helpful to businesses with vans.

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