The economy

Budget 2010: an overview

“This will be a Budget to secure the recovery, tackle borrowing and invest in our industrial future” was how the Chancellor, Alistair Darling summed up the last Budget before the next general election.

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Budget 2010: the economy

A significant focus of the Budget centred on the state of the UK economy, caught, as it is, between a massive government deficit and a still hesitant business recovery.

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Increasing VAT could 'hit' the recovery

Pushing up the rate of VAT in order to tackle the budget deficit could have a detrimental impact on the economic recovery, a new study has claimed.

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Recovery predicted to be slow

The UK’s economic recovery will be “sluggish” this year and may not gain real momentum until the middle of 2011, the CBI has forecast.

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Cold weather puts freeze on business

The business climate for smaller firms suffered as a result of the extremely cold winter, a new report has suggested.

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Firms look to marketing to drive business

Increasing numbers of smaller businesses are boosting their sales and marketing efforts in order to speed recovery in the aftermath of the recession, a new study has found.

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Reform regulations and business tax to help 'balance' the economy

The government has been called on to adopt a new approach in order successfully to rebuild and rebalance the UK economy.

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