Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

£12 million 'green' scheme opens to Northern Ireland's businesses

A new £12 million 'green' scheme designed to encourage Northern Ireland's businesses to become more energy efficient has been launched by the country's enterprise minister Arlene Foster.

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Olympic legacy for UK economy

British businesses stand to benefit from up to £14 billion worth of investment deals that have been secured in recent weeks as eyes have been on the Olympics, the Government has announced.

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Small businesses and health sector to benefit from £10 million funding boost

SMEs and academics working in the life sciences industry have been awarded £10 million in funding, ministers have announced.

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Government to shift spending power to UK cities

Britain's eight biggest cities outside London have been handed more power to make localised decisions on finance, transport and education, the Government has announced.

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Tax relief could boost oil and gas industry

Tax relief changes could benefit the North Sea oil and gas industry by freeing up billions of pounds for investment, the Government has announced.

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Higher rate taxpayers urged to settle tax returns

Higher rate taxpayers are being given the opportunity to come forward and submit any outstanding tax returns with HMRC as it launches a new time-limited campaign.

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3p rise in fuel duty is postponed

The Government has announced the 3p rise in fuel duty, planned for August, will not go ahead this year.

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£200 million coaching programme aims to accelerate SME growth

A new £200 million coaching programme aimed at helping up to 26,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reach their full potential, has been launched by the Government.

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Cameron: Continued austerity measures and increased credit for businesses

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Government will refuse to back down on deficit reduction plans and pledged to boost credit for businesses and households, in a speech made yesterday on the UK's economy.

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The Queen's speech and small businesses

The Queen's speech during the State Opening of Parliament marked the beginning of the Parliamentary session yesterday, and outlined the Government's proposed policies and legislation, many of which will impact on the UK's businesses.

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