Government Announcements

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Growth in intellectual property investment

Business investment in 'intangible' assets, such as intellectual property, increased by more than 10 per cent to £137.5 billion from 2009 to 2011, according to Government figures.

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New measures for SMEs announced

The Government is introducing new measures to support small businesses, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

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Retail sales up 3.7 per cent

Retail sales, by quantity, were 3.7 per cent higher in February 2014 than they were in February 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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First pension changes come into effect

The first stage of the pension reforms announced in the 2014 Budget has come into effect.

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PM hints at inheritance tax change

The inheritance tax threshold should be raised above its current £325,000 limit for individuals, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

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New NI enterprise zone to boost growth

The new enterprise zone in Coleraine, announced by Chancellor George Osborne during the 2014 Budget, will be "another tool to lever economic growth", Northern Ireland Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has said.

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Budget 2014: business expectations

Ahead of the Chancellor's 2014 Budget statement this afternoon, here's a summary of measures and policies that the UK's leading business groups are calling for.

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Help to Buy extended by four years

The Government has extended its Help to Buy equity loan scheme by four years, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

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Minimum wage rises to £6.50 an hour

The National Minimum Wage for adults is to rise by 19p an hour to £6.50, the Government has announced.

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