Government Initiatives

R&D tax relief plan launched

A new plan to boost investment in research and development for smaller businesses has been launched by the government.

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New commissioner to help SMEs tackle late payment

A new Small Business Commissioner will assist SMEs in resolving disputes with large businesses under draft government proposals.

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Government announces red tape reviews

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will launch reviews into cutting red tape in 5 key sectors, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

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Tax reform tops FSB Budget wish list

The Chancellor should focus his first all-conservative Budget on reducing the deficit, promoting growth and supporting small businesses, the Federation of Small Businesses has said.

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Tax-free childcare declared lawful

Government proposals to introduce tax-free childcare for working families have been declared lawful by the Supreme Court.

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Business rates review must create 'fair' system, says CBI

The government's ongoing business rate review must aim to create a 'simple, fair and competitive system', the Confederation of British Industry has said.

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Free childcare plans brought forward

Government plans to extend free childcare provisions for working families have been brought forward to 2016.

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Government plans unveiled in Queen's Speech

The government has revealed its legislative goals for the next Parliament in the Queen's Speech. Here's a summary of the key bills affecting businesses.

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Small firms voice hopes for new government

More than half of small business owners want the new Conservative government to prioritise reducing regulation, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Auto-enrolment exemptions introduced

Employers will not have to auto-enrol employees in certain circumstances because of changes to government legislation.

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