Government Initiatives

Scottish SMEs cautious about zero waste plan

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland have welcomed the Scottish Government's zero waste strategy but remain concerned about potential compliance costs, according to a survey conducted by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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Mixed reactions to Northern Ireland enterprise zone

Proposals for an extended enterprise zone covering the whole of Northern Ireland have been criticised by Northern Ireland's finance minister Sammy Wilson.

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£1 billion youth employment programme launched

A new £1 billion programme aimed at helping 18 to 24 year olds into work and training has been launched by the Government in a bid to tackle youth unemployment.

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New business regulation body launched

The Government has launched a new independent body to monitor business regulation in a bid to give businesses a voice in policy and red-tape decision making.

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Confusion over Budget enterprise zones

Businesses based in enterprise zones in Scotland, North Wales, and England are set to benefit from enhanced capital allowances, after announcements made in the Budget, but there is confusion over whether Northern Ireland is to be granted its first enterprise zone.

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Businesses to shape new energy cost easing scheme

Businesses affected by rising energy prices are being encouraged to provide information and data to help shape a new energy cost easing scheme, the Government has announced.

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Government pledges to double contracts with SMEs

The Government plans to double its spending on public sector contracts awarded to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), from £3 billion to £6 billion, it has announced.

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Businesses encouraged to go green with low carbon vehicle grant

The Government has announced the first seven vans eligible for its new Plug-in Van Grant scheme which offers tax breaks of 20 per cent off the cost of selected low emission vehicles.

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Free online training to boost SME mentoring

A new online training tool designed to connect thousands of experienced business mentors with small and medium sized enterprises has been launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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New lenders join SME finance scheme

Four new accredited lenders will join the Government's Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme to offer loans to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs.

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