Government Initiatives

Apprenticeship funding to benefit businesses and young workers

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new round of funding which will support thousands of young workers through new apprenticeship schemes.

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Businesses encouraged to join Government’s prompt payment drive

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) is launching a new initiative to promote wider cooperation between businesses and suppliers so that payments are received on time.

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HMRC business record checks halted

HMRC has announced it will delay the implementation of its business records checks (BRC) programme, following a review with trade and professional bodies' representatives.

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SMEs to be given a helping hand to boost growth

A new Government training programme aimed specifically at developing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is scheduled to begin in March 2012.

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Government launches business start-up and growth campaign

The Government has launched a campaign designed to help new businesses get off the ground and to stimulate growth in existing small businesses.

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Small firms need to see action on Autumn Statement promises

Small businesses need to see action on the initiatives outlined in the Autumn Statement, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Manufacturing advisory service launches as industry growth slumps

The Government has launched a national programme to help small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow.

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The Autumn Statement and business finance

A large portion of the Autumn Statement this year was geared towards businesses, helping them to secure finance, encouraging investment and reducing the business charges payable.

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Autumn Statement reaction

The Autumn Statement will protect Britain against a 'debt storm', according to Chancellor George Osborne. But what do businesses and other bodies think? Here is our round-up of business reaction to the Autumn Statement 2011.

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Round two of Regional Growth Fund must be quick

The Government has announced the second round of its £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund, but the support must be delivered swiftly, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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