Government Initiatives

Low response to NIC holiday scheme

Far fewer start-up firms have taken advantage of the Government’s NIC tax break scheme than had been expected, according to new figures.

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Budget 2011: business reaction (I)

By and large, business groups extended a welcome to the Budget, but some expressed doubts about whether the Chancellor had done enough to stimulate a private sector led recovery.

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Government pledges £50 million to close the skills gap

The Government has committed itself to £50 million of spending each year to help businesses deal with the problem of a shortage of skills.

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Firms to get letters on NIC holiday tax returns

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that employers who have successfully applied to join the Government’s NIC holiday scheme should be getting a paper national insurance return in the post during March.

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Keep graduate intern scheme

The Government should maintain support for its internship scheme against a background of rising graduate unemployment.

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More must be done to boost business growth, say MPs

Government plans for encouraging business growth have come under criticism from a committee of MPs.

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