Government Initiatives

Chancellor wants ideas for the Budget

The Chancellor, George Osborne has flagged up a new online portal, designed to elicit ideas from the public and from businesses for the forthcoming Budget.

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Firms urged to take on more apprentices

The Government is looking to private firms to create a further 100,000 apprenticeship places over the next three years.

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Increase in Time to Pay rejections

There was an increase last year in the number of requests to defer business tax payments under the Time to Pay scheme that were refused by HM Revenue and Customs.

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Small business rate reforms may jeopardise relief

Reforms to the business rate system that are intended to help could actually have an adverse effect on the tax breaks available to small enterprises, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has argued.

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Growth review receives a welcome

The announcement in his autumn statement by the Chancellor, George Osborne of a review into the measures needed to stimulate business growth won a positive response from business groups.

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OBR report erring on the side of optimism, says business

The reaction of the business community to the Office of Budget Responsibility’s latest set of economic forecasts was tinged with suspicions that they take too rosy an outlook.

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Business migration rules could penalise smaller employers

Smaller firms could be unfairly treated if plans go ahead to allow large companies to sidestep the rules on the number of non-EU workers who are allowed to enter the UK, a leading business group has claimed.

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Labour market slowing down

The jobs market showed signs of weakening in October, according to a new report.

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Welcome for plans to open public contracts to small firms

A government initiative aimed at making it easier for smaller firms to win public sector contracts has secured the approval of a leading business group.

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