Government Initiatives

More part-time jobs needed

Employers that advertise full-time vacancies in job centres may be encouraged to allow part-time workers and job sharers to apply for them.

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Businesses may get extra time for VAT repricing

The government is considering whether to allow businesses more time to update price labels in shops once the rate of VAT reverts to 17.5 per cent at the end of the year.

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Consumers warned that time is running out on credit-crunch tax breaks

Consumers do not have much time left in which to make good use of a series of tax breaks introduced by the government to help tackle the credit crunch.

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Lending service could help smaller firms

The banks have been urged to engage with a special intermediary lending service aimed at securing the flow of credit to viable small businesses.

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Keep trade credit top-up, government urged

A government scheme designed to help firms that are struggling to secure trade credit insurance cover must be extended.

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Government delays introduction of employment regulations

The government has chosen to put back the implementation of the EU temporary worker’s directive until the last possible date in an effort to maintain labour market flexibility.

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New tax-free savings limits for the over-50s

Savers aged over 50 now have the chance to invest more in tax-free ISA savings accounts.

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Freeze business regulation to create jobs

Putting a stop to new business regulation and simplifying existing rules would help boost job creation, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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Business lending offers signs of improvement

The Bank of England has said that more money is being made available for business borrowing.

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New graduate internship programme for small businesses

The government is to establish a special internship scheme aimed at helping smaller firms recruit graduates.

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