Government Initiatives

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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Van owners (and VAT) to benefit from extended car scrappage scheme

The government’s decision to extend the car scrappage scheme could prove helpful to businesses with vans.

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Help small firms recruit younger workers, government told

Smaller businesses can play a vital role in reducing unemployment amongst young people, provided they are given support by the government.

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Employers given more time to prepare for pension reforms

The government’s pension scheme for lower income employees is not to be introduced fully until 2016, a year later than originally planned.

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