Government Initiatives

Employers give backing to training scheme

Train to Gain, the government’s flagship skills programme, has won the support of employers, according to a new survey.

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Calls for VAT rise to be pushed back

Businesses are unhappy over government plans to stick to its original timetable on the return to the old standard rate of VAT.

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VAT accounts for almost half of delayed business taxes

Firms have delayed paying £1 billion of VAT after reaching agreements with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the Business Payment Support Service.

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Government extends trade credit insurance scheme

The government has made changes to its trade credit insurance top-up scheme so that more firms can take advantage of it.

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SMEs encouraged to consider export markets

Smaller firms should look seriously at exporting as a way of combating the economic downturn.

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Businesses reschedule £2.5 billion in tax payments

The amount of tax which small firms have asked to delay paying under the government’s Business Payment Support Service has risen to £2.5 billion.

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Publicly funded small business scheme under review

The government has set up a review to examine whether a publicly backed venture capital fund is needed to help small, high growth firms with their financing.

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Government small business lending scheme wins support

The government’s main scheme for encouraging the banks to lend to SMEs during the recession has gained the backing of business groups.

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Micro businesses need more help with training

The UK’s smallest businesses are losing out on government-backed training schemes and should have a dedicated skills body that more effectively represents their needs.

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Skills funding described as 'untenable'

Government plans for funding workplace skills programmes need urgent clarification, a leading business organisation has said.

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