Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

Queen’s Speech 2017: key announcements

The Queen has announced the government legislation for the next 2 years as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

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Prioritise economy in Brexit talks, say business bodies

5 leading business groups have called on the government to put “the economy first”.

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Inflation rate rises to 2.9%

Rising prices for recreational goods, including computer games, toys and hobbies contributed to the increase in the inflation rate last month.

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General election: business reaction

Industry groups have reacted to the prospect of a hung parliament following the shock result of the general election.

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First Lifetime ISA launches

Individuals can start saving money into a Lifetime ISA for the very first time from 8 June 2017.

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General election 2017: the potential impacts on SMEs

We take a look at what 4 mainstream parties are promising small businesses in their general election manifestos.

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Trade deficit rises to £10.5bn

Total trade deficit in goods and services widened by £5.7 billion to £10.5 billion between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017.

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Inflation forecast rises to 2.8%

The Bank of England has raised its forecast for inflation this year to 2.8% – up from its February forecast of 2.4%.

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EU support proving 'vital' for SMEs

Almost 8 in 10 small businesses have sought support services, such as EU-funded schemes, over the last 12 months.

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Tax measures removed from Finance Bill

The government has dropped several controversial tax measures from its Finance Bill following the decision to call a snap general election.

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