Government Initiatives

Government scheme secures £500 million in business loans

Over 5,000 firms have secured loans worth more £580 million under the government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

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Less impact for stamp duty holiday than forecast

The slowdown in the property market has meant that the stamp duty ‘holiday’ introduced by the government has not had quite the impact forecast for it.

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VAT rate change 'creates' consumer rush

The post-Christmas surge in shopper activity should not be mistaken for a return to consumer confidence, a research group has warned.

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New pension plans should be adapted for temporary workers

The new government-backed compulsory pension programme, due to come into effect in 2012, needs to take more account of temporary workers, it has been claimed.

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Apprenticeships see fall in numbers

The government’s strategy of using apprenticeships to tackle unemployment among the young may be encountering difficulties.

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Small business fund may be hit by banks' reluctance to get involved

A £1 billion scheme aimed at helping smaller firms gain access to growth finance could be hampered by the unwillingness of investment banks to join up.

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'Time to pay' scheme might become more demanding

Firms that want to agree an extended timetable for paying their tax bills under the Business Payment Support Service might be faced with more stringent questioning from HM Revenue and Customs.

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Rise in national insurance contributions could pressure wages

The Chancellor’s decision to increase national insurance contributions might see a squeeze on wages, a think tank has warned.

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Simplified regulations cutting business costs

Measures aimed at reducing the administrative burden of complying with business regulations are now saving UK firms significant sums each year.

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Changing back to the old rate of VAT

On 1 January 2010, the standard rate of VAT reverts to 17.5 per cent after a period of 13 months at 15 per cent.

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