New finance bill only packs a small punch

The government has released new draft clauses for the Finance Bill 2015, which many experts have said lacks less of a punch than first thought.

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Small British businesses hope to boost oversea trade in 2015

Overseas trade is a big priority for Britain’s SMEs next year, according to new data, despite exports being so low this year.

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Fresh debate about whether to devolve tax-raising powers to cities

Cities around the UK are demanding powers to raise and keep their own taxes, opening the door to an American-style system of governance.

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SMEs told they need to borrow more

The British Bankers Association has said that small firms need to borrow more money, before productivity levels will increase.

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Osborne confirms date for the 2015 Budget

The Chancellor has set the date for the final Budget of this Parliament.

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England could soon set its own taxes

As Scotland sees more powers devolved to its Parliament, the Conservative Party has set out its own plans for England, which could see the country granted powers to set income tax.

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Government fund to support engineering skills extended to SMEs

The Government has announced that the first £2.5m of £10m matched funding through the Government’s Employer Ownership Fund is to be made available to SMEs. 

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Schemes supporting small businesses to be united under single banner

The Government has announced plans to unify disjointed programmes designed to support fast-growing businesses. 

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Vacant positions costing UK businesses billions a year

New research has found that vacant positions in UK companies are costing the country’s economy an estimated £18bn a year.

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Government claims opinion on how to reform business rates is divided

Questions have already been raised about how the long-awaited reform to business rates will take place, with the Government claiming that there is a lack of consensus from business leaders. 

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