Workplace childcare vouchers – get the best out this scheme during COVID-19

As many employees began working from home during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, they used less paid childcare, as many before school clubs and nurseries were closed. 

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Furlough fraud warning after arrests

Employers have been warned that businesses abusing the furlough scheme will face action from fraud investigators.

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Four in 10 exporters report international trading difficulties, study reveals

Almost four in 10 exporters say sales have dropped in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a major study has revealed.

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Budget 2021: what you need to know about the Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme will help businesses restart and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has announced.

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Government Start Up Loans attributed to rapid rise in new companies

The number of new businesses registered at Companies House grew significantly during the final six months of 2020, the latest statistics have revealed.

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Government set to unveil £520 million ‘help to grow’ scheme for small businesses

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is set to announce plans to help the UK’s economic recovery by unveiling a new ‘help to grow’ scheme for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Small businesses handed £7.8 billion through local authority grant schemes, figures reveal

More than £7.8 billion in grant funding has been delivered to small businesses through local authority grant schemes, it has been revealed.

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Self-Employment: Government set to announce the fourth round of SEISS in Budget  

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is set to announce the fourth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) at the Budget on 3 March, according to reports.

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Pub industry calls for reopening of the sector as sales halve

Prominent figures within the beer and pub industry are calling upon the Government to reopen pubs with non-essential shops when lockdown ends, as they are an indispensable contributor to the economy. 

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UK economy suffers “worst fall in 300 years”

The UK economy shrank by a record 9.9 per cent last year as coronavirus restrictions forced thousands of businesses to close, official statistics have revealed.

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Government urged to extend COVID business support measures

The Government is being urged to extend emergency coronavirus support in the upcoming Budget with a recent study warning that businesses face a £50 billion shortfall when the support measures end in April 2021.

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Online sales tax proposal for Autumn Budget

The UK Treasury is considering online sales tax for retailers such as Amazon, Asos and Ocado, after a drastic increase in online shopping and the current “uneven system”, has caused many in-store retailers to be at a disadvantage.

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Business owners put billions of pounds on the line to secure early CBILS loans, figures reveal

Business owners who took out an early coronavirus loan have more than £1.2 billion of personal guarantees on the line, a major study has revealed.

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Insolvency: 900,000 UK businesses are ‘at risk’ of closure

One in seven UK businesses are ‘at risk’ of closure in the first half of 2021 with many coronavirus business support measures due to close in March and April, according to the latest research.

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More than 4,000 businesses join Kickstart programme

More than 4,000 small businesses have used the Government’s Kickstart programme to take on new workers, it has been revealed.

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