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New lenders join SME loan scheme

Four new lenders have been accredited to offer loans to small businesses under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme, the government has announced. The EFG provides small and medium-sized enterprises…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

IHT relief on businesses ‘safe’

Family business owners have been reassured that the government has no plans to remove a valuable inheritance tax relief. A recent report by the London School of Economics, which had…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

HMRC to rethink business record checks

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced a fresh approach to its business records checks (BRC) programme in 2012, following a review of a pilot for the scheme. The review,…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

Red tape cuts ‘saving businesses £4m’

A new government report says that British businesses will benefit from around £4 million in cuts in regulation between January and June 2012. The findings were contained in the Third Statement of New Regulation, published…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

Updated auto-enrolment timetable issued

The government has published a revised timetable for when employers must start enrolling their staff in a workplace pension under the auto-enrolment initiative. Large employers – those with 250 or more employees – will face…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

Company law in red tape spotlight

Companies are being asked for their views on how to tackle unnecessary bureaucracy in company and commercial law in the…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

PM backs small businesses in new campaign

Empty and under-used government offices may become home to start-up and growing small businesses, under plans forming part of a new initiative announced by Prime Minister David Cameron. The Business in You campaign, launched by…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

‘Online only’ VAT returns weeks away

HMRC has issued a reminder to VAT-registered businesses that all VAT returns must be submitted online from April. Currently, only newly-registered businesses and those with turnovers of more than £100,000 have to submit VAT online,…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

SME manufacturers offered new support

A new national programme has been launched to help small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow. The new Manufacturing Advisory…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

New tax dispute scheme put to test

A pilot scheme has been launched for a new way to resolve disputes between SMEs and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) uses independent HMRC facilitators…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

Move set to boost co-ops

New legislation will be introduced by 2015 that will help to make it as easy to set up a co-operative as any other form of business, the Prime Minister has…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

Mediation pilot aims to resolve workplace disputes

A new government pilot scheme could pave the way to earlier and more cost-effective resolution of workplace disputes. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is to fund mediation training…

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Posted on: 7th February 2012

Taxman to review record checks project

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to carry out a review of its Business Record Checks project, designed to tackle poor record-keeping by small and medium-sized enterprises. In September 2011, HMRC said it planned to…

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Posted on: 10th January 2012

Employment tribunal fees plan unveiled

The government has outlined its plans for charging fees to take cases to employment tribunals, designed to cut a multi-million pound bill for the taxpayer and ease pressure on businesses.…

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Posted on: 10th January 2012

‘Excessive’ payment surcharges to be outlawed

Businesses will be banned from levying “excessively high” surcharges on all forms of payment before the end of this year, under government plans. Firms will be able to add a small charge to cover their…

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Posted on: 10th January 2012