Business development

Small firms must have fairer chance sooner to win public contracts

The Chancellor should bring forward plans designed to help more small businesses win government contracts in the Budget, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

Businesses warned on recession-driven fraud

Fraud is becoming an increasing risk for smaller businesses during the recession.

VAT cut has 'boosted' spending

Last December’s reduction in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent has had a measurable effect on consumer spending, a think tank has claimed.

Call for SME asset finance tax support

The Chancellor should use the Budget to provide small firms with greater scope for offsetting profits against money spent on equipment.

Action required to enable firms to retain staff

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

Tax breaks 'needed' to boost business investment

The Chancellor is being urged to use the forthcoming Budget to introduce tax measures that will encourage business investment.

Minimum wage should be 'frozen' to save jobs

With the national minimum wage marking its tenth anniversary this week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a freeze in any increase this year.

Business rates rise to be staggered over three years

Businesses have been given a reprieve from the 5 per cent rates rise due this month.

Tax breaks would help tackle the recession, says FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Chancellor to introduce tax reliefs for businesses in the forthcoming Budget.

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