Government Initiatives

Universal Credit trial roll-out begins

The Government's 'radical reshaping' of the UK benefits system got underway today as Universal Credit began for jobseekers in the North-West of England.

Employers to design own apprenticeship schemes

Employers will be able to design and develop their own apprenticeship standards and qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced.

Urgent growth measures needed in Budget, says BCC

The need for growth measures in next month's Budget has become even more pressing since the downgrading of the UK's AAA credit rating by ratings agency Moody's, according to the director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Tighter rules needed for Prompt Payment Code, says business group

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called for changes to the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) after learning that large companies with payment times as long as 90 days are planning to sign up.

Launch of business forum aims to rejuvenate high streets

High streets must adapt to new consumer demands if they are to survive, the Government has warned small businesses.

Network of mentors launched to help SMEs

A national network of 27,000 business mentors aimed at supporting start-ups and growing businesses has been launched by business minister Michael Fallon.

Are you one of 96% of businesses who dont know about RTI? It could prove costly!

More than 96% of businesses are unaware of the demands on them from the new Real Time Information (RTI) system introduced by HMRC from 5th April.

Calls to adopt 'Small Business Saturday' to UK high streets

Labour is calling for a US-style 'Small Business Saturday' to encourage consumers to shop at small, local independent shops in the UK.

Start-up loans scheme eligibility and investment expanded

The Government will invest an extra £30 million over the next three years in its start-up loans scheme, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. The scheme has also been extended to those aged 25 to 30.

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