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#Budget2016 – A budget for small business and savers

#Budget2016 – A budget for small business and savers

This year’s Budget is one that small companies should be excited about, the chancellor not only announced his intention to lower corporation tax to 17% by 2020 but also a raft of measures to shift support towards smaller businesses and savings. Many will ask, why is such a shift important? SMEs make up a significant […]

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#Budget2016: time to dust off the ‘march of the makers’

#Budget2016: time to dust off the ‘march of the makers’

With next week’s budget on the horizon, there does not seem to be much cheer in the air. The British Chambers of Commerce has cut its UK 2016 economic growth forecast from 2.5% to 2.2%, citing ‘storm clouds’ over the global economy. This snapshot of an ever increasingly difficult economic picture highlights the need to […]

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Once upon a time in a mobile… Is this the end of mobile tech’s wild-west?

Once upon a time in a mobile… Is this the end of mobile tech’s wild-west?

It may seem strange to reference an old film when blogging about the industry of the future that is mobile tech –the reference is to ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ from 1968 for those who love their classic westerns. But with tech industry giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter backing Apple decision’s this […]

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Comprehensive Spending Review – summary

Comprehensive Spending Review – summary

Today the Chancellor outlined in the Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) projections for government expenditure in the next five years. The biggest surprise announcement was that the proposed changes to the tax credit regime which were rejected by the House of Lords were scrapped in their entirety. Whilst this will be of great […]

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A tale of two subsidies; has the government given up on renewables?

A tale of two subsidies; has the government given up on renewables?

Today (October 8) saw news that a second solar firm, Climate Energy, has gone bust in the last two days following the news that the Mark Group was forced into administration yesterday. With over 1100 jobs lost (in two days, only 1000 down on Redcar Steel plant which has received national attention), both firms claimed […]

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Where did all the innovation go?

Where did all the innovation go?

It might sound a bit like August fluff, but the news that only five UK firms made the Forbes ranking of the World’s most innovative companies should be cause for concern. Of these five, only one, Cambridge based Arm Holdings (congratulations to them) made the top 50. So where did all the innovation go; and […]

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When will the UK build enough homes?

When will the UK build enough homes?

As thoughts move to holiday for most, it is worth looking at what many will return to, or perhaps to rephrase, would like to return to – namely their own home. Recent announcements about the chronic problems around the UK’s housing supply and the rising costs that go with it  suggest the days of home […]

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Government must back business and endorse Commission’s runway decision

Government must back business and endorse Commission’s runway decision

A quick blog today before a holiday to welcome the announcement of Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission. The choice made by the Commission was always going to be controversial, but now that the decision has been made, the government has the chance to show decisive backing for business and endorse its recommendation of a third Heathrow […]

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Merry-go-round to helter skelter; business picking up the benefits tab

Merry-go-round to helter skelter; business picking up the benefits tab

“Merry-go-round…topping up low pay…helping to create well paid jobs in the first place.” These are just a few excerpts from the Prime Minister’s speech on opportunity, where David Cameron laid the ground for the Government to cut welfare spending by £12bn. These cuts will have a heavy focus on working age benefits, and in particular […]

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Sweet or sour? The potential for the Conservatives’ business agenda

Sweet or sour? The potential for the Conservatives’ business agenda

This word ‘potential’ succinctly sums up both the likely good and bad for business from the new Conservative government. On the one hand, the government’s bills for the year (in last week’s Queen’s Speech) show real potential for a competitive agenda that boosts business. But on the other hand, the government’s agenda around Europe has […]

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