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Business confidence 'reaches two-year high', research suggests

18 Jul 2018

Research carried out by Lloyds Bank has revealed that confidence amongst UK firms has 'reached a two-year high'.

FRC publishes new Corporate Governance Code

17 Jul 2018

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published a revised Corporate Governance Code, which 'emphasises the importance of positive relationships between companies, shareholders and stakeholders'.

Government urged to 'pick up the pace' in regard to Apprenticeship Levy reform

16 Jul 2018

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the government to 'pick up the pace' in regard to its reform of the Apprenticeship Levy initiative.

Business groups respond to publication of Brexit White Paper

13 Jul 2018

Business groups, including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) have responded to the government's recent publication of its Brexit White Paper.

UK pensioners 'pay an average annual tax bill of £3,500', research reveals

12 Jul 2018

An analysis carried out by insurer Royal London has revealed that the average annual tax bill for taxpayers over the state pension age totals £3,522.

Committee raises concerns over impact of business rates on UK firms

11 Jul 2018

The Treasury Committee has expressed concerns in regard to the impact of the UK's current business rates system on firms.

HMRC tax investigations into SMEs are 'too intensive'

10 Jul 2018

New research commissioned by HMRC has revealed that more than half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that HMRC's tax investigations are 'too intensive'.

Government publishes Finance Bill 2018-19 draft legislation

09 Jul 2018

The government has published draft legislation for Finance Bill 2018-19.

New fund launched to 'increase productivity' amongst SMEs

06 Jul 2018

The government has launched a new £8 million 'Business Basics Fund', with the stated aim of helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in England to improve their productivity.

UK businesses must prepare for 'no deal' Brexit, warns ICAEW

05 Jul 2018

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned that businesses in the UK must prepare for a 'no deal' Brexit.

Couples urged to claim free tax break

04 Jul 2018

HMRC is urging eligible married couples and civil partners to claim a free tax break worth up to £238 per year, as official data suggests that more than a million couples are 'missing out'.

HMRC 'saves consumers more than £2.4 million' in its fight against cybercrime

03 Jul 2018

Newly-published figures have revealed that HMRC has 'saved the public over £2.4 million' by tackling fraudsters who trick consumers into using premium rate phone numbers for services that are supplied for free by HMRC.

Confidence amongst the self-employed has 'fallen significantly', FSB finds

02 Jul 2018

Research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has suggested that confidence levels amongst the self-employed have 'fallen significantly' over the last year.

Think tank calls for major reform of buy-to-let market

29 Jun 2018

The popularity of the buy-to-let market is making it difficult for many people, including first-time buyers and families, to become home owners, according to a report by thinktank Onward.

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