Finance

Rural Businesses To Benefit From £5.4m Funding Boost

4th January 2018

Rural businesses in Cheshire East are being encouraged to apply for a share of a £5.4m injection via three significant funding streams in 2018. The funding boost – across Cheshire and Warrington – was announced at a rural business forum held today (Wednesday) at Reaseheath College, Nantwich. The forum was hosted by a partnership group… Read more »

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GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES STAIRCASE TAX REPEAL BILL

2nd January 2018

The government has published a draft Bill to repeal the so-called ‘staircase tax’ that has adversely affected businesses in England and Wales. The staircase tax affected businesses with offices on multiple floors of a commercial property. Such businesses had been receiving separate, backdated business rates bills for each floor occupied, provided the areas separating the… Read more »

AUTUMN BUDGET STAMP DUTY CHANGES WILL HAVE ‘MODEST IMPACT’, SAYS LENDER

4th December 2017

In a new report, building society Nationwide has stated that the Autumn Budget changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for first-time homebuyers will have only a ‘modest impact’ on housing demand. Chancellor Philip Hammond abolished SDLT for first-time homebuyers in England, Northern Ireland and, temporarily, for those in Wales, from 22 November. The abolition… Read more »

Legal & General adds RedArc Nurse support services to its Critical Illness product for new, advised business

29th November 2017

Legal & General has added RedArc support services to all new Critical Illness policies that are sold through intermediaries. The support, which will be known as the Legal & General Nurse Support Service, will enable policyholders to benefit from practical advice and emotional support delivered by a team of qualified nurses, when patients are diagnosed… Read more »

HAMMOND HERALDS VISION OF AN ‘OUTWARD LOOKING, FREE-TRADING NATION

23rd November 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget was delivered against a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty, fuelled partly by the ongoing Brexit process. Acknowledging that the UK has entered a ‘critical phase’ of negotiations, the Chancellor set out his vision of a ‘new relationship’ with the European Union – though he was keen to emphasise… Read more »

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TUC Urges chancellor to use autumn budget to ‘end wage squeeze’

20th November 2017

The Trades Union Congress TUC has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to use next week’s Autumn Budget to put an end to the ‘wage squeeze’ currently plaguing UK workers. Official figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that inflation ‘remained steady’ in October at 3%, with higher food prices being offset by… Read more »

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FRAUD COSTS UK £190 BILLION PER ANNUM, DATA SUGGESTS

15th November 2017

Data published by credit service agency Experian has suggested that fraudulent activity now costs the UK £190 billion per year. The Annual Fraud Indicator 2017 found that fraud in the public sector costs the UK an estimated £40.3 billion, whilst fraud in the private sector costs the UK economy £140 billion. Charities lost £2.3 billion… Read more »