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Government needs to address raw material shortages

The business group, The Material Security Working Group (MSWG), which includes a wide range of members including Friends of the Earth and the manufacturers' organisation, EEF, has asked the Government to be more proactive over the raw material shortage that is threatening the UK. MSWG says that there are a number of reasons why the […]

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So you think you can avoid the taxman…?

HMRC has saved the taxpayer an estimated £200m by taking three tax avoidance schemes to the courts – and winning all of its cases. The first case involved a scheme that addressed capital gains tax and which, according to HRMC, prevented around £90m finding its way to the treasury. The second case involved the directors […]

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MPs still having a taxing time

The 2009 expenses scandal that exposed many MPs for claiming where they shouldn't have had the nation screaming for reform. This led to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) being set up to oversee the changes that needed to be made – but which, in its turn, is creating unrest with MPs complaining that it […]

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Box clever and protect your intellectual capital

Small and medium businesses make up 90% of all enterprises globally, and produce 70% of all services and goods, yet, according to the World intellectual Property Organisation, many suffer from the bully-boy tactics of larger and more powerful businesses who are not averse to using their power and cash-flow to steal ideas and innovations. This […]

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HMRC accused of making kids ‘spy’ on tax evaders

HM Revenue and Customs have announced that there is going to be a new initiative to help children understand about tax, and the significance it has on the community in which they live. However, there has been widespread controversy about the course after it was revealed that 11-year-olds would be asked to name and shame members […]

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Credit restrictions on SMEs harming business growth

Despite the Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC setting aside billions of pounds for business loans, the Office for National Statistics has confirmed that the current recession in the UK is caused by a lack of credit available to SMEs. With empty shops lining high streets, the number of firms going bust on the rise, […]

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Companies calling for ‘bold action’, say BBC

The most recent server from the British Chambers of Commerce has suggested that even though the UK economy remains fragile, businesses are actually growing. The Director General, John Longworth, has called for bold action, claiming that ‘Growth cannot wait’. The BCC survey also found that a small rise in exporting from Britain, both amongst the […]

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HMRC cracking down on tax avoiders

HM Revenue & Customs is beginning to crack down on missing tax returns for the years 2009-2010. Currently, HMRC is unable to predict how many people are involved with missing tax returns, but wants people who have previously kept quiet to come forward and avoid further financial penalties. If you are one of the many […]

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Cautious optimism as unemployment falls

Unemployment figures show a drop of 51,000 to 2.61 million in the three months to April, which gives a jobless figure of 8.2%, according to the Office for National Statistics. The ONS also said that there has been a drop in unemployment figures across all age groups apart from those over 65, and the increase […]

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HMRC clamping down on the rich and famous

HM Revenue and Customs is tired of being taken for a ride by those rich enough to exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying enough tax – and has decided to “take firm action.” Over a 1,000 people, including members of Take That and comedian, Jimmy Carr are suspected of using a variety of schemes such […]

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