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Business groups react to draft Brexit deal

Business groups have reacted to the government’s draft Brexit deal with the EU. Following a five-hour debate on the matter, Prime Minister Theresa May secured her Cabinet’s backing for the deal. However, a handful of MPs have resigned following the agreement, with some stating that they cannot support the...

Business groups have reacted to the government’s draft Brexit deal with the EU. Following a five-hour debate on the matter, Prime Minister Theresa May...

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broadband voucher

Government urges small businesses to utilise broadband vouchers

The government is urging small businesses to make use of so-called ‘broadband vouchers’, which are worth £2,500. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme helps small firms in covering the cost of installing a full fibre, gigabit-capable connection. The government intended for the scheme to run until March 2021, but ‘high...

The government is urging small businesses to make use of so-called ‘broadband vouchers’, which are worth £2,500. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme helps small...

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vulnerable customers

Committee launches inquiry into banks’ treatment of vulnerable customers

The Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry into whether UK banks are doing enough to help vulnerable customers. As part of the inquiry, the Committee will examine whether vulnerable individuals are being overcharged for insurance. A report published recently by Citizens Advice suggested that some individuals are losing...

The Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry into whether UK banks are doing enough to help vulnerable customers. As part of the inquiry,...

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finance

Restricted access to finance ‘holding back UK economy’, FSB warns

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that UK economic growth is being ‘restricted’ by limited access to alternative finance options for small businesses. Research carried out by the FSB revealed that just 13% of small firms are currently looking to apply for external finance. 68% of these...

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that UK economic growth is being ‘restricted’ by limited access to alternative finance options for small...

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Brexit deal

Prime Minister establishes five ‘Brexit business councils’

Prime Minister Theresa May has created five new ‘Brexit business councils’, which will provide UK firms with advice and support in regard to creating the ‘best business conditions’ post-Brexit. According to the government, each council will meet three times per year in order to supply ‘high-level advice’ on issues...

Prime Minister Theresa May has created five new ‘Brexit business councils’, which will provide UK firms with advice and support in regard to creating...

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probate fees

Government unveils changes to probate fees

The government has unveiled significant changes to probate fees, which could result in owners of high-value properties paying nearly £6,000 more. As part of the government’s plans, from April 2019 a banded system of probate fees will be introduced for estates with a value above £50,000. The government stated...

The government has unveiled significant changes to probate fees, which could result in owners of high-value properties paying nearly £6,000 more. As part of...

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