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first time buyer relief

HMRC figures reveal an increase in first-time buyer relief claims

Figures recently published by HMRC have revealed a 3% increase in the number of first-time buyer relief (FTBR) claims from the previous quarter, with 78% of transactions paying no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) at all. FTBR eliminates stamp duty for first-time buyers paying £300,000 or less for a...

Figures recently published by HMRC have revealed a 3% increase in the number of first-time buyer relief (FTBR) claims from the previous quarter, with...

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confidence amongst businesses

ICAEW suggests confidence amongst businesses has ‘slumped’

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has suggested that confidence amongst businesses has ‘slumped’ as a result of ongoing Brexit uncertainty. The ICAEW’s Business Confidence Monitor recently revealed that confidence deteriorated from -12.3 in the fourth quarter of 2018 to -16.4 during this quarter. According...

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has suggested that confidence amongst businesses has ‘slumped’ as a result of ongoing Brexit...

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Brexit

Almost a third of UK businesses ‘looking to relocate abroad due to Brexit’

A survey conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that nearly a third of IoD members are looking to move their operations abroad due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. The survey of 1,202 company directors also revealed that more small firms are looking to relocate than previously...

A survey conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that nearly a third of IoD members are looking to move their operations...

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business rates

Treasury Committee launches business rates inquiry

The Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK’s business rates system, in order to assess the impact of business rates on firms. The Committee intends to examine how changes in government policy have altered the business rates system. It will also analyse ‘how the current business rates...

The Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK’s business rates system, in order to assess the impact of business rates on firms....

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Apprenticeship

CBI outlines next stage of apprenticeship reform

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has published a report outlining the next steps that must be taken in order to successfully reform the UK’s apprenticeship system. The report suggests that the government should give the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), the principal body for vocational skills in England, the...

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has published a report outlining the next steps that must be taken in order to successfully reform the...

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tax and employment obligations

UK small firms spending ‘significant amount’ on tax and employment obligations

According to new research, UK small businesses are spending 15% more on tax and employment obligations when compared to 2011. The Impact of Government Policy Index (IGPI), which was compiled jointly by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), found that...

According to new research, UK small businesses are spending 15% more on tax and employment obligations when compared to 2011. The Impact of Government...

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