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Budget U-Turn: Update re self-employed NI

As has been extensively covered in the mainstream media, the Government last week moved to abandon its proposed increase in class 4 national insurance contributions for self-employed workers, meaning the increases scheduled for April 2018 […]

Reasons to be cheerful!

Following this week’s budget, the nation’s small business owners and self-employed professionals could be forgiven for thinking that the Government is not interested in helping them get on and deliver the crucial part they play […]

Resilient tech sector is ‘superstar’ of UK economy

A report recently released by KPMG showed how well the tech sector and start-up tech companies are still doing, despite fears of a slow down towards the end of last year. The Q3 2014 survey […]

Small Businesses Lead Growth

Economic growth in the UK has recently been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of 2014, by the Office for National Statistics, with year-on-year growth standing at 3.2%. SMEs Leading the Way Recent […]

UK Economy Growth Strong

Economic growth in the UK has recently been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of 2014, by the Office for National Statistics, with year-on-year growth standing at 3.2%. The ONS also said that […]

UK economy – news in brief

A leading economic think tank, The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), last week bumped up its forecast for UK economic growth in 2014. Increasing evidence of a robust, sustainable recovery prompted the […]

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New ISA Savings Limit Takes Effect

Just a reminder that the the increased amount available for tax-free ISA savings accounts, which the Chancellor announced in the budget, came into effect on 1 July. The new ISA products will (imaginatively) be called […]

‘Appy days for UK digital economy

Companies in the UK developing and selling apps for smartphones and tablets are forecast to generate some £4 billion of revenues this year, more than in any other European economy and cementing the UK’s position in […]