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8 key announcements from the Summer Economic Statement 2020

Last week Rishi Sunak announced a number of new measures to help kickstart the economy as the UK gradually eases lockdown. Here’s an overview of 8 key announcements, which were part of the Chancellor...
Claire Ralph
Claire Ralph
Business West
Posted on: 14.07.20
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Sunak's summer statement must prioritise jobs

Last week we had Boris Johnson shouting “build, build, build” to get our beleaguered coronavirus hit economy going again. I was underwhelmed, I don’t know about you? High on rhetoric but low on...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 07.07.20
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Business West Finance Hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors

Faced with an increasingly complex lending landscape and with business finances pushed to breaking point as a result of lockdown, the Business West Finance Hub has launched to enable businesses to...
Leigh Jenkins
Leigh Jenkins
Enterprise Europe Network
Posted on: 24.06.20
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update – ‘flexible’ furloughing and reducing government contributions

On 12 June the Government issued new guidance on the forthcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which will introduce a ‘flexible’ furlough scheme and reducing government...
Katherine Anderson
Katherine Anderson
3PB Barristers
Posted on: 16.06.20
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£5,000 COVID grants available to Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire businesses

Small businesses across Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire are now able to apply for a £5,000 grant direct from their local authorities. Since last week, businesses employing up to 49 people can...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 15.06.20
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Changes to notifying an option to tax on land and buildings during the coronavirus pandemic
Member role

It is always wise for a business to get advice if it is looking to ‘Opt to Tax’ land or buildings which it has an interest in. This is particularly the case now as HMRC have made some temporary...
Julian Borley
Julian Borley
Milsted Langdon LLP
Posted on: 10.06.20
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Potential relaxation of time limits for VAT free exports
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There have been a number of high-profile business reliefs which have been introduced to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one potential relaxation has been set out in HMRC’s...
Julian Borley
Julian Borley
Milsted Langdon LLP
Posted on: 08.06.20
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Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - West of England businesses act now!

Thousands of small businesses across the West of England could miss out on grants worth up to £5,000 unless they act soon. The Discretionary Grants Fund is being offered by each of the local...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 04.06.20
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Sunak reveals future of furlough scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has given business some much needed breathing space with his phased ending of the furlough scheme which has been paying the wages of something like 8.4 million employees...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 29.05.20
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