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Autumn Statement – A cautious business thumbs up

Robert Leggett – Corporate Tax partner, EnsorsAs I write this, we still await the detail on many of the business measures, so it is still hard to be certain what impact some of them will have on business. However, I think at this stage we can give a cautious thumbs up.

Government must produce a future energy policy for UK

Malcolm McGready – Partner at Ensors Chartered AccountantsWith the extensive pre-Autumn Statement press coverage it came as no surprise that the Chancellor offered up a small saving to households in respect of their energy bills.

Residential property relief decision a surprise

Anne Wright – Tax Manager at Ensors Chartered AccountantsThe Chancellor’s Autumn Statement included two capital gains tax (CGT) measures – one of which had been heavily trailed in the press, whereas the other came as rather a surprise.

‘Tis the Season to be Mildly Content

James-Francis“We are moving in the right direction but we still have a long way to go”. That would appear to summarise the Chancellor’s latest Autumn statement. It would also accurately summarise last year’s Autumn Statement, the last Budget speech and – adopting my Mystic Meg skills - next year’s Budget speech too.

Autumn Statement – Let’s see key tax reliefs continue for manufacturing and hi-tech

Robert Leggett – Corporate Tax Partner at EnsorsIt has been great to see that things finally seem to have picked up over the last six months or so as consumer and business confidence builds.

CBI wants stimulus to business growth

John Cridland, CBI Director-GeneralThe CBI has called on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Statement to support business investment, and wants to see action on business rates, energy and housing to drive economic growth and help with the cost of living.

Open University launches finance centre

Rebecca-TaylorThe Open University has opened a Centre for Public Understanding of Finance. The True Potential Centre is designed to empower the UK public to better manage their finances.

Angel takes steak in Cambridge venture

Matthew-CleevelyCambridge technology entrepreneur and angel investor David Cleevely literally took a steak – and then a stake – in a new UK business venture after launching a novel ‘cook-off for cash’ challenge to the founders.

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