I do not think that I have ever felt so negative prior to a Budget before. I am not certain if it is just the world weariness of having “seen and heard it all before” that comes with age or whether it is down to the lack of room for manoeuvre owing to the parlous state of the economy, or whether it is specific to this Chancellor. I suspect it is all of the above.
One may be excused for concluding that the medical profession are receiving a not so subtle message from the Treasury to work less hard. Well that may not be the intention although many general practitioners might be interpreting the effect of hard work as a sure way of damaging their finances.
I think the general consensus is that the government needs to take measures to stimulate growth in order that the economy starts moving in the right direction.
Charities are already facing a number of imminent changes. Some of these are designed to be beneficial, but it is clear that others will only increase the administrative burden.
If I was about to start my own business what would I be looking for from the Government in their next budget?
Ask anyone with a family “What do you want from this month’s budget?” and the answers will hardly surprise you; lower taxes, cheaper fuel, lower council tax, and so on.
From an international trade point of view I’m interested in what is going to stimulate the economy to boost business; encouraging investment in the UK and tapping into new markets overseas are vital to the future of the UK economy.
Growing and expanding any business in the current economic climate is certainly not going to be easy but I would like to see the Chancellor address certain issues to encourage it.
- Budget 2013: A positive outlook for the SME
- Apprenticeships creating billions for business
- Marshall acquisition is solid silver
- New financial probe into Autonomy accounting
- Cambridge challenged to tilt at £350m funding pot
- Crowdfunding billions to boost technology
- UK business rules out aggressive expansion
- Two new partners at Ensors
- Family businesses sold in multimillion pound deal
- US investment in £6m Cambridge MBO
- BDO and PKF agree merger
- Choppy, fragile recovery predicted for UK
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