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HSBC allocates £6 billion for fast-growing SMEs

Ian-Tandy-HSBCBusiness bosses at SMEs in the East of England have been allocated £300 million expansion capital in a new £6 billion UK fund launched today by HSBC.

Atkinson Bolton scoops top award

Atkinson Bolton Consulting named Best Tax and Long Term Savings Adviser at the Money Marketing AwardsLeading financial adviser Atkinson Bolton Consulting – part of the Mattioli Woods Group – was named Best Tax and Long Term Savings Adviser at this year’s Money Marketing Awards.

Cambridge deals top $27.5bn in first year of business barometer

Nigel Pitchford, chief investment officer for Imperial InnovationsA fresh surge of life science transactions, topped by a record month for commercial property ventures, brought deals worth just over $800 million in March in the Cambridge UK technology cluster.

Bank takes punt on Cambridge tech cluster

Gary-Wilkinson-puntingTaking a punt on the Cambridge UK technology cluster – notably the SME business sector – has brought new jobs as well as office space expansion for Cambridge & Counties Bank.

Cambridge crowdfunding website earns FCA approval

Gonçalo de VasconcelosJust over six months since launch, equity crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom has become only the third of its kind to be directly authorised by the FCA.

Thumbs up for Chancellor’s pension reform

Danny Clifford of EnsorsListening to the Chancellor’s speech there seemed to be very little for the opposition to take issue with – it appears Ed Milliband thought much the same.

The Budget – Personal tax

Nick Edgley of EnsorsWith the coalition running out of Budgets before the next election will we see some tax giveaways for the family? The Personal Allowance (what you can earn before paying tax) reaches the ‘promised’ amount of £10,000 in April having been announced last year. This was as a result of some higher than usual increases so usually I would expect the increases to slow down.

What would my SME clients like to see in the Budget?

Henry Wood of EnsorsIf I were to guess at my typical client’s reply to this question, it would be: lower taxes, simplification and stability. Lower taxes to encourage investment, simplification to reduce costs of compliance and stability to enable clients to plan ahead for the future.

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