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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.

The Budget – Medical sector

Jan-McLeanLast year, in this publication, I expressed a hope that the Chancellor would be travelling along the road to Damascus regarding the apparent disincentives of pension membership by the artificial addition of accumulating pension benefits year on year being added to earnings, creating an increasing Income Tax burden which many of you may have been affected by.

Budget poker

Danny-Clifford EnsorsGeorge Osborne has something of a card game to play in terms of his penultimate Budget speech. The recovery of the UK economy is well under way, albeit the effects are not yet being felt by a large proportion of the population.

Mexican bank takes Cambridge sustainability software

Mark Shields, managing director of CRedit360Cambridge technology is being used by one of Mexico’s largest banks to improve the monitoring and analysis of its sustainability practices.

Cambridge tech deals bust $27.5bn milestone

Justin Gover, CEO at GW PharmaceuticalsMore blockbuster life science deals in February have taken transaction value in the Cambridge UK technology cluster to $27.5 billion in the last 11 months.

New partner at Grant Thornton Cambridge

Hazel Platt, Partner at Grant ThorntonThe Cambridge office of financial and business adviser Grant Thornton has announced the promotion of Hazel Platt to partner in the firm.

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