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‘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.

Cambridge deals top $23bn in seven months

Sir-Richard-FriendAnother massive acquisition by MedImmune and a new fund to uncover the next ARM lit up a vibrant October when deals in the Cambridge UK technology cluster topped $900 million.

£50m Cambridge tech superfund to unearth the next ARMs

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. Picture by Phil MynottCambridge University, technology superstars in the UK cluster and major investors have joined forces to form a new company to launch a mega-million pound equity lifeline for innovative businesses.

Bill Gates backs Cambridge alumna’s $94m health fund

Julia-Fan-LiGlobal technology pioneer Bill Gates is supporting a Cambridge University alumna in a blockbusting new health investment fund.

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