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There was a 30 per cent increase in claims for Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2012-13 than there was in the previous tax year, according to recent figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Following research showing that there are millions of businesses being run from home, Enterprise minister Matthew Hancock has launched the new Home Business Initiative as part of the Government’s drive to encourage more “kitchen table” start-ups.
New figures obtained under a Freedom of Information (FoI) request suggest that the Government is expecting to pay back £4.2bn to businesses that appeal against their rates bill.
Although conforming to the rules will be far from the minds of pupils as they enjoy their summer holidays, a recent report has found that academies and free schools score better for discipline than local authority schools.
Campaigners and retailers have called on the Government to urgently review the business rates system, after it emerged that businesses were accumulatively overcharged around £2.1bn over the past five years.
According to a recent survey, post-recession start-ups are the biggest threat to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with the number of new businesses in the UK reaching a five-year peak this year.
Recent research suggests that UK firms intend to hire new staff at the fastest rate for 16 years, with forecasts for the next three months, particularly for organisations in the dominant services sector, at their highest level since 1998.
The Government has made a U-turn on its plans to make it harder for firms to challenge their business rates bill after a number of business lobbying groups opposed the policy.
Prime Minister David Cameron hosted the first ever tech start-up pitch at 10 Downing Street last week, entertaining 10 high-growth tech firms, venture capitalists and angel investors in what was called “Pitch 10”.