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In a new report published today, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has set out a plan to boost the UK’s economic outlook in the short and long term and defy current pessimism as to the ability of the economy to bounce back. In The Route Back to Growth the IoD set out fifteen proposals which […]

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It has been obvious for many months now that the Irish economy was in deep, deep trouble and no one really believed that the Irish government could possibly manage to get the country out of the mess without the sort of help that Greece was forced to accept earlier this year. So it is that […]

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As more businesses take steps to move their tax residence from the UK and as many workers in the financial sector leave these shores because of high levels of personal tax, the UK Chancellor must urgently review the competitiveness of the UK tax system or risk prolonging the recession. Almost all commentators, economists and tax […]

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Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, has today launched the coalition government’s consultation paper A Strategy for Sustainable Growth. In doing so he stated: “This government has put decisive action on the fiscal deficit at the centre of its agenda. Business in the UK cannot prosper while the risk of a […]

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In the latest edition of Pulse – UK Economic Outlook, the IoD forecasts Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of only 0.9 per cent in 2010 and 1.8 per cent in 2011. The IoD describes this as “one L of a recovery”. The L shaped cycle does not mean there will be continued zero quarter-on-quarter growth […]

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The Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) published The UK Stewardship Code yesterday. The declared purpose of the Code is “to enhance the quality of engagement between institutional investors and companies to help improve long-term returns to shareholders and the efficient exercise of governance responsibilities”. The FRC sees the UK Stewardship Code as complementary to the UK […]

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The Institute of Directors has today called on George Osborne to consider and adopt seven “keys to success” which they say will need to be delivered by the Chancellor in the forthcoming emergency Budget. By adopting the 7 keys to success the IoD say that the Chancellor would help accelerate economic recovery. However failure to […]

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In recent weeks the term Sovereign Debt has been bandied about by the media leaving many people puzzled as what it actually is. What it isn’t is money owed by a King or Queen of a country – Republics do have Sovereign Debt; you don’t need a Monarch! Joking aside, in simple terms Sovereign Debt […]

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The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 is the Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom that created the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as a regulator for insurance, investment business and banking. This was the Act by which Gordon Brown removed responsibility for regulating the banking industry from the Bank of England, a decision that […]

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Official figures release today show that there have been massive increases in both personal and business bankruptcies as the credit crunch continues to bite. The lack of working capital, usually provided by bank overdrafts or secured lending together with the problems of obtaining credit insurance have been blamed for a 98% increase in companies going […]

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The UK Labour government has a well earned reputation for timing announcements it knows will be unpopular to coincide with major new stories so that the bad news gets buried. Remember the infamous memo on 9/11 “[today] is a very good day to get out anything we want to bury” sent by Jo Moore, advisor […]

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As promised by Gordon Brown at the end of the G20 summit today, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) has provided a detailed report on progress by financial centres around the world towards implementation of an internationally agreed standard on exchange of information for tax purposes. The list is split into four sections […]

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Whilst Gordon Brown, Alastair Darling and Barack Obama attack the Isle of Man as a “Tax Havens” the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) praise the Isle of Man. If proof were ever needed that the bully boys of the UK and USA are attacking small offshore countries just to divert attention from their […]

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The Bank of England today announced that it was commencing a programme of “Quantitative Easing” designed to stimulate the economy. For a few weeks now the term quantitative easing has been bandied about. Sometimes this is also referred to as “printing money”. Now I don’t know about you but I can’t see why just printing […]

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Despite the Prime Minister hailing it as a success, it emerged over the weekend that only about £12 Million of the £1 Billion government loan guarantee scheme has actually been lent to companies. Last week Gordon Brown sought to defend the government’s record on helping business by repeatedly citing the £1bn loan guarantee scheme as […]

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Well there are a few people like me who think he never had the plot to start with. In all honesty since the moment he got into 11 Downing Street as Chancellor the man has been nothing but a total disaster zone. I really found it hard to credit how the media could promote him […]

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A New Publication – Standing together: universities helping business through the downturn, has been put together by Universities UK, as the major representative body for the higher education sector, with the assistance of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It sets out the kind of support universities and colleges can offer employers, both […]

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Today it was announced that two of the major retailers in the UK have gone into insolvent administration. If Woolworths and MFI are in such serious trouble what hope is there for other High Street and out-of-town retailers like Dixons, Currys, Staples, PC World etc?   The problem for small businesses and consumers is that […]

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Amid much hype and to no-one’s surprise, yesterday Alistair Darling cut the standard rate of VAT to 15% with effect from the 1 December 2008. The cut is temporary and so on 1st January 2010 the standard rate will return to 17.5%. The 15% rate will apply to the supply of goods and services currently […]

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David Cameron has called for Gordon Brown to cut the red tape surrounding government contracts to allow smaller, newer firms to win business.   The Conservative leader says less than one in five contracts from the government goes to small firms and this should be changed as it is responsible for buying goods and services […]

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