Business News

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02 Apr 2020

Government publishes details on coronavirus grant schemes for small businesses

The government has published details on the COVID-19 support schemes for small businesses and retailers.

02 Apr 2020

CBI finds retail sales propped up by stockpiling in March

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that retail sales during March were propped up by households stockpiling goods.

01 Apr 2020

Directors on PAYE can furlough under job retention scheme

Company directors who receive salaries through Pay as You Earn (PAYE) are eligible for furlough under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

01 Apr 2020

HMRC extends MTD digital links deadline until 2021

HMRC will delay the requirement to implement digital links for Making Tax Digital (MTD) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

31 Mar 2020

Research suggests two in five individuals worry about debt levels

Research published by insolvency firm R3 has suggested that two in five individuals worry about their debt levels.

31 Mar 2020

Government relaxes insolvency rules during coronavirus pandemic

The government has relaxed the insolvency regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to give restructuring businesses time to continue trading.

30 Mar 2020

HMRC urges businesses using VAT deferral to cancel direct debits

Businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are seeking to make use of the VAT deferral have been urged to cancel their direct debits 'as soon as they can'.

30 Mar 2020

HMRC publishes guidance on recognising genuine government contact

HMRC has published guidance on recognising genuine contact from the tax authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

27 Mar 2020

Chancellor unveils help for self-employed workers

On the 26 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to help self-employed workers who have been hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

26 Mar 2020

Pensions at increased risk of being targeted by scammers

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has warned that pensions are at 'increased risk of being targeted by scammers' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

26 Mar 2020

Government and financial regulators tell banks to keep lending

British banks must keep lending to businesses through the coronavirus crisis to ensure viable companies do not fail, the government and financial regulators have urged.

25 Mar 2020

Contactless card payment limit set to rise from April

Trade association UK Finance has announced that from 1 April the spending limit for contactless card payments will rise from its current level of £30 to £45.

25 Mar 2020

UK facing 'worst recession in modern history'

The UK economy is facing its worst recession in modern history after the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused a 'sharp slowdown', according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey from data provider IHS Markit.

24 Mar 2020

Regulators request delay in corporate reporting

Financial regulators have requested a moratorium on corporate financial reports for at least two weeks.

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