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SME manufacturing activity grew at record pace, CBI survey reveals

A survey carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that manufacturing output amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grew at the fastest pace on record in the three months to July.

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BCC calls for government to extend skills training

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has urged the government to extend skills training in light of the publication of research which showed that one in five companies are considering making redundancies as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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CBI survey reveals bumper growth in private sector activity

A survey carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that in the three months to July, private sector activity across the UK economy grew 'robustly'.

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Empty shop numbers continue to rise

The number of empty shops in the UK has continued to rise as retailers struggle with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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Data reveals nearly two million workers remain on furlough scheme

Ahead of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) being wound down over the summer, data published by HMRC has revealed that almost two million workers remain on furlough.

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ICAEW urges HMRC to scrap exemptions to simplify VAT rules

In response to HMRC's consultation on simplifying the rules relating to land and property, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has urged HMRC to abolish all VAT exemptions and remove all VAT options.

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Public trust in charities reaches highest level since 2014

Public trust in charities has reached its highest level since 2014, according to research published by the Charity Commission.

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SMEs 'keen to invest in growth but struggle to find financial backing', says survey

A survey carried out by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Corporate Finance Network (CFN) has found that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are looking to invest in growth but are frustrated by the lack of financial options open to them.

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Government announces simplified tax reporting for self-employed and small firms

Changes to the tax system that will make it easier for small businesses to fill out their returns have been announced by the government.

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