Entrepreneurs' relief

Entrepreneurs' relief (ER) provides relief for disposals by smaller business owners. It results in a tax rate of 10% on the disposal.

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Small firms downgrade recruitment plans

Hopes that the economic recovery can be fuelled by widespread job creation among smaller employers may need to be tempered.

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Investment in UK under threat

The UK’s ability to attract business investment is being hampered by regulation, taxation and low levels of skills, according to the CBI.

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Tax and employment

Many people can go for years paying too much (or, perhaps more worryingly, too little) tax. It is important to know exactly how much you are paying or you could face repercussions later.

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Leaving your business

When will you leave your business to others? What are your personal aspirations? What are your options for maximising the net proceeds from sale?

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Budget 2011: business tax changes to boost enterprise

The Chancellor has introduced extra tax reliefs for innovative firms and entrepreneurs. These include research and development tax breaks and changes to the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

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Retirement age starting to creep up

The average age at which employees retire is beginning to rise, new figures indicate.

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Vow to remove barriers to business growth

The Chancellor’s autumn statement saw the government commit itself to further reforms of the business regulatory system in an effort to improve conditions for entrepreneurs.

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Local enterprise partnerships must have weight to be effective

Concerns have been raised that the proposed new local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) may be too small to carry enough influence.

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Undervalued security could be hitting business lending

Inaccurate property valuations are stopping smaller firms from securing bank loans, it has been claimed.

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