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Free childcare plans brought forward

Government plans to extend free childcare provisions for working families have been brought forward to 2016.

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Government plans unveiled in Queen's Speech

The government has revealed its legislative goals for the next Parliament in the Queen's Speech. Here's a summary of the key bills affecting businesses.

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Small firms voice hopes for new government

More than half of small business owners want the new Conservative government to prioritise reducing regulation, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Auto-enrolment exemptions introduced

Employers will not have to auto-enrol employees in certain circumstances because of changes to government legislation.

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Small firms to get productivity boost

A new fund designed to boost the productivity of small businesses has been launched by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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Record number of women in work

The proportion of women in employment has reached a record 68.2%, official figures reveal.

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Business support scheme reform needed, says FSB

Small businesses are not getting enough local or national support, according to a report by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Scotland tax devolution legislation published

Draft legislation that will see the devolution of tax powers to Scotland has been published by the UK government.

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Government scheme approves 25,000th business loan

The Start Up Loan Company has approved 25,000 business loans, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

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Northern Ireland could set corporation tax from 2017

The bill that would permit corporation tax powers to be devolved to Northern Ireland has been published by the government.

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