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IT and digital support for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises can now apply for IT and digital support worth up to £2,000, after the UK IT Association joined the Government’s Growth Voucher programme.

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House prices rise 0.7% in May 2014

The average price of UK homes rose 0.7% in May 2014, slowing slightly from the 1.2% increase in April 2014, figures from Nationwide reveal.

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Northern Ireland apprenticeship scheme launches

A new apprenticeship scheme has been launched in Northern Ireland for the information, communications and technology sector.

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New mortgage rules take effect

People applying for a mortgage are to face tougher financial checks, as the Financial Conduct Authority’s new market regulations take effect tomorrow (26 April 2014).

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New personal tax statement for 24 million people

From October 2014, around 24 million people will receive a personal tax statement from HMRC detailing how their taxes were spent, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

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Employment law changes coming into effect

The start of the new tax year on 6 April 2014 will see a number of changes to employment law.

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Flooding grant scheme opens

The grant scheme designed to reduce the risks of flooding has opened for applications, the Government has announced.

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Growth in intellectual property investment

Business investment in 'intangible' assets, such as intellectual property, increased by more than 10 per cent to £137.5 billion from 2009 to 2011, according to Government figures.

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New measures for SMEs announced

The Government is introducing new measures to support small businesses, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

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First pension changes come into effect

The first stage of the pension reforms announced in the 2014 Budget has come into effect.

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