Business news

Economic growth exceeds forecasts

Growth in services and manufacturing boosts the economy.

Government reforms funeral payments scheme

£700 maximum contribution falls short of funeral costs.

1 in 3 tax returns still outstanding

3 million returns are due, just 6 days before the deadline.

Capital gains receipts set to hit new high

CGT receipts to rise by almost 5% since 2016/17.

‘Superstar’ SMEs could be worst hit by effects of Brexit

Innovative firms most likely to see negative impacts.

Most firms call for apprenticeship levy replacement

Existing levy does little to encourage training, research shows.

SMEs in Carillion supply chain could be left unpaid

Thousands of firms left uncertain of payment.

Cost of divorce rises to over £14,500

£1.7 billion spent on separation in the UK.

48% of SMEs rely on unprotected loans

SME owners use loans and savings in Q4 2017.

New legislation to target rogue landlords

Tenants will be able to take legal action over unsafe housing.

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