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Autumn Statement 2015: Business announcements

Chancellor George Osborne has finished delivering the first Autumn Statement of the new Conservative government.
The speech contained many measures aimed at businesses. Here is a summary of the main business announcements.

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Autumn Statement 2015: Expectations

The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his first autumn statement since the general election this afternoon. Ahead of his statement to the House of Commons, here are some potential measures that have got people speculating.

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Inflation remains negative

The Consumer Prices Index fell by 0.1% in October 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Government to unveil apprenticeship strategy

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce more details regarding the government's strategy to increase the number and quality of apprenticeships offered by businesses in England.

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Treasury announces financial advice review

A review into financial advice services will look at how the market can work more effectively for consumers, the Treasury has announced.

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EIS funding sees record rise in 2013/14

Small businesses raised £1.46 billion through the enterprise investment scheme in 2013/14, the highest ever annual amount lent through the scheme, official figures show.

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Treasury launches pension exit fees review

An immediate government consultation will investigate whether pension exit fees should be cut or capped, the Treasury has announced.

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New commissioner to help SMEs tackle late payment

A new Small Business Commissioner will assist SMEs in resolving disputes with large businesses under draft government proposals.

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Government outlines productivity plans

A comprehensive plan to improve the productivity of UK businesses has been published by the Treasury.

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Tax on large firms to fund apprenticeships

A new tax will be levied on large companies to help deliver the government's target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, the Chancellor announced during the summer Budget statement.

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