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Brexit uncertainty knocks SME confidence

12 Dec 18

Half of businesses still plan to grow, despite disruption.

Quarter of over-50s don’t know state pension age

11 Dec 18

Rises in state pension age cause confusion.

Employers to keep investing in staff benefits

10 Dec 18

Popular benefits include pensions, paid leave and training.

Probate fee increases ‘amount to stealth tax’

07 Dec 18

Planned changes would charge £6,000 for some estates.

Businesses get to grips with apprenticeship levy

06 Dec 18

Directors call for levy to include other forms of training.

Most adults don’t have a will

05 Dec 18

Will-writing is “quick and easy”, most respondents say.

First pensions dashboard expected in 2019

04 Dec 18

Government plans to implement multiple dashboards.

Government introduces new prompt payment initiative

03 Dec 18

Late-paying companies could be excluded from public contracts.

4 in 10 feel inheritance burden

30 Nov 18

Estate administration takes up to 100 hours, study finds.

Small business exports increase

29 Nov 18

Almost 1 in 10 SMEs export goods abroad.

1 in 3 pension savers ‘not confident’ about retirement

28 Nov 18

Retirees say financial situation has worsened.

Skilled migration set to fall further

27 Nov 18

Staff shortages to worsen after Brexit, report claims.

OTS recommends digital inheritance tax system

26 Nov 18

New system needed to reduce administrative burden.

Peers issue warning on MTD

23 Nov 18

House of Lords committee report raises concerns.

R&D investment grows to £23.7bn

22 Nov 18

Spending on innovation at highest point on record.

Retirees ‘not fazed’ by market volatility

21 Nov 18

Only 1 in 10 are reassessing their investment strategy.

Directors back Brexit deal

20 Nov 18

66% say no deal would be negative for their business.

Properties take longer to sell in 2018

19 Nov 18

Sales take 102 days on average, research finds.

Draft Brexit deal published

16 Nov 18

Cautious welcome from businesses in search of stability.

Drawdown savers risk running out of pension income

15 Nov 18

53% of pension pots in drawdown might not last for life.

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