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Budget 2017: Bath expert reaction. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner, MHA Monahans

November 22, 2017
Budget 2017: Bath expert reaction. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner, MHA Monahans

Well, nobody could accuse the Chancellor of setting the world alight. But perhaps we should at least be grateful that most of us haven’t had our fingers burned with this Budget, anyway. The good news for aspirational young house owners – and their parents, who as part of the Bank of Mum and Dad...

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Budget 2017: Bath business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

November 22, 2017
Budget 2017: Bath business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s support for the tech sector – a vital part of Bath’s economy – and his commitment to devolve more funding for infrastructure and skills to the West of England in today’s Budget have been welcomed by business figures. However, there was criticism that his measures lacked the dynamism and vision needed...

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Budget 2017: £80m promised to boost West of England’s transport links and cut congestion

November 22, 2017
Budget 2017: £80m promised to boost West of England’s transport links and cut congestion

Chancellor Philip Hammond this afternoon pledged more than £80m to invest in new transport infrastructure across the West of England in the Budget. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) said it has been told it will receive the funding for schemes to improve connectivity, reduce congestion and encourage new technology – creating jobs...

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Budget 2017: Business West reaction. Chancellor keeps tiller steady as we sail into headwinds

November 22, 2017
Budget 2017: Business West reaction. Chancellor keeps tiller steady as we sail into headwinds

Philip Hammond was a “cautious Chancellor doing his best in a tight spot” in today’s Budget, according to Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the region’s largest business organisation which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce. He described Mr Hammond as playing a “weak hand with reasonable competence”, providing enough for his supporters...

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Budget 2017: National business reaction. Some help in challenging times

November 22, 2017
Budget 2017: National business reaction. Some help in challenging times

CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn described it as a Budget that balanced support for people on squeezed incomes with vital action to help grow the UK out of austerity. But delivery was everything. “Against a sombre economic backdrop, the Chancellor gripped the steering wheel on the UK economy. Action on business rates, R&D tax credits,...

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Budget 2017: Key points

November 22, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Budget. Here are the main points: Economy is ready for challenges that lie ahead Growth forecast is now 1.5% this year, 1.4% next year and 1.3% in 2019/20 against 2% this year, 1.6% next year and 1.7% in 2019. Inflation peaking at 3% in this quarter before...

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