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Small businesses don’t see UK tax system as level playing field

Small businesses don’t see UK tax system as level playing field

Business believes that the UK tax system is fundamentally unfair and want more support to stay compliant, according to research by the British Chambers of Commerce.

Our survey of over 1,000 firms from across the UK, found that nearly three-fifths (58%) of respondents think that the UK tax regime is unfair to businesses like theirs.

The findings largely signal concerns over how HMRC applies the tax rules to different types of firms.

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BCC research highlights need to delay Making Tax Digital

BCC research highlights need to delay Making Tax Digital

With just weeks to go before its planned introduction, new research suggests nearly one in five businesses above the VAT threshold still know little or nothing about Making Tax Digital.

The results of a BCC survey of almost 1,000 firms from across the UK, found that while levels of awareness and preparation have increased since the previous year, businesses are still insufficiently prepared for the incoming processes. With just weeks to go, 19% of companies required to take part* have never heard of Making Tax Digital or know it only by name.

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Autumn Budget 2018

Autumn Budget 2018

Coming just months before the UK's departure from the EU, this year's Autumn Budget came at a crucial time for business.

The BCC called on the Chancellor to take bold measures to bolster business investment, competitiveness and productivity in the face of Brexit headwinds.

The Chancellor delivered on a number of asks from the Chamber Network, including:

  • Raising the Annual Investment Allowance from £200,000 to £1m
  • Business rate relief for the high street
  • Lowering the cost for SMEs training apprentices
  • Help for repairing local roads and improving rural broadband


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Businesses in the dark on Making Tax Digital

Businesses in the dark on Making Tax Digital

Ten months ahead of its planned introduction, an alarmingly high proportion of UK businesses have little or no awareness of HM Revenue and Customs’ flagship Making Tax Digital project, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Avalara.

  • 24% of firms have never heard of Making Tax Digital, which comes into effect next April for VAT
  • Only 10% of firms know ‘a lot of details’ about the switch to the digitised tax system



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Credit ‘apathy’ restricting potential growth opportunities for SMEs

Credit ‘apathy’ restricting potential growth opportunities for SMEs

Over half of UK businesses have not attempted to apply for finance over the past year amid limited investment intentions and weakening cash flow, according to new research released by the BCC, in partnership with specialist finance provider, Wesleyan Bank.

According to the results of the survey of over 1,100 firms from across the UK, over half (56%) of businesses did not attempt to access finance over the last year. Smaller firms were less likely to access finance than larger businesses. Almost two-thirds (63%) of small firms (1-9 employees) did not seek finance, compared just over a third (39%) of larger firms (50 or more employees).



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Tax complexity and ‘red tape’

Tax complexity and ‘red tape’

The vast majority of UK businesses believe the cost of complying with the UK tax system has escalated over recent years, according to new research released by the BCC in partnership with Avalara.

A survey by the BCC of over 1,100 firms from across the UK found that three in four (75%) believe the overall burden of tax administration and compliance – the HMRC equivalent of ‘red tape’ – has increased compared to five years ago.



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The BCC is campaigning to fix the fundamentals of the UK economy:

The BCC is campaigning to fix the fundamentals of the UK economy:


Many of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the UK economy, including the growing skills gap, have little or nothing to do with the UK’s departure from the European Union.
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BCC: Concerns over Inflation Rise as Manufacturers’ Price Expectations Climb to 4-year High

The British Chambers of Commerce today announced the publication of new research which shows a rising number of firms expecting their prices to increase significantly in the coming months. The figures also document growing concern among businesses over rising inflation. The data, drawn from responses from more than 5,800 firms, shows 2 in 5 businesses (38%) in Q1 2021 expect to see their prices increase in the next three months, an increase from 25% in the previous quarter. In contrast, only 5% of firms are expecting a decrease.

BCC says ONS GDP figures offer some hope for the future

BCC says data for February 2021 shows modest growth and a further boost is likely as economy reopens but warns that continued improvement is not guaranteed.

Helping the UK hit net zero emissions by 2050

Businesses across the UK are looking at how they can reduce their carbon footprint and bring their overall emissions as close to zero as possible, to help the UK hit its legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050. But for some industries, this presents a far greater challenge than others. Find out more about how Drax can help.

Four in Ten UK Exporters Reporting Decreased Sales in Q1 2021

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Trade Confidence Outlook for Q1, released today, has revealed the stark issues facing UK exporters in the first months of this year. The survey of more than 2,900 UK exporters revealed that the percentage of firms reporting decreased export sales had increased to 41%, up from 38% in the previous quarter. The percentage of businesses reporting increased export sales fell to 20%, down from 22% in Q4 2020. 40% reported no change in their export sales.