The economy

BCC downgrades economic growth forecast

‘Lacklustre outlook’ for consumer spending and business investment.

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Freelancers drive self-employment growth

Number of highly-skilled freelancers up 46% since 2008.

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Devolution and property taxes

How does property taxation differ around the UK?

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Stamp duty break would ‘kickstart the market’

Chancellor considers stamp duty holiday ahead of Budget.

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Simplified VAT system outlined

Business group welcomes report as ‘long overdue’.

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Interest rates climb to 0.5%

Bank of England raises interest rates for first time in more than a decade.

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Online traders add £11bn to UK exports

Business is booming for SMEs trading on Amazon or eBay.

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Inflation rate rises to 2.9%

UK inflation rose to its joint highest rate in more than 5 years.

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