Chancellor George Osborne

Business rates were set to rise by 3.2%, but it is thought Osborne will cap the increase at 2%

Chancellor 'set to cap business rate rises'

By Mark Wingett

The chancellor George Osborne is to cap increases in business rates in Thursday’s Autumn Statement in a bid to boost businesses and the High Street, according to the BBC.


VAT campaign: Say it ain’t so, Andrew

By Rob Willock

Fresh from our successful crusade against the hated beer-duty escalator (I received my campaign medal from Hobgoblin last week), a confident pub industry can turn its collective attention to the next battleground.

Osborne: some good news for pubs

Thousands of pubs set for rates boost

By Gurjit Degun

Thousands of pubs will pay no business rates for another year — or will see rate relief double, from October. The Morning Advertiser can reveal...

Simmonds: give beer a break

Last ditch plea for beer tax freeze

By Ewan Turney

The Chancellor George Osborne will have plenty of British beer to help him think about a freeze on beer duty today — after a special delivery from...

Osborne: appointed tax regulation office

Tax simplification could help pubs

By Lesley Foottit

Licensees could enjoy some respite in regulation, taxes and red tape following the Government's appointment of an Office of Tax Simplification (OTS)....