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Furlough scheme extended until September

Speaking ahead of his statement in the Commons today, Rishi Sunak acknowledged that the scheme had been a ‘lifeline’ to many during the pandemic and said it ‘is only right we continue to help business and individuals’

Government addresses jewellery industry’s coronavirus concerns

The chancellor has launched a £330bn business rescue package, which includes suggestions from the NAJ on how the government can help the UK jewellery trade.

Business rates suspended for independent jewellers

Companies with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a tax holiday, the chancellor announced yesterday.

Jewellery professionals sceptical Budget offers enough support for high street retailers

While independent jewellers welcome the Government's small business rates relief, many believe more can be done.

What does the Budget mean for the UK jewellery industry?

Government confirms business rates relief and reveals plans to rejuvenate the high street.

Independents call for urgent business rates reform ahead of Budget

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has put forward a three-point solution to help save retailers from crippling under the looming rise in business...

Retail sales exceed expectations in January

Retail sales growth was broadly steady over the year to January, beating retailers’ expectations for a slight slowdown, according to the CBI’s latest monthly...

Budget reactions mixed from the BRC and FSB

Youth enterprises and limited minimum wage increases welcomed.Chancellor George Osborne released the Budget yesterday, with a mixed reaction from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)...

‘Think small’ on budget says FSB

Call for chancellor to think about effect of budget on small business.The Federation of Small Businesses has written to the chancellor George Osborne ahead...

Government urged to lay off retailers in budget

Raising business rates and national insurance will hit retail hardest.The British Retail Consortium has demanded that reigning in public spending must take priority over...