Monthly Archives: March 2015

Labour Launch Business Manifesto

Written by Victoria Cummins

Labour Party Leader, Ed Miliband, launched Labour’s Business Manifesto this week, which included a range of pledges on business rates, zero-hour contracts and energy bills that Labour would pursue if they win the next election. The most notable announcements included cutting business rates for the first year of the next parliament and then freezing them, […]

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Tobacco Smuggling Strategy Needs More Ambitious Targets

Written by Chris Noice

HMRC and The UK Border Force have released a new tobacco smuggling strategy this week; “Tackling illicit tobacco: From leaf to light”.  The new strategy highlights that revenue loss from illegal tobacco stands at £2.1 billion however the Government states its medium term ambition is to “hold the cigarettes illicit market share at or below […]

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ACS Welcomes Age Restrictions on Nicotine Inhaling Products

Written by Chris Noice

The House of Lords have approved the draft Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015. This will mean that from the 1st October 2015, it will be illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in England and Wales. The regulations will: Make it an offence to sell […]

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ACS Calls for Positive Measures to Support the High Street

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the Royal Society for Public Health’s report on the high street, calling for positive measures to support innovation on the high street instead of regulatory interventions. The report, “Health on the High Street” released today, focuses much of its attention on restricting the activity of fast food outlets, betting shops and […]

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Andrew Selous MP Sees New Investment in NISA Local Houghton Regis

Written by Victoria Cummins

Andrew Selous MP visited NISA Local Store in Houghton Regis on Thursday 19th March, recognising their work in the community and support for the local economy.  NISA Local Houghton Regis has expanded its range of products and services in order to service all of the local community’s needs. Armin Ahematagic, NISA Local Area Manager, said: […]

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Main Parties Pledge Not to Increase VAT

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Conservative and Labour parties have announced that they would not raise VAT if they were to come into power after the general election in May. David Cameron pledged that there will be no VAT rise during Prime Minister’s Questions after the Labour leader challenged him to explicitly rule out increasing the tax. During a speech […]

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Final Specification of New £1 Coin Revealed

Written by Victoria Cummins

HM Treasury have unveiled the new design of the £1 coin which will be introduced in early 2017 in response to their 2014 ‘Specification of the £1 coin’ consultation. The new coin will be 12 sided with rounded edges and corners, have two coloured metals in its composition and feature the Royal Mint’s anti-counterfeiting technology. […]

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