Business and Other Briefings

BIS: Official figures released last week show that the number of private sector businesses in the UK increased significantly to 4.8m at the start of 2012 – a record high.  This is an increase on last year’s figures, which showed there were 4.5m businesses in the UK at the start of 2011.

The statistics also show:
* The 4.8m PSBs employed an estimated 23.9m people and had an estimated turnover of £3,100bn
* 99.9% of PSBs were SMEs, which also account for 59.2% of PS employment and 48.8% of PS turnover
Press release & links
 
BISLow carbon business opportunities in Brazil and South Korea stretch into £bns, 2 reports published by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) reveal.
Press release & links
 
DECC: Ed Davey has assured businesses that the Government will provide the certainty investors are looking for in its forthcoming Energy Bill, which will unlock billions in energy infrastructure investment vital for keeping the lights on, emissions down and bills affordable.
Press release & links
 
HMRCRevenue & Customs Brief 28/12
This brief sets out the conditions for NICs refunds following the repeal of the Social Security (Categorisation of Earners) Regulations 1978 in relation to lecturers, teachers, instructors or those in a similar capacity.