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Claire’s Column – A Balanced Budget

Published on: 19 Mar, 2015
Updated on: 19 Mar, 2015

In this regular column – a must-read for all those interested in Guildford business – Claire Dee summarises the Chancellor’s budget for local small businesses.

Claire Dee

Claire Dee

This week Chancellor George Osborne delivered his sixth and final budget as part of the current coalition government. And all in all, it was a relatively balanced and sensible offering.

As a local business owner, what was in it then for the small business community?

  • Abolition of the onerous annual tax return
  • Removing class 2 national insurance for the self-employed
  • Extending small business relief
  • Reviewing business rates
  • Ambitious ultra-broadband plans
  • Cancelling planned fuel duty rises
  • Changes to venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes

In his own words, Osborne was sending a clear message about future growth of the UK economy through the country’s many and growing entrepreneurs: “…if you back enterprise, you raise more revenue…”

But a word of caution, with the fast-approaching general election in May, not all of these ideas could become a reality.

As Guildford-based solicitors Barlow Robbins noted: “With polling day just over seven weeks away, Mr Osborne’s sixth budget was always going to be heavily laced with politics. Some of the proposals the Chancellor announced may not survive to become legislation depending on the result of the election.”

Indeed. So while I welcome all of the above, forgive me if I don’t break out the champagne just yet, despite the fact wine duty has been frozen.

Claire Dee runs her own communications consultancy near Guildford, and is an active member of the local business community including sitting on the Surrey Chambers of Commerce Council and the Institute of Directors Surrey Committee.  To learn more visit

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Responses to Claire’s Column – A Balanced Budget

  1. Mary Bedforth Reply

    March 20, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Oh dear. All the fuss about the sugar tax. Then Iain Duncan Smith resigns over the welfare cuts hitting those most in need whilst the rich are given tax cuts and the Tory party implodes.

    So many knives are sticking out of each other’s backs.

  2. Bernard Parke Reply

    March 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    When I was a member of the Conservative Party such rows in public never happened.

    Those were the days.

    Perhaps this is a hallmark of Mr. Cameron’s new party for all.

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