What would the Budget be without the gags that always seem to follow on Twitter? We'd surely only have been left with David Cameron's kitchen jokes (of which there were two) and a band of brothers reference made by George Osborne.
The 2015 Budget has been unveiled by the chancellor, signalling the beginning of much butting of heads between political parties. So, how have SMEs fared?
Lesley Stalker examines the news that HMRC has flexed new muscles by swapping paper tax returns for digital returns linked to bank accounts.
For those of you who don't have the time to pore through story after story looking for what's important, we're providing a quick and succinct summary of chancellor George Osborne's final Budget speech before the general election.
Real Business has canvassed the sentiment of entrepreneurs, business owners and company managers and garnered a mixed reaction, with some feeling that the chancellor missed out on an opportunity to give businesses what is really needed
George Osborne mentioned during the Budget 2015 that there's a need to “support the latest insurgent industries” to “put Britain at the forefront of the online sharing economy,” which will be achieved with the launch of hubs in Manchester and Leeds, as well as adoption from the government.
Ahead of the Budget, David Cameron announced that apprentices will see a 20 per cent pay rise and Nick Clegg proposed a national minimum wage increase to £6.70 per hour. Now, George Osborne ahs included the abolishment of NI payments in his Budget speech, to the delight of business owners.
Recent announcements by the chancellor have put Manchester's economy in the spotlight. But compared to the Autumn Statement, there wasn't much for Greater Manchester other than news it will keep 100 per cent of additional business rates.
To help increase the supply of growth loans to businesses, chancellor George Osborne's Budget 2015 speech included details of a new pilot to deliver up to £100m of capital to growing businesses.
During the Budget 2015, George Osborne announced a commitment to invest up to £740m in support for technologies to generate the UK's “cities of the future” with the Internet of Things and broadband enhancements.
In a week that has seen a wide range of business organisations come out in favour of keeping the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) at £500,000, chancellor George Osborne has kept his cards close to his chest but indicated it will not fall to a previous low.
Five years after delivering his first Budget address, chancellor George Osborne delivered his 6th and final one before the general election in May.