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The FD verdict: What FDs want from the Autumn Statement

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With the Autumn Statement fast approaching, we’re seeing wish lists to chancellor George Osborne far outstripping those intended for Santa.

Business owners found little cheer in 2012’s Autumn Statement, and SMEs called for more action to help them grow in 2013. But we need to remember that 2014 has been filled with political instability and mounting debt. With this backdrop, the government could possibly forget about business growth.

So what can we expect Osborne to pull out of his red bag this year?

According to the Telegraph’s Roland Gribben, “the Business Secretary has provided a strong signal that ‘something positive’ is scheduled on the rates front.” And FSB chairman John Allen wants the chancellor to simplify the UK’s complex tax system, while the CBI is encouraging an improvement to the Annual Investment Allowance.

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