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Confidence Has A Lot To Answer For

The constant drip of bad economic news means that few in small and medium sized businesses can have much confidence about the future.

Posted under 'Comment' by David on Monday, 2 July, 2012

VAT on Extensions to Listed Buildings

Not the best news for this sector. The building industry as a whole was lobbying for a reduction of VAT on property extensions (new buildings are already zero rated). The argument was that this would help kick start construction which remains subdued after the 2008 crash.

Clearly that one was lost and the imposition of VAT on alterations to listed buildings will have the opposite effect – tending to slow construction activity. I notice that the notes accompanying the budget say that this will have a minimal macroeconomic effect.

Posted under 'Comment' by David on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

A Beautiful Part of the World

murmuration of starlings in somerset

I am lucky to have started this business in such a beautiful part of the country. Within a few minutes drive from the factory there are the Somerset levels with many nature reserves and teaming with wildlife. Tonight was the most fabulous sunset and I can see Jupiter and Venus from my window as I type this………

Posted under 'Comment' by David on Sunday, 25 March, 2012