George Osborne’s Summer Budget was not great news for businesses. Certainly there was some good news – reduced corporation tax, increased income tax allowances, raising the higher rate of income tax threshold and the increase in the national insurance employment allowance are all to be welcomed.
Should we open an office in the London Borough of Walford? It’s probably about 12 years or so since the BBC soap Eastenders ran a story-line in which would-be catering magnate, Ian Beale, became bankrupt. His then squeeze, Laura, bought back his fish and chip shop from the Official Receiver enabling the business to continue. But 2013 has seen a rash of real-life bankruptcies of past and current Eastenders stars.