News roundup—PBR review, N Brown, more

  • Financial Times
    has a summary of yesterday’s pre-Budget
    report. Among the key points for businesses: VAT will return to
    17.5 percent on 1st January, and the 2010 corporation tax rate
    for small businesses will remain unchanged. And the
    notes that “the HM Revenue & Customs
    Business payment support service – which allows businesses in
    trouble to delay tax payments – will continue ‘for as long as

  • N Brown workers who are members of labour
    union Usdaw voted to reject a pay freeze for 2010; a vote on
    whether to strike could take place next week. An N Brown
    spokesperson, however, told the
    Manchester Evening News
    that if workers were to strike, it
    would not affect Christmas orders, as any work action could not
    legally be implemented until the new year.

  • Here’s an example of a company adjusting to changing consumer
    trends: Carrier Bag Shop, a supplier of plastic
    and paper packaging, has launched a spin-off website,, specialising in-duh-cotton
    bags and other eco-friendly packaging.


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