You know we’re living in austere times when almost nine in ten businesses believe the government must do more to encourage growth.
Some 30 per cent of businesses think that reducing administrative burdens would encourage them to grow, while more than a quarter (27 per cent), feel that tax breaks would provide the best incentive for expansion, revealed from our recent study of 150 companies on the Iris Exchequer Roadshow surveying our accounting software customers.
A further 30 per cent say the uncertain economic climate will continue to be the greatest challenge for businesses in 2012, followed by operational costs (23 per cent) and staying competitive (18 per cent), with 12 per cent feeling that customer retention would be a challenge for them in the next 12 months.
John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has an opinion on the challenges we are facing. He said we are living in "momentous times" with slow but seismic shifts in the world economy. With changes afoot around the globe, the UK simply cannot afford to compromise on economic performance, he claimed.
"If we fall behind, the future could be very different for our children and grandchildren," Mr Longworth stated. "Britain does have the potential to recover and make its way in the world. We have the talent, the energy, and the enterprise. All we need is an environment that puts business first." Boosting growth in our businesses will boost the economy and let Britain lead on the international stage.”
I believe that most businesses have already been through a sustained period of operational cost cutting but many are still under pressure to look for further savings. Tax breaks are just one solution that will help to encourage entrepreneurial activities and business growth, but it’s important that the government considers this as an urgent priority.
Regulations and administrative burdens will continue to hamper growing businesses, so it is important that they take time out to look at how they can improve procedures and efficiencies from the inside out.
“Britain needs an enterprise culture where people are helped into self-employment, enabling them to one say provide jobs for other people,” Longworth says. “Politicians have shown a level of resolve and determination to help business succeed this year, however, they have been nowhere near radical enough and have not been able to tackle the culture that deems business and wealth creation as negative." But the government can restore UK business confidence, he said, by facilitating the flow of credit to viable businesses, improving the UK planning system, and by overhauling the infrastructure and skills system.
With Longworth’s thoughts in mind it’s essential that businesses assess their existing processes and ensure they have the right tools and information they need to enable business growth – it’s a small but simple step towards improving efficiencies and making better, more strategic business decisions.
John Longworth concludes this point "Business is not just good for Britain, but is essential. 2012 could provide the tipping point for our economy. Not just because the next year is the nadir of a crisis, but because it provides an opportunity for lasting change. It could be a new start to an exciting future, the beginning of a renaissance in our fortunes based on enterprise, wealth creation and a new world view."
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It would be great if they would just do something to help the economy... I am still wanting the VAT rate to go back down but dont think this would happen. They also need to make the barriers to entry easier, when I started my business 3 years ago it was incredibly difficult to setup myself and I spent a lot in accountants fees etc to just get started. Others will not be as fortunate as myself to have the money and patience to start out.
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