Business community 'should benefit from Autumn Statement' says Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Maureen Frost

George Osborne

First published in Hampshire Business Andover Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

HAMPSHIRE'S business community should benefit from the measures unveiled today by the Chancellor, according to the body that speaks for them.

Maureen Frost from Hampshire's Chamber of Commerce said her initial reaction to the Autumn Statement delivered by George Osborne this afternoon was positive.

“Overall I think there were some good announcements for business today.

“Obviously we would need to look into what was said in a bit more detail but on the whole there were a number of measures that should help particularly small and medium sized enterprises.”

She drew particular attention to the announcement that there would be a one per cent cut in corporation tax and greater tax relief for businesses buying new machinery and plant work.

She added: “Although the cancellation of the three per cent fuel duty rise would be welcomed across the country, I know that will particularly help the haulage and transport firms that have been hit hard by the rises.”

She said the Chamber was also pleased to see the Government had listen to much of their lobbying and particularly that he supported calls to devolve decision making and resources to regions.

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3:45pm Wed 5 Dec 12

On the inside says...

Thank god. I could hardly sleep worrying about the poor business people. They put so much into the community and take so little out. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice.
Thank god. I could hardly sleep worrying about the poor business people. They put so much into the community and take so little out. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice. On the inside
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6:08pm Wed 5 Dec 12

saintmark1977 says...

What is it with people these days?

We have not gained one penny piece from the cancellation of the fuel duty rise.

We still pay more than nearly every other country in the world and we are supposed to be thankfull?

It is a little like saying I will hit you in the face once but rejoice that I will not hit you again! Never mind that your nose is broken and you are missing two front teeth,it could have been worse!
What is it with people these days? We have not gained one penny piece from the cancellation of the fuel duty rise. We still pay more than nearly every other country in the world and we are supposed to be thankfull? It is a little like saying I will hit you in the face once but rejoice that I will not hit you again! Never mind that your nose is broken and you are missing two front teeth,it could have been worse! saintmark1977
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2:13am Thu 6 Dec 12

VictorMeldrew says...

The people who will lose out are the very rich who will only be able to claim tax relief on up to £40000 of pension contributions and the very poor whose benefits increases will be less than inflation. The very rich will find other tax loopholes. The very poor will have to decide between heat or eat. Typical Tory policies. Time to retire George.
The people who will lose out are the very rich who will only be able to claim tax relief on up to £40000 of pension contributions and the very poor whose benefits increases will be less than inflation. The very rich will find other tax loopholes. The very poor will have to decide between heat or eat. Typical Tory policies. Time to retire George. VictorMeldrew
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2:13am Thu 6 Dec 12

VictorMeldrew says...

The people who will lose out are the very rich who will only be able to claim tax relief on up to £40000 of pension contributions and the very poor whose benefits increases will be less than inflation. The very rich will find other tax loopholes. The very poor will have to decide between heat or eat. Typical Tory policies. Time to retire George.
The people who will lose out are the very rich who will only be able to claim tax relief on up to £40000 of pension contributions and the very poor whose benefits increases will be less than inflation. The very rich will find other tax loopholes. The very poor will have to decide between heat or eat. Typical Tory policies. Time to retire George. VictorMeldrew
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