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Closing a VAT loophole that allows companies to avoid the duty on goods valued at up to £18 by moving offshore would not damage small firms and may even lead to their "resurgence" on the high street, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

The Forum of Private Business has reacted to the approval of the first 24 Local Enterprise Partnerships, which will aid economic development and infrastructure.

The Forum of Private Business is calling on the Government to reform tax and red tape in order to boost small business growth and cut costs.

The Forum of Private Business is calling on the UK’s public sector to retain its target of paying small firms in 10 days following a new ruling to make 30 days the standard across the European Union (EU).

The Forum of Private Business has criticised plans by certain councils to introduces a workplace parking levy (WPL).

The Forum of Private Business has said its research backs up the latest figures from the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) which show that lending to the UK’s small firms is in decline.

A public sector initiative to pay invoices within 10 days is not being passed on by main contractors to smaller suppliers, the Forum of Private Business has discovered.

A small business support group has submitted Freedom of Information (FoI) Act requests to every police force in the UK in order to find out how quickly they pay their suppliers.

The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the coalition Government’s announcement of an ‘action plan’ to end excessive red tape.

The Forum of Private Business has sent all would-be MPs a special guide outlining key facts and figures regarding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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