The UK has struggled with low economic growth for a number of years, with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicting a meagre 0.6% growth for this year and the next. However, the recent Autumn Statement brought some much-needed good news for businesses and the economy as a whole ...
I believe a UK strategy for economic growth is finally emerging with a focus on unlocking the potential of investment!
The announcement that full expensing of investments would be made permanent, rather than just a temporary measure, is a significant step towards boosting economic growth in the UK. For businesses, being able to deduct 100% of certain investments from their pre-tax profits means more resources available to invest in research, new machinery, and workplace skills.
"This is crucial for staying competitive in a rapidly changing global market!"
While the OBR remains cautious about the UK's economic growth in the next few years, the Bank of England's commitment to driving inflation back to target means a restrictive backdrop for some time to come.
This is where the importance of investment comes in. By encouraging businesses to invest, the government is boosting economic growth and creating a more stable and sustainable economy in the long run.
In addition to the investment tax break, the UK is also adopting tactics used by its peers to attract more foreign investment. The recent second investment summit, which generated 12,000 jobs and £29bn of investment in various sectors, is a testament to the potential of this approach.
The government is also taking steps to address the current siloed and inflexible systems that hinder investment, with a recent report by Lord Richard Harrington recommending the development of a clear business investment strategy and a dedicated Office for Investment.
Lord Harrington's review also highlights the changing landscape of capitalism, where governments are increasingly using their resources to assist private companies in investment decisions.
This shift in mindset is crucial for the UK to compete with its peers in attracting foreign investment. By making these changes, the UK could potentially inject billions of pounds from abroad into its economy every year, creating a positive ripple effect on economic growth.
"It is also worth noting that the increase in the National Living Wage also has inflationary effects!"
However, the National Insurance boost delivered in November is not expected to have a significant impact on inflation. Instead, it is election-linked tax giveaways that could potentially destabilize inflation expectations. Therefore, the Bank of England must maintain its current interest rates and only consider a rate cut in February 2025.
I believe a UK strategy for economic growth is finally emerging with a focus on unlocking the potential of investment. The government's commitment to making full expensing of investments permanent and efforts to attract more foreign investment are crucial steps towards boosting economic growth.
However, this is just the beginning. With the right strategy, the UK has the potential to see significant economic growth in the coming years.
Until next time ...
ROGER EDDOWES Business Godparent
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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.
Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.
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