The Autumn Statement, which was for the first time combined with the Spending Review, was an early Christmas present in some ways for the business community. There has finally been movement on the current uniform business rates system and the Government has vowed to create 26 new Enterprise Zones to stimulate business growth in the UK. Lacking, however, were plans to improve local transport links and appropriate measures to correct the skills gap, which is still hampering the UK economy.

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