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Business is the wealth generator of the UK, and small and family businesses are the often neglected heart of the UK economy, with family businesses alone employing nearly four in ten of the UK’s workforce. We propose ways to make the UK an economy all businesses can thrive in.

Think Small - A blueprint for supporting UK small businesses

Think Small - A blueprint for supporting UK small businesses

Nick King - Tax

‘Think Small’ is a new report which looks to make life a lot easier for small companies. It is authored by Nick King, Head of Business at the Centre for Policy Studies. The report calls for the Government to adopt an emblematic policy to champion small and family businesses: the Simple Consolidated Tax.

A Budget for No Deal

A Budget for No Deal

Centre for Policy Studies - Economy

The British Government and the EU insist they do not want a "no-deal" Brexit, yet it remains a possibility. That is why we have set out measures the Chancellor should consider in a no-deal scenario.

Herding Unicorns

Herding Unicorns

- Media & Technology

'Herding Unicorns' proposes new reforms - including mentoring programmes and 'Unicorn Visas' - to help the UK nurture homegrown entrepreneurs and promote the next generation of tech companies.

All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck

Guy Opperman MP and Laura Farris - Economy

Businesses and employers can and should do more to help close Britain’s productivity gap. Guy Opperman MP suggests Britain businesses should follow the example of US firms who found high employee engagement was reflected in at least a 20% boost to productivity and profitability.

Fair Business Banking for All

Fair Business Banking for All

Kevin Hollinrake MP - Economy

Small and medium businesses are the lifeblood of the British economy but many fail to scale up because they are reluctant to take on the borrowing they need due to a lack of trust in big banks.

The Cost of Nationalisation

The Cost of Nationalisation

Daniel Mahoney - Economy

Labour's nationalisation agenda could cost the government £176bn, or £6,500 for every household, concludes research by the Centre for Policy Studies.

A New Era for Retail Bonds

A New Era for Retail Bonds

Rishi Sunak MP - Economy

Rishi Sunak MP calls for the Government to back the creation of a new exchange for SME bonds aimed at everyday savers.

Why Britain Needs More Robots

Why Britain Needs More Robots

Daniel Mahoney - Manufacturing

The Labour Party is wrong to argue against increasing mechanisation. It would impede productivity growth, depress wage growth, and encourage economic activity to relocate.

The Australian Supermodel: Lessons for the UK

The Australian Supermodel: Lessons for the UK

The Hon Alexander Downer AC -

Alexander Downer, Australia's High Commissioner to the UK, says Britain should use the opportunities from Brexit and Australia is eager to begin negotiating a free trade deal.

Strikes in Essential Services: Time for further protection for the public?

Strikes in Essential Services: Time for further protection for the public?

Nicholas Finney OBE - Public Services

Strikes in the "essential services" are banned in most Western economies, apart from in the UK. The government must do more to protect the public from strike action in public services.

Why Corporation Tax Cuts Work

Why Corporation Tax Cuts Work

Daniel Mahoney -

Corporation tax cuts have had a positive impact but Labour have threatened to reverse them

Manufacturing: How to Fuel the Fire

Manufacturing: How to Fuel the Fire

Daniel Mahoney and James Pilditch - Manufacturing

The UK manufacturing sector needs a supply side revolution if it is to continue to occupy a competitive position on the world stage. There is a continuing need for UK manufacturing, particularly in boosting productivity and exports.

Infrastructure can be a bad investment

Infrastructure can be a bad investment

Daniel Mahoney, Tim Knox and George Trefgarne -

Often justified in terms of being “affordable” in a world where the current cost of government borrowing is extraordinarily low, advocating high levels of infrastructure spending is firmly in fashion.

The Free Ports Opportunity

The Free Ports Opportunity

Rishi Sunak MP - Economy

Brexit provides a new trade opportunity for Britain: the creation of Free Ports, writes Rishi Sunak MP.

Complexity, Uncertainty and Cost

Complexity, Uncertainty and Cost

Rachel Kelly - Tax

New proposals to address tax avoidance by multi-national corporations could, unintentionally, delay or cancel much-needed UK infrastructure and real estate development.