Results of the 2015 election – What does it mean for businesses?

General Election

The results of the 2015 Election were a surprise to many, with the Conservatives securing a majority despite many forecasts and opinion polls predicting another hung parliament.

What does this result mean for businesses in the UK, and how can you plan accordingly to ensure continued growth?

The Conservatives’ victory has a number of implications for businesses. The Party’s Small Business Manifesto, announced on the 27th April 2015, states that the Party will:

  • Oppose any increases to Corporation Tax
  • Keep the Employment Allowance until 2020
  • Abolish NICs on employees under 21
  • Set a higher, permanent level for the Annual Investment Allowance
  • Launch the ‘Help to Grow’ scheme
  • Treble the number of Start Up Loans to 75,000
  • Boost support for first-time exporters
  • Cut a further £10 billion of red tape

In response to these policies, here are some areas for you to consider for your overall business strategy:

Hiring New Staff Members

If you are thinking of hiring additional staff, note that from 6th April 2015 employees will no longer have to pay Class 1 secondary National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for employees under 21. If you are looking to employ young members of staff, ensure your employment proposition is compelling to this age-group in order to attract the best talent.

Selling to International Markets

The First Time Exporters (FTE) initiative was announced on 18th May 2015. The FTE is a package of support (including training and advice) for businesses looking to expand into overseas markets for the first time. If you believe your business has the potential to expand into international markets, please speak to us for further information.

Starting a New Business

Thinking of starting a new business venture? The Conservatives state that they aim to increase the number of business start-ups to 600,000 by the end of the current Parliament. To facilitate this growth, they have pledged an increase in the number of start-up Loans to 75,000. If you are thinking about starting a new business, please talk to us, we will be able to provide guidance in relation to the financial, tax and accounting considerations of launching a new business.

Additional Budget on 8th July

Following the Election, the Chancellor has announced that there will be a second Budget, taking place on 8th July 2015. We expect this to include a number of Conservative manifesto tax pledges and you can read the headlines live from our twitter page and view a full summary on our blog.

To discuss how these changes may affect you and to find out more please get in touch or call 0161 249 5040