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The Budget 2011: friend or foe?


The 2011 Budget has been announced, but how will it affect our businesses and the cleaning industry, in general?


Each and every Spring we see the arrival of the dreaded Budget – the major financial and economic statement of the year.


Chancellor, George Osborne, presented the 2011 Budget on 23rd March, as what he describes as “the Budget for growth.”


This Budget builds on action announced in the Spending Review 2010 and the June Budget 2010; to rebalance the economy from unsustainable public spending towards exports and investment. This should support the UK’s long-term economic potential and help to create new jobs and, in the long term, a better economy.


But how will this year’s budget affect businesses, particularly SMEs? And what of the cleaning industry? We asked those in the know to share their thoughts...


“The cleaning industry welcomes the corporation tax cut and the reductions in bureaucracy introduced in the Budget. However, this is tempered by our continued concern that public sector funding cuts will dampen demand for cleaning services. As ever, the final verdict will have to wait until the measures have been implemented so that we can see what effect they have in reality.”


Andrew Large, Chief Executive of the CSSA


“The Institute welcomes the Government announcement of funding for 40,000 additional apprenticeship schemes for young people. It is vital that the Government invests in the right skills to aid economic recovery. The Institute’s mission is to raise the quality of education and build awareness of the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training. The cleaning sector needs to be able to compete more in a highly competitive market, and one sure way of achieving this is to invest in the correct training.”


Stan Atkins, Group Chief Executive Officer of The British Institute of Cleaning Science


FEATURE 28 | TOMORROW’S CLEANING | The future of our cleaning industry


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