The increase in the national minimum wage is unwelcome in today's economic climate. We understand the Government must strike a balance between boosting consumer spending and economic growth, however they must ensure the UK's small businesses stay competitive at a time when the economy remains fragile.
There will be businesses that operate on thin margins, who will struggle with any increase to the minimum wage. We therefore urge Government to place renewed impetus into driving down their overheads, such as business rates, energy and fuel costs, and freeing up cash-flow by ending the scourge of late payment by big companies to their suppliers.
More top news
More than 80 prominent Britons, including Boris Johnson, Russell Brand and former Government ministers, urge Obama to release Aamer.
Thundery overnight with a Met Office warning for rain in place for a large swathe of the country. Quite sunny throughout tomorrow.
Video shot in Islamic State capital Raqq purportedly shows at least two of three missing London schoolgirls.