CITY VIEWS: WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE CHANCELLOR’S BUDGET?*

AMI RICHARDS | FIDELITY
“It seems that, overall, the Budget looks like a good thing. The personal allowance increase was needed. People are struggling to survive because things are so hard, so the more-than £1,000 increase should hopefully help.”

COLIN HALL | GRESHAM COMPUTING
“I’m happy the Budget didn’t mess too badly with childcare. The tax increases, while not good right now, look good for next year. It was also a good idea not to raise duty on alcohol because pubs could use the extra help.”

JOHN NEWLANDS | CITYONE SECURITIES
“This Budget gives an openness for an entrepreneurial economy, which is important for employment and growth. Of course, as a professional smoker and drinker, we got clubbed again by the price rise on a pack of cigarettes.”