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The finance minister outlined a range of measures he intends to implement to help businesses, on 26 November 2012.

Sammy Wilson said he would be retaining the empty shops concession for the remainder of the budget period.

The scheme gives a 50% empty-property relief and has seen 52 new business start up across Northern Ireland since its introduction.

The minister also said he wished to expand the small business rate relief scheme until March 2015.

Proceeds from a levy for large retail properties with a rateable value of £500,000 or more has been used by the government to reduce rates for smaller businesses.

In November 2012, Mr Wilson announced that would be extended to provide 3,500 business with a 20% discount.

The minister also announced an extension of the rural ATM exemption for the remainder of the budget period.

"I am of the view that retaining ATMs in those areas remains an important issue in order to ensure financial inclusion for rural communities," he said.


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