A round-up some of the key points from today’s Budget speech in Parliament, likely to be of interest to creatives and small businesses…

* There will be tax-breaks for museums and galleries which devise and tour major new touring exhibitions. No details, but presumably it will work in the same way as existing help for videogame producers, orchestras and others.

* A £1,000 per year new tax-free allowance for small ‘back-bedroom’ Internet sellers and digital goods traders – and we won’t need to even declare it on the tax forms, apparently. Presumably the Inland Revenue got fed up at having to check each and every one of the fiddly little $-to-£ calculations on people’s Overseas Earnings tax forms.

* A new clampdown on VAT-free importers who sell items on eBay and similar sites, thus leveling the pitch for small UK online sellers (who do get VAT added).

* There’s a new sugary drinks levy/tax – but he said, in passing, that tiny artisanal drinks producers will be exempt.

* A quarter of UK secondary schools will get a share of the £500m a year raised by the sugary drinks levy – and they will spend this on after-school activities (which the Chancellor said would be not limited only to sports, so I guess a tiny bit might find its way to dance etc?).

* 600,000 small businesses/shops will pay no business rates, and 250,000 have their rates cuts, from April 2017. He gave the example that a typical small family newsagent or corner shop will no longer pay business rates at all. The exemption threshold for small business rate relief will increase from £6,000 to £15,000, and higher rate will also be increased.

* A new “lifetime ISA” for those under 40, from 2017. This will possibly be a useful savings vehicle for artists and freelancers. Put in £4k a year of savings and the government will give you an extra £1k a year gratis. Access the cash at any time.

* The personal tax allowance is increased from April 2017 to £11,500 per year, so pay no tax on the first £11,500. Many artists, actors and small freelancers will thus be taken out of tax altogether.

* He extended the VAT refund eligibility for museums, which apparently helps to support free entry to museums. The VAT refund was previously only available for the big national museums. Big touring museum shows will also be able to claim back the VAT, as part of the forthcoming tax breaks scheme.

* Hull gets £13m for its City of Culture 2017, which might indicate the sort of funding that Stoke-on-Trent could expect if the city’s bid is successful.

* Birmingham gets a big shiny £14m creative industries ‘STEAMhouse’ in Digbeth.

* An extra £20m put into the fund to repair England’s cathedrals and churches, so maybe some extra work in prospect for stained-glass artists, wood carvers and stonemasons?

* And there’s also a “beer duty freeze” for independent artisanal craft brewers.