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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Quarter of small firms 'unaware' of major changes to PAYE

A quarter of small firms are ‘unaware’ of forthcoming changes to the way in which they must report their payroll, a leading business group has warned.  To find out more about RTI, read the article here or contact us for more information.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Small firms 'to benefit from energy bill reforms'

An extra 150,000 small businesses are set to benefit from changes to the rules regarding gas and electricity bills, the energy regulator Ofgem has announced.  To find out more, click here to read the article.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Government announces supply chain boost for SMEs

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a multi-billion pound boost for the UK supply chain, following an agreement by some of the UK’s leading companies to commit to a Supply Chain Finance scheme.  Find out more on our website.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

UK tax gap stands at £32 billion

The UK ‘tax gap’, which indicates the difference between the amount of tax that should have been collected by HM Revenue & Customs, and the amount of tax that was actually collected, has risen to £32bn, according to the latest figures.  Find out more and read the article on our website.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Latest figures suggest UK growth 'significantly overestimated'

The Government’s independent forecasting body, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), has revealed that it failed to anticipate the scale of the economic slowdown in the UK between 2010 and 2012, predicting that growth would be six times stronger than the latest economic figures actually suggest.  To find out more, click here to read the article.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Pension pot transfer plans 'could wipe 25% off retirement income'

Plans to make it easier for workers to transfer their workplace pensions could cut individuals’ retirement income by up to a quarter, some experts have warned.  Find out more on our website.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Small business costs 'continue to rise'

A new survey has suggested that the cost of doing business has continued to increase throughout 2012, with energy costs accounting for the most commonly occurring increase.  To find out more, read the article here.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Retailers call for freeze in business rates

Retail chiefs are calling on the Government to freeze business rates ahead of an announcement on September’s RPI inflation figure.  To find out more, read the article on our website.

Monday, 15 October 2012

'Presenteeism' on the rise as recession bites

Levels of employee absence have fallen among UK firms, but employers are reporting a rise in the number of staff coming into work ill.  To read the article, click here.

Friday, 12 October 2012

One third of top online retailers 'breaking consumer laws'

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging online retailers to review their websites, following the revelation that more than a third of the UK’s top retail sites are breaking consumer laws.  Read the article on our website.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Government unveils latest measures to 'tackle red tape burden'

The Government has announced a raft of changes to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, as part of its efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on UK businesses.  Find out more on our website.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

New scheme to exchange employee rights for share ownership

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for a new employee share ownership scheme, under which employees will exchange some of their existing employment rights for the right to own shares in the business.  Find out more on our website.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Extending NICs holiday 'could create an extra 45,000 jobs'

Extending the national insurance contributions (NICs) holiday to all micro firms would create an additional 45,000 jobs, according to a leading business group.  To find out more, read the article here.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Government rules out 'mansion tax' and pledges £10bn benefit cut

The Government has ruled out the introduction of a so-called ‘mansion tax’, and has stated that it needs to make a further £16bn of savings by 2015/16 in order to meet its fiscal targets.  Find out more and read the article here.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Business welcomes early roll-out of 4G technology

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has welcomed the announcement that high speed 4G mobile internet services will be running on multiple networks across the UK, up to six months earlier than originally planned.  Find out more on our website.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Business group calls for clarification on new health and safety fees

A leading business group has called for further clarification on the new health and safety Fee For Intervention (FFI) rules, after it raised concerns over ‘ambiguities’ in the current legislation.  To find out more, read the rest of the article here.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

New small claims track for intellectual property disputes

A new small claims track has been introduced to the Patents County Court, with the aim of speeding up the court process and making it easier for small and medium-sized businesses in England and Wales to protect their intellectual property (IP).  Find out more on our website.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

'Positive growth returns' yet UK economy 'remains stagnant', says BCC

The UK economy grew in the three months to September but fixing the country’s finances will take longer than planned, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).  Find out more and read the article here.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Pension auto-enrolment marks 'step change' for retirement savings

Radical changes to the UK workplace pension system, which will affect millions of individuals, have started to take effect.  Find out more and read the article on our website.