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  • Half of employers see increase in stress and mental health illnesses

    Half (55 per cent) of employers have seen an increase in stress and mental health related illnesses, shows Aon Benefits & Trends Survey.

    Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc, says that its annual Benefits and Trends Survey shows 55 per cent of employers see an increase in the number of stress and mental health related illnesses.

  • The food entrepreneur: Building a national brand from scratch

    In this piece, we speak to food entrepreneur Julie Waddell about getting her product on British Airways flights, production line scares and diversifying the range.

    Here, we talk to Julie Waddell, founder of Moorish, a food brand specialising in smoked delicacies, about how she grew the company into a national food brand stocked in outlets from Waitrose to Booths.

  • UK start-ups to be supported by a boost in incubators and accelerators

    New study by Nesta provides insights into the incubator and accelerator landscape in the UK, as start-ups look to capitalise.

    New research from the innovation foundation Nesta for the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy seeks insights into the network of incubators and accelerators across the UK that is aiming to help more start-ups get off the ground and survive the early stages of growth.

  • Business leaders back industrial strategy that supports emerging businesses

    The latest Growth Climate Index focusses on business attitudes towards the Industrial Strategy, government intervention and how best to approach the productivity challenge.

  • UK SMEs are confident about future financial performance

    Recent survey by American Express shows UK SMEs are optimistic and confident about future business and financial performance.

    Business valuation expert, Company Valuation Services (CVS), is educating businesses on how they can increase their potential value and make the transition between owners as stress-free as possible.

  • Aberdeen oil consultancy director banned after leaving taxpayers £55,000 short

    Graeme Rogerson, has been disqualified from acting as a director for 5 years after using cash to pay himself and some creditors, but not his taxes.

    Rogerson was sole director of GKTD Limited, an oil consultancy based in Aberdeen which was placed into compulsory liquidation at the request of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in July 2015, has been disqualified from being a director for 5 years.

  • Industrial innovation in Jiangsu and the UK: apply for funding

    Up to £5 million is available for UK businesses to work with partners in Jiangsu province on industrial challenges and opportunities.

    Innovate UK has up to £5 million to invest in UK businesses working on collaborative research and development projects with partners in Jiangsu province, People’s Republic of China.

  • Accounts filing options for small companies

    Changes to UK company law removed the option for small companies to file abbreviated accounts for accounting periods starting on or after 1 January 2016.

    Small companies

    If you’re a small company you now have the following 3 options for filing your accounts:

    Micro-entity accounts

    You must meet at least 2 of the following

  • Families to benefit from £55 million boost to childcare schemes

    Nearly 18,000 new childcare places created to help deliver 30 hours of free childcare.

    Thousands of new childcare places for working parents around the country are being created thanks to a multi-million grant scheme, the Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage has announced today.

  • Motor racing boost to English tourism

    New laws will allow motor racing events on closed public roads in England.

    New laws come into force on 10 April 2017 which will allow motor racing events to take place on closed public roads in England.

    The move could see small races hosted by local communities, bigger European rallies or even a future Monaco-style Grand Prix in an English city, offering huge economic benefits to local communities.

  • Joint statement: India-UK energy for growth partnership

    India - UK collaboration on energy was celebrated at the inaugural India-UK Energy for Growth Dialogue on 6 and 7 April 2017 in New Delhi.

    India’s Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy, Coal and Mines, Piyush Goyal, and the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, took forward the commitment of their Prime Ministers for an enhanced Energy for Growth Partnership between the two countries.

  • Trade unions to face new fines of up to £20,000 for breaking governance laws

    Under the proposals the Certification Officer will be able to issue fines of up to £20,000 for breaking the law.

    Trade unions are set to face new fines of up to £20,000 for breaking governance laws under plans being consulted on by the government.

  • Clean energy projects receive £24 million to keep towns warm

    New government funding to help develop clean and efficient heating systems has been awarded to 13 local authorities across England, Climate Change and Industry Minister Nick Hurd announced today.

    The £24 million is spread across projects from Sheffield to Somers Town, which will soon help warm homes and businesses with low carbon energy.

  • Facilities management company director disqualfied for 6 years

    Natalie Rimondi disqualified after cleaning out Full Circle Facilities Management bank accounts despite knowing the company was insolvent.

    Natalie Rimondi, director of Full Circle Facilities Management Limited, has been disqualified from acting as a company director for 6 years after transferring company funds of £103,600 to an associated company when she was aware the company was insolvent.

  • Director of Gosport take-away banned for employing illegal workers

    Mohammed Zahed Ahmed, the director of Unique Flavours Limited, a take-away restaurant, trading under the name Bay Leaves has been disqualified for five years.

    The disqualification from 13 March 2017 prevents Mr Ahmed from directly or indirectly becoming involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company until March 2022.

  • SME owners face a retirement ‘time bomb’

    Many small business owners are expecting to work past well past the average retirement age of 70, or not even retire at all.

    Small business owners in Britain have unrealistic pension expectations and could be sitting on a retirement ‘time bomb’ unless they change their mindset, according to a new report from the Forum of Private Business (The Forum) and Clifton Asset Management.

  • SME inflation among the highest in eight years

    UK small business inflation has risen to one of the highest points in eight years, revealing the true impact of Brexit on inflation.

    The average UK small business has seen its basic costs soar by 3.2 per cent in the last year, according to Barclays’ Small Business Cost Index (SBCI), which reveals the true impact of rising inflation on UK SME businesses.

  • 5.5 million people are saving more as a direct result of the pension freedoms

    Thursday 6 April marks the second anniversary of the introduction of the pension freedoms, with millions already saving from it.

  • London start-ups lag behind Berlin, Paris and Dublin post-Brexit vote

    Berlin sets the pace for percentage growth of new start-ups as London experiences a slowdown against other European cities.

    In the six months following the result of the EU referendum, London saw a 13 per cent decline in the number of new start-ups, while other European cities experienced an upsurge in new enterprises, according to analysis published today by global business intelligence experts, Creditsafe.

  • UK businesses caught in negativity epidemic

    People in the UK were the most likely to describe their working environment as uninspiring, highlighting a negativity epidemic.

    UK businesses are in the grip of a negativity epidemic, as research from Sharp reveals that over two thirds (63 per cent) of office workers feel negatively about their workplace, with outdated ways of working causing low morale and low motivation across the country.

  • Business Advisory Group: political stability vital for strong economy

    James Brokenshire held the latest meeting of his Business Advisory Group at Belfast Harbour Commission today.

    The Secretary of State restated the Government’s commitment to returning devolved power-sharing government to Northern Ireland as soon as possible, providing attendees with an update on the current political situation; and discussed the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

  • New penalties for breaching financial sanctions now in force

    The Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) can now impose penalties for serious financial sanctions breaches.

    From today (3 April 2017), the Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) will start to use powers to impose penalties for serious financial sanctions breaches. These can be up to £1 million or 50% of the breach, whichever is higher.

  • £2.4 billion funding boost for England's schools

    Investment will help create 600,000 extra school places, as well as improve or expand thousands of school buildings.

    Thousands of schools across England are to benefit from a £2.4 billion cash injection, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced today (3 April 2017).

  • UK-India economic and trade relations to take centre stage on two-day visit

    Philip Hammond will visit Delhi and Mumbai as part of the 9th UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD), hosted by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.