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  • Hawaiian shirts and hog roasts top the summer perks wish list

    CV-Library reveals what perks UK professionals want to help see them through a hot summer’s day at work.

    The Great British summer time can be unpredictable, but our early summer heat wave has led to questions around summer dress codes and working temperatures, with the majority of UK professionals (82 per cent) agreeing that businesses should offer a more relaxed dress code over the hotter months, according to CV-Library.

  • Employees anxiety over meetings driving them to drink

    Nearly half of UK workers admit to getting anxiety over meetings at work, as horrible bosses cause them grief.

    UK office workers are suffering from daily anxiety over meetings at work, with some going to drastic lengths to cope, new research has revealed.

    A shocking 48 per cent of employees in Britain claim that the daily stress of work meetings gives them some level of anxiety both during and after the working day.

  • Most contractors believe their input is needed for accurate IR35 decisions

    Research highlights that UK contractors do not believe accurate IR35 decisions can be made without their input.

    Eighty eight per cent of contractors do not believe public sector bodies and agencies are able to make accurate IR35 decisions without their input, research from Qdos Contractor of The Qdos Group highlights.

  • Over 3 million more people in work since 2010

    Official figures released today show the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.4% – the lowest level since 1975.

    According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of people in work is at the highest level since records began in 1971.

    The record figures have been driven by increases in the number of people in secure work – over 75% of the increase in employment over the past 7 years has been in full-time work.

  • Employees in the workplace are not taking health and safety seriously

    British young people in the workplace are not taking health and safety seriously enough, according to new research.

    More than a quarter of young people are failing to follow the health and safety procedures put in place by their employer and are putting themselves in danger, according to new research.

  • Eight out of every ten SMEs are being overcharged for their energy

     ‘Big Six’ energy providers charge more to SMEs than bigger businesses - 80 per cent of Britain’s small businesses are overpaying.

    Small businesses are being urged to switch to cheaper tariffs, after it emerged the ‘Big Six’ energy providers charge more to SMEs than bigger businesses – and that a staggering 80 per cent of Britain’s small businesses still haven’t switched.

  • Six in ten business believe automation will drive productivity

    New report highlights the impact digital transformation will have on businesses and recruitment strategies.

  • Six in ten business believe automation will drive productivity

    New report highlights the impact digital transformation will have on businesses and recruitment strategies.

     

  • Application enquiry updates for Business e-services customers

    We have improved the Application Enquiry service which business customers use to check details of any application.

    Today we have improved the Application Enquiry service.

  • Latest government large scale fire safety test results published

    The fourth in the government’s series of large-scale fire safety tests has been completed by the BRE.

    The fourth in the government’s series of large-scale fire safety tests, that will allow experts to better understand how different types of cladding panels behave with different types of insulation in a fire, has been completed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

  • Matchmaking scheme helps businesses find £4 million of finance

    Small businesses struggling to access finance from big banks have received almost £4 million of funding thanks to an innovative scheme.

    Over the past 9 months, 230 small businesses from beauticians to forklift truck training companies, which were rejected for loans by some of the UK’s biggest banks, have gained £3.8 million from alternative lenders.

  • Bid to boost bilateral trade in Malaysia and South Korea

    Mark Garnier aims to strengthen existing trade links on visit to 2 important Asian markets.

    International Trade Minister Mark Garnier visits 2 fast-growing Asian markets in a bid to boost trade and investment opportunities post-Brexit on his first trip to Malaysia and South Korea this week (6 to 11 August).

  • Small businesses working hard to meet living wage challenge

    British small businesses are managing to stretch their budgets to cover the national living wage for their employees.

    New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows the majority (64 per cent) of small firms impacted by the National Living Wage (NLW) have stretched to meet the latest rise by taking lower profits.

  • Scotland’s HALO Trust is leading mines clearance and supporting the local economy

    Priti Patel praised mine clearance workers during a visit to the HALO Trust's headquarters just outside Dumfries.

    International Development Secretary Priti Patel praised Scotland’s HALO Trust for taking the lead in bringing British ingenuity and bravery to mine clearance in some of the world’s most fragile countries, during a visit to the organisation’s headquarters just outside Dumfries today.

  • High street ‘Digital dinosaurs’ left for dust by new breed tech-savvy owners

    Businesses that embrace online payments are defying tougher conditions on the high-street, new research from Worldpay reveals.

    From independent florists, to artisanal bakers traditional high-street stalwarts are experiencing a retail renaissance thanks to clever use of technology, claims new data from Worldpay.

     

  • UK Government bids to unlock new markets for scotch whisky

    The UK Government is working to reduce export tariffs on scotch whisky and other landmark Scottish produce as we leave the EU.

    Scottish Secretary David Mundell met with representatives of the Scotch Whisky Association and Diageo at the iconic Caol Ila distillery on Islay, to discuss how the UK Government is laying the groundwork to reduce export tariffs on Scottish produce.

  • Extended bankruptcy for insolvency practitioner

    Gagen Dulari Sharma, previously a qualified insolvency practitioner in Birmingham, has given an eight year bankruptcy restrictions undertaking.

    An investigation found that after being appointed liquidator of a limited company, negligence by Ms Sharma, 55, resulted in a significant liability to creditors of the company.

  • £282m investment for M42 junction 6 near Birmingham

    Highways England announces preferred route for a major improvement scheme in the West Midlands.

    Highways England is announcing its preferred route for a major £282m improvement scheme to improve the M42 junction 6 near Solihull which has the backing of local residents, businesses and road users.

  • Fish and chip shop company director receives disqualification ban

    Keith McGilvray, director of Frogfish fish and chips takeaway in Aberdeen, has been disqualified as a director for failing to ensure the company preserved and maintained proper accounting records.

    Mr McGilvray has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that he won’t act as a director of a company for seven years from 15 August .

  • Company that pretended to be Google is shut down

    Movette Ltd, a Manchester-based company which misrepresented itself as Google when selling a service has been wound up in the High Court.

  • Convenience and security concerns drive Brits to abandon online purchases

    New research into online spending habits in the UK, focuses on the 'basket anxiety' that leads to online purchases being abandoned by British consumers.

  • £15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to boost region’s tech, creative and cultural industries

    Towns and cities across the North can bid for grants to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North.

    Towns and cities across Northern England will be able to bid for a share of a new £15 million fund to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced today.

  • Tax avoidance marketing directors banned

    Two directors of a company which marketed tax avoidance schemes have been disqualified for a combined nine years for moving assets out of the reach of creditors.

    Timothy Richard Edmunds has been disqualified from acting as a director for five years and Annette Edmunds has been disqualified for four years.

  • New UKCN ‘knowledge bank’ launched

    The UKCN has published a knowledge bank to help competition regulators with the design, testing and implementation of behavioural remedies.