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  • Summer jobs bonanza: More than 12,000 positions on offer in the UK

    There are a reported 12,427 seasonal jobs currently available for those looking to earn some extra summer cash over the next few months.

    Opportunities abound for those looking to earn some extra cash this summer, with over 12,000 temporary jobs on offer, according to new research by job search-engine Adzuna.

  • Future manufacturing and materials: apply for funding

    As a UK business you can apply for a share of £15 million to develop solutions to the challenges of future manufacturing and materials.

    Up to £15 million will be made available by Innovate for UK businesses to work on innovative projects in the manufacturing and materials sector.

    Creating a competitive advantage

  • Agricultural challenges in China: apply for innovation funding

    Businesses and researchers can apply for a share of £8 million to work with Chinese partners on agritech solutions in the People's Republic.

    There is up to £8 million available for UK projects that partner with and aim to solve the challenges facing agriculture in China.

  • Employment reaches record high

    Official figures released today show the number of people in work has never been higher since records began in 1971.

    According to the Office of National Statistics, the employment rate is at a joint record high of 74.8%, with 31.95 million people now in work – an increase of 372,000 on the year.

  • Fines of over £168,000 imposed for fisheries offences

    Vessel owner and master plead guilty to fishing offences at North Tyneside Magistrates Court on 7 June 2017 in case brought by MMO.

    On 7 June 2017 Kafish B.V. a Dutch company which owns the UK registered trawler Margriet LT36 and its master, Dutch national Peter Kuyt, pleaded guilty to 13 breaches of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 and the Fisheries Act 1981 at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

  • Workers spend less time on social media to restore work-life balance

    Workers spend less time on social media in a bid to restore work-life balance, as the majority rarely use technology for personal matters.

  • Consumer spending falls for first time in nearly four years

    A new Visa report suggests that consumer spending has fallen for first time in nearly four years, as the public waits for the economy to balance.

    Visa’s Consumer Spending Index for May, which has launched today, shows a fall in consumer spending for first time in nearly four years. Compiled by Markit, the Index is distinct from Visa’s business performance and reflects overall consumer spending, not just that on cards.

    Headline findings

  • Reconsidering the customer experience

    Omnichannel is no longer enough when it comes to delivering an optimal customer experience, according to new research.

    Omnichannel has dominated both strategic thinking and technology investment for the past decade. But to what end? Not only have the majority of organisations failed to achieve omnichannel objectives, including the single customer view, but only a handful consider it to deliver competitive advantage.

  • Half of SMEs turn down contracts due to unreasonable demands

    A study of 501 businesses shows how almost half of SME’S turn down contracts and orders due to unreasonable demands.

    Almost half of small and medium enterprises have turned down a contract or order due to not being able to deliver the work, new research reveals.

  • Cultural issues are the number one obstacle to digital transformation

    New report from Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute and Brian Solis finds a major cultural disconnect between leadership and employees.

    Capgemini and Brian Solis, a prominent digital analyst and world renowned author, announce the findings of The Digital Culture Challenge: Closing the Employee-Leadership Gap report.

  • Team drinks? Not the best way to make workers happier

    Research finds that employers are using 'one off' perks to make staff happier as a result of current political and economic uncertainty.

    Employers are using quick-fix perks in an attempt to boost employee morale as a result of political and economic uncertainty, a new study reveals today. The study shows that more one-off benefits—such as early finishes, company drinks or team lunches—have been offered by employers in the past year.

  • Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    New data suggests that British businesses do not properly protect themselves from cybercrime and employees still have poor IT habits.

    A tenth of small business owners and employees regularly share confidential files on personal devices or send documents to personal rather than work emails, as employees still possess poor IT habits.

  • Three quarters of businesses risk losing 24 hours of data every day

    New research suggests Most UK businesses are at risk losing 24 hours of data every day, due to low technical IT skills.

     

    Staggering survey results show that 72 per cent of businesses are happy to lose over 24 hours’ worth of data after an incident. This means if a widespread Ransomware attack occurred it would cost the UK billions.

  • Low cyber IQ contradicts high confidence in UK companies

    Two-thirds of UK companies believe they are 'highly protected' and can adequately react to threats, but low cyber IQ among employees poses a threat.

  • Garage owner disqualified for trading whilst insolvent

    Russell Gwyn Williams was disqualified from acting as a director on 23 June 2015 for seven years for trading to the detriment of creditors between 25 January 2013 and 14 August 2013 whilst his garage repairer and MOT specialist group of businesses, was insolvent, incurring further liabilities of £106,097, including £89,134 to the Crown for PAYE/NIC and VAT.

  • Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    New data suggests that British businesses do not properly protect themselves from cybercrime and employees still have poor IT habits.

    Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    A tenth of small business owners and employees regularly share confidential files on personal devices or send documents to personal rather than work emails, as employees still possess poor IT habits.

  • Half of UK financial decision makers don't know if they are a victim of fraud

    A new report finds a 138 percent relative year-on-year increase in the concern over insider fraud.

     

  • Most UK freelancers and contractors feel unsupported by government

    Most freelancers and contractors in the UK feel unsupported by the current government but are likely to vote conservative in the 2017 General Election.

    With the UK General Election imminent, 97 per cent of freelancers and contractors do not believe the current government has their best interests at heart, Qdos Contractor research reveals.

  • Low cyber IQ contradicts high confidence in UK companies

    Two-thirds of UK companies believe they are 'highly protected' and can adequately react to threats, but low cyber IQ among employees poses a threat.

  • The average Brit loses 16 days a year commuting to and from work

    Over two thirds of the nation’s workers are losing up to 16 days a year commuting according to new research from CV Library.

    New research from CV-Library finds that more than two thirds of the nation’s workers (69.1 per cent) are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, with more than a third (38.6 per cent) of professionals commuting for up to two hours a day.

  • Late payments crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws

    The late payment crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws, say four in five SMEs, and could deepen thanks to unintended consequences.

    The vast majority (74 per cent) of SMEs do not think new guidelines, forcing large businesses to detail how they pay smaller suppliers, will have an impact on late payments, according to new findings from Crossflow Payments, the supply chain finance platform.

  • GDPR inertia; three quarters of marketers fail consent test with a year to go

    A test conducted by Mailjet has uncovered a significant lack of practical insight into the requirements of GDPR and its consequences for their business.

    A test conducted by email service provider Mailjet finds 72 per cent of UK marketers either cannot answer, or incorrectly list the necessary conditions to meet GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements for ‘opt-in’ consent.

  • Customer enquiry service changes

    How you contact UK Visas and Immigration is changing.

    From 1 June, all customer enquiries will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK.

    The new contract will see a number of changes for customers. These changes help the government reduce costs and ensure those who benefit directly from the UK immigration system make an appropriate contribution.

  • CMA opens Tesco/Booker merger investigation

    The CMA has opened its investigation into Tesco’s proposed acquisition of Booker.

    The first phase of the investigation runs until 25 July 2017. During this period, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will assess whether the deal could reduce competition and choice for shoppers and other customers, such as stores currently supplied by Booker.