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October: the last month to handle CJRS claims

Oct 05, 2021

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), otherwise known as the furlough scheme, ended on 30 September 2021, October marks the last month in which employers will need to handle the related claims. What dates shall employers be aware of? 14 October ...


Company insolvencies: over 8,700 chain stores have closed

Sep 21, 2021

Recent research shows that in 2021, over 8,700 chain stores have closed due to the major shift in online shopping - partly caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Overall numbers fell by 5,251 as the number of chain store closures outweighed the ...


Staff shortages leave food manufacturers looking for inmates to cover work

Aug 23, 2021

Food manufacturers in desperate need of workers are pleading for the UK Government to enable the companies to use prisoners to solve the staff shortage disaster - a fault of Brexit and COVID-19. A call is due between the Ministry of ...


Staff shortages: increased wages to entice workers could mean higher prices for customers

Aug 16, 2021

Due to the ongoing staff shortages caused by the pandemic, UK restaurants have had to increase employee wages to entice chefs and waiters - which could mean higher prices for customers. According to recent data, four of the biggest UK restaurant ...


Labour shortages could impact UK’s economic recovery, says experts

Aug 09, 2021

A recent report on the latest business trends suggests that despite the surge of hiring among UK firms in July, the lack of working employees could still threaten the UK’s economic recovery. These staff shortages are a result of Brexit and ...


Fewest number of workers on furlough since scheme launched last year

Aug 03, 2021

Fewer than two million employees now remain on furlough as record numbers return to the workplace, a major study has revealed. The research, published by HM Treasury, comes as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) draws to a close this September. According ...


‘Pingdemic’ – an increase in self-isolating threatens supermarket sales

Jul 20, 2021

The NHS app has told so many supermarket workers to self-isolate that some stores are now considering reducing opening hours or closing altogether. M&S is one chain that saw a rise in employees receiving notifications and are therefore contemplating reducing hours ...


Help to Grow: Management scheme now open

Jul 15, 2021

The Government’s landmark Help to Grow: Management scheme is now open for applications. The initiative offers businesses free or subsidised training to level up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what you need to know. What is the Help to Grow: ...


UK Export Finance records “record” year thanks to success of General Export Facility

Jun 24, 2021

UK Export Finance has recorded a “record” year thanks to the success of the General Export Facility (GEF), it has been revealed. The figures, published by the Government’s export credit agency, also show that more than 100,000 jobs were supported throughout ...


Leaving your business in capable hands – Succession planning for the next generation

Jun 21, 2021

Many individuals who have spent their livelihoods building, running, and maintaining a successful business, often intend to pass on their accomplishments to a family member, close relative or trusted employee. The process of succession planning is one all businesses will eventually ...


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