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Trade agreement between UK and India close to completion

Jul 12, 2022

It has been announced by India’s commerce minister, Piyush Goyal, that India’s long-anticipated trade agreement with the UK is set to reach completion by October. In the agreement, Goyal has said that 11 of the proposed deal's 26 chapters are ...


What is ‘greenwashing’ and how can you spot it?

Feb 21, 2022

With climate change on most people’s agenda, and an increasing pressure on individuals to operate in an environmentally friendly way, companies may use this to their advantage to secure investment. ‘Greenwashing’ is when companies market themselves as being environmentally friendly, but ...


NFT fraudsters arrested by HMRC

Feb 14, 2022

Three people have been arrested on the suspicion of attempting to defraud HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for a total of £1.4 million. The suspects may have committed VAT fraud by using Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) for 250 possibly fraudulent companies. An ...


Student loans: what is changing for graduates in April

Feb 01, 2022

The earning threshold for Plan 2 student loan repayments in England and Wales will remain frozen for the tax year 2022-23, it has been announced. Currently, the threshold for undergraduate loan repayments stands at £27,295 per year and will remain at ...


Tax relief: Are you missing out on up to £2,000 a year towards the costs of childcare?

Jan 27, 2022

Workers can claim up to £2,000 a year towards childcare costs by signing up to the Tax-Free Childcare scheme, it has been reminded. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said thousands of families may be missing out on free cash each month. If ...


The economy or climate change – what are companies focused on?

Nov 10, 2021

According to a recent survey of FTSE 350 companies, British directors and heads of businesses are not only optimistic about the UK economy and its recovery, but they are also much more focused on climate change than before. Additionally, after the ...


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 ...


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