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ICAEW “questions” pension tax relief proposals

Oct 15, 2020

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has raised concerns over proposals to alter the level of tax relief on pensions contributions for low-earners, arguing that any changes could burden businesses. The report comes after HM Treasury published ...

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Brexit: Just 13 per cent of businesses feel prepared for the UK to leave the EU

Oct 13, 2020

According to the latest research, one in eight businesses feel prepared for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) after the transition period comes to an end in December. Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ...


UK Export Finance scheme extended to more than 100 overseas territories

Oct 08, 2020

The Government’s UK Export Finance (UKEF) scheme has now been extended to support international trade in more than 100 countries, it has been announced. The changes come ahead of the end of the Brexit transitional period on 31 December 2020, after ...


SMEs are still chasing unpaid invoices

Sep 28, 2020

The disruption of business, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has meant many companies are still waiting on unpaid invoices from their debtors. According to a Freedom of Information request to the Small Business Commissioner (SBC), submitted by the UK Domain, there ...


Businesses return £215 million furlough payments to the Government

Sep 21, 2020

According to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), more than £215 million of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) payments have been willingly returned to the Government by UK firms, out of £35.4 billion worth of claims up until 16 August. The CJRS, ...


Ban on commercial evictions extended until the end of 2020

Sep 17, 2020

The Government has announced that it has extended the ban on commercial evictions until the end of 2020, meaning businesses cannot be evicted by landlords for getting behind on rent payments. It is hoped the extension will help protect jobs once ...


National Minimum Wage investigations have drastically increased

Sep 15, 2020

National Minimum Wage investigations by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have increased significantly, according to the latest research. These inspections rose due to modern slavery reports and other controversial probes into UK garment factories. To guarantee that workers are paid correctly, HMRC ...


Government launches £2 billion Kickstart employment scheme to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs

Sep 07, 2020

The Government has launched the landmark £2 billion Kickstart employment scheme, which is set to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for young people. The initiative aims to create “hundreds of thousands” of “fully subsidised jobs for young people across ...


Empty high street shops reach highest level for more than six years

Sep 04, 2020

According to the new figures, the number of empty high street shops has risen to the highest level for more than six years following a wave of store closures as a result of the pandemic. The Data from retail analysis firm, ...


Seven in 10 small businesses adapt sales or payment tactics to pandemic, study reveals

Aug 28, 2020

Almost seven in 10 small businesses have launched an e-commerce website or introduced contact-free point of sale (POS) technology to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been revealed. The research forms part of the Visa Back to Business study, which ...


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