Author: Jaime Thorpe

Government launches Coronavirus business support

The Chancellor of the Exchequer: “We are working round the clock to do whatever it takes to protect our people and businesses. That means that we are not only taking unprecedented action but doing so at unprecedented speed, because we know that businesses and their employees need help now.”

Government urged to review VAT food rules

Many of the rules for food and drink derive from the old Purchase Tax regime, which was replaced with VAT when the UK joined the EU in 1973.

Study launched to explore gender equality across recruitment profession

APSCo: ‘While research shows that females account for 41% of the recruitment workforce at recruiter level, this falls to just 25% board level’.

SMEs say scrapping entrepreneurs’ relief will destroy retirements

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has responded to reports that the Chancellor may scrap entrepreneurs’ relief.

High number of UK SMEs not prepared for cyber attacks

“Small businesses are not immune to cyber attacks and data breaches and are often targeted specifically because they often fail to prioritise security.”

Just half of employees believe they are paid fairly

The CIPD wants to see all organisations have a clear definition of fairness which covers both pay processes and outcomes.

Record number of tax returns show a rise in self-employment

IPSE: ‘The record number of tax self-assessments is not just because there are more people who define themselves as mostly self-employed: it’s also because more people than ever are now doing side-hustles alongside other work’.

SMES: Rise in empty shops shows need for business rates reform

The Federation of Small Businesses have responded to new figures from the BBC local shared data unit.