Author: Sophie Lewis

Self-employed sector left disappointed after IR35 U-turn

IPSE: “We know that the government is well aware of the problems caused by this damaging legislation – the previous Chancellor said so at the mini-budget and the Prime Minister made it clear during her leadership campaign. Despite this, it has today taken the spineless decision to row back on its promise to repeal the reforms’.

Business confidence finally stabilises

Lloyds Bank: ‘It is encouraging to see business confidence stabilising after a three-month decline’.

Calls for action on unregulated accountants

AAT: ‘AAT is not suggesting that all unregulated accountants are incompetent or unprofessional. But we are saying that there is a problem guaranteeing consumers a consistent service’.

Four-day week trial has generally positive results so far

4 Day Week Global: ‘The organisations in the United Kingdom pilot are contributing real-time data and knowledge that are worth their weight in gold’.

Energy support for businesses welcomed

FSB: ‘This is a substantial move and will likely be of considerable help to small firms which have been crying out for months for measures to limit the pain caused by spiralling energy prices’.

Nearly half of UK firms support extending paternity leave

CIPD: ‘These survey findings reinforce our policy call to extend statutory paternity/partner leave and pay, which will help balance caring responsibilities, reflect the changing nature of modern families and provide much-needed financial support to working parents’.

Calls for Liz Truss to focus on the employment and skills agenda

APSCo: ‘With the new Prime Minister now in place, we believe it is crucial that the employment and skills agenda is moved back up the list of priorities’.

SMEs need energy support before the winter months kick in

FSB: ‘Many of our members say the eye-watering energy bills could be the final nail in the coffin as they struggle to get through winter’.