Author: Sophie Tyler

Business support high up on APSCo’s Budget recommendations

APSCo: ‘Although this Budget will naturally be dominated by the continuing implications of the Coronavirus pandemic, what is required by Government is dynamic business support through, and well beyond, this latest period of lockdown that factors in the tailored way different sectors operate’.

Over half of UK SMEs committed to becoming more environmentally sustainable

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking: ‘While many businesses have been forced to prioritise mitigating the immediate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s hugely encouraging to see that the majority of firms still have their sights set on improving their environmental performance’.

Bank Referral Scheme helping SMEs to expand and create jobs

Since its creation in 2016, the Bank Referral Scheme (BRS) has helped hundreds of SMEs to access finance after they were turned down by their bank.

Many millennials struggling with their wellbeing

Hays: ‘It’s certainly encouraging that employers have stepped up their wellbeing support, but our findings suggest that far more needs to be done’.

Government urged to confirm plans for major tax changes

CIOT: ‘We hope the government will confirm its plans in good time, well ahead of the expected March Budget, to create a more stable, predictable environment for businesses and people’.

REC makes changes to help further support recruitment sector

REC: ‘This new generation of REC leadership shares a vision of delivering market-leading business support, advocacy and compliance advice to recruitment businesses’.

Calls for a Freelance Commissioner to support those struggling in the sector

IPSE: ‘We are asking for a dedicated Freelance Commissioner – to look at freelancer support, to build the resilience of the sector and to champion the UK’s crucial freelance community’.

HMRC confirms virtual Christmas parties are exempt from tax

HMRC: ‘The cost of providing food, entertainment, equipment and other expenses which may be incurred in hosting a virtual event, will be exempt, subject to the normal conditions of the exemption being met’.