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Three in 10 SME employers work during their summer holiday

The research was commissioned to better understand modern SME working habits and revealed changing expectations about working cultures.

Self-employed sector left disappointed after draft finance bill release

The government has published the draft finance bill, confirming plans to go ahead with extending IR35 rules to the private sector in April 2020.

Barclays ordered to improve SME treatment after breaking business rules

Barclays was among a number of lenders which signed up to rules in 2002 that included a ban on banks insisting that firms open or maintain current accounts before they are able to access other products.

Employers and recruiters urged to prioritise background screening

Recent data has indicated a rapid growth in demand for consistent international employee screening services.

Business confidence rises for third time in four months

Overall business confidence rose last month, with confidence in retail, construction and services up and the retail sector seeing the highest increase of 11 points to 22%.

Gender pay gap has halved in the last 20 years

Since the introduction of gender pay reporting, the gap is continuing to close, however, there’s still a way to go until there is true equality.

SMEs welcome new measures to end late payment

SMEs will be pleased to learn that for the first time, large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time.

Poor management cost UK business £84m a year

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) gives advice to businesses, as findings reveal poor management costs UK firms millions a year.

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