Man jailed for ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ fraud
HMRC: ‘These schemes were designed to support individuals and businesses during a terribly difficult period. This was a blatant fraud by somebody who held a position of trust and responsibility’.
Nearly a quarter of SMEs trapped in fixed energy contracts
FSB: ‘From cafes and pubs to salons and convenience stores, small firms that fixed their energy contracts last year will see their bills rise by three or even four-fold as prices revert back to high prices and to pre-Energy Bill Relief Scheme level’.
Government’s Powering Up Britain Strategy welcomed by SMEs
FSB: ‘Small firms have long waited for support to become more energy efficient, and have asked for more than just words and guidance, but resources to be put in place to help. We are pleased to see Energy Secretary Grant Shapps heed our calls’.
Many employers want an Apprenticeship Levy reform
REC: ‘This survey reinforces the near-deafening calls from many employers that the government must expand the levy to ensure more short course training, which will help people of different age groups’.
Remote working could be bad news for employee skills development
Unispace: ‘People learn from people, and being away from an environment where staff feel comfortable not only onboarding new staff, but also mentoring others, will limit skills development and staff retention overall’.
Increase in base rate means more worries for SMEs
With the Bank of England making the announcement to increase the base rate from 4% to 4.25%, the UK’s SMEs are hoping that this recent rise is the last.
Government criticised for gaps in self-employment support during Covid
IPSE: ‘Many of the report’s findings echo the deep concerns we raised over gaps in support for the self-employed throughout the pandemic’.
Voluntary National Insurance deadline extended
Financial Secretary to the Treasury: ‘We recognise how important State Pensions are for retired individuals, which is why we are giving people more time to fill any gaps in their National Insurance record to help bolster their entitlement’.