Confidence amongst small businesses in the UK has risen to its highest level in more than a year, according to data published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB’s Small Business Index (SBI) for the first quarter of 2017 stands at 20.0 – the highest figure since the fourth quarter of 2015, and […]
UK business groups have expressed mixed reactions to Theresa May’s plans to hold a snap General Election on 8 June. Some business leaders have welcomed the announcement, believing that a Conservative win could see the Prime Minister increase her majority and thus enter Brexit talks in a much stronger position. Terry Scuoler, chief executive of […]
A recent survey has suggested that one in five businesses has been hit by a cyber attack over the course of the last year. The study, released by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), revealed that 20% of firms have fallen victim to a cyber attack in the last 12 months. Of those targeted, 42% […]
Following the beginning of the 2017/18 tax year, a range of new tax and business measures have come into effect. The introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy is amongst these new measures. This forms part of a government target to create three million new apprenticeships in England by 2020. The Levy requires employers with annual […]
Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the number of working days lost to sickness absence has fallen to its lowest level since records began. An estimated 137.3 million working days were lost to sickness or injury in 2016, the ONS found. This equated to 4.3 days per worker – […]
From 6 April, large businesses are required to publish their gender pay gap figures. The government hopes that the requirement to publish such information will help to ‘break the glass ceiling and create a more modern workforce’. The gender pay gap currently stands at a record low of 18.1%. The requirement to publish gender pay […]
Councils across England are being urged to distribute quickly the funds allocated for firms hit by the recent hike in business rates. The call came from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and follows the controversial revaluation of business rates, which took effect on 1 April. Last month the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a range […]
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