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Workplace pension auto-enrolment warning for SMEs

Workplace pension auto-enrolment warning for SMEs

  By Itrat Bashir From next year, small businesses will be required to abide by automatic enrolment for workplace pensions, which according to Richmond House Group (RHG) will pose a big challenge for them. Automatic enrolment for workplace pensions is a government initiative, taken way back in 2012, to ensure pension cover for those people more »

Are management consultants a dying breed?

Are management consultants a dying breed?

  By Itrat Bashir Recent figures relating to UK business released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a positive trend in the growth of enterprises, which has been continuously increasing since 2011. The new statistics, ‘Business Demography data for 2014’, reveal that the number of UK business births increased by 1.2 percent from more »

Severe weather poses threat to UK’s small businesses

Severe weather poses threat to UK’s small businesses

  Itrat Bashir Severe weather conditions ahead could pose a threat to many small businesses across the UK. Last year alone, millions of pounds were washed away by floods and other harsh weather conditions. This year, with flood warnings in place across much of the North of England and Wales, and warnings of high winds more »

CBI warns of ‘serious business downside’ and ‘huge uncertainty’ if UK exits the EU

CBI warns of ‘serious business downside’ and ‘huge uncertainty’ if UK exits the EU

  By Lisa Charles With the official EU referendum campaigns now live, the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) have today released their latest report outlining why the UK business industry will benefit from a reformed EU membership. The report acknowledges that ‘the EU is far from perfect’, but states that the majority of its members more »

Social Enterprise ‘This Foreigner Can’ on a mission to help migrant entrepreneurs

Social Enterprise ‘This Foreigner Can’ on a mission to help migrant entrepreneurs

  By Itrat Bashir There are many foreign nationals in the UK who are hunting for an opportunity to set up their own business venture, but many struggle to find the right mentors to put them on the right path and/or raise funds. Social enterprise ‘This Foreigner Can’ has been created to help these people more »

Small business confidence shaken by summer budget

Small business confidence shaken by summer budget

By Itrat Bashir The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)’s Small Business Index (SBI) has released its latest findings for the third quarter of 2015, with the results identifying that the budget has left small business owners with a shaken confidence. The high morale of entrepreneurs following the general election has swiftly been reversed following the more »

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Businesses reach new heights in the UK

Businesses reach new heights in the UK

By Itrat Bashir Starting a new business is a daunting prospect for any person thinking of setting up a new venture. But, the recent figures compiled by the House of Commons Library (published on May 28, 2015) will give encouragement and confidence to newcomers. As per the report ‘Business Statistics’, in 2014 the number of more »

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How will the Budget affect you?

How will the Budget affect you?

Accounting firm KPMG LLP have developed a neat little budget calculator that you can use on the BBC website – see if you are better or worse off in the coming tax year…

Budget 2015 highlights

Budget 2015 highlights

So the anticipated wait is over – the 2015 summer budget is here. As expected, welfare reforms, in particular tax credits, took a heavy hit. So how will it affect you? Take a look at the all important highlights below:     The all important highlights from the 8 July Summer Budget (info from www.moneysupermarket.com) more »

The most complex countries to do business in the world

The most complex countries to do business in the world

UK and Ireland ranked amongst the least complex Argentina (1st), Brazil (2nd) and Bolivia (3rd) are ranked as the most complex Poland (7th) is the only European country to feature in the top 20 despite significant reform, thanks in part to systems and laws inherited from the former Soviet Union Also in the top 10 more »