Business News

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18 Apr 2019

UK SMEs 'exploring new sources of finance', research finds

Research carried out by American Express has found that, as access to finance becomes 'increasingly difficult to secure', UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are 'exploring new sources of finance' instead.

17 Apr 2019

Study suggests UK employees 'work longest hours in EU'

A study carried out by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has suggested that UK employees 'work the longest hours in the EU'.

16 Apr 2019

Survey reveals businesses 'investing significantly in tax technology'

A survey carried out by Thomson Reuters has revealed that businesses are investing significant amounts in new tax technology, such as Making Tax Digital (MTD) software.

15 Apr 2019

Experts urge government to simplify Apprenticeship Levy

Experts have called for the government to 'simplify' the Apprenticeship Levy amidst claims that it has 'complicated learning and development'.

12 Apr 2019

IFS states high earners 'increasingly hit by lack of indexation'

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) recently published a report which revealed that more people are being 'dragged into higher rates of tax' as a result of tax thresholds failing to rise in line with the rate of inflation.

11 Apr 2019

Business groups react to 'flexible extension' of Article 50

Business groups, including the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), have reacted to the six-month 'flexible' extension of Article 50, granted to the UK by EU leaders.

10 Apr 2019

IMF downgrades global growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its global growth forecast for 2019 to its 'lowest level' since the financial crisis.

09 Apr 2019

TUC states shared parental leave scheme needs 'overhauling'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has stated that the shared parental leave and pay scheme needs 'overhauling', and has urged the government to take action.

08 Apr 2019

Government commits to implementation of pensions dashboard initiative

The government has confirmed that it intends to implement its proposed pensions dashboard initiative, which will allow those saving for retirement to view information from multiple pensions in one place.

05 Apr 2019

Business leaders urged to 'do more' to help prevent cyber-attacks

Following the publication of the government's 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, business leaders are being urged to 'do more' to protect their firms from cyber-attacks and cybercrime.

04 Apr 2019

Older workers 'may be paying unnecessary tax on State Pension', research suggests

Research carried out by insurer Royal London has suggested that half a million older workers could be 'paying unnecessary tax' on their State Pension.

03 Apr 2019

Survey suggests indicators of UK economic health have 'weakened'

A survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has suggested that the 'key indicators' of UK economic health 'weakened considerably' during the first quarter of 2019.

02 Apr 2019

MTD for VAT takes effect for over one million businesses

On 1 April, the government's Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD for VAT) initiative came into effect.

01 Apr 2019

Survey finds awareness of gender pay gap reporting requirements is 'low'

A survey carried out by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has suggested that awareness of the gender pay gap reporting requirements is 'low'.

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