Five steps to growing your business, safely

2024

Are barriers to investment harming your productivity?

A survey by the Bank of England (BoE) and the Department of Business and Trade has identified a potentially significant challenge facing SMEs on their journey towards growth. The survey’s findings indicate that investment is crucial to sustaining growth for SMEs, but that many businesses faced barriers to accessing finance to make sufficient investment in …

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A third of UK business owners do not know their company’s value – do you?

New research by Marktlink suggests that around 33 per cent of UK business owners are unaware of the value of their company – only slightly lower than the European average figure of 40 per cent. While you are not alone if this applies to you, you must know what your business is worth. Why? Let …

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HMRC income tax receipts rise by £2 billion

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recently reported a £2 billion increase in income tax receipts, reflecting a strong self-assessment period and an evolving dynamic within the tax landscape. The Government’s recent changes, including adjustments to National Insurance Contributions (NICs), have both mitigated and exacerbated the overall NIC burden. This is because they encompass rate reductions …

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Redundancy regulations are changing – What it means for your payroll and policies

From 6 April 2024, UK redundancy rules will change, particularly surrounding pregnant employees and those on family-related leave. The new legislation extends the ‘protected period’ for redundancy to 18 months after the birth or adoption placement, requiring employers to prioritise these employees for suitable alternative employment in case of redundancies. The financial impact on your …

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The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 – Understanding the impact on pay in the hospitality sector

In a significant development for the hospitality industry, the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 (the Act), which received Royal Assent on May 2, 2023, is set to revolutionize tipping payment practices across the UK. Due to come into force on 1 July 2024, and affecting approximately two million workers in the sector, this new …

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