March

Oil and gas investment boost

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has just unveiled a new action plan to encourage even more investment in the UK oil and gas sector ...

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New measures to fight late and non-payment

This week the government has announced two measures that will empower contractors to claim their payments on time. The Prompt Payment Code has been in the news ...

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Digital boom could lead to jobs explosion

IT contractors will benefit from a potential boom in employment created by the expansion of web-based and digital industries, according to a new report. The ...

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Investment and demand for contractors continues to rise

New investments and the suggestion of growth in the UK job market are likely to lead to even more opportunities for contractors. The energy sector looks set to ...

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Brookson responds to tax evasion cases

Brookson has responded to recent news stories regarding HMRC’s tax avoidance campaign. A spate of recent tax evasion prosecutions has coincided with the ...

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Does the UK have more contractors than we thought?

There may be far more contractors working as limited companies than anyone in the UK had previously thought, according to new figures from the Department for ...

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Public sector contract rules relaxed

HMRC has announced that plans to relax the rules which effectively ban companies with a history of tax avoidance from taking public sector contracts. In its ...

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PCG campaigns for IR35 judicial review

Professional Contractors’ Guild (PCG) wants to request a judicial review of how some government departments have handled the IR35 status of their ...

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Contractors to benefit from business-centred Budget

Yesterday’s Budget was designed to bring business a serious boost, and contractors are likely to be among the big winners. Many of the industries in ...

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Breathing space for small businesses over RTI

Small businesses have been furnished with extra time to prepare for the switch to real-time PAYE . From the start of the new tax year on April 6th, companies ...

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PCG calls for Budget clarity for contractors

Freelance and contract workers’ association Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has called for tomorrow Budget to treat contractors fairly. PCG - of ...

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Demand for contractors still on the rise

Contractors are continuing to see a surge in demand in 2013, as statistics reflect rising confidence and business development. Scottish contractors have seen a ...

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Contractors preparing for Budget announcement

Business is at the heart of economic growth. That’s what the UK is often told as governments try to give small firms a much-needed boost in times of ...

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Skills shortages bring opportunities for contractors

Contractors in the UK energy industry are likely to benefit from a skills shortage in the oil and gas sector. A lack of specialised skills and experienced ...

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Confidence picks up in smallest businesses

Limited companies and sole traders are among the small businesses becoming more confident about 2013, new research shows. Confidence has risen across eight ...

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Common certification for IT contractors in Europe

IT contractors will soon find it easier to do business overseas, as the European Union has announced a pan-EU certification scheme to recognise IT skills. ...

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