February

PwC: SMEs are looking to the future

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - including limited companies - are confident about their prospects ahead of Budget 2014. Research from PwC revealed ...

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Nearly half of employers intend to increase temp staff numbers

Temporary workers are going to continue to find themselves in high demand over the next three months if new research is anything to go by. The latest ...

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NI could be renamed 'Earnings Tax' to add simplicity

Contractor tax can be a complicated area for the self employed and many struggle to determine what they should and should not be paying and how much. In a bid ...

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Net tightens around tax avoiders

It is becoming harder and harder for tax avoiders to evade the clutches of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Chancellor George Osborne has launched a new campaign ...

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Govt to fast-track Wood Review to boost UK oil and gas

UK limited companies in the oil and gas sector will no doubt be welcoming the news that the government is to fast-track key proposals from the Wood Review. It ...

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PCG: There's a structural change in UK labour market

The UK labour market is experiencing something of a sea change, with new figures showing the way people work is evolving. Data from the Office for National ...

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Govt champions 'cash basis' scheme, what does it mean for sole traders?

Sole trader tax has become the focus of one of HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) new schemes. The government is urging small companies to join a programme ...

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Employment growth slowing - will it affect contractors?

Employment growth in the UK is likely to slow over the coming months, according to new figures. The latest Labour Market Outlook from the Chartered Institute ...

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Increases in Scottish contractor pay ‘sustained in Jan’

Increases in the rates of pay for contractors in Scotland was sustained in January 2014, according to the latest Report on Jobs from the Bank of Scotland. This ...

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Engineering contractors ‘most popular in Jan 2014’

Engineering contractors were most in demand in January, according to the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG ...

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HMRC offers a helping hand to contract accounting

Most self employed people will attest to the fact that contract accounting is priceless when it comes to ensuring a business stays on the right side of HM ...

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Oil and gas job growth continues overseas

Oil and gas workers forming a limited company should probably be prepared to venture overseas at some point, as opportunities continue to abound in foreign ...

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HMRC: Don't be fooled by tax rebate scams

UK limited companies should be be on the lookout for email phishing scams offering tax rebates, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The government body ...

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London's temp billing growth reaches 15-year high

Opportunities abound in London for contractors, freelancers and sole traders , with growth in temporary billings now at its fastest pace in 15 years. The ...

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UK needs to generate more natural gas

The UK is falling short when it comes to domestic natural gas production, according to one expert. Alasdair Buchanan, chief operating officer and managing ...

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'Time, money and expertise' biggest challenges for SMEs

Small firms that have had to downsize since the financial crisis claim getting the time, money and expertise needed to succeed is the biggest challenge to ...

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