May

BBI goes live to improve access to finance for SMEs

Access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and those setting up a business has long been a challenge in the UK. The country's big ...

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IT contractors ‘must focus on upskilling’

If IT contractors are to be successful, they must focus on gaining skills rather than saving money, according to a new report. The 16th Harvey Nash CIO (chief ...

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HMRC posts record tax profit

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has collected record sums in additional tax revenue over the last year as a result of cracking down on avoiders, which for ...

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PCG: European elections are a chance to support self-employed

The current European and local elections are an opportunity for policymakers to show their support for the self-employed, according to the PCG. As people ...

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CBI: Political uncertainty concerning UK businesses

Limited companies and sole traders are likely to be among those companies that now consider political uncertainty a risk for investment and future growth. Sir ...

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Will Banking Standards Review Council improve things for SMEs?

The creation of a new Banking Standards Review Council (BSRC), under the recommendations of Sir Richard Lambert, could go some way to improving financing ...

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Self-assessment tax investigations double in a year

Now could be time to get yourself a contractor accountant if you want to avoid the net of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Figures seen by the Daily Telegraph ...

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Engineering the Future: Misconceptions contributing to skills shortage

Misconceptions about what engineers do and the pay rates that can be expected are contributing to the skills shortage in the sector, according to a new report. ...

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Shell decommissioning to create opportunities for contractors

Limited company contractors in the oil and gas sector are well placed to benefit from Shell's decommissioning efforts. The oil giant has recently announced ...

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REC questions the fallout of Onshore Employment Intermediaries legislation

With Onshore Employment Intermediaries legislation now in force six weeks, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has begun to look at the fallout ...

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One in three feel underutilised - time to become a contractor?

With research showing one in three workers currently feel underutilised by their employers, becoming a contractor could be a more enticing option for ...

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CIPD: Invest in workforce now as future safeguard

Businesses need to invest in their workforce sooner rather than later if they want to protect themselves against the ravages of the skills shortage. This is ...

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Govt's digital commitment driving IT opportunities

Opportunities for IT contractors in the public sector are increasing, according to new research from Procorre. This is thanks to the government's ...

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Treasury Select Committee criticises retrospective tax collection

A government plan to force debtors to pay upfront any disputed tax associated with avoidance schemes has been criticised by the Treasury Select Committee. ...

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Direct Recovery of Debts plans proving unpopular among MPs

The government's plan to take money owed to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) directly from a debtor's bank account has been criticised by MPs. Known as ...

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Financial sector contractors hit again as Barclays announces job cuts

Contractors in the financial sector are taking what feels like hit after hit at the moment and the news coming out of Barclays has done little to allay fears. ...

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