August

Birmingham City Council invests in SMEs

Finance Birmingham, which is the venture capital branch of Birmingham City Council, has announced that it has invested more than £25 million in small to ...

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Survey reveals motivations of freelancers

A survey conducted by the freelancer marketplace PeoplePerHour has revealed contractors’ top reasons for choosing to work for themselves, highlighting the many ...

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What will the Labour leadership candidates do for the self-employed? Part two

Now that the ballot papers have been sent out, many contractors will be asking themselves about what the prospective Labour leaders plan to do to support the ...

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What will the Labour leadership candidates do for the self-employed? Part one

With the Labour leadership competition continuing to dominate the headlines, many contractors will be wondering what each of the candidates plans to do to ...

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Company cars are top SME investment

The latest biannual Business in Britain survey published by Lex AutoLease has found that a company car is the top investment priority for small to medium-sized ...

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Scottish Lib Dems call for oil and gas support

A promient Scottish Member of Parliament (SMP) has called for the oil industry to be given tax breaks in a bid to help it secure a long-term future in the UK. ...

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Treasury revenue hits record levels

New figures from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed that revenue from taxes has reached a record high. Overall, the Treasury received £515 ...

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IPSE responds to UK’s return to inflation

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has issued a response to the change in the UK’s rate of inflation. This now ...

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HMRC clarifies dividend tax

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued additional guidance on how the new rules on the dividend tax will be applied when it comes into force ...

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IPSE launches Freelancer Awards 2015

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has announced the 2015 Freelancer Awards, which are designed to celebrate excellence ...

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Pension changes to benefit self-employed

The government has launched a new band of National Insurance contributions, known as Class 3A, that is intended to make sure self-employed people and women ...

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Numbers of older contractors surge

Recent research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has revealed that the ...

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Michelle Mone to lead startup review

Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone has been appointed by the government to lead a review into how best to support startups in areas of high unemployment. Ms ...

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Computer People: Role of IT contractors changing

The latest quarterly IT Monitor Survey from Computer People has revealed a number of important changes in the way that companies are making use of IT ...

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IT contractors worst hit by late payments

New figures taken from a survey by the Tungsten Corporation have revealed that the average UK small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) is owed £40,000 as a ...

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Invoice financing restrictions to be lifted

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that it will lift existing restrictions on finance obtained against invoices, in a bid to ...

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