February

IPSE highlights dangers of weak oil and gas sector

With the oil and gas industry in the North Sea appearing to weaken, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has highlighted ...

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Hancock announces new Prompt Payment Code standards

The Prompt Payment Code, which is backed by the UK government, will now promote 30-day payment terms as standard, as was announced by business minister Matthew ...

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Advice on challenging tax return penalties issued

Guidance on what to do in the event of a tax return penalty has been issued for the benefit of sole traders , limited company contractors and umbrella company ...

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Recruitment agencies saw huge rise in 2014

The number of recruitment agencies saw huge growth in 2014, according to a new report, which could be great news for umbrella company contractors . Data from ...

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Small firms reminded to appeal business rates

Limited companies are being reminded to appeal business rates ahead of the April 2015 deadline. This reminder came from the Forum of Private Businesses (FPB), ...

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Govt to protect small firms from late payment

The government says that it is planning to implement European Union rules on the procurement process, which could help to protect small firms from late payment ...

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More contractors' earnings beat those for employees

Being an umbrella company contractor seems to be paying off for some, as the portion of temporary workers who are earning more than their counterparts in ...

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Oil and gas contractors could have 'long term future'

Oil and gas contractors could have a long term future working on rigs in the UK North Sea, according to a report. The Activity Survey 2015 from Oil and Gas UK ...

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Women entrepreneurs could boost UK economy

Women entrepreneurs, such as limited company owners, sole traders and contractors , could play a greater role in the UK economy. This was the finding of an ...

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Small firms could face PAYE penalties

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding small businesses that have fewer employees than 50 that they will be subject to the rules on pay as you earn (PAYE) ...

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Labour could cut business rates

The Labour party has outlined its business plan for if it were to win the upcoming General Election and promised that it would cut and freeze certain business ...

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Self employment sees 2% rise year on year

The latest Labour Market Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that self employment in the UK is continuing to rise, seeing a two per ...

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Security fears put firms off cloud computing

A number of small businesses seem to be sceptical about taking up cloud computing because their concerns about perceived risks outweigh the potential benefits ...

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Free wifi on trains could help contractors

Contractors , limited companies and other small businesses are the kinds of people who are expected to benefit most from the unveiling of free wifi on trains. ...

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FSB urges LEPs to drive small business growth

A new report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and supported by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, is urging Local ...

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PQQ abolition announced

The pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) is set to be abolished for contracts that come under EU goods and services thresholds. This could make trading with ...

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