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CBI President leads call for business rates system overhaul

The President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) believes changes in the business rates system are long overdue. In a speech addressing business leaders in central London, John Allen argued that the current system is exacerbating regional inequalities, saying the business rates system is “uneconomical, unsustainable, and frankly, unintelligible.” …

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Many businesses not GDPR-compliant one year on

Many businesses not GDPR-compliant one year on

More than two thirds of businesses are not considered GDPR-compliant one year on. This is according a poll from Europe’s number one information security event, Infosecurity Europe 2019, which revealed a lack of confidence in the application of GDPR. The poll reveals that 68% of respondents believe businesses have not …

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Deloitte’s European CFO Survey for spring is released

Deloitte's European CFO Survey for spring is released

Deloitte has released its European CFO Survey for spring, which revealed the mood and concerns shared by CFOs across the continent. More than 1,000 CFOs were canvassed for the survey across Europe, who gave their view on hiring and investment intentions, current strategic priorities they deem vital to success, as …

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Mind launch mental health training toolkit for small businesses

The mental health charity, Mind, has launched a Mental Health for Small Workplaces toolkit. A new training toolkit, it will help organisations make a significant step change in its mental health training provision. Research shows that much more needs to be done, as many organisations do not have any mental health training …

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Talent pool in UK financial services is ‘narrowing’

Talent pool in UK financial services is 'narrowing'

The UK financial services talent pool is narrowing, according to KPMG UK. Reputation and lack of social mobility have been given as reasons for narrowing of talent in financial services, according to research from the auditor. KPMG say the sector has an image problem that needs to be addressed. Tim …

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Process Bliss research reveals need for greater HR and leadership

Process Bliss research reveals need for greater HR and leadership

New research from Process Bliss has underlined the need for good HR practices in SMEs. This is because the research from the process management firm revealed that almost half of SME employees have quit a job because they felt management professionals did not treat them properly. Approximately 40% have also …

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IR35: consultation launched by HMRC with advice for private sector reforms

IR35: consultation launched by HMRC with advice for private sector reforms

HMRC has opened a second consultation on the implementation of IR35 contractor reforms. Under the reforms, any organisations in the private sector hiring off-payroll contractors will also be responsible for handling any tax status disputes. Due for implementation in April 2020, IR35 reforms will mean the organisations hiring these contractors …

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SME Action Plan unveiled to help smaller businesses

The government’s SME Action Plan has been unveiled, which will unlock greater opportunities for small businesses to win government contracts. By 2022, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will spend £35 million more with SMEs as part of promises made in the SME Action Plan. Unveiled by …

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One month to go until introduction of MTD

One month to go until introduction of MTD

HMRC is urging businesses to sign up in time for the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD). Starting on 1 April 2019, the vast majority of businesses above the VAT threshold will have to keep records digitally and submit VAT tax returns by using software compatible with MTD. Every business …

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