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IR35 / Personal Service Company Round-Up

Following the conclusions announced recently, by a leading law firm, that the forthcoming “Onshore employment intermediaries: false employment legislation” (proposed in the Finance Bill 2014), will not affect personal service companies, due to the way […]

A balanced recovery at last?

If there has been any scepticism of the economic recovery so far, it has been that it has been predicated on consumer demand and the service sector, rather than sustainable recovery in manufacturing, exports and […]

Small businesses power recovery!

Small businesses will lead the way in creating more jobs and reducing unemployment this year, a report by recruitment firm Michael Page says. The results of it’s survey of 4,000 clients, show that almost half of […]

Lords PSC Select Committee – IR35 worth £550m a year

Following on from HMRC’s disclosure, last year, that it had increased receipts from IR35 investigations to £1.1m in 2012/13, evidence by Rowena Fletcher, an official responsible for Employment Status at the Revenue gave evidence to […]

January Contractor Report Round-Up

Demand for IT skills on a contract basis grew in December at its fastest pace for more than 15 years, according to a recent report, and labour market figures released last week showed that the month […]

Investment incentive scheme for small businesses yields great results

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme launched by the government in 2012 has proved very successful – recently released figures show it has helped 1,100 businesses raise £82m in funding. The scheme has been described as […]

Brand UK on the up

Last year’s London Olympics and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has helped to push Great Britain’s brand value one place up the rankings to 4th in the world, according to a report yesterday by a brand […]

UK business confidence hits 10-year high

The latest Institute of Chartered Accountants / Grant Thornton Business Confidence Monitor survey results show business confidence has risen to the highest point recorded in the 10 years that the survey has been running. No longer […]