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Retail Sales Fall, But Growth Expected To Return Next Month
Retail sales volumes fell in the year to September following last month's increase according to the latest CBI monthly Distributive Trades Survey. The survey of 120 firms, of which 63 were…
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Retail sales volumes fell in the year to September following last month's increase according to the latest CBI monthly Distributive Trades Survey.

The survey of 120 firms, of which 63 were…
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CBI Comments On Shadow Chancellor's Speech

photo - Garry Knight
photo - Garry Knight
Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

"We welcome the Shadow Chancellor's emphasis on entrepreneurship and productivity growth. However, businesses will be wary of his combative tone in…

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Mon 26th Sep, 2016 | 7:09pm

Nearly Half Of Workplaces Have Never Had A Visit From A Health And Safety Inspector

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pboto - observista
Nearly half of UK workplaces have never had a health and safety inspection - including more than 80% of construction workplaces - according to a new TUC survey of health and safety reps published…

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Mon 19th Sep, 2016 | 10:08am

Small Businesses Stretch To Meet The Living Wage Challenge

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photo - Victor1558
New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found small firms are meeting the challenge posed by the new National Living Wage (NLW) with the majority (59%) absorbing the costs by…

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Thu 1st Sep, 2016 | 3:48pm

Record Employment And High Profits Support Minimum Wage Increase

photo - Howard Lake
photo - Howard Lake
Record employment and high profits show that employers can afford a national minimum wage increase, according to a submission to the Low Pay Commission by the TUC published today (Thursday).

The…

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Thu 18th Aug, 2016 | 9:05pm

Apprenticeship Levy Guidance

Apprentice plumbers - photo matchfitskills
Apprentice plumbers - photo matchfitskills
Commenting on the publication last Friday of the revised government guidance on the apprenticeships levy, along with a confirmation that the levy will be introduced by April 2017, TUC General…

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Mon 15th Aug, 2016 | 1:18pm

Largest Ever List Of National Minimum Wage Offenders Published

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photo - Mark Hodson Photos
The largest list of employers to be named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage has been published today.

Almost 200 employers who failed to pay their workers the…

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Thu 11th Aug, 2016 | 2:45pm

Shot In The Arm For Businesses And Consumer Confidence

photo - George Rex
photo - George Rex
CBI Chief Economist Rain Newton-Smith has responded to the Bank of England's Interest Rate decision and said:

"The combination of a rate cut and more quantitative easing should be a…

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Thu 4th Aug, 2016 | 4:28pm

Katie Mallinson, Founder Of ScribaPR

How long have you lived in this fine county?

Forever - all my 30 years!
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

Because I'm from here, it's an opportunity for me to create jobs and help businesses to grow in a county that I feel proud to have grown up in.
There's also such a variety of industries evolving in the region - in particular there's a rich trade and technical heritage - which is great for us as a technical PR company.
more...Mon 1st Aug, 2016 | 12:46pm

Report Calls To Scrap The HS2 Vanity Project


High Speed UK (HSUK) welcomes a damning report published today by the Taxpayers' Alliance which calls for the HS2 project to be abandoned.

The key findings of the report outline that the projected…

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Fri 29th Jul, 2016 | 7:00pm

Sheffield Announces Biggest Chinese Investment Deal Outside London

Cllr Dore & Cllr Bramall sign agreement with Mr Wang
Cllr Dore & Cllr Bramall sign agreement with Mr Wang
Following their return from a visit to Sheffield's sister city of Chengdu in China, the Leader and Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council are announcing a 60 year partnership agreement with…

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Sat 23rd Jul, 2016 | 12:00pm

Shadow Chancellor Unveils Labour's Plans For Small Business

A business plan - photo Julian Partridge
A business plan - photo Julian Partridge
Commenting on the speech from Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small…

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Mon 26th Sep, 2016 | 4:17pm

It's La La La Lunchtime!


The Samaritans are calling on workplaces across Leeds to down tools for an hour or two and organise a fun and informal public singing performance to raise money for Leeds Samaritans. It's a chance…

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Sat 10th Sep, 2016 | 12:07pm

Offshore Wind Farm Ready For Foundations


Eight offshore wind technicians from the Humber area are about to start work on the installation of wind turbine foundations at DONG Energy's Race Bank offshore wind farm.

Race Bank is located off…

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Thu 25th Aug, 2016 | 10:21am

Make Sure Staff Working Outside Have Enough Water And Breaks During Heatwave

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photo - danorth
With the temperatures set to soar to over 30oC in parts of the UK this week the TUC is today (Tuesday) calling on employers to make sure their staff working outdoors are properly protected from…

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Tue 16th Aug, 2016 | 4:28pm

CBI Response To TUC Research On Sexual Harassment At Work

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photo - Architecture, Food & One...
CBI Director of People and Skills, Neil Carberry, said:

"There is never any excuse for sexual harassment - it is illegal and no one should experience it.

"While businesses already have clear…

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Thu 11th Aug, 2016 | 3:20pm

Let Sports Fans Work Flexibly To Watch The Olympics, Says TUC


Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony tonight, the TUC is today (Friday) publishing guidance for bosses whose staff want to watch events during their normal working hours.

The TUC…

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Fri 5th Aug, 2016 | 11:31am

Chrissie Gale, Managing Director of Mooncas
How long have you lived in this fine county?

I moved here from an island in Scotland around 24 years ago. I was attracted to Yorkshire as I wanted to explore the opportunities surrounding 'a big smoke' - the place was huge in comparison to the area I grew up in and I was ready for something new.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

I've believed for quite a while that if you can do business in Yorkshire, you can do it anywhere! It's all about the people for me - having worked here for most of my life I've made some fantastic connections that I value a great deal. I like the fact that Yorkshire people are straightforward - it makes doing business so much easier.
more...Wed 3rd Aug, 2016 | 2:32pm

Lamb Exports To America Closer

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photo - david_pics
The mission to get British lamb chops back onto American dinner plates has moved a step nearer, Farming Minister George Eustice announced at the National Sheep Event this week.

Speaking at the…

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Sun 31st Jul, 2016 | 8:00pm

Government Must Act To Protect Recent Growth Following Brexit Vote

photo - Images Money
photo - Images Money
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show overall growth of 0.6% for the last quarter, TUC General Secretary Frances…

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Wed 27th Jul, 2016 | 2:01pm

5 Key Principles For EU Negotiations

photo - Rareclass
photo - Rareclass
The CBI has set out five principles that should underpin the UK's negotiations with the EU to ensure the most successful future for the UK economy.

The UK's leading business group is calling for…

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Thu 21st Jul, 2016 | 4:04pm