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Retail Sales Growth Up But Set To Cool Slightly
Consumers splashing out on new clothes helped push up retail sales in the year to July, but the pace of growth is expected to slow next month, according to the CBI's Distributive Trades Survey. The…
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Consumers splashing out on new clothes helped push up retail sales in the year to July, but the pace of growth is expected to slow next month, according to the CBI's Distributive Trades Survey.

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Government's Economic Plan Is Failing To Deliver Across The Whole Economy, Says TUC

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photo - TaxCredits.net
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show the rate of GDP growth at 0.7 per cent, but manufacturing declining by 0.3 per…

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Tue 28th Jul, 2015 | 12:44pm

New Commissioner To Tackle Late Payment Culture

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photo - www.seniorliving.org
Proposals for a new Small Business Commissioner to lead a culture change in how small businesses resolve disputes with larger companies have been set out today (26 Jul 2015).

The government is…

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Sun 26th Jul, 2015 | 9:00pm

Leeds BID Goes For Senior Lawyer As Chair Of The Board

Prew Lumley
Prew Lumley
One of Leeds' most energetic and experienced retail and commercial development lawyers and a prime mover behind the city achieving Business Investment District status has been appointed chair of…

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Tue 21st Jul, 2015 | 7:50pm

Auto-Enrolment: A Guide For Employers

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photo - abductit
Intended as a starter for your planning discussion, this updated guide will provide an overview of auto-enrolment and re-enrolment.

Since 2012, all companies in the UK are required to…

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Tue 21st Jul, 2015 | 3:07pm

Leeds BID Appoints Chief Executive

Andrew Cooper - Leeds' New CEO
Andrew Cooper - Leeds' New CEO
"Leeds is one of the best places in the UK to do business." So says Andrew Cooper who has been appointed Chief Executive of the Leeds Business Improvement District (BID) company.

The 43-year-old…

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Thu 16th Jul, 2015 | 5:35pm

Stephen Hart
Four Questions To Help You Decide If You Should Drop A LinkedIn Connection
By Stephen Hart
Development Specialist

Sometimes you need to consider specific people and decide whether they should stay in your LinkedIn network.

Now why you might want to do this is up to you. I've talked recently about my changing…

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Tue 14th Jul, 2015 | 7:34pm

Careers Advice In Schools 'Not Good Enough', Says Firms

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photo - claudio vieira
The overwhelming majority of employers think careers advice in schools is not up to scratch, according to CBI/Pearson's Education and Skills Survey 2015

More than three-quarters of businesses…

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Tue 14th Jul, 2015 | 8:00am

TUC Welcomes Apprenticeship Levy

photo - Lee J Haywood
photo - Lee J Haywood
The TUC has today (Thursday) welcomed the introduction of an apprenticeship levy for large employers. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Young people were hit very hard by the Budget.…

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Thu 9th Jul, 2015 | 7:00pm

Response To Budget 2015

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John Cridland - photo cbi
The CBI today issued its immediate reaction to the Budget. A fuller response will follow.

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:

"This is a double edged Budget for business. Firms will…

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Wed 8th Jul, 2015 | 3:59pm

McCluskey Urges Osborne To Make Unions 'Partners In Productivity'

Len McCluskey
Len McCluskey
Len McCluskey, the leader of Britain's largest union, Unite, yesterday (Friday 3 July) urged the chancellor to change gear in order to work with the UK's unions and their six million plus members…

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Sat 4th Jul, 2015 | 10:09am

Disability Confident Campaign Celebrates 2 Years Of Success


The changing attitudes of UK businesses towards disabled people have been hailed, as the Disability Confident campaign celebrates its second anniversary.

Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan…

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Mon 27th Jul, 2015 | 10:00pm

Many Employers In Denial About Pregnancy Discrimination

photo - Radha Madhava
photo - Radha Madhava
Commenting on today's (Friday) report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which shows that one in nine (54,000) new mothers lose their job every year as a result of their pregnancy, TUC…

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Fri 24th Jul, 2015 | 3:17pm

Self-Assessment Deadline Approaching

photo - Oliver Symens
photo - Oliver Symens
The Chancellor may have proposed abolishing tax deadlines for most people but for those who make payments on account there are still deadlines to remember and one of them is only a week away,…

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Tue 21st Jul, 2015 | 7:37pm

Steve Phillip
How To Plan Your Blog Content So It Gets Read
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
Day OneHundredTwentyFive - Business photo by Edd Snowden
Day OneHundredTwentyFive - Business photo by Edd Snowden
My post last week, 7 Reasons Why A Professional Like You Should Be Writing A Blog, explained about the benefits of raising your brand profile and promoting your expertise by writing blog articles.

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Mon 20th Jul, 2015 | 11:38am

Nazia Nazir
Virtually Anything
By Nazia Nazir
Features Writer

When I tell people that I am a Virtual Assistant often they ask what does the role involve?

The simple answer is that the job of a VA is hugely varied depending on the business or individual…

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Wed 15th Jul, 2015 | 9:12am

Flower Power Aiming To Bring Sweet Smell Of Success To Keighley

 Steve Seymour helps his wife Sharron to make sure this year's floral displays look perfect for the judges
Steve Seymour helps his wife Sharron to make sure this year's floral displays look perfect for the judges
Business is booming at Airedale Shopping Centre thanks to the efforts of the Keighley in Bloom team and their stunning floral displays.

This year 35 troughs, over 100 floral hanging baskets along…

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Tue 14th Jul, 2015 | 4:17pm

Sharing Growth With Workers Will Help Boost Productivity, Says TUC

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photo - Images_of_Money
Commenting on the publication today of the government's productivity plan, TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady said:

"Improving productivity is essential to making sure that all of Britain gets…

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Fri 10th Jul, 2015 | 3:20pm

Government's Summer Budget Puts Productivity Plan Firmly In The Spotlight


The Chancellor's pledge to introduce a 'national living wage' of £9 by 2020 has raised the stakes for the UK's productivity plan, according to the CIPD in its response to today's Budget.

On…

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Wed 8th Jul, 2015 | 4:08pm

Fees Still Deterring People From Going To Employment Tribunals, Warns TUC

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photo - clagnut
Responding to a report published today (Tuesday) by Acas on the first year of early conciliation, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"This research confirms that people are having as many…

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Tue 7th Jul, 2015 | 4:01pm