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Tips Victory Must Be Honoured In Law To Ensure Employers Accept It, Unite Warns
The surest way to eliminate confusion about tips is to state it clearly in law that money left by customers for waiting staff must go to waiting staff, said the union representing waiting staff,…
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Business Secretary Fast Tracks Investigation Into BHS Administration


An immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding BHS going into administration has been ordered (3 May 2016) by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid.

Mr Javid has instructed the…

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Wed 4th May, 2016 | 3:09pm

Cold Callers To Be Forced To Display Phone Numbers

photo - Tim Mansfield
photo - Tim Mansfield
Baroness Neville Rolfe, minister responsible for data protection, is expected to confirm that from Monday 16 May 2016, direct marketing companies registered in the UK will need to display their…

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Mon 25th Apr, 2016 | 8:00am

More Than 240 British Businesses Celebrate Her Majesty's 90th Birthday

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photo - mrschnips
Two hundred and forty-three businesses across the UK have received a new Queen's Award for Enterprise, recognising their contribution to international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

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Thu 21st Apr, 2016 | 9:00am

Brexit Would Plunge NHS Into Crisis


Responding to claims by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson that leaving the EU could allow more to be spent on the NHS, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Johnson and Gove are about as…

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Fri 15th Apr, 2016 | 5:04pm

Concern About Trade Deficit

Business planning - photo plantoo47
Business planning - photo plantoo47
Commenting on the UK trade deficit for February which now stands at £4.8 billion, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said:

"Since the start of this…

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Sat 9th Apr, 2016 | 12:30pm

Andrew Broadbent, Solicitor, Keeble Hawson
Your first job?

My first job was as a footballer with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. I was offered a football scholarship upon leaving school and subsequently signed a 1 year professional contract. I was continuing with my academic studies around training and days off.

How did you get into the career you're in?

I was looking for something that combined all of the aspects that I enjoyed and excelled in, and law seemed to fit the bill.

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Complementary Businesses In Ilkley Join Forces

Nicky Whitehead Chris Bailey and Jenny Howarth
Nicky Whitehead Chris Bailey and Jenny Howarth
A renowned Ilkley complementary therapy business steeped in a long tradition of fusing science with nature has evolved into a new partnership.

Bailey Flower Essences and Verbeia have joined forces…

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Thu 31st Mar, 2016 | 8:01pm

Inflation Figures Show Economy Not Operating At Full Strength, Says TUC

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photo - TaxRebate.org.uk
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation unchanged 0.3%, and core inflation unchanged at 1.2 %, TUC General Secretary…

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Tue 22nd Mar, 2016 | 5:30pm

Budget 2016 - Full Response By The CBI

George Osborne
George Osborne
You can now read the CBI full response to the 2016 Budget, with further detail on key business issues.

CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, said:

"After a year of surprises, this was a stable…

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Thu 17th Mar, 2016 | 10:30am

Budget 2016 - Comment By The CBI


The CBI has responded to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget. A full reaction will follow later.

CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, said:

"After a year of surprises, this was a stable…

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Wed 16th Mar, 2016 | 10:00pm

Businesswoman Creates Fundraising Campaign - 'Not For Sale'

Rachel Salway
Rachel Salway
Rachel Salway, owner of the ethical fashion store Roseannah has started a campaign to raise awareness about trafficking and modern day slavery. After hearing shocking stories from previous victims…

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Wed 27th Apr, 2016 | 2:54pm

Unique Indenture Signing Ceremony At Yorkshire Brewery

Euan Findlay in the Masham brewery's cooperage
Euan Findlay in the Masham brewery's cooperage
A unique signing ceremony has been held at a North Yorkshire brewery with the "indenturing" of the country's only apprentice craft brewery cooper.

For the next four years Euan Findlay, 19, will…

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Sat 23rd Apr, 2016 | 6:30pm

CBI Responds To New International Tax Information Sharing Measures

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photo - Images-of_Money
The CBI has responded to Chancellor George Osborne's announcement that tax and law enforcement agencies from Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Spain will exchange information in respect of…

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Sat 16th Apr, 2016 | 8:03pm

Two Futures: What The EU Referendum Means For The UK's Prosperity


With a referendum on the UK's EU membership taking place in just over two months, the British people have a vital decision ahead of them.

The CBI's new publication details what the 'two futures'…

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Sat 9th Apr, 2016 | 12:57pm

Years Of Uncertainty For Employers And Workers

photo - Bobby Hidy
photo - Bobby Hidy
An independent legal opinion published today (Thursday), warns of years of uncertainty for workers and employers if the UK votes to leave the European Union.

The legal opinion, commissioned by the…

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Thu 7th Apr, 2016 | 11:51am

Paul Parkinson, MD of Synergy Automotive
Your first job?

I worked in a wood yard, unloading timber and selling it to joiners and builders in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, when I was 14. Great grounding for real life!

How did you get into the career you're in?

I started working for an auto parts supplier and progressed to a series of sales, operational and management roles within dealerships before setting up Synergy Automotive in 2006 with a passion to bring something fresh to vehicle leasing and contract hire.

more...Fri 1st Apr, 2016 | 12:43pm

Forum Reminds Businesses About The Changes Due In April

photo - William Warby
photo - William Warby
The Forum of Private Business has taken the unusual step of reminding members and other businesses about changes that come into place in April.

The key change, that has been widely reported, is…

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Wed 30th Mar, 2016 | 3:24pm

When Is A Green Light Not A Green Light

HSUK's Colin Elliff and Quentin Macdonald
HSUK's Colin Elliff and Quentin Macdonald
Commenting on last week's Budget, a spokesperson from High Speed UK (HSUK) said:

"Chancellor George Osborne has finally launched the HS3 project which seemed to have sunk without trace in recent…

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Mon 21st Mar, 2016 | 4:55pm

Chancellor's Budget Backs Small Business

George Osborne - photo Lee Davy
George Osborne - photo Lee Davy
Responding to Chancellor George Osborne's Budget 2016 speech, Mike Cherry, Policy Director at the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

"In a Budget constrained by both the need to reduce the…

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Wed 16th Mar, 2016 | 10:00pm

CBI Reiterates Call To Tackle 9 billion A Year Cost Burden To Business


Recent CBI analysis revealed that inaction on business rates, together with recent Government policy changes, including the National Living Wage and the Apprenticeship Levy, will cost businesses…

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Tue 15th Mar, 2016 | 5:14pm