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There Must Be No Hiding Place For Cheating Employers, Says TUC
Commenting on the announcement that the government will introduce a bundle of measures to strengthen enforcement of the minimum wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "We welcome the…
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Commenting on the announcement that the government will introduce a bundle of measures to strengthen enforcement of the minimum wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"We welcome the…
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UK Growth Enjoys Summer Bloom

Rain Newton-Smith
Rain Newton-Smith
The survey of 754 respondents across the manufacturing, retail and service sectors showed the pace of growth sped up for a second month running, with a balance of output volumes at +31% in August.…

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Tue 1st Sep, 2015 | 5:20pm

Unite Throws Doubt On Government Wage Cheat Crackdown

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photo - William Warby
Government plans to penalise businesses which fail to pay the national living wage drew a sceptical response from Britain's largest union, Unite today (Tuesday 1 September), who warned it would…

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Tue 1st Sep, 2015 | 5:01pm

Growth Programme: 8 Million Funding For Rural Businesses

Farm Shop - photo Garry Knight
Farm Shop - photo Garry Knight
Rural businesses across the country looking to expand will be able to benefit from new funding worth over £8 million which will help unlock the huge potential for growth in the countryside,…

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Fri 28th Aug, 2015 | 4:43pm

CBI Comments On Apprenticeship Levy Consultation


The CBI commented on the Government's announcement of a consultation on the apprenticeship levy.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills, said:

"The UK needs a world-class…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 9:43am

Stronger Recovery Needed For Higher Wages, Says TUC

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photo - Images_of_Money
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) of the latest data from pay analysts at XpertHR, which shows that employers are continuing to increase wages by just two per cent, TUC General…

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Fri 21st Aug, 2015 | 8:33am

Youth Employment Prospects Continue To Show Promise While Overall Employment Growth Plateaus

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photo - craftivist collective
In response to the latest ONS employment and pay statistics published recently, Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the CIPD (the professional body for HR and people development), comments:

"Th…

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Wed 19th Aug, 2015 | 8:10am

In With Reform - The UK's Relationship With The EU

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photo - MPD01605
A referendum on Britain's members of the European Union is on the cards in the very near future but what does it mean for business? Steven Altmann-Richer, Principal Policy Adviser at the CBI,…

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Tue 11th Aug, 2015 | 3:36pm

Government Must Do More To Tackle Bad Bosses Who Exploit Migrants, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to the announcement today (Monday) by immigration minister James Brokenshire that employers who give jobs to illegal migrants will feel the "full force" of the government machine, TUC…

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Mon 10th Aug, 2015 | 2:12pm

Bank Of England Right To Keep Interest Rates On Hold, Says TUC

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photo - Images_of_Money
Commenting on the Bank of England's latest economic outlook and decision on interest rates published today (Thursday), which increases the growth forecast but keeps rates on hold and warns of weak…

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Thu 6th Aug, 2015 | 9:00pm

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Thu 3rd Sep, 2015 | 9:27am

CBI Responds To Home Secretary's Comments On EU Freedom Of Movement

John Cridland
John Cridland
John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:

"The evidence shows that the vast majority of people coming from the EU to the UK come to work and benefit our economy.

"Our hospitals and care homes…

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Tue 1st Sep, 2015 | 5:08pm

30 Hours Free Childcare

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photo - Gov.UK
The CBI has responded to the Government's call for providers to come forward to deliver its 30 hours of free childcare offer, beginning in September 2016.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director for…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 10:54pm

More Must Be Done To Tackle The Gender Pay Gap, Says TUC

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photo - Sascha Kohlmann
Commenting on the report published today (Tuesday) by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and wage analysts XpertHR which highlights the continuing gender pay gap, TUC General Secretary…

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Tue 25th Aug, 2015 | 3:27pm

CBI Responds To 2015 GCSE Results

Katja Hall
Katja Hall
The CBI commented on this year's GCSE results.

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:

"Congratulations to all those pupils receiving their results. Whether they got the grades they wanted…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 9:27am

TUC Expresses Concern Over New Bullying Research

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photo - Kal Chan Vong
Commenting on research published today (Thursday) by lawyers Slater and Gordon, which reveals that one in five workers have witnessed others being bullied at work, TUC General Secretary Frances…

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Thu 20th Aug, 2015 | 8:17am

CBI Responds To 2015 A-Level Results

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John Cridland - photo Policy Exchange
Commenting on this year's A-level results, John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:

On the overall results, record university numbers and vocational qualifications

"Congratulations to all…

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Thu 13th Aug, 2015 | 5:12pm

Unions Demand Clear And Urgent Action


A seismic change in the way food is sold is essential or there could be dire consequences for the farming industry and rural economy, the UK's farming unions said.

Farming leaders have jointly…

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Tue 11th Aug, 2015 | 12:00pm

Leeds BID Names Movers And Shakers Team

Martin Dickson the new Marketing Manager for Leeds BID
Martin Dickson the new Marketing Manager for Leeds BID
It's all systems go for the Leeds Business Improvement District (BID) as the company announces its new management team.

The BID, an independent company limited by guarantee will transform Leeds…

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Fri 7th Aug, 2015 | 4:25pm

Response To Underground Strike

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photo - Tom Page
The CBI has responded to the latest London Underground strike.

Lucy Haynes, CBI London Director, said:

"We would encourage all parties to return to the negotiating table to avoid the disruption…

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Wed 5th Aug, 2015 | 3:33pm