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Workers Contribute £32bn To UK Economy From Unpaid Overtime
UK workers gave their bosses nearly £32bn worth of unpaid overtime last year - an average of £6,050 each if these hours had been paid - according to new analysis published today (Friday)…
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photo - Alan Cleaver
photo - Alan Cleaver
UK workers gave their bosses nearly £32bn worth of unpaid overtime last year - an average of £6,050 each if these hours had been paid - according to new analysis published today…
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Mexico's Abuse Of Workers' Rights Highlighted As State Visit Looms

Napoleón Gomez
Napoleón Gomez
The lamentable way that the Mexican government rides roughshod over workers' rights will be highlighted when the country's president, Peña Nieto, makes a state visit to Britain next week.

The…

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Fri 27th Feb, 2015 | 2:39pm

Government Should Stop Playing A Numbers Game With Migration Figures, Says TUC


Responding to the Office for National Statistics migration statistics published today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The government needs to stop playing a numbers game…

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Thu 26th Feb, 2015 | 12:49pm

Hopkins Welcomes Government Crackdown On Cold Callers

Government taking action on nuisance calls and texts
Government taking action on nuisance calls and texts
A new Government crackdown on companies behind unwanted cold calls has been strongly backed by Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins.

As a result of legal changes being announced today,…

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Wed 25th Feb, 2015 | 7:24pm

Andi Lonnen
Increase Your Business Income!
By Andi Lonnen
Business Correspondent
photo - fsecart
photo - fsecart
We're two full months into the New Year now. I hope you are progressing well with your business growth ambitions for 2015.

Increasing the sales in your business is always going to be a key…

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Tue 24th Feb, 2015 | 4:00pm

HSBC Bonuses At Odds With Failings On Tax Evasion, Says TUC


Commenting on today's (Monday) announcement by HSBC on bonuses, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is hard to see why HSBC is paying bonuses at a time when their role in tax evasion…

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Mon 23rd Feb, 2015 | 1:08pm

Growth Picks Up Speed In Manufacturing Sector


Activity in the manufacturing sector picked up pace in February, and output is expected to grow faster still in the next three months, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

The…

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Sat 21st Feb, 2015 | 10:27am

East Yorkshire Accountants Continue To Grow With Appointment Of New Apprentice

Melissa Craft
Melissa Craft
East Yorkshire-based 360 Chartered Accountants has appointed a new apprentice as the firm continues to expand, taking them up to a twelve-strong team in just five years.

Melissa Craft, 17, from…

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Thu 19th Feb, 2015 | 11:59am

Leeds Woman Wins National Legal Award

Bilkis Mahmood
Bilkis Mahmood
Leeds woman Bilkis Mahmood, Senior Partner at Blackstone Law, has won the 'Services to Law' category in the British Muslim Awards.

Bilkis launched her own law firm just five years ago, and beat…

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Tue 17th Feb, 2015 | 8:30am

Small Businesses Need To Be Ready For Pensions Auto-Enrolment


Small businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region are being advised to prepare themselves for pensions auto-enrolment says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Figures…

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Mon 16th Feb, 2015 | 4:03pm

Failing Energy Efficiency Strategies Costing UK Businesses Millions, Says TUC

photo - Images_of_Money
photo - Images_of_Money
The government is saddling businesses with higher than necessary energy bills through its failing energy efficiency strategy for the commercial sector, a new TUC report argues today (Friday).

Effor…

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Fri 13th Feb, 2015 | 9:35am

£7m Bonus For Lloyds Chief Will Outrage Taxpayers Who Bailed Out Bank, Says TUC


Commenting on today's (Friday) announcement by Lloyds Bank on bonuses, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"This £7 million bonus will outrage customers and the taxpayers who bailed…

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Fri 27th Feb, 2015 | 2:00pm

Royal Bank Of Scotland Restructuring Announcement Leaves More Questions Says Unite


Unite, the country's largest union, will be seeking an urgent meeting with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in order to obtain clarification from the bank on the announcement made today (Thursday 26…

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Thu 26th Feb, 2015 | 12:16pm

Barnsley Girl Flies Flag For Yorkshire

Eve Lodge doing her presentation
Eve Lodge doing her presentation
Teenage business owner Eve Lodge is heading back to South Wales in April - after being named as one of the 'Aspiring Entrepreneur' finalists in the national Making Business Happen Awards.

Sixteen-y…

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Wed 25th Feb, 2015 | 4:22pm

More Prosecutions Needed For Minimum Wage Cheat Bosses, Says TUC

photo - Tax Credits
photo - Tax Credits
Commenting on the naming and shaming today (Tuesday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of 70 employers who have cheated staff out of the minimum wage, TUC General Secretary…

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Tue 24th Feb, 2015 | 11:15am

Steve Phillip
A Maven, A Connector, A Salesperson - Your Social Media Needs All 3!
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
Socail Media Class image by mkhmarketing.wordpress.com
Socail Media Class image by mkhmarketing.wordpress.com
Are you an expert? One definition of an expert is a person who is very knowledgeable about or skilful in a particular area. If you are an expert then, the question I have for you is, who else…

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Mon 23rd Feb, 2015 | 9:19am

Doors Open At New Bradford Brewery


The new Bradford Brewery and Brewfactory pub threw open its doors this week unveiling the first beer brewed in the city centre for more than 50 years.

Civic leaders, members of the Bradford…

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Thu 19th Feb, 2015 | 4:09pm

Barnsley Entrepreneur Has It All Wrapped Up

Sarah Greenwood
Sarah Greenwood
A Barnsley entrepreneur who has set up her own packaging consultancy can trace her fascination back to her teenage years.

Sarah Greenwood, who has already gained contracts to develop packaging for…

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Wed 18th Feb, 2015 | 3:09pm

Private Rail Operators Using Public Subsidies To Fund Pay-Outs To Shareholders

East Coast train - photo - Colin
East Coast train - photo - Colin
The taxpayer is footing the bill for private train companies who then pay out millions of pounds to shareholders, says the TUC in response to today's (Monday) report by the Office of Rail…

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Mon 16th Feb, 2015 | 4:24pm

Look, You Just Weren't Listening So I Bought Elsewhere - Is This Happening To You?

listen closely photo by Laura Billings
listen closely photo by Laura Billings
It's hard for me to hide my disappointment - I had a genuine interest in supporting this organisation and I'm certain that they would have valued my support. The problem is that unless I am…

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Mon 16th Feb, 2015 | 9:25am

Backing The BID For Sheffield


Sheffield Hallam has thrown its support behind a proposal to develop a Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) for the city centre.

If approved, the Sheffield BID will see businesses based…

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Thu 12th Feb, 2015 | 5:28pm