Blog categorized as UK market

Upcoming changes from April 2020: Statement of terms
Currently employers have up to two months to issue the statement to any employee working for them for more than a month, but from 6 April 2020 the right to a statement of written particulars will become a day one right.
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14/03/2020 16:59 - Comment(s)
Private Sector: Should I be preparing for IR35?
Until the 6th April 2020, the rules governing IR35 will only apply to the public sector. From this date, the rules will also apply to the private sector, including charities
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09/03/2020 07:10 - Comment(s)
Increases in National Minimum Wage Rate 2020 
New minimum wage rates that will apply from the 6th April 2020. The increased rates were recommended by the Low Pay Commission, an independent body that advises the Government.
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01/03/2020 16:40 - Comment(s)
Preparing for the Impact of Brexit on your Workforce
While the general discussion of Brexit has died down, to some degree, employers of EEA Nationals must continue stay tuned and engage with the challenges ahead.
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12/02/2020 15:32 - Comment(s)
Buy to let market could surge as Brits reveal lack of intention to buy
Property developers and other professionals in the sector should consider how they can better target the buy to let market to yield greater profits, research suggests.
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24/07/2018 07:56 - Comment(s)
What does the affordable homes crisis mean to property developers?
It has recently been reported that the affordable home crisis in Ireland has reached breaking point. Some have even speculated that it’s ‘the social issue of our time’
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18/07/2018 07:56 - Comment(s)
Commuter links continue to be key influence in UK property market
When it comes to buying property one of the key factors that should influence your decisions, is what buyers and tenants are looking for.
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16/07/2018 07:26 - Comment(s)
What is the government’s social impact investment drive?
Investing with a consideration for more than just profit has been a growing trend over the last decade in the UK and globally.
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15/07/2018 10:17 - Comment(s)
What does the falling number of agreed mortgages mean?
Figures from the Bank of England reveal that the number of new mortgage commitments agreed by lenders fell to a two year low during the first quarter of 2018.
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13/07/2018 08:29 - Comment(s)
UK SMEs are looking abroad for growth opportunities 
Any businesses with ambitions for growth can recognise the benefits of reaching out to new markets. As more UK SMEs look to shore up their growth plans by looking across international borders, what’s driving the trend?
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11/07/2018 07:16 - Comment(s)
Post-Brexit Britain: What will it look like for SMEs? 
When it comes to the future of the UK economy, it can feel like everything is up in the air as the government continues to grapple with the issues that the referendum has created.
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10/07/2018 11:36 - Comment(s)
Are small and mid-market businesses the new UK economic engine? 
It’s time for big businesses to move over, mid-sized firms are leading the way when it comes to economic growth in the UK. Ambitious small businesses are taking steps to seize opportunities and put their expansion plans into action.
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09/07/2018 11:53 - Comment(s)
Is the High Street Doomed?
Gloomy predictions about the future of the high street have been a common theme in the news over the last few years. A host of well-known brands are either gone or seem to be struggling against the modern shopper’s thirst for online options.
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06/07/2018 08:02 - Comment(s)
The Tech Economy: UK Powerhouse
The UK economy is in a strange place. Employment figures are at a record high, but overall growth remains sluggish. Rosier figures for the long-term health of the economy come along, then they’re downgraded.
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05/07/2018 07:57 - Comment(s)
SMEs and Brexit: What do Falling Workforce Numbers Mean?
One of the biggest challenges facing SMEs is always finding the right staff to add to the workforce. It’s a perennial issue and something that businesses in every sector deal with.
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03/07/2018 07:43 - Comment(s)
UK Businesses Still Unprepared for GDPR – How to be Compliant
With GDPR now in full effect, a huge number of UK businesses – large and small – are still leaving themselves open to data theft. For those companies that do fall victim to targeted attacks seeking valuable data, this could have very real financial repercussions under the GDPR framework
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02/07/2018 05:36 - Comment(s)
How Does the Gender Pay Gap Affect SMEs?
The gender pay gap has become a hot topic in the last few years. Some shocking figures have come to the fore from big and small businesses revealing the stark differences between the pay of men and women.
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29/06/2018 14:33 - Comment(s)
What Does the Housing Crisis Mean for Property Developers?
The housing crisis is one of the biggest issues facing the country right now. Councils across the UK are struggling to find enough affordable housing for those that need it, the government is trying to come up with solutions and, all the while, housing stock is becoming harder to procure.
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27/06/2018 07:55 - Comment(s)
SME Optimism Soars Despite Economic Uncertainty
The construction industry is a traditional measure of economic growth. Generally, when it’s doing well, the economy is doing well.
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25/06/2018 07:25 - Comment(s)
Why SMEs Should Foster Growth with Alternative Lenders
Funding from banks for UK SMEs is still extremely hard to access. Many lenders are still in a cautionary mode and UK SMEs, who need business capital to fuel growth, are losing out.
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22/06/2018 07:28 - Comment(s)