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  • The good news? Outsourcing is big business. The bad news? Outsourcing is big business

    The good news is that outsourcing is big business. According to the Business Services Association, there are now 340,000 people working in IT outsourcing and it contributes £24.7bn to the UK economy. But here's the thing: one raison d'etre ... 

  • Checking out cheques

    If you are a business that still accepts cheques as a method of payment, so long as a cheque guarantee card is supplied, you need to be aware of the withdrawal of the cheque guarantee card scheme from the end of June this year. The scheme which s... 

  • There's more to IT projects than cutting costs

    Interesting to see that cost-cutting has slipped down the agenda when it comes to investing in IT, at least according to the Pearlfinders Q1 Technology Index. The Index, which monitors trends and opinions in the IT world, says cost-cutting is now the... 

  • Minimum Wage Rises

    As is the custom, the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission in terms of the new rate for the National Minimum Wage. This means that from 1 October 2011: the adult rate will increase by 15p to £6.08 per hou... 

  • Is Blinkbox about to move to a tax haven?

    Tesco has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in video-on-demand pioneer 

  • New tax penalties

    A new penalty regime for late filing and late payment of Income Tax through Self Assessment started in April and a tax return filed six months late could attract a penalty of at least £1,300. The old £100 penalty was not much of a de... 

  • Keep details up-to-date with HMRC's free electronic service

    HM Revenue & Customs are quite keen to tell taxpayers that notification of changes to their circumstances can be made any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, with its electronic change of circumstances service. If taxpayers have moved... 

  • Debt collection guidance

    The OFT has launched a 12-week consultation on its updated Debt Collection Guidance. The new guidance will confirm that it applies to all businesses involved in debt recovery, including creditors as well as debt collectors and purchasers, lender... 

  • Dixons profit warning: It's the economy stupid

    Is it really any surprise Dixons has announced profits for the year end in April will be at the lower end of analyst expectations? Profits before tax are expected to be around £85m, right at the bottom of estimates that ranged from £85m t... 

  • Linguists in war of words over Apple App store trademark claim

    Do you ever get the feeling some companies just have too much money for their own good? And that maybe they could be using it to better purpose than lining lawyers' pockets? Microsoft and Apple are currently embroiled in a fairly ridiculous court cas...