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  • Small firms are relieved

    Recently issued figures from the Government have shown that a good number of small businesses are benefitting from Small Business Rate Relief that was doubled last October and which continues until September 2012. Apparently some 330,000 businesses a... 

  • Mind the gap

    For the first time since records began it appears that female junior executives are earning as much as their male counterparts. According to a recent (annual) salary survey from the Chartered Management Institute, although progress has been made... 

  • Accounting records - guidance for directors

    Lawyers Herbert Smith are reporting that the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales have issued " Guidance for directors on accounting records under the Companies Act 2006". Companies have an obligation to keep adequat... 

  • Why did Yahoo's CEO get the boot by phone?

    So Yahoo has fired CEO Carol Bartz. Whatever the reasons for her sacking, I'm intrigued by the way Yahoo chose to fire her. In an email to Yahoo employees, Bartz wrote: "I am very sad to tell you that I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo... 

  • Consultation launched into disability employment services

    Around 50% of disabled people are out of work and for a number of reasons, those that are employed often work far below their potential. To combat this, the Government has launched a consultation into employment services for disabled people. 

  • HMRC offers firms online Olympics advice

    Small and medium-sized companies hoping to win Olympics contracts can take advantage of the results of an HMRC online advice seminar that ran at the end of July which can now be downloaded free of charge. It is estimated that the Olympic and Par... 

  • Social media. RIP?

    Are social media sites passé? Research firm Gartner thinks that it could be so. In a survey of some 6,296 people in 11 developed countries, Gartner found that almost 25 per cent of respondents use their favourite social media website less than... 

  • Businesses leave physical security to chance

    With the August riots behind us some are still wondering just what they have to do to keep their businesses safe and out of harm's way.Well according to NGS Meridian, some firms just don't pay enough attention to their security and they offer the fol... 

  • The best (and worst) of the web? It's all there on transfer deadline day

    It's that time of year again when the (male) population gets an illuminating insight into the positive and destructive effects of the Web: transfer deadline day. All around the country, grown men are glued to their PC screens, returning to their favo... 

  • Can unified comms save your marriage? Maybe, maybe not

    At first glance, I have to admit there's something very worrying in research from Avaya that shows a tenth of decision makers in British and German SMEs blaming overwork for the break-up of their marriages. The research also found a further 27% suffe...