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  • An Enterprising plan for growth

    Back in March, the Government announced the creation of a number of enterprise zones where businesses would get extra help. Initially, the zones were decided as sites within Liverpool, London, Manchester, Derby, Nottingham, the Black Country, the Tee... 

  • Support for riot hit people and businesses

    Those businesses and communities affected by the riots can take advantage of measures that the Government has recently announced. Included in the help package is £10 million to help councils with the immediate costs of making their areas safe, clear... 

  • To advise or not to advise

    Anyone or any business seeking advice from HMRC on how legislation is interpreted is presently given an answer based on the Code of Practice 10 (Information and Advice). From 30 September this Code is being replaced with something called CAP1. Un... 

  • Cross border mediation

    Do you have a cross border dispute? If so, then the EU's Mediation Directive, which was recently implemented in the UK may be able to assist with disputes that arose on or after 20 May. The directive, which has been partially implemented in the U... 

  • When is a nuisance a nuisance?

    A recent ruling from the Technology and Construction court has given more guidance on the unpleasant situation of an industrial neighbour that is perceived to be causing an odour nuisance. In the case - Barr & others v Biffa Waste Services Li... 

  • HMRCs systems don't help small businesses

    According to the Forum of Private Businesses, HMRCs online tax systems just can't cut the mustard and they certainly aren't helping small businesses. The FPB describes the systems as 'including complex and unwieldy online procedures' and are very... 

  • Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder

    Staff absence costs employers a fortune every year. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with an average salary of £25000, this amounts to some £32 billion a year. The CIPD also reckon that less than 50 per c... 

  • Be careful with ex-gratia payments

    How often have employers found it expedient to dismiss an employee and then give them an ex-gratia payment to keep them happy (and quiet)? Well those that follow this practice should be aware of a recent case - Publicis Consultants UK Ltd v O'Farrell... 

  • Corporate hi-jacking

    According to credit reference agency, Graydon UK, there's been a huge rise in fraud attempts perpetrated against businesses. The statistics indicate a rise of 130 per cent over the first five months of 2011 to 214 instances, the hijacking of companie... 

  • Women aren't hot (potatoes)

    It appears that the Government, Europe and society wants more women to be employed at board level. Starting with the (old) news that last February, Lord Davies published a report for the Government recommending that UK FTSE 100 companies should h...