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  • Are you becoming a bank?

    According to the recently released SME Finance Monitor, only two-thirds of small firms (that is, those with fewer than 10 employees) are getting the finance they need. A third of small firms are turned down when they apply for loans. But in fact the ... 

  • Illegal workers face fair dismissal

    Over recent years employment law has been tightened to the point that employers caught with staff who are without the right to work in the UK risk a £10,000 fine per employee caught. A serious matter. So can an employer dismiss someone where th... 

  • Say a prayer?

    Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, religious or otherwise, but how far does this extend to the workplace? A recent decision in Cherfi v G4S Security Services Ltd, saw the Employment Appeals Tribunal uphold a Tribunal decision that a security serv... 

  • Finding good graduates

    School's out for summer - great news for some but for others, the entry into the world of work made hard by the sheer pressure to find a job against the odds. Research from High Fliers reckons that in 2010-11 some 343000 graduates were chasing jobs, ... 

  • Grasping the nettle

    The Government - no matter which party runs it - has been, and still is, perplexed as to how to reform Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions. The ideal situation is an integration of both - but how? That's where the call for evidence co... 

  • Currency fluctuations can be good for your business, ask IBM

    Here's an interesting snippet of information: IBM's second quarter revenues were positively affected by currency fluctuations to the tune of 7% or around $1.6bn. In other words, without positive foreign exchange rates, IBM's revenues would have been ... 

  • Staff benefit from Softcat's "rubbish forecasting" with beer and cake

    When Softcat broke throughthe £200m revenue mark last week, managing director Martin Hellawell revealed that it would be celebrating with beer and cake for staff. "I never dreamt of getting to the £200m mark this financial year,&quo... 

  • They just don't give up

    It wasn't that long ago - March 23 - when BusinessMan reported that HMRC was warning taxpayers about phishing emails being sent out by fraudsters. WellHMRC is again alerting taxpayers to be on their guard against more of the same. This time the emai... 

  • EU goes mobile

    You may well already be aware that the European Union's efforts to bring down the costs of using a mobile overseas (but within the EU) have led to price caps on what the network operators can charge. Well from 1 July another - lower - price cap has b... 

  • Data Protection Audits

    According to a just released annual report from the Information Commissioner's Office, private companies reported the greatest number of data security breaches - 186 out of 603 - during 2010/11. Data security breaches are defined by the ICO as an...