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  • Lifting the veil

    It's often thought that individuals running a business through a company are protected from personal liability. However, a recent High Court case - Brewer v Stanley Mann, Fortis Lease UK Limited and Stanley Mann Racing Limited - reinforces the fact t... 

  • Cookie Monster V2

    On April 8 BusinessMan reported that the Government has to bring into effect new EU legislation on website cookies. That legislation is now coming into law on 26 May - earlier than anticipated. The Information Commissioners Officer has now publis... 

  • Steve Jobs: business genius or football manager?

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs has a reputation for being tough but the latest anecdote about the less than perfect launch of its MobileMe online service in 2008, shows that a brutal boss can also be, intentionally or otherwise, quite funny. According to a... 

  • Pensions Bill Passed

    The House of Lords has just passed the Pensions Bill, leaving it to complete the House of Commons (which means that it can be considered a shoe-in) before it goes for Royal Assent. This means that we're half way there to having auto-enrolment of ... 

  • Rip it up and start again

    Members of the public, businesses and community organisations are being invited to help rip up some of the 21,000 rules that are getting in their way. The Red Tape challenge website is now live and will give the public a chance to have their say... 

  • 21st century (wo)man

    The Government, in its Green Paper, 'A state pension for the 21st Century', has set out its thoughts on how to simplify the system for future pensioners. It includes a single-tier state pension currently estimated at around £140 a week, set above the... 

  • Outrage over Foxconn's 'no suicide' pledge is a year late

    Foxconn has been making all the wrong sorts of headlines in recent months over the treatment of workers at its factories in China. Those factories have made products for a number of vendors, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Nintendo and Nokia. As many as 18 ... 

  • The first casualty of business is English

    I don't mean to be unfair by singling out one individual in the IT industry when so many others are guilty of the same offence, but the following quote from Dick Fens, chief executive at Bull UK and Ireland, from a story on MicroScope today, shows ju... 

  • 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 ... 

  • EU doesn't want to be late

    The European Union has adopted the European Late Payments Directive, which, by 16 March 2013 at the latest, will bring in 30 day payment terms. Under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 and the Late Payment of Commercial Deb...