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  • 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... 

  • What is a document?

    You probably think that a document is something that can only be paper based. However, a recent ruling involving HMRC in pursuit of their powers to examine had led to the courts interpreting documents to include computers, ipods and iPhones. The ... 

  • Offshore tax evaders

    HM Revenue & Customs is reminding tax evaders hiding money offshore that they can now face new penalties of up to 200 per cent. Penalties for offshore non-compliance - for income tax and capital gains tax - will now be linked to the tax tran... 

  • Pool car going for a swim?

    HMRC are known to be vigorous when it comes to pursuing tax it believes is owed and the case of Securidoor proves the point well. Mrs Ryan-Munden was a director of Securidoor and during a visit to the firm in 2006, HMRC found that the company own... 

  • Agency workers regulations

    The Government has now published guidance to accompany the Agency Workers Regulations that comes into force on 1 October of this year. The Regulations bring in the EU's directive on temporary agency work The main change, as far as businesses are ... 

  • Dead Men Don't Read Mailshots - Capscan's new service will save you from investigating phoney leads

    Scenes from the Steve Martin film Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, a spoof on the genre of tough guy private detectives, usually played by Humphrey Bogart. Do Dead Men Read Junk Mail? If not, Capscan can save you from investigating dead leads. ...