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BCC urges businesses to prepare for new data protection regulations

26th May 2017

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has urged UK businesses to prepare for the implementation of new data protection regulations. Starting from 25 May 2018,...

Household debt set to reach ‘record high’ this year, TUC suggests

25th May 2017

An analysis published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has suggested that unsecured debt per UK household will reach a record high of £13,900 over the course...

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Third of this year’s retirees ‘still providing financial support to family members'

24th May 2017

More than a third of people planning to retire this year are still providing financial assistance to family members, according to research from insurance company...

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UK workers receiving ‘lower pay’ as a result of higher pension deficit payments

23rd May 2017

A new report published by the Resolution Foundation has suggested that workers in the UK are receiving ‘lower rates of pay’ as a result of higher pension...

Small Business Taskforce outlines priorities for UK firms in election manifesto

22nd May 2017

The Small Business Taskforce has outlined its priorities for UK small firms ahead of the General Election on 8 June. The Taskforce, which is comprised of 14 organisations,...

Banks urged to take ‘meaningful action’ to safeguard consumers from fraud

19th May 2017

Consumer group Which? has urged banks to take ‘meaningful action’ in order to safeguard consumers from financial fraud. Research published by the group...

CBI calls for next government to create a ‘business Brexit taskforce'

18th May 2017

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for the next government to set up a ‘business Brexit taskforce’ in the 50 days following the General...

UK inflation rate rises to highest level in four years

17th May 2017

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the UK’s rate of inflation has risen to 2.7% – up from a rate of 2.3%...

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McBrides supports biggest night of the year for Kent Legals

16th May 2017

McBrides Chartered Accountants were delighted to sponsor the awards at the Kent Law Society annual dinner on Friday 12th May. The award for the Junior Lawyer of...

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Fresh hope for small business finance

16th May 2017

In 2015, of the 324,000 small and medium sized businesses seeking a loan or an overdraft, 26% were initially declined by their bank. Historically the majority of...

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McBrides' expertise in your pocket 24/7!

16th May 2017

In the last edition of Business Arena we announced the launch of our new improved app. In this first of a series of “How to..” articles we look...

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Tax relief for investors

16th May 2017

Investors' Relief (IR) is a new tax relief designed to attract new share capital into unlisted companies. It was announced in the 2016 Budget as an extension to...

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Government calls time on 'Off Payroll Working' for public sector consultants

16th May 2017

New rules for ‘off payroll working' commonly referred to as IR35 or the Intermediaries Legislation, now forces public sector bodies to treat consultants as...

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A new era for Apprenticeships

16th May 2017

For some companies, apprenticeships will have become part of their HR planning for the very first time in April 2017 – when the new Apprenticeship Levy kicked...

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FSB outlines ‘urgent steps’ businesses should take to protect against cyber-attacks

16th May 2017

In light of the recent cyber ransomware attack, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging UK businesses to take ‘urgent steps’ to protect themselves. The...

Businesses urged to create ‘more inclusive workplaces'

15th May 2017

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged UK businesses to create ‘more inclusive workplaces’, and to not allow the creation of such workplace...

UK businesses impeded by mobile ‘not-spots’, BCC reveals

12th May 2017

Businesses across the UK are being impeded by mobile coverage ‘not-spots’, according to a survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The...

‘Brexit funding gap’ poses threat to small businesses, report warns

11th May 2017

In a new report, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that ‘billions of pounds in EU funding’ will need to be replaced following the UK’s...

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UK workers set to experience fall in real wages, analysis suggests

10th May 2017

UK workers are set to experience a fall in real wages in 2017 and 2018, according to an analysis published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The analysis, which...

Significant rise in business confidence, ICAEW reveals

9th May 2017

Business optimism has moved into positive territory in the second quarter of this year, according to business confidence monitor data published by the Institute...

Avoid hitting self-employed with extra costs, warns FSB

8th May 2017

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on all political parties to avoid targeting the UK’s 4.8 million self-employed with post-election tax rises. With...

TUC report suggests workers’ rights ‘at risk’ after Brexit

5th May 2017

A new report published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned that employees in the UK and the EU are ‘at risk from the erosion of workplace rights...

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Paper £5 notes set to be demonetised

4th May 2017

The paper £5 note will cease to be legal tender from 5 May. The Bank of England (BoE) has been encouraging those who still have old notes to spend them ahead...

Businesses warn General Election ‘must not be about Brexit alone’

3rd May 2017

UK businesses have warned that the upcoming General Election on 8 June ‘must not be about Brexit alone’. The warning comes within an election manifesto,...

Significant rise in number of personal insolvencies, official data shows

2nd May 2017

Data published by the Insolvency Service has revealed that the number of people applying for insolvency has risen to its highest level in nearly three years. During...

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Government launches Tax-Free Childcare scheme

28th April 2017

The government has launched its Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which is designed to help parents with the cost of childcare. Under the new initiative, tax relief worth...