Managing costs

Business confidence rises despite economic fears

Businesses remain confident of their prospects for the next six months, despite losing confidence in the global economy.

Proposed employment laws will add to business costs

A range of new employment laws that are due to be introduced over the next few years could cost UK businesses as much as £22.87 billion, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.

Insuring your business

Adequate insurance is fundamentally important for a business. And in many cases, it is actually a legal obligation.

What follows is a brief guide to the types of insurance a business must have and the types of insurance it might consider desirable.

Business regulation resistant to change

Many businesses think that government efforts to reduce business regulation will be ineffectual.

Prospect of rise in energy costs for business

Businesses have been warned that they could see a steep rise in energy costs over the coming years.

Small firms hit by rising prices

Small firms have experienced the sharpest quarterly hike in costs for five years, according to a new report.

Pay rises remain under pressure

Firms are beginning to hire again as they recover from the recession, but above-inflation pay rises are still a rarity, a new survey has revealed.

Business tax breaks needed to fund skills investment

The economic recovery could be undermined if insufficient investment is made in boosting the skills of UK workforces.

Recession takes its toll of training budgets

The economic downturn has had a significant impact on the funds invested by businesses in training.

Payroll and Real Time Information (RTI) Service

Administering your payroll can be time consuming and burdensome, diverting energy and resources from the core activities of your business.

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