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Defined benefit scheme membership down 50% in 10 years

Active membership in defined benefit pension schemes has decreased by half over the last decade.

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SMEs leading export growth

SMEs are contributing to UK export growth with 63% now exporting.

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Rising costs biggest challenge for firms

Over a fifth of small businesses say rising costs will be their biggest challenge in 2017.

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Intangible assets outstrip ‘bricks and mortar’ investment

Is your company investing in R&D? Intangible asset investment reached £133 billion in 2014, according to research by the Intellectual Property Office.

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Streamlined system to challenge business rates announced

For businesses and councils lodging appeals on business rates, details of a new system for checking and challenging bills have been launched.

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Apprenticeship levy could lead to businesses abandoning training

Is your business prepared for the apprenticeship levy? The Confederation of British Industry has called for a 'radical rethink' ahead of its April 2017 introduction.

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Data breaching risk underestimated by SMEs

Government figures show that data breaching costs SMEs an average of £310,800, according to research by Experian UK.

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Business broadband review announced

A new review on business broadband has been launched to attempt to improve businesses access to broadband.

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Local authorities to extend Sunday trading hours

Amendments have been made to the Enterprise Bill allowing local authorities to extend Sunday opening hours.

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Majority of employers support National Living Wage

93% of employers are in support of the new National Living Wage, believing it will boost productivity and retain staff.

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