Tricked in the trade: Email scams and what to watch

We have noticed a significant increase in members asking us about offers of work they have received via email, and especially schemes where they are asked to pay an up-front fee in order to be added to a potential customer’s panel of tradesmen.

Increases for National Minimum Wage and Discrimination Awards

It is important that all eligible workers are paid at least the rates referred to above as the Government has the power to impose significant penalties on those employers failing to comply.

Stage 1: Taking on a commercial lease

A lease requires a willing landlord and a willing tenant. Someone who wants to grant a lease, and someone who wants take a lease of commercial property for the purpose of their business.

Branding: The essential dos and don’ts for a successful brand

Ketan Mistry considers the importance of brand strategy, and delivering a clear message. Get this wrong, and businesses can suffer as a result

Lifetime gifts and inheritance tax planning

With the new tax year a little under a month away now, it might be a good time to give some thought to inheritance tax planning. lifetime gifts are often overlooked, but can be an effective way of reducing the inheritance tax liability after death

New Energy Efficiency Regulations impose new obligations on landlords

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 come into force on April 1st 2018, and will impose new obligations on private landlords.

New creative business hub opens in Nottingham

We assisted two sisters from Nottingham that worked together to transform a derelict Victorian lace mill in Carrington into a multi-purpose business centre.

TypicalMidsCo: The latest in Gender Pay Gap reveals

This month, an internal management report on gender pay at TypicalMidsCo was leaked. It’s broad-brush but clear that the average pay for females is 20 per cent lower than males, with female managers earning 15 per cent less.

Extended hours for licensed premises during royal wedding weekend

The Government has announced that it will proceed with an Order that allows the extension of licensing hours in England and Wales during the weekend of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

National Apprenticeship Week - 3 years on

Sophie Thompson and Matthew Harbuz share their stories as apprentices that continue to progress through the company

Update: changes to the taxation of termination payments

A departing employee may be offered a payment on termination which is paid under a settlement agreement and may cover entitlements such as notice pay, redundancy pay and ex gratia payments.

Employment perspective: Maplin, Toys 'R' Us, Prezzo... What happens next?

Maplin, Toys ‘R’ Us and Prezzo have become the latest big name businesses to fall into administration with the latter launching a company voluntary arrangement in order to restructure their finances to save the business.

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