Changes to the company car tax free fuel benefit for the 2008/09 tax year make the cost of the benefit-in-kind increasingly marginal.
UK businesses of all sizes can now turn their premises into wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) hotspots, expanding the range of services they offer to customers and visitors, and potentially creating a new revenue stream, thanks to the latest initiative from BT Business Total Broadband.
Credit card fraud protection specialist, The 3rd Man, says that ‘card not present’ crime in the UK is far higher than official statistics suggest and is getting worse. Over £500 million of fraud was attempted during 2007.
This alarming figure shows that the appetite among fraudsters around the world to use the Internet for crime among UK retailers has far from diminished, and comes at a time when retailers need every penny of revenue they can get to cope with the effects of the global credit crunch.
Demonstrating that money cannot buy you everything, Richard Branson has topped a poll of business heroes as voted for by business owners themselves, beating the world’s third richest man, Bill Gates, into 2nd position.
THOUSANDS of business owners are risking the collapse of their companies due to inadequate business insurance.
Mitchell Charlesworth Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors has found that business owners, whilst protecting buildings, finance and equipment, often forget to insure the key ingredient to their success – their people.
The leaders of the UK’s major franchise companies gathered to reward excellence in marketing when the winners of the 2008 Franchise Marketing Awards were announced on Friday 4 April.
Over 400 figures from the UK’s highly successful £11 billion franchise industry enjoyed a glamorous gala dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, to recognise the many companies whose investment in marketing and creativity have contributed significantly to the industry’s continuing growth and development. The winning entries highlighted the impressive quality and range of marketing in this vibrant industry sector.
A Gloucestershire based Public Relations Agency is the first in the UK to use the power of Facebook to help small to medium sized businesses increase their media awareness thanks to holding regular, free, real-time, Question and Answer sessions on the social networking site starting on April 29th.
According to a major new study, two out of every three SMEs are ignoring the current environmental debate. With many larger companies making fundamental changes in how they do business, 67% of SME owner-managers admitted that environmental concerns were failing to have any impact on their company.
SMEs employ more than half of the UK workforce, so these small companies constitute a major segment of the UK’s business community. There is a huge opportunity for these companies to make a significant impact on environmental sustainability, but it seems few are taking up the challenge.
Banks and building societies are reporting an expected cut in the amount of secured lending they will offer after the Bank of England admitted the credit squeeze is set to intensify.
The credit crunch is forcing some lenders to take fewer risks whilst at the same time, the cost of borrowing on the money markets remains high. As a result, SMEs could find it difficult to secure traditional loans or receive overdraft facilities from their bank.
Do you know of any business, which:
- Promotes a product similar to a product made by a particular manufacturer in such a manner as deliberately to mislead the consumer into believing that the product is made by that same manufacturer when it is not;
- Makes an invitation to consumers to purchase products at a specified price and then refuses to take orders for it or deliver it within a reasonable time?
Did you know that little or no awareness of your staff’s natural behavioural styles can lead to their poor physical health, stress and even depression?
In a recent report from Dame Carol Black, the National Director for Health and Work, it was revealed that ill health is costing the economy over 100m pounds a year. We all hear sad cases of people having a mental breakdown or worse, this costs not only the companies they work for, the government and the NHS, but the costs to the individual in the worst cases are often overlooked.
Almost nine out of 10 UK web users watched video online in December, according to comScore, whose data revealed the dominance of YouTube.
In the UK, 28.7 million web users, or 87% of the online population, watched video in December, accessing 3.1m videos.