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Are we a nation of tax procrastinators?

New data revealed today has revealed that only a third of tax returns are filed by mid-October, even though individuals have already had eight and a half months to complete their self-assessment documentation. The statistics, which were released to untied by HMRC under the Freedom of Information Act, show that in a typical year, only a third of returns are filed by 20 October.  Almost...

Autumn 2021 Budget wish-list as SMEs face a perfect storm  

Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance has spoken to SME business owners and directors and set out what it believes are an Autumn 2021 Budget wish-list to build SME resilience. This follows news of a 56% rise in company insolvencies in September 2021 and as many businesses that used the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) face the prospect of an increase in loan repayments once the Bank...

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost their jobs last year – 69,000 in total – as venues closed, festivals were scrapped, tours ground to a halt and the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the sector. UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the commercial music industry from artists and record labels to the live music sector, said the value of...

Tesco takes on Amazon Go with launch of ‘just walk out’ store

Tesco is fighting back against Amazon with its first “just walk out” store, where it is possible to buy groceries without having to scan items or visit a till. The supermarket’s GetGo store in Holborn, central London, follows a small trial of a similar store at Tesco head office in Welwyn Garden City, which has been selling goods to the retailer’s staff since 2019. Weight sensors...

One in five HR leaders are not trained in diversity, equity and inclusion

A people analytics expert has urged the government to standardise training policies in the workplace following reports that today, one in five HR leaders are receiving inadequate or no training in diversity, equity and inclusion. 2022 is almost upon us and the topic of diversity, equity and inclusivity continues to be spoken about as a high priority across the country. But, there is a worrying lack of standardisation in...

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