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News from May 2005

28 May 2005

Kelly piles on success

A young entrepreneur whose brainwave emerged from a domestic accident has been awarded £35,000 from a Government agency to develop her business.And Kelly Atkins, who founded Carpet-Burns three years ago, is quick to acknowledge the piles of support she ha
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28 May 2005

Thousands of homeworkers under-insured

The online insurer believes problems arise when firms fail to extend their business insurance for items taken out of the office, and where business owners do not inform their insurer that they have set up a business at home or are allowing their employees
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27 May 2005

Future is sweeter for Buxton bakery

Director Anthony Fitzgerald and bakery supervisor Andrew Holmes were so disillusioned with the way things were going that they were on the brink of selling up - but less than two years later their hopes are rising again thanks to Derbyshire Chamber and Bu
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27 May 2005

Business Lukewarm on Queen's Speech

While some of the proposals in the Queen’s speech have been welcomed by business leaders, others will give rise to concern. The Equality Bill to amalgamate a number of Commissions and offer a streamlined and simple framework and the plans in the Companies
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27 May 2005

Business bosses onboard

Over 100 Derbyshire managing directors have already taken advantage of the Lead2Succeed programme which aims to support business bosses in their personal development. The programme runs until March 2006 and, after a diagnostic process, provides a grant of
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27 May 2005

Are you speaking the right language?

Research indicates that around one fifth of companies are losing business because they lack foreign language skills, according to the Regional Language Network (RLN) East Midlands. The organisation, one of five of its kind, is funded by East Midlands Deve
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27 May 2005

Licence holders urged to renew

Local authorities are warning licensed premises that they may be risking the future of their business if they do not convert to the new licensing system by 6 August. Holders of alcohol on and off licences, club premises certificates, public entertainment
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27 May 2005

Green power in the air

A multi-million-pound ‘green’ business centre has been given an environmentally-friendly finishing touch. A roof-mounted wind turbine mast to generate electricity has now been added to the £3m Markham Environmental Technology, Training and Innovation Cent
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27 May 2005

Construction firms warned not to ignore Revenue letters

HMRC has sent out around 15,000 letters to contractors it believes might currently be misclassifying subcontractors as self-employed rather than employees. 57,000 similar letters were sent out last year.Mike Evans, director of employment taxes at accounta
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27 May 2005

Small firms believe red tape set to rise

The bank's research found that 58 per cent of small businesses said the amount of time they spent dealing with red tape increased last year, while just two per cent said it reduced.Small firms highlighted the current business tax system as the most dislik
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27 May 2005

Spirit of Enterprise

Business leaders from areas across Derbyshire are taking a leap forward in the way they think, plan and act. They are involved in the Spirit of Enterprise workshops – a series of innovative and thought-provoking workshops featuring established industry le
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21 May 2005

Small firms urged to hang up on cold callers

The OFT warned that it has received hundreds of complaints from small firms about the sales tactics of some cold callers. "It's a problem we've been increasingly aware of, as large numbers of cold callers are trying to get small firms to sign up under fal
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21 May 2005

Search is on for best UK start-ups

Organised by Startups.co.uk in conjunction with NatWest bank, the awards are open to all businesses less than three-years old, and employ fewer than 60 people. Start-ups can enter 13 categories, including Retailer of the year, Micro business of the year a
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21 May 2005

Business groups give mixed response to Queen's Speech

Regulatory reforms featured prominently in the Queen's Speech, along with government bills aimed at cutting red tape and extending maternity leave.Under the Parental Rights Bill, the government plans to extend maternity leave from 26 to 39 weeks by April
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21 May 2005

Firms offered free access to market research

Running as a pilot programme since May 2004, the centre will use the £1m it received from the London Development Agency (LDA) to build meeting rooms, extend its market research collection, and train library staff to assist business owners and entrepreneur
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20 May 2005

Improve health and safety to avoid insurance hike

The warning follows changes to the Health and Social Care Act, which allows the NHS to claim back treatment costs from employers if an accident involving an employee is due to employer negligence. The maximum amount that can be claimed is capped at £34,00
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14 May 2005

Think more about retirement policies, firms urged

And with increasing life expectancies and declining birth rates, businesses should also recognise the value in retaining the skills of an older workforce.Those are some of the key findings of some major global research by HSBC Bank.The study, which examin
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14 May 2005

Mobile-phone package launched for self-employed

The company says that the package allows the self-employed to access business-level support from a dedicated team of advisers.The new Businesstime tariffs offer a single flat-rate for calls made in addition to a user's inclusive minutes, which Vodafone sa
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14 May 2005

Owners urged to take care with simplified tax forms

The new form is designed to cut down the amount of time it takes people with 'simple' tax affairs to complete.HM Revenue & Customs guidance states that self-employed sole traders with a turnover of less than £15,000 can fill out the form. It estimates tha
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13 May 2005

Best buyers urged to show off skills

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) is urging firms to gain prestige by entering its seventh annual purchasing and supply management awards.They are eligible to enter two award categories:
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7 May 2005

BCC calls for Enterprise Zones in 'deprived regions'

According to the BCC, the number of manufacturing jobs in the UK fell from 3.5 million in February 2003 to 3.2 million in February 2005. "To date, much of the job losses in manufacturing have been hidden by the huge growth in public-sector employment duri
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7 May 2005

Business groups hot off mark with post-election wishes

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Forum of Private Business (FPB) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are calling on the Government to prove its commitment to enterprise by looking after the interests of small and medium-sized busi
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7 May 2005

European VAT ruling on fuel set to affect small firms

According to the ECJ, the UK is in breach of the 'Six VAT Directive', which says taxable persons may deduct VAT in respect of goods and services in taxable transactions and that they must retain an invoice.UK procedure currently allows the employer to ded
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7 May 2005

Employers encouraged to tackle absenteeism

The research by employment law firm Peninsula found that of the 1,286 employers asked, 79 per cent said they thought sickness levels had increased, compared with 65 per cent in 2004.Furthermore, 81 per cent believed absenteeism had already cost their busi
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