Industry News

Many firms ‘actively tackling’ gender pay gap, survey suggests

A survey carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has suggested that 93% of UK firms are ‘actively tackling’ their gender pay gap. The survey of 350 businesses revealed that 60% of firms believe that diversity helps them to attract and retain staff, and a further 50% said it has brought new skills […]


TUC report reveals household debt has ‘hit new peak’

A report published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that UK household debt has ‘reached new highs’. The report revealed that unsecured debt per household rose to £15,385 during the third quarter of 2018 – representing a rise of £886 when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, total unsecured debt rose to £428 […]


Data reveals significant number of taxpayers filed tax returns over festive period

Data published by HMRC has revealed that more than 10,000 self assessment tax returns were filed over the festive period. According to HMRC, 2,616 individuals filed their return on Christmas Day, with the peak filing hour proving to be between 1pm and 2pm. Meanwhile, 8,465 taxpayers submitted their tax return on Boxing Day, with the […]


Small business group calls for focus on ‘domestic agenda’ in New Year message

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the government to re-focus on encouraging and supporting UK small businesses, rather than spending time on ‘political infighting’, in its New Year message. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: ‘Small business owners tend to be an optimistic bunch. They are used to being nimble, adapting to circumstances […]


New energy price cap comes into effect

Around 11 million households could benefit from a new cap on energy prices, which came into effect on 1 January. The new cap aims to ensure that energy customers on default tariffs – such as standard and variable tariffs – pay a ‘fair price’ for their energy. According to energy regulator Ofgem, an average dual […]


Research suggests many UK small business owners ‘will work on Christmas Day’

Research carried out by Vistaprint has suggested that more than half of UK small business owners intend to work on Christmas Day. According to the research, the biggest challenge faced by small businesses is to ‘stand out above increased competition’ during the festive period. The report revealed that over three quarters of UK small business […]


Don’t forget to file your self assessment tax return

The deadline for submitting your 2017/18 self assessment tax return is midnight on 31 January 2019. The only exception to this rule is if you received a notice from HMRC to make an online tax return after 31 October 2018. In this case, you have three months from the date of issue to submit your return. Those who are late in […]