New EU Trade Commissioner looks to the future

16 December 2019

Speaking in Dublin before the UK general election, Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan outlined his priorities for trade as he takes up his new portfolio for the next five years from 1 December.

The business of podcasts

13 December 2019

Podcasts have exploded over the last few years. Dave Howell explains how your business can use audio content as a new communications channel, and which tools are needed to create world-class podcasts.

Overseas exhibitions

13 December 2019

Exhibitions, trade shows and conferences that are relevant to your business can be an invaluable source of information and contacts. The most effective way to use them can vary, however. Carelessness can lead to a large waste of time and money.

Using Bookstart packs to engage parents

13 December 2019

Many nurseries and pre-schools will receive an annual allocation of Bookstart Treasure Gift envelopes to distribute to their three- to four-year-olds within their provision. Liz Hodgman, an experienced childcare practitioner, suggests that rather than just handing them out to child and parent at pick-up time, with some planning these packs can provide a great resource for engaging parents within the provision and improving the home learning environment.

Sickness absence shows modest rise

11 December 2019

An estimated 141.4 million working days were lost due to sickness in the UK in 2018, equivalent to 4.4 days per worker, official figures show.

National Minimum Wage — exemptions

11 December 2019

While most employees and workers will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW), there are certain groups who are exempt from this requirement, meaning they are free to agree their own rate of payment. Croner Taxwise explains the groups and where the exemptions lie.