From the Newsdesk

More funding for business-academic projects

17 December 2018

We have reported previously on Government attempts to get businesses to take part in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) (see “Firms invited to follow Rolls-Royce and Sainsbury’s” and “Funding available to boost knowledge and skills”).

MPs bemoan poor payment practices

14 December 2018

We recently reported on a Government warning that firms with poor payment records risked being stopped from bidding for public sector contracts (see “Pay promptly or lose contracts”).

Business patience with Government is running out

12 December 2018

The Prime Minister’s decision to delay Parliament’s “meaningful vote” on the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration has been widely condemned by leading business groups as adding to the uncertainty about how they are supposed to prepare for Brexit.

Firms unaware of chance to transfer apprenticeship funds

10 December 2018

Although over half of employers who use the system said that they understand it “perfectly”, a survey on the apprenticeship levy also showed that only one in three know about the increased scope to transfer Levy funds to smaller employers.

Pay promptly or lose contracts

7 December 2018

Government suppliers who fail to pay subcontractors promptly could be prevented from tendering for future public contracts.

UK needs greater occupational health capability

5 December 2018

A major survey of work and health by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and specialist insurance broker Howden, shows that waiting time for treatment, surgery and tests, and stress at work, are the largest causes of long-term absence.

Peers urge delay in Making Tax Digital for VAT

3 December 2018

The House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee has called on the Government to delay the introduction of its Making Tax Digital scheme for VAT for at least a year.

Book your place in new UK Investment Support Directory

30 November 2018

Businesses can now apply to be included on a list of those organisations able to support overseas firms wanting to set up or to expand in the UK.

Brexit deal is only a step along a still unclear path

28 November 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has won the approval in Brussels that she sought for the withdrawal agreement with the EU ( and the political statement ( that suggests how future EU-UK relationships might develop.

Get ready for Small Business Saturday

26 November 2018

Guaranteed to be less frantic than Black Friday, and more old-fashioned than Cyber Monday, the next date on the retail calendar is coming up at the end of this week — Small Business Saturday is on 1 December.