Clemence Hoar Cummings Blog

Apprenticeships fall sharply following levy introduction

Posted in blogs | Posted on 24 Nov, 2017

The number of apprenticeships in the UK has fallen since the introduction of the Government’s controversial Apprenticeship Levy, a report has revealed. Figures, published by the Department for Education…

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Sharp rise in corporation tax receipts

Posted in blogs | Posted on 23 Nov, 2017

New research has revealed a sharp rise in the amount of corporation tax collected by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). According to the latest figures, the tax authority collected £9.62 billion in corporation…

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Brexit will have twice the impact on the northern economy compared to the south, says thinktank

Posted in blogs | Posted on 22 Nov, 2017

Brexit will have double the impact on the north of England compared to the south, according to new research. Thinktank IPPR North, which published the report, said leaving the European Union will have…

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2.1 million small businesses ‘yet to start a plan’ for the GDPR

Posted in blogs | Posted on 21 Nov, 2017

More than two million UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have not yet begun preparing for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new research has revealed. According to a far-reaching…

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Hammond urged to support manufacturing in Autumn Budget

Posted in blogs | Posted on 20 Nov, 2017

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called on the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to address the UK’s “productivity problem” by using this week’s Autumn Budget announcements to extend greater…

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Think tank calls for R&D tax credit reform

Posted in blogs | Posted on 17 Nov, 2017

A key think tank has criticised the effectiveness of the research and development (R&D) tax credit scheme, after it claimed that 80 per cent of such studies are “deadweight”. The Institute for…

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SME retailers urged to take advantage of Black Friday

Posted in blogs | Posted on 16 Nov, 2017

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the retail sector are being urged to take advantage of Black Friday. The calls come after research published by Amazon earlier this week found that…

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Chancellor under mounting pressure to address SDLT

Posted in blogs | Posted on 15 Nov, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond is facing ever-increasing pressure to address Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in next week’s Autumn Budget, amid concerns that activity in Britain’s property market is slowing….

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How can SMEs boost productivity?

Posted in blogs | Posted on 14 Nov, 2017

The best way for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to boost workplace productivity is to offer more flexible working opportunities to employees, a new study suggests.

Study sheds light on SME growth trends

Posted in blogs | Posted on 13 Nov, 2017

A new study has revealed the UK’s top business sectors in terms of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth.