Category Archives: Commercial

HSE
10 Nov

Health and Safety Inspections Lacking in 46% of UK Companies

Regular health and safety inspections are recommended for any company, regardless of industry. Yet, 46 per cent of all companies have never had a health and safety inspection, and only 24 per cent have had an inspection within the past 12 months, according to a recent survey published by the Trades Union Congress. This pervasive

Read More
safety
01 Nov

Health and Safety Fines Rise Dramatically

There has been a swift and dramatic rise of massive fines for corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences, and health and safety offences since the new sentencing guidelines came into force in February. The intention behind these new guidelines is to ensure that the fines have a significant impact on a company’s finances and

Read More
yahoo
26 Oct

2016 – Cyber Security Breaches Survey

The internet promises big rewards for businesses but also big risks. The threat is significant—24 per cent of all businesses detected one or more cyber security breaches in the last 12 months. But that number skyrockets when classifying businesses by size—jumping to 51 per cent of all medium firms and 65 per cent of all

Read More
Fraud
20 Oct

Cyber Security – NCSC Opens for Business

The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) will be the UK’s authority on cyber security.  It is part of GCHQ and will bring together CESG – the Information Security arm of GCHQ – the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, CERT-UK and the Centre for Cyber Assessment, to form one organisation that will simplify the

Read More
bank note changes for business
13 Oct

New polymer £5 – implications for your business

A new polymer £5 note was issued in the UK on 13 September 2016. A new £10 note will be issued in summer 2017 and a £20 note by 2020.  Over 30 countries around the world currently use polymer banknotes, including Australia, Canada and Mexico. As with any change in banknote design, all businesses that

Read More
motor trade insurance
03 Oct

Motor trade insurance – why it’s important

If you work in the motor trade, vehicles are at the heart of your business. Motor trade insurance is vital. There were a record number of new car registrations in 2015, and demand for new cars is 3.2 per cent higher in the first half of 2016 than this time last year, according to the

Read More
small businesses
28 Sep

Small businesses could face new tax fines

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are considering proposals that may lead to a tripling in fines for small businesses that fail to pay their taxes on time. It could result in the introduction of a sliding scale fine system, increasing the maximum penalty from five per cent of outstanding tax bills to as much as 15 per

Read More
Charities blog
23 Sep

5 ways the Charities Act may affect your charity

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 was given Royal Assent, and therefore became law, in March of this year. Its provisions are being enforced through a three-phase process, with the first beginning in June of this year and the other two phases occurring in October 2016 and April 2017. As this gets underway, here are five

Read More
08 Sep

Get involved in gas safety week

Gas Safety Week will take place from 19th to 25th September and is intended to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless and colourless gas that sends about 4,000 Britons to A&E, 200 to hospital, and causes 50 deaths annually, according to government statistics. Regardless of your

Read More
01 Sep

Cyber security is not a priority for a majority of businesses

According to a quarterly survey from the merchant banking group, Close Brothers, 63 per cent of UK companies have chosen not to invest in better cyber security over the next 12 months, despite the fact that nearly that same amount are concerned about being victims of cyber crime. The decision to forego cyber defences is especially

Read More