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07 May 2021

UK economy set to grow rapidly once COVID restrictions are relaxed

In its latest report, the Bank of England (BoE) has predicted that the UK economy will grow at its fastest rate in more than 70 years in 2021 as coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions are eased.

06 May 2021

Optimism amongst SME manufacturers has risen significantly, survey suggests

A survey carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that optimism amongst small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) manufacturers rose considerably in the quarter to April 2021.

05 May 2021

Businesses planning to adopt 'hybrid' working after easing of COVID restrictions

A survey carried out by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that businesses are planning to adopt so-called 'hybrid' working once the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions are fully lifted.

04 May 2021

CBI calls for more clarity on COVID-19 roadmap

The government must provide further details on its roadmap out of lockdown to bolster the economic recovery, says the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

30 Apr 2021

HMRC sets out penalty regime for SEISS abuse

The fourth Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant is now live and HMRC has set out the penalties for abuse.

29 Apr 2021

Industry groups say more work needed after UK-EU trade deal ratified

Industry groups have called on the government to take further steps to normalise trade with the EU after the European Parliament voted to ratify the post-Brexit trade deal.

28 Apr 2021

Pandemic caused biggest annual employment fall for older workers

Research carried out by the Resolution Foundation has found that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused the biggest annual employment reduction for older workers since the 1980s.

27 Apr 2021

HMRC records huge increase in scam attempts

Last year saw a major increase in the public reporting suspicious contact to HMRC.

26 Apr 2021

IPSE demands clarity on gig economy

The government needs to provide clarity around the status and rights of gig economy workers, says the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).

23 Apr 2021

HMRC contacting claimants for fourth self-employed grant

The online service for applications for the fourth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant is now open for claims, HMRC has confirmed.

22 Apr 2021

Pension fraud increased to £1.8 million in first quarter of 2021, data reveals

Losses from pension fraud rose to £1.8 million in the first three months of this year, according to figures from Action Fraud.

21 Apr 2021

CBI calls for extension of Kickstart Scheme as jobs market remains subdued

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the government to extend the Kickstart Scheme to help young people who are bearing the brunt of the subdued jobs market.

20 Apr 2021

Cyber-attacks on the rise for businesses

The proportion of businesses targeted by cyber criminals in the past year increased from 38% to 43%, according to the insurer Hiscox.

19 Apr 2021

New 95% mortgage scheme launched

A new government-backed mortgage scheme to help people with 5% deposits get onto the housing ladder is available to lenders from 19 April 2021.

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