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  • Tenders
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    Tender – UOW663 AEH, EBB and Ledbury Halls of Residence Flooring

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor-laying work – 45432110 Location of contract WR2 6AJ Value of contract — Published date 25 May 2018 Closing date 20 June 2018 Contract start date 02 July 2018 Contract end date 30 August 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes Contract is suitable…

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  • Advisory Fuel Rates Update

    As of 1 June 2018, advisory fuel rates have been updated for employees’ usage of company cars. The following rates are now in place for petrol and LPG-fuelled cars provided by your employer, while the previous rates can be used until 1 July 2018. Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile  1400cc or less 11p 7p 1401cc to 2000cc 14p 9p Over 2000cc 22p 14p For diesel cars, the rates…

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  • Show News
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    New ‘Contract Flooring Zone’ on offer

    The team behind the UK’s largest flooring trade show in Harrogate is launching a new opportunity aimed at contract flooring suppliers. The new ‘Contract Flooring Zone’ will be part of the HOMES 2018 exhibition which runs at Olympia, London on 28 & 29 November 2018. HOMES 2018 is run by Ocean Media Group, the new owners of The Flooring Show, as part of its highly successful portfolio of events and publications for the housing industry.…

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  • OTS Backs Pension Tax Reform

    The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has called for reform to the tax system for pension fund withdrawals, which it says is not widely understood by most people. The report raised particular concerns with the use of emergency tax codes for lump sum withdrawals from personal pensions. In the majority of cases, over-55s making their first withdrawal from a personal pension do not have access to an up-to-date tax code, so they are usually taxed…

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    Lack Of Financial Protection Puts Households At Risk

    Many UK households are under-protected in the event of serious illness, research from Scottish Widows shows. A survey of 5,022 UK adults found that more than a fifth (21%) of households wouldn’t survive financially if they unexpectedly lost their main income. Only 9% of people have a critical illness policy to protect their household should they or their partner be unable to work due to long-term illness, while the number of individuals taking out life…

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    Calls For Apprenticeship Levy Reform Get Louder

    Pressure is mounting for the government to reform the apprenticeships system, following recent apprenticeship levy statistics. Business groups, including the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), are urging the government to address ongoing problems with the levy. Apprenticeship starts were down 25% for the 7 months to February 2018 compared with the previous year, according to statistics from the Department for Education. Seamus Nevin, head of policy research at the…

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  • Wage Growth Exceeds Inflation For First Time In A Year

    Wages have grown at a higher rate than inflation for the first time in more than a year, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. While wages grew at an annual rate of 2.9% in the 3 months to March 2018, the inflation rate was 2.7% over the same period. This marked the end of a pay squeeze that began in February 2017, when the rate of inflation started to overtake salary growth.…

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  • Retired Tenants Will Need £445,000 Pension Pot

    Pension savers who will still be paying rent in retirement will need a pension pot as high as £445,000 to avoid falling living standards, according to research from Royal London. The analysis suggests that savers will need to build up a retirement income equating to two-thirds of their gross wages to maintain their standard of living. Using this guideline, the report found that while an average earner will need a pension pot of around £260,000…

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  • Business News
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    Self-Employment Jeopardises State Pension

    The growth of self-employment is putting pressure on the sustainability of the state pension, research has found. According to analysis from Aegon, £2.8 billion is lost in national insurance (NI) receipts for every 1 million people who move from employment to self-employment. The challenge has arisen since reforms to the state pension were introduced in 2016, giving self-employed people the same state pension entitlement as employees. Because their NI contributions were not increased at the…

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  • Hard FM Services – Flooring Tender Plymouth City Council

    Plymouth City Council Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract South West Value of contract £10.0m Published date 02 May 2018 Closing date 31 May 2018 Contract start date 01 October 2018 Contract end date 30 September 2022 Contract is suitable for SMEs? No…

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  • SMEs Call For More Government Support

    Most entrepreneurs feel the government should do more to support small businesses, research by Aldermore shows. A survey of 1,799 people revealed that 79% of SME owners think the government is not providing enough support for small businesses. The research highlighted demand for finance-related support in particular, with more than half (54%) of the businesses surveyed holding less than £1,000 in cashflow. Despite the apparent need for greater support, many businesses haven’t made use of…

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  • HMRC Warns Of Tax Refund Scam

    HMRC has issued a warning about fraudulent texts and emails, which claim the recipient is due a tax rebate in order to obtain their personal details. The ‘phishing’ scam attempts to take advantage of the fact that HMRC is currently processing income tax for 2017/18, so some individuals could receive a genuine tax refund. However, HMRC says it will never use emails or texts to inform people about a tax rebate or penalty, or to…

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  • UK Statistics
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    Economic review: April 2018

    – Download as PDF – Introduction This edition of the economic review is the fifth following the introduction of economic statistics theme days in January 2017. Each economic review in this new format will have an overarching analytical theme and follow a quarterly publication timetable. The theme of this edition is the regional economy with analysis covering regional gross value added (GVA) growth in the UK, regional firm-level productivity analysis for the non-financial business economy,…

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  • MTD (Making Tax Digital) For Individuals Delayed

    HMRC has revealed that rolling out MTD (Making Tax Digital) for individuals, such as the simple assessment and real-time tax code changes, have been delayed. The move was announced in an email sent to stakeholders last week, which confirmed the delay was down to a shift in key priorities driven by the need to free up civil servants for Brexit. ‘Simple assessment’ is intended to be used where a taxpayer has a secondary income or…

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  • More Pension Savers Adopt Prudent Approach

    An increasing number of people over 50 are unwilling to take any financial risk with their pension savings, research from Retirement Advantage shows. In a study of 1,003 over-50s who had yet to retire, 39% said they wouldn’t take any financial risk with their pension savings – up from 26% last year. The proportion of retirement savers who would take a reasonable amount of risk for a good chance of a favourable return also decreased…

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  • UK Statistics
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    Introducing a new publishing model for GDP – ONS UK GDP Report

    – Download Full Report as PDF – Table of contents Introduction Overview of the current and new models The trade-offs of the new model Impact on data Publication schedule of releases Products Revisions policy Information about giving feedback   Introduction Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be introducing a new publishing model for gross domestic product (GDP) in July 2018. In summary, this model will give two (rather than three) estimates of quarterly GDP, and…

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  • Stamp Duty Cut Helps 69,000 First-Time Buyers

    Around 69,000 first-time buyers have benefited from the stamp duty exemption since its introduction in November 2017, according to statistics from HMRC. The government abolished stamp duty for most first-time buyers in Autumn Budget 2017 to help aspiring homeowners take their first steps on the property ladder. The relief currently applies in England and Northern Ireland, and can only be claimed on properties worth up to £500,000. Those claiming it are exempt from stamp duty…

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  • UK Statistics
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    Retail Sales, Great Britain: March 2018 – UK Statistics

    – Download Full Report as PDF – Table of contents Main points Statistician’s comment Things you need to know about this release Main figures for total retail sales Month-on-month sector summary and contributions to growth How has the weather impacted sales? What’s the story in online sales? Links to related statistics Quality and methodology Main points In the three months to March 2018 (Quarter 1), the quantity bought in retail sales fell by 0.5% when…

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  • Tenders
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    Refurbishment of Top Lodge Visitor Centre Barn into an Artist Studio – Tender

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Refurbishment work – 45453100 Location of contract East Midlands Value of contract £30k Published date 20 April 2018 Closing date 11 May 2018 Contract start date 23 May 2018 Contract end date 27 June 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes Contract is suitable…

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  • P60 Deadline Reminder

    The P60 deadline for issuing employees for the 2017/18 tax year is 31 May 2018. Employers must give a P60 form to all employees who were working for them on the last day of the tax year (5 April). This could be on paper or online, through payroll software. Alternatively, P60 forms can be ordered through HMRC. A P60 will summarise an employee’s total pay and deductions on their salary for the tax year. Employees…

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  • State Pension Gender Gap Narrows In 2017

    Men receive an average of £28,995.20 more than women from the state pension over a 20-year retirement, analysis shows. Consumer watchdog Which? analysed data from the Department for Work and Pensions, and found the average man gets £27.88 more a week in the state pension than the average woman. While the gap in pension income persists, the data suggests it has narrowed gradually in recent years. In August 2013, the average payment received by women…

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  • Self-Employed Concerned About Pensions

    Saving for retirement is one of the biggest concerns facing self-employed workers, according to research. A survey of 1,000 self-employed workers by Demos on behalf of the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed found that 46% were “very” or “fairly” concerned about not having enough savings for retirement. Additionally, 38% were worried about how the current pension system works for the self-employed. Although the vast majority (80%) described themselves as happy with their form of…

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  • Falmouth School – Walling, Roof, Sports Flooring Tender, Playground Replacement

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract South West Value of contract £1.5m Published date 25 April 2018 Closing date 29 May 2018 Contract start date 25 July 2018 Contract end date 03 September 2019 Contract is suitable for SMEs? No Contract is suitable…

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  • UOW648 Edward Elgar Building Flooring Replacement Tender

    Flooring Replacement Tender – Open opportunity This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor laying and covering work – 45432100 Location of contract WR2 6AJ Value of contract — Published date 25 April 2018 Closing date 21 May 2018 Contract start date 06 August 2018 Contract end date 30 August 2018 Contract is suitable…

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  • Most SME Bosses Face Staff Challenges

    The majority (67%) of SME business leaders find it difficult to hire qualified members of staff or retain existing talent, research by Aldermore reveals. A survey of 1,008 decision-makers found that 26% were concerned with keeping good members of staff, while 20% reported problems with high turnover. Employee retention has become a greater concern over the past year for some business owners, as 29% reported an increase in staff leaving their business compared to 12…

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  • Retirees ‘To Spend £4,300 A Year Supporting Family’

    Around 1 in 3 parents and grandparents entering retirement this year plan to spend more than £4,300 a year supporting family members, according to research by Prudential. In a survey of 9,896 adults, 31% of those planning to retire in 2018 said they expect to use their retirement income to provide financial support to their families. Those planning to offer support expected to give £360 a month to 3 people on average, coming to £4,320…

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  • Apprenticeship Starts Down By 24%

    A year on from the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, official statistics show the number of people starting an apprenticeship has fallen by almost a quarter. Figures published by the Department for Education reveal that from August 2017 to January 2018, the number of apprenticeship starts decreased by around 24% compared to the same time last year. According to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the complexity of the system is hindering its effectiveness for…

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  • Tender – Replacement School Hall Flooring at Franche Primary School Kidderminster

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor and wall covering work – 45430000 Location of contract WR5 2NP Value of contract £20k – £26k Published date 17 April 2018 Closing date 10 May 2018 Contract start date 25 July 2018 Contract end date 24 August 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • Tender for Supply, Lay and Maintain Flooring to Council Properties

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor coverings – 44112200 Solid flooring – 44112210 Floor-screed works – 45262321 Location of contract B69 3DB Published date 16 April 2018 Closing date 11 May 2018 Contract start date 01 August 2018 Contract end date 31 July 2021 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • Smaller Landlords Feel The Sting Of Tax Changes

    The number of landlords with smaller portfolios has decreased, following tax changes in the buy-to-let sector. Research by Paragon found that the proportion of landlords with 3 to 5 properties down from 26% to 24% at the end of 2017. This contrasted with rising figures for those with slightly larger portfolios, as landlords with 6 to 20 properties increased from 35% to 39% in Q1 2018. According to John Heron, managing director of mortgages at…

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  • OTS Calls For Business Tax Simplification

    The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling on the government to reform the tax system for businesses at the key stages of their growth. A report published on 16 April 2018 outlines several areas where the taxation of businesses could be simplified and reliefs made more accessible. While various reliefs available to businesses in the UK have encouraged entrepreneurship, the report claimed many SMEs either misunderstand or are unaware of them. Such reliefs include the…

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  • Over-55s Worried About Running Out Of Retirement Income

    Nearly half of people aged over 55 fear the prospect of running out of money in retirement, research shows. SunLife polled 50,000 individuals and found that 2 in 5 over-55s worry about whether their pension will cover retirement, while 43% are concerned they might run out of money before they die. This strain on retirement income was also shown to impact living standards, as a fifth of respondents felt they were financially worse off than…

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  • Directors Positive About UK Economy

    Business leaders’ optimism about the UK economy has turned positive for the first time in almost a year, a survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) shows. The IoD polled 693 company directors and found that confidence in the economy reached 1% in March 2018, having been reported in negative figures every month since May 2017. Directors’ optimism about their own companies was much higher, at 47%, and had risen by 11% over the same…

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  • SMEs Could Save £17,000 With Digital Accounting

    Small and medium-sized businesses that use digital software to help with their accounting process could save 27.6 days a year, analysis by Sage shows. According to Sage’s research, 59% of SMEs use digital software for accounting, while 18% continue to use manual methods. On average, those using digital methods estimated that they save 2.3 days a month on accounting processes – worth around £17,000 a year in saved time. According to Sage, the main barriers…

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  • Resin News
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    RCR Flooring Products Ltd appoints David Collins

    RCR Flooring Products Ltd has appointed David Collins to the post of Business Development Manager, based in the UK, with specific responsibility for resin product sales. David brings a 10-year track record of work in the construction industry both in the UK and Australia, during which he has focused on the construction chemicals marketplace. This experience makes him ideally placed to develop sales of RCR’s RINOL resin systems brand in the UK. RCR Flooring Products…

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  • Show News
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    The Flooring Show gets set for 2018!

    The UK’s national flooring event, The Flooring Show is in top gear getting ready for its 56th show in Harrogate September 16th – 18th 2018. Stand sales are running 16% ahead of 2017, with some long-term supporters of the show increasing their stand sizes and being joined by companies returning to exhibit at the show after a break. In total 83% of 2017 exhibitors have rebooked for 2018, with more to confirm. Karndean, Furlong Flooring,…

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  • Business News
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    UK contract floorcoverings market worth in excess of £1bn – AMA Contract Floorcoverings Market Report

    After achieving strong growth of 4% in 2015, growth rates in the contract floorcoverings market were slightly disappointing in 2016 and 2017. A number of factors had a negative impact on the market, including increasing inflation towards the end of the period and adverse currency movements as an indirect result of the Brexit vote, affecting imports. However, despite reduced growth rates, the value of the contract flooring market exceeded £1bn in 2017. The contract sector…

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  • Jobs
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    Retail Sales Representative – C.A.T. – London

    Retail Sales Representative – Specialist Flooring Accessories Retail Sales Representative Greater London and Home Counties Established in 1986 C.A.T. are a leading manufacturer of quality profiles and accessories. The Role You will be promoting and selling C.A.T. product ranges to flooring retailers and related businesses and will need to be self motivated with a background in sales. This is a sales and marketing role for which training will be provided to the successful applicant. We…

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  • Most Brits Face Working Into Mid-60s

    Most workers in the UK expect to be working part-time after reaching the age of 65, according to a retirement study. Scottish Widows polled 3,535 people and found 51% expect to be working into their mid-60s, while 18% of those claim it’s more out of necessity than choice. With minimum auto-enrolment contributions increasing on 6 April 2018, 44% are failing to save the recommended 12% of their salary towards retirement each year. Only 24% of…

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  • 5 Of The Main Tax Changes 2018/19

    The 2018/19 tax year is upon us and a raft of new changes have come into force. Here’s what to expect. Income tax The personal allowance has increased to £11,850 across the UK, and the higher rate threshold is increasing to £46,350 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, 5 income tax bands now apply with 2 new thresholds. The personal allowance is the same but the first £2,000 earned after that is taxed…

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  • Tender – Refurbishment and Remodelling Works

    Blackburn with Darwen Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary   Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract North West Value of contract £115k Published date 21 March 2018 Closing date 20 April 2018 Contract start date 29 May 2018 Contract end date 03 August 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • Late Payments Affect Half Of Businesses

    Almost half of small and medium-sized businesses have struggled with late payments in the last year, according to research by the Institute of Directors (IoD). Of the 787 business leaders surveyed, 48% have faced issues with late payments since April 2017. About 3 in 10 (31%) said this was the result of an “excessively bureaucratic payments system” in the company being invoiced. Others noted a disparity between the practices of smaller and larger businesses, with…

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  • Tender Artificial Turf Pitch Replacement – St Neots Town FC 3G

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work – 45200000 Location of contract East of England Value of contract £200k Published date 28 March 2018 Closing date 09 April 2018 Contract start date 01 May 2018 Contract end date 02 July 2018…

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  • Tender – Supply of Flooring Services – Oxford City Council

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.   Contract summary Industry Construction materials – 44110000 Building completion work – 45400000 Location of contract South East Value of contract £240k Published date 29 March 2018 Closing date 02 May 2018 Contract start date 01 June 2018 Contract end date 31 May 2022 Contract is suitable…

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  • TENDER – Flooring (Supply, Fit and Refurbishment) ESPO

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Carpets, mats and rugs – 39530000 Knotted carpeting – 39531100 Woven carpeting – 39531200 Show additional CPV codes for this notice Location of contract Any region Value of contract £8.0m Published date 03 April 2018 Closing date 06 April 2018 Contract start date 01…

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  • Wales Begins Collection Of Devolved Property Tax

    Property taxes have changed in Wales, as land transaction tax (LTT) came into effect as of 1 April 2018. This replaced stamp duty land tax, which applied to properties worth more than £125,000 or £300,000 for first-time buyers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Instead, all homes in Wales worth up to £180,000 are now exempt from tax under the new rates. Above this threshold, the following rates apply: Price threshold LTT rate £180,001 to…

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  • Disincorporation Relief Set To Expire

    Businesses will no longer be able to claim disincorporation relief from 31 March 2018. The relief is being withdrawn after fewer than 50 businesses attempted to access the scheme 3 years after its launch, despite more than 610,000 UK businesses being eligible. Disincorporation relief was introduced in April 2013 with the aim of reducing tax barriers faced by small businesses when downsizing from a limited company to a sole trader or partnership. It was introduced…

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  • Reduced Dividend Allowance Edges Closer

    From 6 April 2018, the tax-free allowance on dividends will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000. Owner-directors have used the dividend allowance to extract profits from their business, but changes over recent years have seen the advantage of this tax-efficient strategy reduce. The reduction will almost certainly result in business owners, directors and shareholders paying more tax on dividends worth more than £2,000 in 2018/19. Under the new allowance, the first £2,000 taken in dividends…

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  • TENDER – Balcony Flooring Replacement Oaktree Gardens 2018

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Builders’ joinery – 44220000 Balcony work – 45262900 Joinery and carpentry installation work – 45420000 Location of contract L11 2SF Value of contract £40k – £50k Published date 27 March 2018 Closing date 11 April 2018 Contract start date 08 May 2018 Contract end…

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  • Most Retirees Do Not Shop Around For Pension Products

    The majority of UK adults do not shop around when accessing their pension through either drawdown or annuity. Data from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) shows that 58% of drawdown customers and 57% of annuity customers used their existing provider. The report also revealed a lack of advice on pensions, as 32% of drawdown sales since October 2015 had been entered into without any financial advice. In addition, Retirement Advantage polled 1,000 over-55s and found…

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  • Firms Face Fines For Failing To Report Gender Pay Gap

    Employers could face unlimited fines if they fail to comply with gender pay gap reporting regulations, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned. After the deadlines pass – 30 March 2018 for public sector organisations and 4 April 2018 for businesses and charities – the EHRC has said it will give employers 28 days to become compliant. Failure to meet requirements beyond this point could ultimately lead to a fine decided by courts,…

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  • Jobs
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    Opportunity For A New Area Manager – Ball & Young Limited

    Ball & Young Limited have an opportunity for a new area manager covering the following areas: West Midlands, Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester, Northamptonshire, Oxford and Warwickshire Ball & Young Ltd – a leading manufacturer of a wide range of carpet and wood floor underlays and accessories, including CLOUD 9 – the Brand Leader. As an ambitious professional, you will welcome this outstanding opportunity to further your career with a high profile company. Experience of working…

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  • Freelancers Drive Self-Employment Growth

    Freelancers in highly-skilled occupations have driven growth in the UK self-employment sector over the past decade, according to a report. Drawing on data from the Office for National Statistics, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) found that 4.4 million of the 4.8 million people in the UK who are self-employed work completely alone, and do not have any employees. Around 2 million of these workers are freelancers in highly-skilled managerial, professional and…

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  • Tender – Replacement of flooring and floorcoverings tender

    UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON ENTERPRISE LIMITED TENDER Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor coverings – 44112200 Floor-laying work – 45432110 Floor-covering work – 45432130 Location of contract West Midlands Value of contract — Published date 19 March 2018 Closing date 20 April 2018 Contract start date 01 August 2018 Contract…

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  • TENDER – Flooring works tender responsive repairs Swindon Council

    Swindon Borough Council Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor and wall covering work – 45430000 Location of contract South West Value of contract £42k Published date 20 March 2018 Closing date 12 April 2018 Contract start date 01 June 2018 Contract end date 31 March 2019 Contract is suitable…

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  • New Rules To Tackle VAT Evasion

    Online marketplaces that provide a platform for businesses to sell to UK-based consumers may be held liable by HMRC if those traders are not paying the correct amount of VAT. The joint-and-several liability (JSL) for online marketplaces, which was first announced in Autumn Budget 2017, came into force on 15 March 2018 in a bid to crack down on tax evasion. The new powers put the onus on online marketplaces to ensure their sellers are…

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  • MTD Pilot Opens To Self-Employed Businesses

    Self-employed businesses can voluntarily use software to manage their business records digitally and send income tax updates to HMRC, following the opening of its Making Tax Digital (MTD) pilot. The pilot became available to sole traders with income from one business from 15 March 2018. This means those who participate in the pilot can also see an estimate of how much tax may be owed as they go, instead of waiting until the end of…

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  • National Minimum Wage Rates From April 2018

    The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will rise from 1 April 2018. Eligible workers aged 25 and over who are not in their first year of an apprenticeship will be entitled to the new national living wage rate of £7.83. Those aged 21-24 will see their hourly wage rise to £7.38. Apprentices will benefit from a record rise of 5.7%, according to the government, with the hourly apprentice rate increasing to £3.70.…

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  • Savings Rates Cut On Growth And Income Bonds

    National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has reduced the interest rate it pays on Guaranteed Growth and Income Bonds for new customers. Interest on the 3-year Growth Bond has been reduced from 2.2% to 1.95%, while interest was also lowered from 2.15% to 1.9% for the 3-year Income Bond with effect from 6 March 2018. However, the rate on the 1-year version of both bonds has remained unchanged. Guaranteed Growth and Guaranteed Income Bond accounts can…

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  • Tender – 16-18 Flooring (Supply, Fit and Refurbishment)

    ESPO Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment, Mining and Ores, Construction and Real Estate Location of contract Any region Value of contract £8.0m Published date 05 March 2018 Closing date 05 April 2018 Contract start date 01 June 2018 Contract end date 31 May…

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  • Mothers Lack Financial Protection

    Many mothers in the UK are failing to protect themselves financially, according to research published ahead of Mother’s Day on 11 March 2018. Scottish Widows surveyed 5,077 adults, and revealed that 3 in 5 women with dependent children have no life cover, and only 13% have a critical illness policy. Almost a quarter (24%) of mums say they have not taken out life insurance because they don’t consider it a financial priority or don’t think…

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  • New Laws To Protect Company Directors

    Limited company directors are set to receive new laws to protect their identities from fraudsters later this year. Coming into effect by the end of summer 2018, the regulations will allow company directors to remove their personal addresses from the official Companies House register. The measure was introduced following research by fraud prevention organisation Cifas, which found that directors were “disproportionately targeted” by identity fraudsters. Company directors are the victims of 1 in 5 identity…

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  • Advisory Fuel Rates Update

    As of 1 March 2018, advisory fuel rates have been updated for employees’ usage of company cars. The following rates are now in place for petrol and LPG-fuelled cars provided by your employer, while the previous rates can be used until 1 April 2018. Engine size  Petrol – amount per mile  LPG – amount per mile  1400cc or less 11p 7p 1401cc to 2000cc 14p 8p Over 2000cc 22p 13p The following rates also apply…

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  • Tender – Supply and Fit Of Slip Resistant Flooring

    Published By: Hillcrest HA Ltd Publication Date: 02/03/2018 Deadline Date: 03/04/2018 Abstract: Hillcrest Housing Association Ltd part of the Hillcrest Group of Companies are inviting to tender for the our upcoming framework for the supply and fit of slip resistant flooring in our properties in various areas Section I: Contracting authority I.1) Name and addresses Hillcrest HA Ltd 1 Explorer Road Dundee DD2 1EG UK Telephone: +44 382564700 E-mail: [email protected] Fax: +44 382564705 NUTS: UKM…

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  • Chill on the UK high street continues

    Carpetright warned on profits for a second time today in just two months, slashing full year profit expectations whilst also confirming that it was in talks with its lenders to ensure that it complies with the terms of its banking facilities. The brutal winter hanging over the UK retail sector is showing no signs of letting up, as it moves further down the British high street. Consumers reining in their spending, in addition to an…

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  • Productivity Growth ‘Strongest Since 2008’

    UK productivity showed the strongest successive quarters of growth in the second half of last year, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In the 6 months to December 2017, productivity growth saw higher levels than any 2 consecutive quarters since the recession struck in 2008. Hourly output – the ONS’ main measure of labour productivity – increased 0.8% between October and December 2017, following growth of 0.9% in the previous quarter.…

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  • More Workers Aim To Become Self-Employed

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