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  • Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    New data suggests that British businesses do not properly protect themselves from cybercrime and employees still have poor IT habits.

    Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    A tenth of small business owners and employees regularly share confidential files on personal devices or send documents to personal rather than work emails, as employees still possess poor IT habits.

  • Half of UK financial decision makers don't know if they are a victim of fraud

    A new report finds a 138 percent relative year-on-year increase in the concern over insider fraud.


  • Most UK freelancers and contractors feel unsupported by government

    Most freelancers and contractors in the UK feel unsupported by the current government but are likely to vote conservative in the 2017 General Election.

    With the UK General Election imminent, 97 per cent of freelancers and contractors do not believe the current government has their best interests at heart, Qdos Contractor research reveals.

  • Low cyber IQ contradicts high confidence in UK companies

    Two-thirds of UK companies believe they are 'highly protected' and can adequately react to threats, but low cyber IQ among employees poses a threat.

  • The average Brit loses 16 days a year commuting to and from work

    Over two thirds of the nation’s workers are losing up to 16 days a year commuting according to new research from CV Library.

    New research from CV-Library finds that more than two thirds of the nation’s workers (69.1 per cent) are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, with more than a third (38.6 per cent) of professionals commuting for up to two hours a day.

  • Late payments crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws

    The late payment crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws, say four in five SMEs, and could deepen thanks to unintended consequences.

    The vast majority (74 per cent) of SMEs do not think new guidelines, forcing large businesses to detail how they pay smaller suppliers, will have an impact on late payments, according to new findings from Crossflow Payments, the supply chain finance platform.

  • GDPR inertia; three quarters of marketers fail consent test with a year to go

    A test conducted by Mailjet has uncovered a significant lack of practical insight into the requirements of GDPR and its consequences for their business.

    A test conducted by email service provider Mailjet finds 72 per cent of UK marketers either cannot answer, or incorrectly list the necessary conditions to meet GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements for ‘opt-in’ consent.

  • Customer enquiry service changes

    How you contact UK Visas and Immigration is changing.

    From 1 June, all customer enquiries will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK.

    The new contract will see a number of changes for customers. These changes help the government reduce costs and ensure those who benefit directly from the UK immigration system make an appropriate contribution.

  • CMA opens Tesco/Booker merger investigation

    The CMA has opened its investigation into Tesco’s proposed acquisition of Booker.

    The first phase of the investigation runs until 25 July 2017. During this period, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will assess whether the deal could reduce competition and choice for shoppers and other customers, such as stores currently supplied by Booker.

  • Injury at work? Three quarters of workers suffer in their job

    The majority of UK workers report having suffered an injury or illness at work, a new study reveals.

    It seems that office life is taking its toll on Brits, as almost three quarters of UK employees blame injury or pains on their work.

  • Third of UK office workers don’t get enough exercise, study finds

    One third of UK office workers fail to reach the NHS recommended exercise quota of 2.5 hours per week, a new study reveals.

    A new survey commissioned by Pure Gym, to mark Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM), reveals that one third (35 per cent) of UK office workers fail to get the National Health Service recommended exercise quota of 150 minutes per week.

  • GDPR could cripple business, say UK firms

    Nearly half of organisations are afraid they won’t meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, inadequate technology cited as core challenge.

  • UK businesses at risk through poor reference checking practices

    Only 42 per cent of employees have been through a reference checking process for their current job and half admit to taking advantage of this.

  • Stand in line: Improve your checkouts or lose your customer loyalty

    Study shows businesses need to work harder to reduce checkout friction and annoyances to keep the loyalty of their customers.

    Competition is fierce and customer loyalty is fleeting at best so when it comes to retail stores, the customer experience is more important than ever. But according to the findings of research issued by Qmatic UK Ltd, the British are expecting more when it comes to the checkout customer journey in-store.

  • Current pace of finance threatens corporate agility, report shows

    Chief finance officers must accelerate reporting and analysis to increase agility and keep up with the current pace, study shows.

    Adaptive Insights, the only pure-play cloud vendor to be named a leader in strategic cloud corporate performance management (CPM), releases its global CFO Indicator report, which explores the pace of finance, its impact on agility, and what CFOs need to do to shorten their organisations’ time to decisions.

  • Are you aware of capital allowance tax relief?

    Just under half of SME businesses that own a commercial property have not been alerted to ‘Capital Allowances’ tax relief by their accountants.

    Two in five UK SMEs (39 per cent) that own their own business premises are unaware that they can claim a valuable form of tax relief called ‘Capital Allowances’, according to a survey published today by Catax, the specialist tax reliefs expert.

  • Does the Tory manifesto do enough to help UK SMEs?

    Here, Mark Brownridge, director general of the EIS Association, discusses whether the Conservative party manifesto does enough for UK Small businesses.

    Are the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme set for a makeover? If the Conservative’s election manifesto is to be believed, they might be.

  • How UK businesses can stay protected online

    After the recent WannaCry cyber attacks earlier this year, we look at how businesses can protect themselves online.

    Earlier this year, businesses and organisations of all sizes from around the world were hit by a large-scale cyber attack, known as WannaCry, leaving them unable to access online systems and data. The attack continued to affect companies over the days that have followed.

  • Exporter confidence remains high, but exchange rates a concern

    In the face of Brexit adversity, confidence is high and the future looks bright for UK exporters over the next 12 months.

    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with DHL, publishes its latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook, which shows that confidence among UK exporters remains strong.

  • Workplace apathy is causing UK workers to look for a new job

    Bored to tears: Workplace apathy is causing UK workers to look for a new job, with many admitting that they feel bored at work on a daily basis.

    Boredom can affect even the most studious of workers, and worrying new statistics from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveal that boredom afflicts nearly half of UK workers (44.9 per cent) and 54 per cent admit that they have looked for a new job as a result of a dull work life.

  • Half of Brits fear they have been a victim of a cyberattack

    Consumers place higher expectations on businesses to protect their personal information from cyberattack and update response plans.

    More than half of the UK fears their personal information has been compromised from a cyberattack. New research from Experian finds that 54 per cent of people believe they have been the target of fraudulent activity online – up from 39 per cent on last year’s figures.

  • SMEs spend 19 million hours each month on managing their finances

    Britain’s army of sole traders and micro businesses are spending 19 million hours each month; the equivalent of 2.5 million working days, managing finances.

  • CMA issues provisional decision in relation to drug firm’s pricing

    The CMA has today issued a statement of objections to the pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD).