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SMEs ‘worried by potential loss of EU workers post-Brexit’

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who employ workers from different parts of the European Union are worried about the potential skills gap they’ll be left with after the UK departs from the EU.

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Maintenance – Is it for Life?

This is a very topical headline as our daily newspapers recently carried reference to a Court of Appeal Judgment and a comment made by Lord Justice Pitchford which seems to have resulted in much public furore.  The papers have interpreted the judicial comments, in such a way, as they were calling for a change to the Law. Read more →

MPs criticise Uber’s “gibberish” contracts during gig economy probe

A committee of MPs has harshly criticised the practices of some of the most high-profile companies within what has come to be known as the gig economy.

The car-hailing technology giant Uber has come in for particular criticism with Frank Field MP describing the contracts used to define the terms Read more →

Property developments in Manchester – what’s the latest?

Manchester city centre has been transformed in many ways over the course of recent years and property developments in the area are continuing at pace.

With ambitious schemes and eye-catching endeavours coming together from Angel Meadows to New Islington and from Spinningfields to St Peter’s Square, there is plenty going on Read more →

Brexit – is it an opportunity or threat to SMEs in Greater Manchester?

With prime minister Theresa May poised to trigger Article 50 and effectively fire the starting gun on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), there remains a great deal of uncertainty about how the process will unfold and how it might impact British businesses. SMEs are an essential driver of Read more →

Inheritance Tax: residence nil rate band (RNRB)

As of 6th April 2017, a new inheritance tax relief will be introduced which will save families money in respect of disposal of their property – the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB).

The RNRB will apply where a property is left to lineal descendants on death. Lineal descendants includes children, grandchildren Read more →

Grant of Representation: Probate Fees

From May 2017 the fees payable when applying for a Grant of Representation (probate or letters of administration) will be calculated depending on the value of the deceased person’s estate. (more…)

Healthcare sector couriers file legal claim to be considered employees

A small group of couriers working in the healthcare sector have filed a legal claim to an employment tribunal in the hope that they might gain the right to be considered and treated as employees rather than as self-employed professionals. (more…)

National Insurance hike set to impact millions of self employed Brits

Several million self-employed people around the UK are set to be impacted by increases in their National Insurance (NI) contributions over the course of the next two years. (more…)

Chancellor pledges further support for Northern Powerhouse

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has pledged further Treasury support for ongoing efforts to create and maintain the North of England as a powerhouse of the wider UK economy.

Mr Hammond said his government will be committing £147 million to improve roads and local transport links across the North and Read more →