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Outrageous interest charged by some banks slammed 

Such practices will not be affected by the FCA’s recent fees clampdown because it will focus only on excessive penalties charged for unauthorised overdrafts. Earlier this month, the watchdog criticised those financial institutions that charge people who slip outside their authorised overdrafts.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 11 July 2019

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Basic admin tasks draining money from freelance economy

Basic administrative tasks are draining money from the British economy, with UK freelancers losing out on £28.1bn every year through menial jobs according to new research from Setapp, the frontier platform for Mac app subscription services

Contributor: Oleksandr Kosovan | Published: 8 June 2019

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FCA takes strong stance on asset management fees

“It is important that asset managers genuinely compete for inflows and the pricing must reflect this, rather than simply how much a client is willing to pay. This is a trend we have seen over the last couple of years and one we can only see remaining as the regulators around the world take a keen interest in the subject.

Contributor: Hector McNei | Published: 23 April 2019

Top 15 retailers to work for revealed 

Wren Kitchens has been rated the best retail employer to work for in the UK, according to data released by the world’s biggest job site Indeed. The Humberside-based retailer, which employs over 4,000 staff, scored consistently highly for valuing its employees to top the annual ranking.

Contributor: Bill Richards | Published: 28 March 2019

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Labour Market Statistics – another record-breaking month for March

Importantly, the strong labour market is bringing more people into the labour force who were previously out of work but not looking for work – with ‘economic inactivity’ falling sharply in recent months, particularly for parents and for older people.  

Contributor: Tony Wilson | Published: 23 March 2019

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How will Corporate Governance Code impact HR?

The UK Corporate Governance Code, published by the FRC in July 2018, applies to all companies with a premium listing of equity shares in the UK. Specifically, the requirement is for these companies to report in their annual report and accounts on how they have applied the Code.  

Contributor: John Deacon | Published: 2 February 2019

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Access to knowledge is biggest threat to growth

Our industry has grown far quicker than other sectors, but we must be careful we support the continued professional development of our teams, otherwise, companies risk stemming the growth that has seen us become such an attractive industry.

Contributor: Packt Publishing | Published: 5 January 2019

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Halloween Horror: Biggest Business Fears Revealed

With it being Halloween today, we’re not thinking about fancy dress or fake blood. This year, we’re more concerned with getting a handle on those things which businesses fear. According to recent research, 76% of SME owners are losing sleep over the state of their business. Amongst the top concerns for businesses are finance, work-life balance and legal compliance.

Contributor: Conor McArdle | Published: 1 November 2018

Microbusiness: Huge concerns 

Some businesses declared spending up to 90 per cent of turnover on rents, salaries and other overhead costs. There are 1 million microbusinesses across London, which make up 96 per cent of companies in London. They generated £277.3 billion of turnover last year and created at least 282,000 jobs in the last five years.

Contributor: Susan Hal AM | Published: 23 October 2018

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Mike Ashley could be right…!!!

Mike Ashely – Chief Executive of Sports Direct - recently complained that the company faced ‘disproportionate scrutiny and misrepresentation’. The statement to the stock market went on to identify independent ‘shareholders’ along with ‘pressure from the media and certain other organisations’ as the main culprits currently provoking his corporate governance supervision ire.

Contributor: Gerry Brown | Published: 23 September 2018