Business news

SMEs ‘fail to use expert advisers’ - 7 May 2015

Small business owners are running the risk of costly mistakes by failing to make use of expert advice when setting up their enterprises, according to new research. A survey of 1,507 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for insurer Aviva found

HMRC updates ‘phishing’ guidance - 7 May 2015

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has updated its guidance on the way it contacts customers to help them recognise “phishing” emails. Phishing involves emailing someone in order to fraudulently obtain personal or financial information such as passwords and credit card

Political changes look set to have an impact on academies’ finances - 28 April 2015

Education has been a popular topic of debate among the main political parties in the run-up to the next general election (to be held on Thursday 7th May), with the future of academies featuring heavily in party manifestos.

The Government responds to report on effectiveness of academies with new recommendations - 14 April 2015

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its response to the education committee’s report on academies and free schools. The report stated that there was no clear evidence “academies raise standards overall” and made a series of recommendations to address

Headteachers’ salaries are soaring in academies and free schools, say teachers - 14 April 2015

Head teachers should “guard against the rot of greed” as some teachers pay themselves around the same as the Prime Minister earns Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool, heard that growing numbers of school leaders

Are Multi-Academy Trusts the way forward? - 14 April 2015

Cuts to the British education system in recent years have led a number of academies and local authority run schools to consider new ways of maximising their limited resources by joining together. This has resulted in the creation of multi-academy

Give taxpayers choice on returns, say experts - 1 April 2015

Tax experts have given a cautious welcome to plans for digital tax accounts, saying that paper returns must remain an option. The 2015 Budget on 18 March included plans for what it called “a radical simplification of the tax system”