Britain is open for business to foreign investors. But faced with a complex matrix of regulations and cultural sensitivities, overseas businesses seeking to internationalise their business to the UK need strong professional advice to ensure the journey – for both the business and its migrant employees – goes inwards and upwards.
Lord Leigh of Hurley, senior partner at Cavendish Corporate Finance, gives his thoughts on why small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, reviews what measures have been taken to support the growth of SMEs and what more could be done.
The subject of quotas has been a greatly debated subject. Lord Davies' target of 25 per cent women in boardrooms “within sight”, but Vince Cable has suggested that quotas could be enforced if objective is not met. But how do women truly feel about the subject? This one of the questions asked at our inaugural First Women Summit, which draws on the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created to educate, mentor and inspire. The results were quite intriguing.
The flexible working debate has increased in prevalence during recent years, as legislation involving parental leave and varied hours have emerged.
The deadline for small firms to comply with auto-enrolment pensions legislation is fast approaching. Here are five top tips to keep you on the right side of the law.
High earners, take note: HMRC is going after you to check you're paying the right amount of tax.
Over half of companies are planning to expand their workforce this year, with the creation of permanent jobs outstripping temporary work.
Many entrepreneurs focus on planning for the sale of their business and exploiting allowances such as Entrepreneurs Relief, without looking at the tax implications that might occur once you have sold it. There is a perception that the sale of a business is the end of tax planning. But in reality it is just “the end of the beginning”, as without continued planning after the sale, substantial amounts of the proceeds can be wasted in tax bills.
According to figures from the Centre for Management Buyout Research (CIMBOR) the value of UK buyouts rose to £16.6bn in 2014 – up from £15.8bn a year earlier.
The 'Brand Finance Banking 500', conducted by The Banker, is a league table of the world’s biggest banks, ranked by their brand value, has found that the UK’s banks collectively lost three per cent of their value this year.
In an effort to promote a greater female presence on the boards of British businesses, the government has revealed the ten FTSE 100 boards that have demonstrated most improvement, with Old Mutual, Aggreko and GSK topping the list.
There are many groups and campaigns to promote women in all aspects of their lives: to increase their participation in education; sport and exercise; to run their own businesses; to study science and technology; to rise to the top of their organisation and lead the way and to feel confident when taking a career break for caring responsibilities either for children or aging relatives. Importantly, we know we need to work on these challenges at a global level.