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Managing a new home-based workforce

As the nation’s workforce picks up its laptop and heads home to work for the foreseeable future, are you as an employer prepared for how to manage … Managing a new home-based workforce
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Contactless card limit to rise to £45 from £30 next week after limits on cash shopping to help stop coronavirus

THE limit for in-store contactless payments is rising to £45, from £30, next week. This is to try and help people to limit physical contact to fight … Contactless card limit to rise to £45 from £30 next week after limits on cash shopping to help stop coronavirus
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More details on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)…

Further details have emerged for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) which is designed to assist qualifying businesses during these unprecedented times. The Scheme aims to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance.  The loan will be provided by the British Business Bank through participating providers during the Covid-19 outbreak. Full details of the CBILS scheme can be found here – but the main criteria are: Loan facilities of up to £5m 80% of the lenders risk is covered Repayment terms up to 6 years for term loans and asset finance, but
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Latest BBC News update…

UK cracks down hard     First it was advice, now it’s an order. Boris Johnson has issued a stark message to the country: “At this moment of national emergency… stay at home.” Speaking after the UK death toll reached 335, the prime minister introduced unprecedented restrictions on everyday life, meaning people must only leave their house for one of four reasons – to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where “absolutely necessary”, to shop for essential items, and to fulfil any medical or care needs.    Shops selling non-essential goods have been told to shut, along with
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Latest update on Coronavirus from The PM as UK goes in to lockdown!

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK is going into lockdown in a televised address to the nation last evening. The PM made the announcement from 10 Downing Street amid widespread calls for tougher measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 / Coronavirus. He ordered the immediate closure of all shops selling non-essentials items on Monday evening. He told people to only leave the house to shop for basic necessities “as infrequently as possible” and to perform one form of exercise a day. “If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through
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Primark to close all 189 UK Stores including all stores in Wales – WelshBiz

Retail Giant Primark is to close all 189 of their UK stores in response to coronavirus. The major high street retailer will close all its shops due to the Covid-19 outbreak in a move affecting some 37,000 people. The Primark store on Cardiff’s Queens Street, as well as all 189 UK stores will close with immediate effect due to the coronavirus. The announcement by Primark, which has branches across Wales, will affect 37,000 people. A Primark spokesman said; “Our main priority is the health and wellbeing of our employees,” “Primark has committed to supporting all employees who are directly affected
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15 Top Business Optimisation Tips…

Your business culture or philosophy is the ultimate key to your productivity and success. It will either enable or disable everything else that you do. Developing the right business culture is key to your success as everything you do hinges around this fundamental aspect of your business. If a businesses culture or the culture of the leaders or staff is wrong, the impact of even the best business growth and business optimisation techniques would be severely limited. Too many organisations only pay lipservice to these factors and as a result they constantly struggle to make real progress. Please find these
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My First Online Business Networking Event with Introbiz…

Yesterday I took part in my first Online / Virtual Webinar based Networking Event, where Introbiz Business Network, innovated and adapted to switch their cancelled real world business networking event online, after their networking event in Cardiff, was one of the many event victims pulled, due to Coronavirus. 30 members of the Introbiz Business Network attended this first online / virtual networking event and the majority seemed happy and positive with the event and the way it was conducted. The usual power networking format of everyone getting a few minutes to talk about their business was still followed online and
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UK Government Advice for Employees

Guidance COVID-19: guidance for employees  Updated 20 March 2020 Contents Staying at home Sick pay Furloughed workers Claiming benefits Staying at home If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts
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UK Government Coronavirus Advice For UK Businesses…

Guidance COVID-19: support for businesses Updated 20 March 2020 Contents Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Support for businesses through deferring VAT and Income Tax payments Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees Support for businesses that pay business rates Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Support for larger firms through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility Support for businesses paying tax: Time to Pay service Insurance The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to
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Coronavirus | Covid-19 – Your Questions Answered…

BBC News News Navigation Sections World Media player Close player Close player Close player Coronavirus: 30 of your questions answered Play video ‘I’m feeling ill, do I have coronavirus?’ from BBCVIDEO ‘I’m feeling ill, do I have coronavirus?’BBC1:1518 March 2020 00:0018 March 2020 00:00 Contact us with your questions here Related Video and Audio VIDEO 1 MINUTE 3 SECONDSVIDEO 1 MINUTE 3 SECONDS1:03 Play video Coronavirus explained in 60 seconds from BBCCoronavirus explained in 60 seconds BBC Play video Coronavirus explained in 60 seconds from BBC VIDEO 1 MINUTE 30 SECONDSVIDEO 1 MINUTE 30 SECONDS1:30 Play video Coronavirus: How to
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Stats from Office for National Statistics on Family spending from April 2018 to March 2019…

Family spending in the UK: April 2018 to March 2019 Main points • Average weekly household spending in the UK was £585.60 in the financial year ending (FYE) 2019, a similar level to two years ago (£582.40), after adjusting for inflation. • Transport, housing and recreation and culture were the largest components of household spending, together accounting for 44% of total household expenditure. • Average weekly spending rose by 9.1% between 2012 and FYE 2019, with recreation and culture accounting for the largest share of this increase, up from £66.20 to £76.90 a week, followed by household goods and services
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Fast Turnaround and Affordable UK Printing…

Here at instantprint we’re doing everything we can to make sure it’s business as usual so we can meet all of your printing needs – and keep both our colleagues and your business safe. Here’s a quick update on everything that’s going on at instantprint HQ! Next Day Delivery Still Available We’d like to reassure you that we’re still offering a fast online printing service and DPD are keeping us in the loop. We’re still offering next day delivery, meaning you can order express products and get them the very next day. Shop Express Range Posters Shop Now Signage Shop
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UK Government News – Ventilators Needed Urgently

Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators We are looking for businesses to support in the production and supply of ventilators and ventilator components. Published 16 March 2020 From: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Credit: ugurhan / iStock The government is looking for businesses who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of our response to COVID-19. As well as manufacturers, we are looking for businesses with the following skills: design/specification rapid prototyping contract/product assembly certification/regulation/testing logistics medical training If you think your business can help, please register your
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Latest Credit Industry News from the CCR Magazine…

CCRMagazine…Collections and Risk… Read the magazine, free of charge, online atwww.ccrmagazine.com/ccr-magazine/or download a PDF copy of the magazine here. • Stressing the right pointsDo we need to see stress management as a compliance issue? •  Top three most effective negotiation tacticsThe Financial Conduct Authority has told credit-card firms to review their approach to struggling customers… • Manufacturing exports fall despite consumer goodsIn changing political times, UK exports are facing mixed outcomes… Stressing the right pointsDo we need to see stress management as a compliance issue? For more Credit Industry News, Business News, UK Business News or Global Business News, please follow the
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Office for National Statistics Release The Shopping Basket Report for Measuring Inflation…

Reusable bottles and gluten-free cereals are in, as ONS updates the inflation basket… Commenting on this year’s basket of goods, ONS senior statistician Philip Gooding said: “This year we have added reusable bottles and mugs to the inflation basket, as there has been a rise in popularity with many consumers looking to decrease their environmental impacts. “It is important to remember that these annual changes are only a small percentage of the overall basket. This year we’ve added 16 items, removed 14 and modified 4, while leaving 702 unchanged. “Decisions on changes to the basket depend, among other issues, on
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F1 2020 season now expected to start at end of May, due to Coronavirus, say Formula 1 and FIA

Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, Formula 1 and governing body the FIA have said they now ‘expect’ the 2020 season to begin at the end of May – though this will be regularly reviewed. The outbreak of COVID-19 forced the Chinese round of the calender to be postponed last month. Then on Thursday, the opening race of the season in Melbourne was also called off, after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus. Today, the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was due to take
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Hospitality Jobs Could Go Unless The Industry Is Helped More…

Hotel, cafe and dining chains will fail and jobs will go if the government does not do more to help the industry, a trade group has warned the chancellor. In a letter to Rishi Sunak, lobby group UK Hospitality said coronavirus was an “existential threat” to the sector.  It wants to change laws to allow temporary staff redundancies. UK Hospitality boss Kate Nicholls said, without help, “a significant number” of jobs could disappear by May. In the letter, seen by the BBC, Ms Nicholls suggested broader support for the sector such as introducing measures “to permit temporary staff redundancies where
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Staff to go at British Airways due to Coronavirus

British Airways is to ground flights ‘like never before’ and lay off staff in response to the coronavirus. In a memo to staff titled “The Survival of British Airways”, boss Alex Cruz warned that job cuts could be “short term, perhaps long term”. The airline industry was facing a “crisis of global proportions” that was worse than that caused by the SARS virus or 9/11.  Meanwhile, Ryanair told staff they may be forced to take leave from Monday. An internal memo to Ryanair staff, seen by the BBC, said crew may be allocated to take unpaid leave due to cancelled
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British Business News – Bank of England is considering Electronic Bank Notes -BBC

The Bank of England is considering the introduction of electronic banknotes for use by consumers and businesses. Governor Mark Carney said: “We are in the middle of a revolution in payments,” saying the Bank must look into how electronic money could work. He said this would complement, not replace, paper banknotes while people still wanted physical cash. But it could open the door to programmable money to integrate with home appliances or the tax system. Carney calls for crackdown on crypto-currency ‘mania’ Budget 2020: Pledges on the future of cash Banknotes have been the only way for households to make
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