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Companies House Information Seminar

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

A FREE, must see event. Hosted by Companies House and supported by IPO. Can you answer yes to these questions? Do you know to file your company information online? Do you know about Companies House FREE data? Do you know how to view company data on the move? Do you know how to protect yourself…

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Gravesham Borough Council Corporate Plan 2015-19 Consultation

Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

We need Gravesham based business views! The council would like to hear your views on what council services you see as priorities for the time period 2015-2019. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think we can do to make the borough a better place to work, live and visit in what is…

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Spend your Growth Voucher with the Chamber

Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The Chamber has just become an approved supplier for the Growth Voucher programme. If you’re looking for strategic business advice and you have fewer than 250 employees, you could be eligible for a grant of up to £2000. Follow the link on our home page and apply for a voucher now.

Sick day payments cost British businesses nine billion pounds a year and while the odd ‘sickie’ may be tolerated, there are more and more reports of employees using fake illness as an excuse to shamelessly take money from their companies. Outline Productions is looking to speak to companies that have been affected by fraudulent sick…

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Sustainable Routes – The Grant That Helps Cut Travel Costs

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Sustainable Routes offers a grant of £1,000 to help businesses cut travel. The grant is match funded, meaning you’ll need to spend at least £2,000, but larger projects tend to be looked upon more favourably by the grant’s judging panel. Here are a few examples of how the grant has been used by SMEs: •…

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‘Scores On The Doors’ To Become Mandatory In England

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) will be mandatory in England by 2020, according to John Barnes, the Head of the Food Standards Agency’s Local Delivery Division. Speaking at a Food Manufacture Group conference in October 2014, Mr Barnes acknowledged that the number of food business establishments choosing to use the FHRS is increasing all…

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Reforms to Public Procurement

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The government is seeking views on how it can put public procurement measures in place in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. The government is consulting on a new power in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill to help small businesses gain better access to public sector contract opportunities. The intended enabling power…

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Overtime Should Be Taken Into Account In Calculating Holiday Pay

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

From time to time, a Tribunal decision is announced that can be described as truly significant. Such an example is the decision published by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) on 4 November 2014 and it is certainly one that merits full understanding and consideration by all UK employers. The main element of the judgment was…

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Online Filing For Micro-Entities To Be Improved

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Companies House and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have improved online filing options for smaller companies, or ‘micro-entities’, as a result of an EU Directive. Since October 2014 improvements made to the existing corporation tax online filing process have enabled micro-entities to file simplified accounts with HMRC. The new process will also be extended from…

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New Public Sector Procurement Marketplace Launched

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

A new ‘Digital Marketplace’ has been launched to provide a single procurement point where public sector organisations can find and purchase IT commodities and services from a variety of suppliers, through existing frameworks such as ‘Digital Services’ and ‘G-Cloud’. These frameworks enable Government departments and public sector organisations to buy ‘off the shelf’ cloud-based services….

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