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For the past seven years Fabien Henissart, 40, has switched countries twice a day, crossing the sea and resetting his watch, back and forth. “You get used to it, you know,” says this resident of Boulogne in northern France. Every morning he drives his car to the Eurotunnel shuttle terminal, picking up several workmates on…

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Ofcom Outlines Plans to Help Small Firms

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Communications regulator Ofcom has outlined a programme to ensure small firms are better served by UK telecoms services. According to Ofcom, this will include providing support to rural firms, launching a web portal that provides advice and support specifically for business, and publishing research on the provision of telecoms services to small and medium-sized firms….

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Most Applications to Register Community Assets are for Pubs

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Around one in three applications to register an asset of community value (ACV) concern pubs, according to the findings of a survey of 134 planning authorities in England. Under the Localism Act 2011, community groups can apply to their local authority to nominate land or buildings to become an ACV. ACVs can be nominated in…

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The September edition of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner’s newsletter includes: Recruitment for new Ethics Committee PCC Challenges Prime Minister over gun licensing A new approach to help victims of  crime in Kent Rural crime in the spotlight Consultation on the law on domestic abuse – should it be changed? And much more. To read…

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HSE Publishes Revised Compliance Guides

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently published new straightforward guidance which will help employers to comply with health and safety laws. A revised version of ‘Health and Safety Made Simple – The Basics for Your Business’ has been published, with clear and up-to-date information on topics such as writing health and safety policies…

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Cash in on Advice at Funding Fair

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Here is some great news for local charities, voluntary and community based organisations. If you are a small and local group, CASE Kent will be holding an informal funding fare at the Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, on Thursday 9th October between 10am and 2pm. There will be local and national funders in attendance, giving organisations…

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BCC Business Manifesto calls for wide-ranging action from the next UK government to achieve a ‘more confident and more enterprising Britain’. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its Business Manifesto – ‘A Business Plan for Britain’. The Manifesto reflects the expectations of business communities across the UK, and the measures they require from…

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Over 90% of local authorities in England are failing to inform small firms that they could claim for a backdated refund under the Small Business Rate Relief scheme, according to a recent study by chartered surveyors Bankier Sloan. Firms based in a single property with a rateable value of less than £18,000 may be eligible…

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Low Carbon Workspaces Grant

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Match funded grant of up to £5,000 to help pay for energy efficiency solutions. LEDs – have you seen the light? Switch to LED lighting and see the financial and energy savings bright and clear. With a Low Carbon Workspaces grant you can replace your business’s inefficient and expensive lighting with one that could save…

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BCC’s UK Monthly Economic Review for September

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Click here to see the BCC’s UK Monthly Economic Review for September. This briefing provides an easy-to-use commentary on the key economic indicators for UK businesses. The report also provides a comparison between the economic data compiled by external organisations such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the BCC’s own Quarterly Economic Survey…

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