Government publishes self-employed pensions paper

The Government has released a paper setting out its plans to trial pension savings among the self-employed. The paper confirms that the Department for Work and Pensions will begin a trialling and research programme starting from winter 2018, in partnership with...

New rules for employing flexible workers

Businesses employing flexible and short-term workers will need to comply with new rules protecting workers' rights, under a package of reforms announced by the Government. Under the new legislation, employers will need to provide workers with a written statement of...

SME owners struggle to switch off over Christmas

Owners of small businesses will be struggling with work pressures during the festive period, research by Aldermore bank shows. A survey of 1,003 senior decision-makers in SMEs found they take five days off over Christmas on average, with 23% only taking two-and-a-half...

Scotland freezes higher-rate threshold

Higher earners in Scotland are poised to pay significantly more in income tax next year, after the higher-rate threshold was frozen for 2019/20. Delivering Draft Budget on 12 December 2018, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay opted to keep the higher-rate threshold at...

Brexit uncertainty knocks SME confidence

Small business confidence has fallen to its lowest point since 2011, amid continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations. According to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), SME confidence fell to -9.9 in the last three months of 2018. This...