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    UK economy shrank 2.6% in November


    The UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as fresh lockdowns halted much of the country's economic activity, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS said the UK's GDP was 8.5% below its pre-pandemic peak in February, while November marks the first contraction after six months of ...

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    75% of workers suffered burnout in 2020

    Three quarters of workers in the UK have suffered from burnout in the past 12 months, according to work management tool Asana.

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    Homeschooling boosts EdTech in 2020


    Lockdown measures and forced school closures during 2020 led to an explosive growth of the UK's EdTech sector, according to global recruiter Robert Walters and data provider Vacancysoft. Despite a 11% shrinking of the whole economy, the EdTech sector grew by more than 71%, significantly more than the year-on-year growth ...

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    Prince Charles urges businesses to join ‘Earth Charter’


    The Prince of Wales is calling on businesses to do more to protect the planet by joining the ‘Terra Carta’. Marking 50 years of environmental campaigning, Prince Charles’ ‘Earth Charter’ aims to raise £7.3 billion to invest in the natural world. Speaking at the virtual One Planet ...

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    Small businesses turning to finance as confidence starts to return


    Small businesses appear to be growing in confidence again with a large number considering finance to enact their plans for 2021, according to a survey

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    Young and ethnic minorities most likely to lose job after furlough


    Young people and people from ethnic minorities are more likely to have lost their job after returning to work from furlough than any other demographic, new figures show. A survey of 6,000 people in the UK, conducted by the Resolution Foundation, found that 19% of 18-24 year olds who were ...

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    Bosses back tougher laws to protect workers


    The majority of business leaders in the UK would support stricter employment laws, including a higher minimum wage, if it meant protecting workers during the second wave of Covid-19.

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    Investment industry urged to promote more black women


    The investment industry is being urged to do more to tackle systemic discrimination by promoting more black women. Black Women in Asset Management (BWAM) – a group of 300 industry professionals in England and Wales - has written to investment firms calling on them to take more action than “solidarity ...

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    16 million jobs at risk if SMEs don't get targeted support


    More than 16 million jobs could be at risk in the UK if the country's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not receive targeted support measures to help them through the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers have warned. King's Business School said many of the UK's SMEs are in a "precarious" position, ...

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    Government scraps long-term spending review


    Image: BBC The government has scrapped its plans to deliver a long-term Spending Review as uncertainty surrounding the economy continue. It had hoped that the Chancellor Rishi Sunak would outline the government's spending plans for the remaining years of this Parliament. Instead, he will set out a one-year review ...

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    Tier 2 areas set for more support


    Businesses in tier 2 lockdown areas will receive more financial support from the government, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce today (Thursday). Currently, the Job Support Scheme, which will replace the furlough scheme in November, is only available to businesses ordered to close as part of the tier ...

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    Concerns over new Covid lockdown 'ripple effect'


    Business groups and the Labour Party say they are concerned about the "ripple effect" caused by new lockdown rules expected to be announced today (Monday). Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to introduce a range of new measures including a three-tiered ranking for Covid risk level, with the highest risk ...

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    Economic recovery 'faster than expected'


    The UK's economic recovery is progressing "faster than expected" according to a think tank that reported a surge in retail spending. EY Item Club's report forecasts economic growth of 16-17% in the three months to September compared with the previous three months, above expectations of 12%. Despite these figures, the ...

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    Achieve your life goals: Using the law to align your professional and personal objectives


    Speaker: Louise Allard and Sangeeta Rabadia, Allard Bailey Date: 13/10/2020 Time: 2:00 PM (BST) When you run a business there is always an overlap between your professional and personal life. To ensure you can realise your goals, it is important to understand how the decisions you make ...

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    £258m self-employed grants paid 'in error or fraud'


    As much as £238 million in grants for self-employed workers may have been paid out due to error or fraud, HMRC has said. In documents seen by BBC Radio 4's Money Box programme, HMRC believes it to have affected 1-2% of the 4.7 million grants handed out to self-employed workers ...

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    Billionaire fortunes surge 27% during pandemic


    Image: Flickr Billionaires have seen their fortunes rise by more than 27% to record levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to UBS. The Swiss Bank found their wealth jumped from £6.2 trillion to £7.9 trillion between April and July alone. In US dollars, the figure rose to $10.2tn beating ...

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    eBay UK to launch “Pay As You Grow” scheme for start-ups and small businesses


    eBay UK has announced the launch of the “Pay As You Grow” offer for UK start-ups, removing all fees for first-time sellers for their first 100 sales each month. Starting on Friday 9 October and running until the end of the year, the offer – which has been inspired by ...

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    Johnson: Wind farms will power every home by 2030


    Wind farms will power every home in the UK by 2020, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pledge in his party conference speech on Tuesday. Mr Johnson will provide a £160 million fund to upgrade ports and factories to facilitate the building of turbines which he claims will create 2,000 ...

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    Planned redundancies hit 500,000


    A further 58,000 planned redundancies were announced in August, taking the total to nearly 500,000 since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Nearly 1,000 employers informed the Insolvency Service of their intention to make 20 or more people redundant. The total figure for August was dramatically below June and July which both ...

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    Managing ‘long Covid’ sickness absence in the workplace


    By Kevin Charles, consulting barrister at Crossland Employment Solicitors It’s reported that up to 10% of people suffering from Covid-19 can take at least three weeks to recover, with a quarter of a million of people in the UK thought to experience symptoms for 30 days or more. Known ...