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With stricter IR35 rules coming in what are your options for using consultants or contractors?

From April 2020 new stricter IR35 rules come in. The idea behind the IR35 rules preves consultants, contractors and freelancers being used as “disguised employees” and thus avoiding paying tax and...
Mirel Baila
Mirel Baila
Consulthon
Posted on: 21.01.20
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How copyright can kill your business - and how to avoid it

Copyright infringement could be the death knell of your business. Therefore, don’t do it. You should buy the license, hire a professional or produce the copy for your business yourself.
Colin Bates
Colin Bates
Mackenzie & Dorman
Posted on: 26.11.19
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Understanding competition law: how to protect your business from cartels

Cartels occur when competitors get together and agree not to compete against each other, cheating customers out of a fair deal and deprive new businesses of a level playing field.
Juliette Enser
Juliette Enser
Competition and Markets Authority
Posted on: 17.12.18
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Q&A with Andrew Langdon QC – Barrister and Former Chair of the Bar Council
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UWE, in partnership with Business West, runs an annual lecture series that brings top business leaders to Bristol. We caught up with Andrew Langdon QC, Barrister and Former Chair of the Bar Council...
Lynn Barlow
Lynn Barlow
UWE
Posted on: 30.04.18
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Brexit is a pig's ear for rural businesses

In a year’s time, we are due to leave the EU, yet the chasm to be bridged over the coming 12 months is still vast. The government is no closer to providing the certainty that businesses need, and...
David Drew MP
David Drew MP
Labour Party
Posted on: 12.03.18
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Business rates retention crucial to plugging council funding gaps

Business rates have always been seen by companies as quite simply an extra tax. Hitherto, they have been a tax too far with no sign of any benefit to firms or the local economy. And the venom against...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 23.02.18
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British Chambers of Commerce talks gender pay gap reporting for business

British Chambers of Commerce’s Allan Williams interviews Sara Abbonizio, Head of Business Engagement in the Gender Pay Gap team at the Government Equalities Office, to discuss gender pay gap...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 24.01.18
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New Leave Allowance For Grieving Parents
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The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave Bill) was published by the government on 13 October 2017 and aims to grant bereaved parents, who have lost a child under the age of 18, two weeks' paid leave...
Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards
VWV
Posted on: 02.11.17
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Tackling modern slavery in the future city

The below is a summary of my talk at the Festival of the Future City on 18th October 2017. I don’t know how many of you know this, but today is Anti-Slavery Day in the UK. Just to put things in...
Andrew Wallis OBE
Andrew Wallis OBE
Posted on: 18.10.17
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