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The apprenticeship…

As with the USA, improving the UK’s sagging productivity is a big economic issue. One of the issues is developing skills and SMEs are often happy to help support this by taking on apprentices. However, currently such employers have to pay full wage for the 2 days a week or so that apprentices are at college (less […]

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“Most car-owners believe they are above-average drivers, most companies might well believe they have above-average levels of productivity”…Andy Haldane, Bank of England

  Unfortunately, according to the Office of National Statistics in February 2016, “The U.K.’s ‘productivity gap’ of about 14% is about twice as large as the gap for the rest of the G7”   Quoted in the FT, Ann Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), said one problem is that in the […]

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The government has at last set out measures to increase transparency of payment practices to support small firms. Clear legal sanction for non-compliance is now needed.

Large companies will be required to publish details on how quickly they pay their suppliers, under draft regulations released on 2 December 2016 by Small Business Minister Margot James. This is part of a package of measures to tackle late payment, which will also include the appointment of a Small Business Commissioner From April 2017 […]

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Stop late payments, save 50,000 small businesses…

This is the call from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which has found that existing policy interventions have had no discernible effect on tackling problems around the UK’s poor payment culture in the last 5 years. Small businesses report that, on average, 30 per cent of payments are typically late compared with 28 per […]

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Access to finance; Productivity; HOT SMEs and Schrodinger’s cat…

Access to finance. The British Business Bank (BBB) comes under fire for its lack lustre performance in providing effective routes to finance for SMEs.  Barry James, writing an open letter to chancellor, Philip Hammond in Real Business points out that 99% of companies are SMEs and they employ half of employed people outside government. He […]

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Construction supply chain payment charter published; it’s now time for the retail sector to follow suit and introduce their own charter for prompt payment…

  Last month the government’s Construction Leadership Council published a new payment charter for the construction supply chain. Signatories to the new Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter (CSCPC) will ensure that payments are made to their supply chain not more than 45 calendar days from the end of the calendar month in which the work […]

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Waitrose announces 7 day payment terms for SMEs…

In January 2016, the Grocery Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, hauled Tesco over the coals and ordered it to introduce significant changes to practices and systems after finding Britain’s largest supermarket seriously breached a legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice (the Code). Tesco Chief Executive Dave Lewis had  earlier announced in October 2015 that smaller suppliers, who deliver up […]

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Brexit Briefs

Remain kind, remain open, remain inclusive, remain tolerant, remain together. Vote Remain…  

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The Queen’s speech – On the problem of ignored productivity…

CIPD – The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has questioned the government’s priorities on improving the UK’s productivity. Although the UK’s GDP has grown in recent years, this has been predominantly as a result of immigration increasing the size of the work force; productivity in terms of output per head has been more or […]

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Late payment – clouds gather…

Market Invoice and now cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent has joined a chorus of complaints in finding typical UK micro-businesses write off nearly £2,000 in unpaid invoices each year. With 5m micro-businesses in the UK, this equates to a total of over £9bn written off in unpaid invoices last year. Based on invoices dated between […]

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