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...

Quarter of over-50s don’t know state pension age

Many people who are nearing retirement are unaware of recent changes to their state pension age, according to a survey. Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Age UK found that 24% of people aged 50-64 don't know what their state pension age is, and 52% of those...

Employers to keep investing in staff benefits

Most employers plan to continue their investment in workplace benefits, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). A survey of 568 human resources practitioners found that 97% of organisations intend to maintain or increase...