Women’s equality: unfinished business in the 21st century

York Press: Sue Reece

3:22pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE “great unfinished business of the 21st century” These were the words spoken by Hillary Clinton at an International Women’s Day event last month, talking about equality for women.

Beware when HMRC call!

York Press: Tony Farmer

3:20pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

HMRC has the right to investigate any tax return submitted by any taxpayer.

Employment Law: Due dilligence

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3:16pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Due diligence (“DD”) is a process enabling a buyer to ensure that any risks associated with buying a business have been properly identified and considered.

Networking face to face or online - which do I do?

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3:06pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Networking can take on a variety of different forms. With more and more ways to keep in touch appearing every day, it’s sometimes difficult to work out what you should be spending time on.

Use of private investigations in divorce cases

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3:03pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

In a divorce where significant financial assets are at stake and when emotions are running high, it can sometimes be difficult to gather all the facts about the financial circumstances of the family.

Budget preview

York Press: Alistair Byrne

2:34pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

IT’S spring, the sun is shining, and all’s well with the world. Well, not quite; there is tomorrow’s budget to contend with.

Is the tide turning in favour of employers?

York Press: Brian Harrington

2:41pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

This April sees the introduction of a new ACAS early conciliation service, designed to nip employment tribunal claims in the bud.

Guarding yourself against CV fraud

York Press: Gill Wilkinson

2:36pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

There is no doubt that CV fraud is on the increase; in a recent survey, one in five candidates admitted to lying on their CV and more than 50 per cent of employers said they had spotted material inaccuracies in CVs.

Changes imminent for capital allowances on property purchases

York Press: Tony Farmer

2:13pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

The changes, which come into force in April, mainly affect purchasers of second-hand commercial buildings and their entitlement to claim tax relief in the form of capital allowances on qualifying fixtures and fittings.

Harnessing innovation

York Press: Sue Reece

2:10pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

We can all learn a thing or two from organisations such as Apple and Google when it comes to innovation and expanding businesses in a changing and competitive marketplace.

Financial advice: Prepare now for new pension rules

York Press: Mark Fisher

10:00am Tuesday 4th March 2014

The Government’s new pension reforms are gathering pace. At the start of this year, all employers which have 350 or more “workers” needed to have complied already. From the middle of next year employers with fewer than 30 workers will be caught by the new rules.

When is a late tax return not a late tax return?

York Press: Louise Battison

9:39am Tuesday 11th February 2014

It is well publicised that the filing date for self-assessment tax returns was midnight on January 31.

Facing uncertain future

York Press: Duncan Milwain

12:03pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

The role of charities in society is never going to feature top of any party election manifesto. The Conservatives were fumbling toward something in the 2010 general election with the Big Society.

Religion and belief in the workplace

York Press: Gill Wilkinson

11:55am Tuesday 4th February 2014

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their religion or belief.

How are lenders reacting now?

York Press: Tony Farmer

11:38am Tuesday 4th February 2014

What is the attitude of clearing banks, equity funders and other finance providers in the current market?

Penalties of failure on pension rules

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11:36am Tuesday 4th February 2014

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics only a third of private-sector workers are saving into a pension scheme and only 8.2 million UK workers were active members of occupational pension schemes in 2011, the lowest number since the 1950s.

Discovering how Google+ can help your business

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11:22am Tuesday 4th February 2014

So you’ve heard people talking about Google+ but you’re not sure exactly what it is? Is it just Google? Don’t worry – you’re with the vast majority of small businesses who are just starting to look into Google+ to see what it’s all about and how it can be used for their business.

Pensions, the great profit shelter – use it or lose it!

York Press: Gary O’Brien of Ardent  Financial  Planning

11:53am Tuesday 4th February 2014

What’s changing?

New rules’ impact on partnerships

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9:34am Tuesday 28th January 2014

The 2014 Budget is still two months away but partnership and Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”) businesses with and without corporate partners or members should spend time absorbing the impact of the proposed new rules for the taxation of partners’ income to be set out in the 2014 Finance Bill.

Positive signs of enterprising activity

York Press: Tony Farmer

9:33am Tuesday 21st January 2014

As we move into 2014 there are clear signs that the recovery is beginning to show in the number of company and business transactions being completed.

Start as you mean to go on

York Press: Sue Reece

11:08am Tuesday 14th January 2014

The New Year is a time for businesses to take stock of last year's activities, achievements and challenges, make resolutions and put those plans into action that you penned in 2013.

Making a good job of recruitment

York Press: Gill Wilkinson

11:05am Tuesday 14th January 2014

Most employers will need to recruit a new member of staff at some stage, either because an employee has left and they need to be replaced, or because they are expanding. Finding the right person can be tricky but employers need to follow a fair selection procedure to reduce the risk of allegations of discrimination.

Now is a good time to sell your business

York Press: Tony Farmer

10:46am Tuesday 14th January 2014

As we move into 2014 there are clear signs that the recovery is beginning to show in the number of company and business transactions being completed.

Making the most of agricultural waste

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10:27am Tuesday 14th January 2014

SCIENTISTS in York have teamed up with an East Yorkshire firm on two projects exploring the extraction of valuable natural chemicals from agricultural waste.

High time to act on auto-enrolment

York Press: Mark Fisher

10:26am Tuesday 14th January 2014

As you will have no doubt heard or read, starting from last October and going on through to 2018, every employer will need to have a qualifying pension scheme in place for their employees.

Auto-enrolment – think, plan, act

York Press: Mark Fisher

11:37am Tuesday 3rd December 2013

As you will have no doubt heard or read, starting from last October and going on through to 2018, every employer will need to have a qualifying pension scheme in place for their employees.

Working out zero hours contracts

York Press: Gill Wilkinson

11:20am Tuesday 3rd December 2013

It is estimated that anything between 250,000 and one million workers are employed on zero hours contracts in the UK.

From small acorns...

York Press: Sue Reece

11:11am Tuesday 3rd December 2013

YORK’S out and out gusto for celebrating the talent, inventiveness and determination of entrepreneurial individuals has been prevalent over the last few weeks.

What state pension reforms mean to you

York Press: Gary O’Brien of Ardent  Financial  Planning

10:14am Tuesday 5th November 2013

Chartered Financial Planner Gary O’Brien gives a summary of proposed changes to state pensions which come in from 2016.

Recruitment – best practice for employers

York Press: Gill Wilkinson

9:51am Tuesday 5th November 2013

Most employers will need to recruit a new member of staff at some stage, either because an employee has left and they need to be replaced, or because they are expanding. Finding the right person can be tricky, but employers need to follow a fair selection procedure to reduce the risk of allegations of discrimination.

Auto-Enrolment – think, plan, act

York Press: Mark Fisher

11:57am Tuesday 1st October 2013

As you will have no doubt heard or read, starting from last October and going on through to 2018, every employer will need to have a qualifying pension scheme in place for their employees.

Embracing change

York Press: Sue Reece

11:39am Tuesday 1st October 2013

Change is on the horizon. And I don’t just mean in the weather. Those “green shoots” that have eluded us in recent years are, by all accounts, starting to show.

Shares for employment rights – what employers need to know

York Press: Gill Wilkinson

11:38am Tuesday 1st October 2013

Three different types of employment status have existed for some time: employee, self-employed and worker. Each benefits from a slightly different range of employment rights.

Making networking work for your business

11:45am Tuesday 1st October 2013

So you're standing in a hotel with dozens of other business people racking your brain for something to say to get started. Sound familiar? Not many people find networking easy, and talking about your business in those situations can be terrifying. But it doesn't have to be. Preparing your “elevator pitch” well can make a huge difference for both face-to-face and social networking, but your pitch must be clear.

Giving something back

11:32am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

York business has a strong track record of giving back to the community, and now a new generation of entrepreneurs is taking Joseph Rowntree's philosophy of philanthropy, and creating strong and successful businesses founded on the concept of “giving something back”.

Coping with loss of ‘Key People’

11:31am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Nine months before Jim Henson's death in 1990, he was negotiating the sale of his Muppets Company to The Walt Disney Company for a reported $150 million.

Business Advice: Websites – first impressions count

York Press: Superfast North Yorkshire

12:47pm Tuesday 6th August 2013

Have you ever been interested in a company until you Googled them and saw their website?

Business Briefing: Meeting expectations

York Press: Sue Reece

8:00am Tuesday 6th August 2013

This month will see students everywhere eagerly (and some perhaps not so eagerly) anticipating and receiving GCSE and A-Level results.

Financial Advice: Auto-Enrolment - It’s time to think, plan and act now!

York Press: Mark Fisher

8:00am Tuesday 6th August 2013

As you will have no doubt heard or read, starting from last October and going on through to 2018, every employer will need to have a qualifying pension scheme in place for their employees.

City’s challenge

12:09pm Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Summer’s finally here, and the streets of York are starting to buzz with visitors and residents alike, soon to be joined by the many thousands of families from all over the UK taking advantage of the visitor attractions, events and festivals that are happening in the city over the summer to keep the family entertained through the school holidays.

Business Advice: How a price rise can be a benefit to customers

York Press: Richard Brook

11:54am Tuesday 4th June 2013

How can a price increase benefit your customers?

Business Briefing: Getting creative

York Press: Sue Reece

11:38am Tuesday 4th June 2013

Providing a glimpse into the future of the arts and creative sector in the region has been the focus of the recent Create 13 festival here at York St John.

Employment Law: Do I need to have a staff handbook?

12:06pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

Most employers will be aware that it is a legal requirement to give all employees a written statement of particulars of employment, but also having a staff handbook gives you an opportunity to set out in detail what you expect from your staff.

Effect of shared parental leave

11:31am Tuesday 14th May 2013

Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In has refreshed the debate on gender equality in the workplace, encouraging women not to sabotage their own careers in order to have children.

Don’t shy away from the new

York Press: Sue Reece

11:23am Tuesday 14th May 2013

The 'i' word - innovation. Everybody is talking about it, but what does it really mean?

Spring into action

York Press: Sue Reece

10:03am Tuesday 9th April 2013

So – spring is here. Hard to believe, I know, with footage in recent weeks of ten-foot snow drifts and reports of the coldest March on record since 1975, but it’s great to see that the tourism industry hasn’t let a few snowflakes prevent a “full steam ahead” march into exciting programmes of spring and summer events.

Business Briefing: Are you guilty?

York Press: Jackie Mathers

12:39pm Tuesday 5th March 2013

The Business School team was out in force at Venturefest last week (with the exception of me, due to illness). I hear it was another fantastic celebration of science, technology and creative enterprise, and I was sorry to miss it.

Employment Law: The implications of social media

12:35pm Tuesday 5th March 2013

The use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and blogs is growing every day and, with many people accessing social media at work, it is hardly surprising that Facebook has been described as an “HR accident waiting to happen”.

On dismissing a senior executive

10:37am Tuesday 5th February 2013

An executive director, who is employed by a company, has the same employment rights as any other employee.

Walking the walk in the ‘real world’

York Press: Jackie Mathers

10:14am Tuesday 5th February 2013

I always read the Times Higher Education with great interest and was particularly drawn to a recent report on its investigation into UK universities increasingly pushing for academic staff to hold PhDs.



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