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...

Probate fee increases ‘amount to stealth tax’

A House of Lords committee has criticised the Government's plans to increase probate fees, saying they amount to a "stealth tax" and a "misuse of the fee-levying power". Probate fees in England and Wales are currently charged a flat rate of £155 if the application is...

Businesses get to grips with apprenticeship levy

Employers are becoming more confident in their knowledge of the apprenticeship levy, research by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has shown. According to a survey of 1,141 employers, 51% now say they understand it perfectly - up from 36% in March 2018. Since it was...

5 tips to diversify your investments

All of us have been told not to put our eggs in one basket at one time or another, and this old adage rings true when it comes to building an investment portfolio. If you have money to spare and a thirst for risk, it's possible to generate income from all kinds of...

Are you eligible for R&D tax relief?

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, businesses have never been more innovative, with research and development (R&D) spending reaching a record high of around £23.7 billion in 2017. That's an increase of £1.1bn, or 4.9% on 2016....