Excitement builds for Cornwall’s first TEDx event

With Cornwall’s first TEDx event just over a month away, the event’s sponsors have been sharing the talk that they are most looking forward to seeing. Marine conservation, searching for life in space, grief and genetics are just some of the topics that will be covered at TEDxTruro. Inspired by the TED conference, where some…

BCC: Labour market continues to be a bright spot for UK economy

In the three months to May 2016, employment rose by 176,000, and unemployment fell by 54,000 The unemployment rate was 4.9%, down from 5.6% a year ago Average weekly earnings increased by 2.3% including bonuses, and by 2.2% excluding bonuses   Commenting on the labour market figures, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head…

BCC comments on public sector finances and retail sales figures

Commenting on the public sector finance figures for June 2016, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the BCC, said: “While the decline in borrowing for the second successive month is encouraging, progress in cutting the deficit remains painfully slow. “Weaker than expected growth since 2010 has meant that the UK…

Business Rates: Revaluation 2017

We have a busy time ahead as we come to the end of the 2010 Rating List and the new list goes liveon 1st April 2017. The valuation date is set as 1st April 2015 and the Valuation Office have now completed their revaluation process in readiness for draft Rateable values to be available to download on…

Crowdfunder announces £2.4m of extra funding for UK crowdfunders

UK-based crowdfunding platform unveils new way for project owners to get additional funding from partners inc. councils, blue chip brands and grant providers Councils, brands and grant makers to pledge over £2.4 million on local and national crowdfunding projects Projects apply for funding using the crowd to validate their ideas Crowdfunder is to offer a…

Pro Active Tax advice saves Cornwall’s SME’s over £1 million.

Tax advice provided by Robinson Reed Layton Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers has saved SME’s across Cornwall over £1 million.     Steve Maggs, Tax Partner commented: “The significant changes to the taxation of cash extraction from companies from 6 April 2016 have left a significant number of company shareholders with a large tax…

BCC: Maintaining stability is key as inflation rises

The Consumer Prices Index rose by 0.5% in the year to June 2016, from 0.3% in May Rises in air fares, prices for motor fuels and a variety of recreational and cultural goods and services were the main contributors to the increase in the rate Commenting on the UK inflation figures for June 2016, published…

Cornwall Council seek 17 ambitious people to start their careers in the public sector

Cornwall Council has launched a hunt for 17 new employees to start their careers in Apprenticeship roles within the organisation. Opportunities to work for one of Cornwall’s largest employers are available in a range of departments including Highways, Human Resources, Sports Partnership, Children’s Social Care and Digital Marketing, and will be delivered in partnership with…

Eleven Cornish leaders for Stephens Scown

Eleven Cornwall-based lawyers from a leading South West firm have been named “leaders in their field” by a prestigious independent legal guide. With experts in specialisms from agriculture to social housing, Stephens Scown LLP again cements its position as a local firm with expertise to rival big city firms. Chambers 2017 will be published this…

Automatic enrolment and small employers

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called automatic enrolment. Many of you will have seen the large character, Workie, calling on employers not to ignore the workplace pension. Whether you’re…