Business Services

The New Plastic Packaging Tax Explained

  When does this take effect? Effective from the 1st of April 2022 HMRC introduced a new tax on plastic packaging (NPPT) that contains less than 30% recycled content. From April 1st, the tax will be added to all plastic packaging that doesn’t include a minimum of 30% recycled content and will be presented as an uplift in […]

How to avoid thieves from spoiling a summer staycation

Tracker urges owners to be extra vigilant and safeguard caravans as holiday season approaches   LONDON, 19th May 2022 – Stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert, Tracker Network (UK) Ltd , is urging caravan and motorhome owners to be vigilant when it comes to protecting their vehicles in the run up to the summer holidays. The UK’s […]

Finance & Insurance

Customers pay the price as volatile supply chains pressure mid-market

Research from Grant Thornton UK LLP’s latest Business Outlook Tracker research, which looks specifically at 370 leaders of businesses with a supply chain, shows that over half (52%) are finding it harder to operate their business today, compared to 12 months ago. To manage cost pressures, 61% of respondents said that their suppliers have agreed […]

Applications for personal guarantee backed small business loans up 50%

Headline figures: Applications for Personal Guarantee Insurance to support business funding rose 50.5% Q1 2022 vs Q1 2021 In March 2022, the number of applications doubled those received in March 2021. 35% of finance applications with a personal guarantee attached are for ‘Working Capital’ Applications for personal guarantee insurance to support funding for ‘Working Capital’ […]

Risk Management is an enabler for growth

It’s a hackneyed phrase that insurance is a necessary evil. That can’t be said about risk management. Actually, effective risk management enables your business to make better decisions, avoid the typical pitfalls and deliver on its plan. Isn’t that how we all want to manage our business? A great analogy is Formula 1. People often think […]

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Plant-Based Grocery Delivery Start-Up GreenBay partners with Revo Foods to bring...

The plant-based seafood revolution has officially begun! Revo Salmon, the brand-new plant-based smoked salmon from Austria, is now available in the UK thanks to a partnership with the popular grocery delivery start-up GreenBay. Long awaited in the UK, Revo Salmon is the ultimate plant-based seafood alternative. Often described as “better than [conventional] salmon”, this exciting […]

Sustainability

Jennings to host Making a Difference business workshop

The Oxfordshire business park operators are partnering with Oxfordshire Greentech and South & Vale Business Support to hold an interactive workshop which aims to support small business owners build sustainable and ethical enterprises. The first live event for over two years at Jennings’ Monument Park sets the stage for small businesses to pack a big climate action punch.

Latest Digest

Apprenticeships Digest #2

In this edition of the Apprenticships Digest B4 members Grant Thornton, Blenheim, OxLEP and more bring you the latest news, as well as a great interview with Nancy Buckley, Group Director, Business Development at Activate Learning.

Conference & Events

Professional Services

New Coaching and Support Programme for Legal Professionals Launched

In the wake of post-pandemic conditions, Herefordshire-based life coach, Kim Parker, has today announced the launch of a six-month online coaching and support programme for legal professionals ‘with soul’.  The Six Keys (to Personal Success and Professional Satisfaction) begins on 16 May 2022, right after Mental Health Awareness Week. “In an uncertain world, professionals are […]

People

Walfinch Delivers Care that Suits Clients to a Tee

Kam Gill and her Walfinch care team believe in going the extra mile – even if it’s on a golf course. Kam, Managing Director of the Walfinch care service franchise in Oxford, and her care supervisor Danielle Young, recently organised a golf session for their client Brian Marlow, 92. “He’s often talked about how he […]

Sales & Marketing

Vendula London is announced the Winner of Most Innovative Vegan Handbag...

Vendula London is announced the Winner of Most Innovative Vegan Handbag Brand Vendula London has been recognised by the judging panel at The Global Vegan Awards for the high quality of their imaginatively designed products, providing vegan consumers with attractive and ethical options to enhance their style.  The Global Vegan Awards judges commented: “No other […]

Pretzel Group Making a Splash with Crag Water

After welcoming a stream of new clients on board in recent months, Cheshire-based Pretzel Group is further making waves with its latest addition – Crag Water.   The new-to-market environmentally conscious spring water brand is being bottled at source in the Macclesfield countryside, after owner Doran Binder discovered an untapped stream running underneath the Crag Inn, […]

Property

Jennings to host Making a Difference business workshop

The Oxfordshire business park operators are partnering with Oxfordshire Greentech and South & Vale Business Support to hold an interactive workshop which aims to support small business owners build sustainable and ethical enterprises. The first live event for over two years at Jennings’ Monument Park sets the stage for small businesses to pack a big climate action punch.

Local Government

Strategy

Defining the journey towards diversity

Achieving a high standard of diversity in the workplace has become increasingly important – especially given the spotlight that has been shone on this aspect of business life by the recent global pandemic and the growing awareness of racial inequality around the world. For larger businesses there are also greater reporting requirements in this area from regulators and government.

Tech, IT & Comms

Conker launches most powerful devices to date

Conker, which provides reliable devices for mobile workforces, will be prototyping its new NS85 8” handheld tablet and 10” NS105 tablet at this year’s Final Destination Logistics event.   The latest products are Conker’s most powerful yet when it comes to memory (RAM) – standing at 8 GB (upgraded from 4 GB), and data storage […]

Conker underpins growth plans with three new appointments

Conker, which provides a range of rugged, wearable and scannable devices for mobile workforces, is expanding yet again with the appointment of three new staff members. The appointees are joining across various departments, in roles involved with operations, marketing, and finance.   Anthony Nicholson joins Conker in the role of operations manager and will be […]

Web & Social

Responsible Business

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Plant-Based Grocery Delivery Start-Up GreenBay partners with Revo Foods to bring...

The plant-based seafood revolution has officially begun! Revo Salmon, the brand-new plant-based smoked salmon from Austria, is now available in the UK thanks to a partnership with the popular grocery delivery start-up GreenBay. Long awaited in the UK, Revo Salmon is the ultimate plant-based seafood alternative. Often described as “better than [conventional] salmon”, this exciting […]