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(Big Brother) approach to payments

Businesses are still struggling with efficient payment systems: over half reported having problems with overseas payments in the last twelve months. Frustrations among respondents include the time taken for international funds to be received and funds to clear (44%), the hidden fees involved (35%) and the time it takes to investigate missing payments (24%). As […]

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Retail Uk sales fall 3.9 percent in June

The reversal from the revised May figure is the sharpest monthly decline since the series began in 1986. Analysts had expected a decrease, with consumer spending being squeezed by rising fuel bills and food costs. The fall cut the annual growth rate to 2.2%, while sales in the three months to June were up 0.6% […]

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Government urged to give equality tax breaks

Alex Gourlay, managing director of Boots, told HR magazine Personnel Today that businesses would be more likely to improve diversity if legislative requirements were balanced with financial incentives. Gourlay suggested offering a tax break to businesses would provide an incentive for a healthy approach to diversity. “There’s an alternative way to encourage positive behaviour, rather […]

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A quarter of start-ups make up legal contract

According to a survey by legal firm ContractStore.com, over a quarter of new businesses are failing to seek legal guidance when putting together documents such as terms and conditions, employment contracts and sales agreements. While saving on legal fees, businesses drafting their own contracts risk leaving out clauses that would protect them if the other […]

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Shoppers are online in cold April

Cold and wet April weather encouraged UK shoppers to buy clothing online, spending 85% more on the web than in the year before, figures suggest. Industry body Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) said £326m was spent on clothing through the internet, amid snow and rain last month. The increase is in stark contrast to […]

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Small shops feel the heat

The British Shops and Stores Association (bssa) has announced the latest set of results from its quarterly Sales Monitor which reveal a disappointing March and Easter period, although this is balanced in part by a strong January and February. The overall average performance during the quarter of January to March 2008 was down just -0.2% […]

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Chronic disease affecting productivity

According to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Economic Forum, over the next 25 years, chronic disease is set to reduce the available labour pool, highlighting a clear need for workplace wellness programmes. The report found that productivity losses associated with workers who have chronic diseases are as much as 400% higher than the cost […]

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Companies must harness online power when recruiting

Jobseekers searching and applying for employment via the internet now make up 43% of all job hunters, according to a survey by HR firm Taleo. A further 38% of respondents said their main resources for finding employment were recruitment agencies and personal contacts. Only 19% said they preferred to apply for jobs through the post. […]

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