Nadhim Zahawi: a child refugee who built his business fortune before his political career

NOT Adhim Zahawi had been tasked with preparing the Tories for the upcoming general election, but his dismissal as party chairman will only spark new questions about the Tories’ electoral fortunes. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took the reins promising “integrity, professionalism and accountability at all levels”, and with the Tories struggling in the polls, he … Read more

‘Business-like’ talks between Scottish and UK ministers over gender equality reform

S Senior Scottish and British government officials have held “professional” discussions about gender recognition reforms as the row over Westminster’s decision to block the legislation raged. Scottish Secretary Alister Jack discussed the matter with Scottish Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison. The talks came a week after the Tories confirmed the UK government would use never-before-used … Read more

‘Business-like’ talks between Scottish and UK ministers over gender equality reform

S Senior Scottish and British government officials have held “professional” discussions about gender recognition reforms as the row over Westminster’s decision to block the legislation raged. Scottish Secretary Alister Jack discussed the matter with Scottish Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison. The talks came a week after the Tories confirmed the UK government would use never-before-used … Read more

Edelman’s Trust Barometer says we only trust business and Democrats trust him more than the GOP

Do you trust this man? Richard Edelman, president of public relations firm Edelman AFP via Getty Images Well, that sounds like a stretch. The 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer came out and said people around the world believe business is the “alone institution considered competent and ethical. As such, says the PR giant, business has become … Read more

Support for businesses with lower energy bills from April, government confirms

January 9, 2023, 7:19 PM Companies will benefit from reduced support, the government has confirmed. Image: Getty Businesses will receive less government support to cope with soaring energy bills from April, ministers said. Businesses and organizations such as schools, charities and churches will get a reduction on their energy bills under the new scheme – … Read more

Companies consider layoffs to manage high costs, report says

P Essimism and a lack of confidence among British businesses has led companies’ recruitment plans to hit the lowest levels in two years, according to an influential report. Employers are suspending hiring plans and considering layoffs to manage rising costs, accountancy and consultancy firm BDO said in its analysis of more than 4,000 companies surveyed … Read more

The work suggests it would prevent GPs from operating as ‘shady’ private companies

g Ps surgeries would cease to operate as ‘shady’ private businesses under Labour, the shadow health secretary has suggested, deepening a row with the doctors’ union. Wes Streeting said he was “willing to phase out” the system of GP partnerships, where independent doctors act as contractors for the NHS. The British Medical Association (BMA) has … Read more

The work suggests it would prevent GPs from operating as ‘shady’ private companies

g Ps surgeries would cease to operate as ‘shady’ private businesses under Labour, the shadow health secretary has suggested, deepening a row with the doctors’ union. Wes Streeting said he was “willing to phase out” the system of GP partnerships, where independent doctors act as contractors for the NHS. The British Medical Association (BMA) has … Read more

Government must help SMEs recover amid ‘gloomy outlook’, business group urges

B Business confidence has stagnated and the future remains bleak for small businesses struggling with “monumental” inflationary pressures and energy costs, an influential business group has warned. A small utility company in Somerset has said its electricity costs will skyrocket from £34,000 a year to around £250,000 from March, according to the British Chambers of … Read more

Welsh businesses will receive £460million in government tariff support

The package includes the professional rate multiplier freeze for 2023-24, worth over £200m. The Welsh Government is also providing more than £140million in tariff relief to retail, leisure and hospitality businesses. Eligible businesses will receive 75% relief for the duration of 2023-2024, capped at £110,000 per taxpayer, like a similar scheme announced by the UK … Read more