Inside the international suitcase: The UK’s top holiday exports revealed

Dr Liam Fox encourages businesses to export as figures reveal the UK exported more than £300 million worth of holiday goods in 2016. As millions of people fly away for the summer break, so do British goods as latest figures show sunglasses, swimwear and ice-cream are big exports, accounting for more than three quarters of UK … Read more

Government crackdown on misuse of laser pointers

Government launches a call for evidence into the regulation of laser pointers, in order to address serious public safety concerns. The government is today (12 August 2017) launching a call for evidence into the regulation of laser pointers, including the potential value of retail licensing schemes, advertising restrictions, and potential restrictions on ownership in order to … Read more

Government announces additional support for social care providers

Government announces measures to temporarily suspend minimum wage enforcement activity for social care sleep-in shift pay. The government today (26 July 2017) announced it has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector. Ministers have worked closely with the sector in response to … Read more

Businesses get on board with Prompt Payment Code

The government’s biggest suppliers have signed up to a strengthened ‘Prompt Payment Code’ that will help small businesses to be paid on time. 32 of the biggest suppliers to the government have voluntarily committed to pay 95% of invoices within 60 days – and to work towards adopting 30 days as the norm. This fulfils a … Read more

Government housing schemes have little impact on social mobility

Report finds that many low-cost government backed home ownership schemes are most likely to benefit better-off buyers Flagship government schemes to help more people get on the UK housing ladder have little impact on improving social mobility as better-off buyers are most likely to benefit from the support. A new report published by the Social Mobility Commission today … Read more