B2B Magazine

Managing your cashflow during the pandemic

GM Business Connect spoke with Paul Daine, Managing Director of Premium Collections, about the cashflow issues of businesses affected by the pandemic. Paul commented: “As we now enter what hopefully should be the final phase of lockdown and the end of the Furlough scheme in April, many small business owners will have some very difficult decisions to make about their future and that of their business. If you run a business in the retail and hospitality sectors,

A tale of two economies – recovery expected at a ‘rate of knots’ in 2021

Analysis from Dr John Ashcroft on the economic impact of Covid-19

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, expects Britain’s economy to recover ‘at a rate of knots’, from the beginning of the second quarter this year. It should not be too difficult. The comparative figures for last year, are not much to beat. The economy collapsed by just over 20% in Q2 last year. The recovery in the economy will appear to be pretty dramatic,

#ForgottenLtd campaign lobbies for proposed Director’s Income Support Scheme (DISS)

In support of the estimated 2 million small businesses that have not benefitted from Government Covid support since March last year, lobbying group #ForgottenLtd have been campaigning for help for the struggling small limited businesses and their directors. They are asking that the government extends Covid-19 support packages to small limited businesses that have now been left behind for 10 months. With this in mind a proposal for a Director’s Income Support Scheme (DISS) has been written, and is currently being considered by treasury.

Timescales for Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone

Proposed daily charges

The following daily charges were proposed for non-compliant commercial vehicles during public consultation:

  • Buses, coaches and Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) – £60 (from spring 2022).
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles – £7.50 (from spring 2022).
  • Light Goods Vehicles (LGV) such as vans and minibuses – £10 (temporary exemption until 2023). If the daily charge for a non-compliant vehicle isn’t paid, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £120 would be issued,

The most important National Apprenticeship Week ever

We have recently celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (8 – 14 February).

It was very different this year, like so many other events and celebrations. Many innovative digital events were held across the country to celebrate all that is great about apprenticeships. From recognising apprentices themselves and celebrating their successes as they develop great careers, to highlighting the vital contributions made by the thousands of employers who commit finance, time and resource into developing great apprentices. Also, it is important not to forget the many organisations and businesses within the apprenticeship sector,

When you need to take a break

These past few months have been an exhausting, emotionally draining time for many of us. Whether we’re working longer hours, worried because we’re not working, uncertain about the future, staying indoors with fractious children or a partner, concerned about elderly relatives, no-one’s had it easy. The amount of tolerance and forbearance required, the mental agility to cope with new, unfamiliar ways, compounded with the challenge of emotionally supporting people devastated at the situation they find themselves in during this unprecedented pandemic has taken its toll on everyone involved.

Care needed for working from home

Two thirds of home workers could be putting employers at risk by printing confidential documents at home.

  • New research reveals 66% of home workers in the UK are potentially breaching GDPR regulations by printing work related documents at home.
  • Meeting notes, contracts, commercial documents, payroll and CV’s among documents workers are printing at home.

Currently in the UK, all companies that store or process personal information about EU citizens within EU states must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which requires them to have an effective,

Fathom IT goes full circle

Over the last 20 years Fathom IT has evolved and grown from a fax and printer repair company to a full computer and communications infrastructure service business. The company offers everything IT related; from hardware repairs, remote support to businesses and individuals, through to installing fibreoptic cables and data networks on large development projects. The recent lockdown has brought about more homeworking and this has led to Fathom re-energising an arm of its business that had seen little demand in recent years,

Emirates resumes flights from Manchester

Emirates has resumed flights for passengers between Manchester and Dubai, reconnecting people and businesses in the North of England to 30 destinations currently on Emirates’ growing network. The twice weekly Boeing 777-300ER flights to MAN will operate every Wednesday and Sunday. The resumption of flights from Manchester makes the airport the second Emirates UK gateway to reopen, alongside London Heathrow.

This expansion of services allows UK customers to fly to destinations in the Asia Pacific, including Australia, with a convenient connection in Dubai.

Resilience: from setback to comeback

Phil Jones MBE, managing director at business technology solutions provider, Brother UK, looks at the current issues for businesses with returning restrictions due to Covid-19.

The news at the moment is all too familiar. The broadcasters could almost be forgiven for recycling bulletins from March, with coronavirus cases rising again and regional restrictions coming back into force. At a time when we thought we were on the up, and when we’ve grown used to a narrative centred around recovery,