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Attractive Business Owners Distract Employees

Attractive Business Owners Distract Employees

Good-looking bosses can be a major distraction for employees and even create resentment in the workplace, according to research by recruitment firm HireScores.com. In a survey of 1,886 employees, some 53 per cent of women admitted that they would feel “intimidated” if they had a male boss who was attractive, while 47 per cent of men said they would be “distracted” by an attractive female boss, writes Kate Horstead. The problem is even worse among members of the same sex, with 86 per cent of men admitting they would feel threatened by a handsome male boss, and 61 per cent of women confessing they would feel jealous of an attractive female business owner or manager. According to Acas equality specialist, Steve Williams, such feelings of resentment can easily spill ove... »

Cost of Music Licence Slashed for Small Business

> Workplaces with 4 or less employees will now pay just £44 a year for a license to play music after a consultation between the licensing authority the PRS for music and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Last summer the FSB accused the PRS of a "money-making exercise" claiming that the licensing regime was both complicated and costly. But now music can now be played in workplaces with four or fewer staff with a license that costs less than £1 a week. These workplaces wishing to obtain a music licence can now pay a reduced flat rate of £44 per annum + VAT – whereas before, it would have cost them around £84. The change, which is a reduction of almost 50%, was brought in by PRS for Music after consultation with the FSB and its wider membership.... »

No to Stealth Tax on Parking - Workplace Parking Levy

No Stealth Tax on Parking

Small Business News – 2nd March 2009 The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called on small firms to sign a petition opposing Government plans to introduce a tax on workplace car parking spaces. Branded a ‘stealth tax’ by the business lobby group, the proposed Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) will require all businesses to register car parking spaces with their local authority.  Currently, there is no one system for business parking, but under the new proposals firms requiring ten spaces or more will have to pay a hefty fee for each space. Although the Workplace Parking Levy is still in consultation, Nottingham City Council has already signed up to operate the scheme and plans to charge £185 for each workplace parking space in 2010, rising to £350 per spa... »