Firms Obliged to Declare Waste Disposal Process in Full

Businesses must declare in their ‘waste transfer note’ (WTN) that they have taken steps to minimise waste and prepare for its safe disposal, under reforms introduced on 28 September. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has warned businesses that they must be able to demonstrate in their WTN that they have applied the Waste Management Hierarchy in full. The hierarchy is a series of waste-management options businesses must follow to demonstrate that they have taken all reasonable steps to minimise waste and prepare for its safe onward disposal. “The hierarchy gives top priority to preventing waste in the first place,” said an Environment Agency (EA) spokesman. “Businesses are obliged to gear their processes to the reuse, recycling and ... »

Tipping Code of Best Practice

Introduction There are some 165,000 businesses in the hospitality, leisure and service sectors where tipping is common. These sectors are an important part of our economy employing some 1.3 million workers. Restaurants, hotels and bars make up the largest proportion of the sector (about 80%), but tipping is also an important feature in industries such as hairdressing, casinos and private car hire. From 1st October 2009, service charges, tips, gratuities and cover charges can no longer be used to make up national minimum wage pay. This means that all eligible workers must receive at least national minimum wage in base pay with any tips they receive being paid on top. All workers must receive the statutory national minimum wage. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) aims t... »

Website Provides Recession Survival Advice

Website Provides Recession Survival Advice

Small firms in need of business support to help them get through the recession can now use a new free website launched by accountant association AVN. Available at, the site includes a range of free tools, resources, training and guidance put together by more than 200 accountants and expert advisers. Practical support includes a comprehensive review tool, which is designed to help businesses strengthen their cashflow. Firms can also compare their performance against competitors or others in their sector with the site’s benchmarking reports. As well as identifying strengths and weaknesses, the report will advise businesses on how they can best survive the recession, based on individual results. Other content available to download includes videos of business... »