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Government’s Enterprise Act Set to Benefit 5.4m UK Small Businesses

Government’s Enterprise Act Set to Benefit 5.4m UK Small Businesses

5.4 million UK small businesses are set to benefit from the government’s new Enterprise Act that was passed this week, business secretary Sajid Javid has announced. Measures contained within the act include the appointment of a small business commissioner who will aim to reduce red tape by £10bn over the next five years and help small firms tackle late payments. As part of the Act, the Primary Authority scheme has also been extended which means that small businesses will continue to receive assistance from local authorities, and an Institute for Apprenticeships is also being created. Javid, said of the news: “The Enterprise Act will help deliver the growth and security that benefits every single person in the country. It is proof that this government is delivering on its commitment t... »

Job Satisfaction Soaring Amongst UK Freelancers

Job Satisfaction Soaring Amongst UK Freelancers

The majority of Britain’s freelancers say they are “very satisfied” with the way they work, according to a new report released by industry body IPSE in association with National Freelancers Day. The research found that 65% of freelancers intend to continue being self-employed for the foreseeable future, compared to just 2% who plan to go back to work as a full-time employee within an organisation. When asked why they turned to freelancing, 79% of self-employed workers said it was because they wanted to “be their own boss” and 69% believed it would provide a greater work/life balance. IPSE chief executive, Chris Bryce, commented on the findings: “It’s great to see so many people love working as a freelancer…National Freelancers Day celebrates freelancers’ vital role in the UK’s flexible lab... »

Number of UK Self-Employed on the Rise

Number of UK Self-Employed on the Rise

New Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures has revealed that the number of self-employed individuals has risen by 30,000 in the three months to September – compared to the same period in 2014. The news follows a seven-month period of decline in freelancer numbers and coincides with a record high in employment numbers. Discussing the figures, Simon McVicker, IPSE’s policy director, commented: “The figures show the resilience of the self-employed sector in what is becoming an increasingly difficult regulatory environment. “Make no mistake, independent professionals are a huge contributor to the flexibility and growth of our economy, they are here to stay.” For more advice and information regarding self-employment, check out our sister site Startups.co.uk’s section on freelancing a... »