• Prompt payment rules

    The IoD has welcomed recent changes to the government-backed Prompt Payment Code, which now states businesses should pay suppliers within 30 days as standard.
    The updated legislation, announced by business minister Matt Hancock yesterday (26 February), will also include the launch of a new enforcement body which will eject companies from the register should they fail […]

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  • Wearable technology

    With the Apple Watch set to go head to head with its smartwatch Android rival – the LG Watch Urbane – and the Wearable Technology Show at ExCel taking place in London on 10-11 March, this promises to be a red-letter month for wearable tech
    Ever since the Apple Watch was announced last year, there’s been […]

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  • Beards in the boardroom

    Business beards are no longer the preserve of Silicon Valley start-ups and Sir Richard Branson. Here are Director’s top six hirsute high-flyers…

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  • Maserati lists top 100 entrepreneur backers

    Luxury car manufacturer Maserati has teamed up with the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) to celebrate the champions of British business.
    The rich diversity of British entrepreneurialism is the stand-out winner, with the announcement, by Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), of the Maserati 100 – a list of Britain’s business leaders doing the most to […]

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  • Self-employed status demotion looms says Cable

    Self-employed workers are at risk of their employment status being “degraded” due to working with “no rights and entitlements,” according to business secretary Vince Cable.
    With self-employment higher than at any point over the last 40 years (15 per cent of the British workforce is currently self-employed)*, Cable acknowledged that “the UK has got a genuinely […]

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  • US wine launches in UK

    A booming, celebrity-backed American wine brand has arrived in the UK with big plans to seize a slice of the market.
    After forming a partnership with UK drinks company James E McCabe Limited, MYX Fusion Moscato is now available at selected venues across the UK with plans to be fully national by the end of the […]

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  • Film: The Theory of Everything

    As well as being tipped for an Oscar, a new Stephen Hawking biopic has received praise from the man himself and brought hopes of a boost to UK film-makers. In The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne portrays the celebrated cosmologist and physicist, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21. Based on A Life […]

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  • 5 essential business podcasts for 2015

    It may be hard to believe, but the podcast turns 10 in 2015. And, a decade on – boosted by the rapid increase in smartphone usage – the number of podcasts downloaded annually is on the rise. The BBC reported 24 million UK downloads of its podcast programmes in August alone – an increase of […]

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  • Want staff to recycle? Be proactive…

    Half of those questioned are still confused about what they can recycle

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