One of the big three classroom unions has called for a radical reform of the Ofsted inspection system, which would include the abolition of overall grades for schools.
New regulations introduced in last year’s Autumn Statement mean that firms appealing against decisions on business rates refunds must do so by 31 March or face losing out. In fact, it is calculated that businesses across the UK that fail to claim in time could miss out on millions of pounds.
The second ‘Pitch 10’ start-up pitching event was held at 10 Downing Street last week, where representatives from new digital businesses from all over the UK pitched their ideas to policymakers and investors, hoping for financial backing and advice.
As the run-up to the General Election continues, politicians from the major parties are pledging to look at changing business rates, as they appreciate that the system is causing problems for bricks and mortar businesses.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revised its forecast for the UK economy up to 2.7 per cent for 2015 from a prediction of 2.5 per cent in November, mainly due to a combination of low inflation and improvements in employment.
A global investor matchmaking site is bringing top investor syndicates to the UK, allowing individuals to co-invest with those who have backed start-ups, such as Hailo, Transferwise and Zoopla.
The Government is keen to see more successful claims for research and development (R&D) tax credits, particularly from small and medium-sized businesses, but many company directors find the rules and constant changes difficult to follow.
A new report has revealed that regional start-up hubs are driving tech growth across the UK, with almost three-quarters of digital businesses now being found outside London, formerly the centre of tech start-ups.
Thousands of “coasting” state schools will be forced to become academies in an ‘all-out war on mediocrity’ if the Conservatives remain in power.
News that mobile phone manufacturer Nokia is suing a UK start-up over its use of the word ‘HERE’, suggests that new businesses should do sufficient research to ensure they are not accused of ‘passing off’ by firms already in existence.