In an historic move, MPs from London and many of England’s largest cities have united to call for greater financial freedoms enabling local politicians to have more tax-raising powers, including for stamp duty and business rates.
Santander is launching a £58m fund to back entrepreneurs with innovations in areas including online lending and personal finance in an effort to improve the lender’s technology.
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has opened its online applications for the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP2) and is looking for expressions of interest from academy schools.
According to recent research, one in five entrepreneurs have thought up their business idea whilst on holiday, with an average time period of six months between thinking up the concept and starting the business proper.
Academies should note that the closing date for submissions of their March accounts return is tomorrow, June 27, and that multi-academy trusts need to complete a consolidation return for qualifying academies for that period.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the Government to make a number of changes to the business tax system in the UK, including to improve cash flow, widen access to research and development (R&D) tax relief and to make it easier for firms to export.
According to recent research, UK entrepreneurs are rushing to embrace technological advances, with half of those polled anticipating spending over 25 per cent of their total business investment on technology assets.
The so-called ‘Trojan horse’ row has prompted the Local Government Association (LGA) to call for more power over academies and free schools so that they can intervene sooner if there are perceived problems.
A recent study has found that more entrepreneurs are setting up businesses outside the South East than ever before, with clusters of successful start-ups springing up in the corridor between Liverpool, Manchester and York.
The Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) latest bulletin advises academy trusts that their trustees must adopt a conflicts of interest policy and, even if they have one in place, directs them to the latest guidance published by the Charity Commission.