A look at the UK skills gap as 2017 draws to a close

The UK skills gap sees British companies short 20,000 engineers and technicians every year. This means we will be in need of 1.8 million by 2025. The struggle to find qualified employees costs businesses £2 billion per year. A shocking 90% of employers have reported struggling to recruit employees in the last 12 months. In … Read more

Hertfordshire is one of the best for prosperity and inclusion

The Government has decided that in 2020, business rates, currently valued at £23bn nationally, will be paid to local authorities rather than delivered to central government as they are now.  Written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-founder & Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif (established 1925), Director & Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Main Board Member Herts … Read more

Taxation and Representation

George Osborne’s obsession …… written by Paul Beasley, Co- Founder and Director of biz4Biz and Managing Director of Richmond House Group. I have written before about the dangers of George Osborne’s obsession with lifting the lower paid out of income tax. A recent analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies said that the proportion of … Read more

EU Referendum

Why I am firmly in the leave camp … written by Paul Beasley, Co-founder and Director biz4Biz and Managing Director of rhg Financial Services. Two weeks in and I am already thoroughly bored with most of the arguments. If I hear once more that to remain will mean 500 million migrants are going to invade … Read more

The UK is now even more attractive to migrant workers

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended the Government uses higher salary thresholds to prioritise higher value, skilled migrants within the Tier 2 visa immigration route written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder & Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif (established 1925), Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Main Board Member Herts LEP, Chair of the … Read more