Apprenticeship Levy – The Unwelcome Change

Misconceptions surrounding apprenticeships are beginning to change, albeit slowly. A 2018 survey carried out by The Sutton Trust revealed 64% of young people are more interested in undertaking an apprenticeship than studying for a degree – up 9% from four years prior. One of the leading assumptions is that apprenticeships provide lower-quality career prospects than … Read more

How Amazon, China and the HMRC are erasing the British High Street

Is there such thing as a level playing field in business anymore? The announcement in June that Amazon has increased its turnover and global profitability, but reduced the tiny amount in tax previously paid to the UK’s HMRC annually still further, comes as no surprise. This international behemoth does not believe in contributing to the … 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

A Sense of Injustice

Budget 2015

Paying their fair share of Corporation tax …… 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 Skills and Employment Board, Chairman and Trustee of the Hart Schools Trust. Sadly the large American conglomerates are … Read more

The problems of starting a business

Start-up business

Written by Paul Beasley, director of biz4Biz and managing director of RHG Financial Services. Business start-ups are booming apparently, despite the bureaucracy and regulation. It makes me wonder how much more successful an economy we could have if the government stopped using us as unpaid civil servants. Just think about what we do on government’s … Read more

A trip to a Parisian bar highlights how the tax system really works?

Written by Andrew Sykes, director of biz4Biz and RHG Insurance. In October 2013 the IMF published a report, Taxing Times, which recommended that countries should consider curing their economic woes by taxing their citizens more. The IMF suggested higher taxes on income, wealth and property: a strange recommendation given the state of the economy in … Read more

No taxation without representation

Written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder and Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif, Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Herts LEP Main Board Director, Chairman of the North Herts Studio Schools Trust and Director of the North Herts College. “No taxation without representation” is a slogan originating during the 1750s and 1760s that summarized a … Read more