Managing costs

Retailers suffer ‘worst year on record’

Annual year-on-year sales decline by 0.1%.

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National living wage to rise by 6.2% for 2020/21

Low Pay Commission reveals its recommendations.

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Quarter of SMEs expect to go bust by 2024

Owner-managers express main concerns.

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Most workers lose hope of landing their dream job

Age and lack of confidence are the main barriers.

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Advisory fuel rates update

New rates for use of company cars from December 2019.

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Delay to loan charge review leaves thousands in limbo

Little time left to publish report before 31 January deadline.

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Committee demands business rates reform

Alternatives needed before Spring Statement 2020.

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Auto-enrolment awareness levels on the slide

Awareness falls among micro and mid-sized employers.

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Employers need help to absorb living wage hike

Business groups respond to Javid’s pledge.

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Most small firms absorb the cost of wage increases

FSB says a “cautious approach” to the national living wage is needed.

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