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Job applications filtered by university ranking. Companies are keeping CVs from those who went to the top-24 institutions and scrapping the rest. Research has found that four-fifths of students who went to Russell Group universities secured full-time work within weeks of graduating, compared with two-thirds of those from other universities.

HSBC UK commits £250 million to SMEs in Hertfordshire and Essex

HSBC has launched a £250 million lending fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hertfordshire and Essex, as part of its commitment to help businesses realise their ambitions for growth and navigate Brexit. The Herts and Essex Fund is part of a wider £14 billion fund for SMEs across

Essex businesses lead the way with green technology

“Climate change is everybody’s business and I’m pleased to see Essex businesses leading the way by using innovative, green technology.” That’s the message from Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, following his recent visit to Taylor Construction Plant (TCP) in Maldon. The company specialises in cutting-edge,

It’s that time of year again

It’s that time of year again... The end of the tax year. So don’t forget to have a look at your unused investment and savings tax allowances as in most cases if you miss them they are gone for good. I know I have rambled on about pensions in many

Imminent changes to repossession laws

From Oct 1st 2018 if you wish to repossess a property, all tenancies new and old should be treated in the same way… The introduction of the Deregulation Act on 1st October 2015 ‘The Act’ brought with it some substantial changes that landlords and property managing agents should already be aware of

Bailiffs and the law

Common questions we get asked about bailiffs their powers What are bailiffs not allowed to take? Exempt goods and anything not belonging to the debtor. Items necessary in your employment, education or business to a maximum allowance of £1350 combined value. Items necessary to the basic needs of the debtor and his

Budget 2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to Parliament on Monday 29 October 2018 with a somewhat rosier forecast as to the financial position of UK plc. From a personal tax perspective, individuals will benefit from increases in both the personal allowance, to £12,500, and the higher rate PAYE threshold,

Brexit and Employment Law

With the possibility of Brexit growing ever closer, concerns are growing over what the impact will be on employment law in the UK if and when we leave the European Union. Whilst at this stage nothing is set in stone, the government has published a White Paper which provides some

News in Brief – Spring 2019

Ryanair reports €20m third quarter loss. Ryanair flew 32.7m passengers in the quarter, an increase of 8%, while revenue flew to €1.53bn, a 10% increase, the loss did not consider the €46.5m the airline spent buying Austrian airline, Laudamotion. Chief executive Michael O’Leary said, “While a €20m loss in