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Budget Highlights

Business and digital

  • New 2% digital services tax on UK revenues of big technology companies, from April 2020
  • Profitable companies with global sales of more than £500m will be liable
  • Private finance initiative (PFI) contracts to be abolished in future
  • New centre of excellence to manage existing deals “in the taxpayer’s interest”
  • Annual investment allowance to be increased from £200,000 to £1m for two years
  • Contribution of small companies to apprenticeship levy to be reduced from 10% to 5%
  • Business rates bill for firms with a rateable value of £51,000 or less to be cut by third over two years
  • Measure to benefit 90% of independent companies, cutting bill by £8,000
  • £900m in business rates relief for small businesses and £650m to rejuvenate High Streets
  • New 100% mandatory business rates relief for all lavatories made available for public use, whether publicly or privately owned
  • Extending changes to the way self-employment status is taxed, from the public sector to medium and large private companies, from 2020

 

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Auto Enrolment-Pensions:

Automatic enrolment duties for UK companies don’t apply when a company or individual are not considered an employer. You won’t have any duties if you meet one of the following criteria:

1) you’re a sole director company, with no other staff
2) your company has a number of directors, none of whom has an employment contract
3) your company has a number of directors, only one of whom has an employment contract
4) your company has ceased trading
5) your company has gone into liquidation
6) your company has been dissolved
Automatic enrolment will apply if more than one director has a contract of employment.

You can find more information about your duties if you’re a director by contacting Reina D’costa at BizlawUK via http://www.bizlawuk.co.uk/contact-us/

Website and email requirements for Companies

As of 1st January 2007 UK companies and LLPs require the following information on their website and in their e-mails:

  • • The company name (this might differ from the trading name)
  • • The company registered office (which must be a geographical address not a PO Box)
  • • The company’s registration number and country of registration
  • • An e-mail address where the company can be contacted (requirement not necessarily for e-mails)
  • • If the company is a member of a trade or professional association, membership details, including any registration number (requirement not necessarily for e-mails)
  • • It is also advisable but not essential for the business to place its VAT number on the website and e-mails as well.
    Note – the information must be clear and easily accessible. However, for a website, it does not need to appear on every page; for example, the information can be included on an “about us” or “legal” page. For e-mails, the information can be contained in a footer.

Contact us : reina@bizlawuk.co.uk to see how we can help your business be compliant with UK laws.

Use of the word “FREE” in marketing promotions

Use of the word “FREE” in marketing promotions

The Advertising Standards Authority is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media, whose work includes acting on complaints and proactively checking TV, Radio, print and online media to take action against misleading, harmful or offensive advertisements, sales promotions and direct marketing.

If they judge an ad to be in breach of the UK Advertising Codes, it must be withdrawn or amended and the advertiser must not use the approach again.
Today we shed some light on the CAP rules it follows for Sales Promotions:
In recent years, the ASA has published several adjudications on the use of “free” in marketing communications, a claim that marketers and consumers have often found confusing.
Some consumers expect “free” promotional goods to be entirely without cost and in some promotions consumers receive something for absolutely nothing, for example, a free product sample handed out to passers-by. But the Code allows a free item to be conditional on the purchase of other items (see below) and promoters may make a minimal charge for obtaining a so-called “free” item.
For example, promoters may charge the uninflated cost of postage (though front-page flashes offering “free” goods should indicate that it is extra, for example “plus postage”). Promoters wishing to offer ‘free’ goods cannot legitimately charge for anything other than postage, such as packaging, packing, administration, handling, insurance etc.
The question of whether a product or service should be referred to as “free” or “inclusive” has proved most troublesome in recent years. Broadly, if a product is offered “free” as part of a conditional-purchase promotion that is unlikely to breach the Code but marketers may not describe an individual element of a package offer as “free”: the proper term is “inclusive”.
The Code allows “free” to be used if customers are required to buy other items – a conditional-purchase promotion – provided their liability for all costs is made clear, the quality or composition of the paid-for items has not been reduced and the price of the paid-for items has not been inflated to recover the cost of supplying the free item. If the item that is being described as “free” is genuinely separate from and additional to the item that the customer is required to pay for, the offer qualifies as a conditional-purchase promotion and the item may legitimately be described as “free”. An offer can satisfy the criteria for being a conditional-purchase promotion in one of two ways: (i) the paid-for item is separable from the free item for example, a free lipstick with the purchase of a women’s magazine or (ii) the paid-for item has an established price and is usually sold alone without the free item, for example a chocolate bar with 50% extra free.

For the full article or any advice on how we can help minimize risk please email us on reina@bizlawuk.co.uk

Advertising laws

It is important to get your ad campaigns checked before they get published to prevent bad publicity should they get pulled up . The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) through its CAP and BCAP Codes regulates Adverts in the UK for print, online and broadcast media They expect all advertising online to be legal, decent, honest and truthful.  They also list traders who continue to make claims on their online sites that do not comply with the UK Advertising Code despite repeated requests for changes from their Compliance teams. Details of each non-conforming trader will remain in place until they have appropriately amended their marketing in line with the Advertising Code.

For more information on how we can help prevent risk for your business and marketing strategy contact Reina D’costa at reina@bizlawuk.co.uk or visit us at http://www.bizlawuk.co.uk to find out how we can help.

Employment law updates

 

The Government has announced an increase to the compensation awards that can be made by the Employment Tribunals and to the statutory rates used to calculate certain employee payments.

From 6 April 2014 the following increases will come into force:

  • week’s pay (used for calculating statutory redundancy payments and certain tribunal awards) will increase from £450 to £464.
  • The maximum compensatory award for a successful claim of unfair dismissal will rise from £72,000 to £76,574 (although since 29 July 2013 these awards are the lower of 52 weeks’ pay and the maximum compensatory award).
  • The maximum basic award for unfair dismissal/statutory redundancy pay therefore increases from £13,500 to £13,920.The minimum basic award will increase from £5,000 to £5,676.

The above increases will only apply to events that give rise to compensation that occur on or after 6 April 2014.

The following statutory rates have also increased in line with inflation:

  • Guarantee pay (used during periods of layoff and short-time working) will increase from £24.20 to £25 per day.
  • Sick pay will rise from £86.70 to £87.55.
  • Maternity, ordinary and additional paternity and adoption leave will rise from £136.78 to £138.18.

For further information please contact Reina D’costa at reina@bizlawuk.co.uk

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