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Transferring your apprenticeship levy to another business

Transferring your apprenticeship levy to another business

Large employers that pay the apprenticeship levy can choose to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds each year to other businesses, to pay for their apprenticeship training and assessment. Transferring levy funds is a way of supporting other businesses by deciding which sectors, skills or local areas you’d like to fund. Large employers’ transfer allowance…
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Using the new UKCA marking

Using the new UKCA marking

As of 01 January 2021, UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking came into effect in the UK. A new product marking used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland), it covers most goods which previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods. To allow businesses time to adjust…
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In conversation with Helen Thompson QFP, Head of Franchise Support at the British Franchise Association (thebfa.org)

In conversation with Helen Thompson QFP, Head of Franchise Support at the British Franchise Association (thebfa.org)

What does the British Franchise Association do? The British Franchise Association (bfa) was established in 1977 and we’re the longest standing franchise association in the UK. As the trusted partner in franchising, our core aim is to support and influence high quality ethical business format franchising in accordance with the European Code of Ethics. The…
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In conversation with Joel Bissitt VFP, Chief Executive Officer of the Quality Franchise Association, and Managing Director of Franchise UK

In conversation with Joel Bissitt VFP, Chief Executive Officer of the Quality Franchise Association, and Managing Director of Franchise UK

Tell me more about the work of the QFA The Quality Franchise Association (QFA) was founded in November 2018 as a not-for-profit trade association. All our members work on a voluntary basis. The association’s mission is to support, grow, and raise professional standards in franchising. In terms of our work, we provide support to franchisors…
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In conversation with Simon Bartholomew QFP, franchise director of Oscar Pet Foods, non-executive director of the British Franchise Association, and non-executive director (Vice Chair) of the European Franchise Federation

In conversation with Simon Bartholomew QFP, franchise director of Oscar Pet Foods, non-executive director of the British Franchise Association, and non-executive director (Vice Chair) of the European Franchise Federation

Please tell us about the World Franchise Council and its role The World Franchise Council (WFC) is made up of more than 40 national franchise associations from around the world. It was formed in 1994 to promote the growth of ethical franchising internationally and facilitate best practice. The Council meets twice a year, with countries…
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Companies urged to file accounts early and online to avoid delays

Companies urged to file accounts early and online to avoid delays

Businesses due to file accounts with Companies House by the end of September are being urged to use online services where possible and allow plenty of time before the deadline. September is always a busy time with many companies due to file accounts with Companies House before the end of the month. Companies House is…
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Joe Dickson, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

Joe Dickson, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

20-year-old Joe Dickson is working as part of the Quality Assurance team at Unipres – a global company which has a plant in Sunderland, manufacturing parts for the car industry. He got his role through the Kickstart Scheme, which offers six-month work placements for people aged 16 to 24, who are currently on Universal Credit….
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Ehsan Izadi, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

Ehsan Izadi, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

20-year-old Ehsan Izadi is working as part of the Quality Assurance team at Unipres – a global company which has a plant in Sunderland, manufacturing parts for the car industry. He got his role through the Kickstart Scheme, which offers six-month work placements for people aged 16 to 24, who are currently on Universal Credit….
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In conversation with Toby Bridges, Executive Chair, The NBT Group and Business Growth Board member at the North East LEP, about the importance of digital adoption in driving operational efficiency

In conversation with Toby Bridges, Executive Chair, The NBT Group and Business Growth Board member at the North East LEP, about the importance of digital adoption in driving operational efficiency

How has the pace of digital adoption in the manufacturing sector impacted the work you do? I chair The NBT Group, a supply chain management company that works closely with manufacturing businesses across the region and beyond. We’ve been working with our clients on automation for at least the last five years. We’ve created and…
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How and when to use the NHS COVID-19 Pass

How and when to use the NHS COVID-19 Pass

The NHS COVID Pass lets members of the public share their coronavirus vaccination records or COVID-19 test status in a safe and secure way. From Monday 19 July, some businesses may require visitors/customers aged 18 and over to demonstrate their COVID-19 status as a condition of entry to a venue or event. Children under 18…
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Thinking global: lessons from a North East tech success story

Thinking global: lessons from a North East tech success story

Newcastle-based ZeroLight is revolutionising how people purchase cars, developing advanced digital vehicle configurators and a CGI content production platform that personalise the car-buying experience and allow people to customise and explore vehicles in true-to-life detail. Founded in 2014, the business now employs more than 140 people globally and works with some of the biggest car…
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ZeroLight – the business revolutionising global car sales

ZeroLight – the business revolutionising global car sales

‘Global North East: Driving growth in North East trade and exports’ is a new report published by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership – in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and North East England Chamber of Commerce – that outlines how the region can build its competitiveness, drive higher productivity, and create more and better jobs by…
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