UK law breaches human rights over VAT filing by disabled entrepreneurs

The UK’s failure to take into account a business owner’s inability to electronically file VAT returns due to a disability, age or computer illiteracy is a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In April 2012, most businesses were legally required to file their VAT returns online. But some entrepreneurs have suffered difficulties doing so leading to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) advising about options such as using public libraries, computers owned by friends and family, the services of an accountant or, telephone filing.

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SMEs ignore important role of IT manager at their own risk.

Node4, the Cloud and Data Centre specialist, is reminding SMEs of the important role that IT managers play in their business now and in the coming decade. The warning comes after Node4′s independent research found that 57% of SMEs agree that the role of IT manager will be dead in 10 years time. Node4 believes that the IT manager will be key to driving business success in the coming years and companies that ignore this do so at their own risk.

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Grants4Growth is a free grants programme for SME’s in East Of England

Grants4Growth is an £11m project delivered through Local Enterprise Partnerships in the East of England and Lincolnshire. It provides: capital grants for SMEs to purchase/install efficient new processes, production facilities and clean tech, helping them to invest-to-grow; revenue grants (East of England only) and other direct technical assistance to support SMEs to promote products/services such clean technology and renewable energy.

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High Performance Technologies Investment Programme – New Round Open (Northamptonshire)

The High Performance Technologies Investment Programme is intended to help to unlock around £3 million of direct business investment and create hundreds of sustainable, private sector jobs in the technologies sectors throughout Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership recently announced that it has secured additional funding to further extend the programme. The grant threshold has been extended to a maximum of £200,000 with a minimum of £20,000.

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