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Blog – Eastern European Countries Look to Shed ‘Cheap Labour’ Reputation

By |November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A Remarkable Transformation Real minimum wages have increased across Europe this year.  The increases have been highest in the Southern and Eastern European countries where minimum wages are the lowest.  The only exception has been Latvia and perhaps only temporarily, as the three-year agreement between employers, employees and the government

October 2019

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Blog – The End of Freedom of Movement

By |October 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

A no-deal scenario Freedom of Movement is due to end in the United Kingdom on 31st October 2019.  As with everything Brexit related, this is not certain.  At the time of writing, no Brexit deal has been reached between the UK and the European Union.  The UK’s deadline may be

September 2019

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Blog – Making Tax Digital for VAT

By |September 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

MTD has landed We first examined Making Tax Digital (MTD), and the arguments surrounding it, back in 2017.  Now that the dust has settled and MTD has come into force, it seems a good time for another look.   From VAT periods commencing 1st April, MTD now applies for most companies

August 2019

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Blog – Ending sexual harassment at work

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, news|Tags: , , |

Shining a spotlight The #MeToo movement has put sexual harassment in the spotlight, initially driven by a surge of allegations against high profile and celebrity figures and the subsequent injunctions that aim to keep allegations out of the public eye.  However, the movement has grown beyond Hollywood, found widespread support

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Blog – Not Making Tax Digital

By |March 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Back in January, we urged readers to prepare for the implementation of Making Tax Digital (MTD), the Government's attempt to digitise tax returns for all business owners and the self-employed. This was due to come into effect for large businesses from next April and for small businesses the

February 2017

Blog – Mind the Gender Pay Gap

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

From April 2017, private and voluntary sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland with 250 or more employees will have to publish the differences between what they pay men and women in salaries and bonuses. Failure to comply with the new legislation will constitute an "unlawful act", meaning

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Briars Group Partners with the OFX Group

By |October 25th, 2016|Categories: news|

Briars Group partners with the OFX Group to offer clients great foreign exchange rates on international payments. Commencing October 2016, Briars is delighted to announce its new partnership with UKForex, (USForex and the entire OFX Group) to be the preferred choice for Briars' clients currency

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November 2015

How to Find the Best Provider for Your HR functions

By |November 3rd, 2015|Categories: news|

In my last article I discussed the many and varied benefits of outsourcing HR functions. For the majority of businesses, it's not a question of whether they would benefit from outsourcing non-core functions but which they would benefit from most. Many organisations begin by 'dipping their toes in the water

September 2015

Create a Communication Strategy to Build Real Outsourcing Success

By |September 21st, 2015|Categories: news|

For an outsourcing project to yield maximum benefits, you'll need to ensure that effective processes and procedures of communication between your organisation and the service provider are in place. According to Grant Thornton'sInternational Business Report, communication is the key to outsourcing success with 98% of UK respondents saying so.

August 2015

10 Steps to Develop a Clear and Effective Outsourcing Strategy

By |August 31st, 2015|Categories: news|

When working with an outsourcing partner, an organisation must have a clear and effective outsourcing strategy. This is particularly important if the outsourcing partner is based abroad. There are certain targets that an outsourcing strategy will identify and detail, and these should be understood by all involved in the outsourcing

July 2015

Elstead Marathon July 2015

By |July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Dan Eley Foundation|

In order to raise money for our corporate charity The Dan Eley Foundation, Briars have managed to once again put together a team for the local fun run. Elstead is a small village about 5 miles from Godalming in Surrey and every year they host the Elstead Marathon. whilst it

June 2015