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No compensation for manner of dismissal. Ever.

13 February 2012

In Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Botham (FC) v Ministry of Defence the Supreme Court revisited the question of whether, over and above any right to compensation for unfair dismissal, employees can recover damages for the way in which they have been dismissed and specifically in the situation where the employer has failed to follow a contractual disciplinary procedure.

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A TUPE miscellany

13 February 2012

To adapt an Arctic Monkeys lyric (although I'm sure they didn't think this one up by themselves) "You're waiting for a TUPE case and you wait ages without one turning up, then, all of a sudden, 4 come at once".

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Discrimination the ground of marital status

13 February 2012

The Equality Act 2010, like its predecessors, protects those with the protected characteristic of marriage from discrimination on the ground of that characteristic. Does this concept, originally introduced to deal with the out-moded practice of dismissing women as soon as they married, which still continued into the 1960s, have any current relevance in the 21st century?

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Team building event sparks new PPM

Team building event sparks new PPM

09 February 2012

An adventurous weekend in Wales could prove to be an exciting new start for mentoring and teambuilding organisation PPM

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The BPIF are pleased to announce that we are organising a trip to Dusseldorf for Drupa 2012.

The BPIF are pleased to announce that we are organising a trip to Dusseldorf for Drupa 2012.

09 February 2012

Previously organised trips to Drupa have proved to be very successful and unfortunately some members were unable to attend due to the high level of acceptance. In order to prevent any disappointment for Drupa 2012 we have already reserved flights, accommodation and transfers well in advance.

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Government launches business growth package for SMEs

08 February 2012

A series of new measures to help Britain’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) grow and create jobs, export to new markets, secure finance and cut red tape was launched by the Prime Minister last month. The measures include a £95 million investment from the Regional Growth Fund to benefit hundreds of small businesses. The funding will support SMEs considering investing in new capital assets and is expected to create at least 4,000 jobs and unlock around £500 million of new investment.

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New year's predictions: BPIF's Andrew Brown

New year's predictions: BPIF's Andrew Brown

04 January 2012

BPIF public affairs adviser Andrew Brown talks up print's power and creative opportunities, and plans on using it to gets people's attention in 2012

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Leading organisations unite in call for the Government to do more to tackle late payment

03 January 2012

A group of leading organisations have joined together to urge the Government to tackle the growing problem of late payment in order to help small firms survive, grow and drive economic recovery.

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Countryside Book Is This Year's Winner!

18 November 2011

The British Book Design and Production Awards were unveiled on 8 November at a spectacular Alice in Wonderland-themed event at the Lancaster London Hotel. Guests were entertained all evening by characters from this well known children's book. Comedian Tony Hawks, author of Round Ireland with a Fridge, presented the awards to each delighted winner.

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Important new cross-media survey needs your input

15 November 2011

The Ghent PDF Workgroup (http://www.gwg.org/) is an international organization made up of graphic arts users, associations and developers building best practices for publishing workflows.

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Rupert Middleton resumes role as BPIF President as Andrew Pindar stands down

Rupert Middleton resumes role as BPIF President as Andrew Pindar stands down

15 September 2011

BPIF announce today that with immediate effect Rupert Middleton, Past President will resume his previous role as BPIF President, as Andrew Pindar stands down. 

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Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2011 - Call for Entries Published

Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2011 - Call for Entries Published

25 August 2011

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2011 are now open for applications. Outstanding UK businesses of all sizes and from any industry sector are now being urged to apply for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2011 – widely regarded as the UK’s highest honour for business success, and the equivalent of a company knighthood.

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Government introduces deregulatory measures to help SMEs access equity financing

23 August 2011

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mark Hoban MP, has announced that two deregulatory amendments to the EU Prospectus Directive have been brought into effect a year early by the UK to help small businesses access equity finance more cheaply and effectively.

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OFT launches online distance selling resources for traders

23 August 2011

The OFT has launched a new online resource to help businesses comply with the law when selling goods and services at a distance – such as website or mail order sales.

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Eleven new Enterprise Zones announced

23 August 2011

The locations of a further eleven Enterprise Zones, designed to boost local growth and create over 30,000 new jobs by 2015, have now been announced by the Chancellor.

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Government support for business following recent public disorder

23 August 2011

The Government has introduced a multi-million pound support package for local firms and communities following the recent incidents of public disorder across England. 

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Market weakens as demand slips - more positive predictions for third quarter

28 July 2011

Activity within the UK print trade slowed during the second quarter of this year and was below previous expectations, according to the BPIF's Printing Outlook survey published this week.

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BPIF comments on proposals for changes to rules on pre-packs

01 July 2011

The Insolvency Service (IS) has announced proposed changes relating to the rules covering pre-packs and administration sales. These take the form of a draft statutory instrument for amending the Insolvency Rules 1986.

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Advice on Phasing Out of Cheques Released

01 July 2011

The UK payment industry is phasing out the cheque card guarantee scheme from 30 June. The Cheque and Credit Clearing Company (C&CCC), backed by the UK Payments Council has issued some advice to businesses about alternatives to accepting guaranteed cheques.

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Government publishes consultations on Patent Box and R & D Credits

27 June 2011

Earlier this month the Government published consultation documents on the Patent Box and Research and Development (R&D) tax credits as part of its plans to make the UK’s tax system the most competitive in the G20 and to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business.

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