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Royal Mail proposes uniform charge for all packet post below 750g

18 April 2012

We have written to the CEO of Royal Mail to protest at their announcement that the lower weight/price bands for packet post are to be abolished in favour of a flat rate of £2.19 up to 750g from April 2012.

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BPIF criticises Home Office plans to rely on internet to publish information on police commissioner election candidates

18 April 2012

The BPIF has criticised Home Office plans to rely solely on a central website to host information about candidates for the forthcoming Police Commissioner elections, warning that they will disadvantage people who have low levels of internet access, such as the elderly and those who live in rural areas. In a letter to Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert MP this week, Kathy Woodward urges the Home Office to reconsider this proposal.

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R & D Tax Credits Overview

29 March 2012

R & D Tax Credits Overview

Two schemes for claiming relief for businesses that pay corporation tax:

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Rights of long term sick employees to paid sick leave are directly enforceable

23 March 2012

Dominguez v Centre informatique du Centre Ouest Atlantique is a decision of the CJEC on the Working Time Directive which looked at whether a provision of French law imposing a rule that workers on sick leave must have actually worked for at least a month in a leave year before they could take, or be paid for, any annual leave accrued under the French equivalent of the Working Time Regulations was permissible. The court said no, and then went on to say that the relevant provision of the Working Time Directive are "directly effective".

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Bully-boy tactics cut no ice with the Court of Appeal

23 March 2012

Heavy handed tactics by employers also came in for criticism in Caterpillar Logistics Services (UK) Ltd v de Crean, where the Court of Appeal upheld the refusal of an injunction application against a former employee.

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Disciplinary suspension should not be a 'kneejerk' reaction

23 March 2012

The option to suspend employees suspected of misconduct pending investigation can be very useful, where it is feared that an employee may be a risk to the business if he or she continues to work while the investigation is going on. However, as highlighted by Lord Justice Elias in Crawford v Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, it is important that suspension should not be not an automatic knee-jerk reaction to an allegation of misconduct.

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Fees for tribunals - an afterthought

13 February 2012

Consultation has now opened on the proposal to charge fees for employment proceedings - not on the principle of charging a fee, but on the detail how much the fees will be and when they will be payable. They will be far from nominal, with the lowest level suggested being £150, rising to fees in the thousands before a hearing will be listed in more complex cases. The intention is that fees may be reduced for claimants on income based benefits or very low incomes - those who earn not much more than those on benefits.

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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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