BEIS Bulletin - 16 February 2017

17 Feb 2017

BEIS Bulletin - 16 February 2017

BEIS Bulletin - 16 February 2017

16 February 2017

Modern Employment Practices Review Team launches UK tour

Matthew Taylor at GoogleCampus

Employers and workers get to have their say as the Matthew Taylor Review team launches its UK tour. The Review is to look at whether employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.

Glasgow, Norwich, Cardiff, Belfast and Newcastle are among the cities being visited in order for the Team to collect evidence and build an understanding of how people work in different parts of the country.

Join the conversation

Read more

Record number of employers named and shamed for underpaying

National Living Wage / National Minimum Wage campaign

On 15 February BEIS named more than 350 businesses which had underpaid around 15,500 workers a total of almost £994,700. Employers in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail sectors were the most prolific offenders.

As well as recovering arrears for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers, HMRC issued penalties worth around £800,000.

Read the full press release

This comes ahead of the launch of the BEIS National Living and Minimum Wage campaign at the end of the February. The campaign focuses on ensuring employers and employees are aware that the rates will increase on 1 April 2017.

National Living and Minimum Wage campaign page

Apply to become UK's first Small Business Commissioner

Small business handshake

Applications are open for the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner – a high profile role supporting small businesses in payment disputes with their larger customers. Recent findings report that nearly half of the UK’s small-to-medium sized businesses experience late payment, with £26.3 billion owed to them in total.

The Commissioner, expected to be based in Birmingham, is one part of a package of measures designed to tackle this, and drive a real change in the UK’s payment culture.

The successful candidate will provide general advice and information, handle complaints about payment issues and direct small businesses to existing dispute resolution services.

Deadline - Monday 13 March

More information and to apply to become the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner

UK wide Industrial Strategy engagement programme kicks off in North West

Secretary of State, Greg Clark

Ministers met businesses and workers to get their views on the priorities for the North West, and explain how a modern Industrial Strategy will benefit the region.

  • Greg Clark hosted an evening reception with the North West’s leading businesses and organisations at Tate Liverpool
  • Science Minister Jo Johnson visited Jodrell Bank Observatory in Macclesfield and Industry Minister Jesse Norman toured an aero company in Greater Manchester

The next series of Industrial Strategy events will be in the West Midlands region on 23 February.

Read the full story

Get Involved

Renewable Heat Incentive: support for Biomass-Combined Heat and Power
Closes 10 March

Review of limited partnership law: call for evidence
Closes 17 March

Unlocking the potential of Primary Authority
Closes 7 April

Building our Industrial Strategy
Closes 17 April


Website designedcosmic ethical i.t.
and developed by

© Devon & Cornwall Business Council