Half of small businesses forced to increase prices as they battle rising costs

Half of small businesses forced to increase prices

Almost half (49%) of all small business owners in the UK are set to increase their prices as they look to battle rising costs, a new report reveals. The SME Insights Report, released by Simply

IWG launches consultation on the electronic execution of documents

The Industry Working Group (IWG) on the electronic execution of documents have launched their consultation which can be found here. If you wish to submit a response to this consultation, please send it (in Word

IHT receipts reach monthly and quarterly highs in June

Latest HMRC reports show that IHT receipts for April 2022 to June 2022 are £1.8 billion, which is £0.3 billion higher than in the same period a year earlier. The latest IHT figures show receipts

New research from Aviva shows that more than half of over 55s want to see the benefit of giving significant financial help to their family while they are still alive, rather than leave an inheritance

"Let's talk about the end" Lime Solicitors and Anne Robson Trust launch new campaign

Lime Solicitors and its charity partner, the Anne Robson Trust, have launched a new campaign encouraging the public to speak with their loved ones about their wishes after they die. Despite inheritance disputes being on

New taskforce launched for pension scheme engagement with social factors in ESG investing

A new Minister-led taskforce will help pension schemes address the risks and seize the opportunities of the “social” element in ESG investing. Social factors can include issues ranging from workforce conditions and supply chains to

Demand for wealth transfer advice expected to increase over next three years

Almost three in four (71%) advisers anticipate the demand for wealth transfer advice to increase in the next three years, according to recent research from M&G Wealth, conducted by NextWealth. In the face of the

OPG Demonstrate How They Encourage The Use Of LPAs

Amy Holmes has been appointed as the new Public Guardian for England and Wales and Chief Executive of the Office of the Public Guardian. Amy Holmes, currently Domestic Affairs Director in the Economic and Domestic

Equity release now supplementing pensions by 181%

New research from mortgage broker, Henry Dannell, has revealed how the average homeowner utilising equity release via Later Life mortgages is able to supplement their income by a fifth, while it can also bring about

It is vitally important that people who may not have capacity to make decisions about their care do not lose essential protections, the Law Society of England and Wales said in its response to the

Co-op Legal Services launches new digital LPA service

Co-op Legal Services, the UK’s largest regulated provider of wills, estate planning and probate services has launched a new digital lasting power of attorney (LPA) service meaning that users can secure this important legal documentation

Settld CEO backs George Monbiot’s Twitter tirade against service providers. Some of the biggest names in British business are making life a misery for grieving families. Too many companies lack compassion, empathy and efficient processes,

Female financial confidence is growing - but significant knowledge gaps remain

New research, launched by independent financial education platform SmartPurse, has discovered that while female financial confidence is growing, significant gaps in their knowledge remain, hindering many from building secure financial futures. The Women’s Financial Wellness

PayPlan partners with National Bereavement Service to provide bereavement support

Free debt advice provider, PayPlan, has launched a new partnership with the National Bereavement Service (NBS) to provide practical, emotional and financial support to those who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

The DWP and the Pension Regulator have issued a joint statement and amended guidance on transfer regulations introduced in November 2021. The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Conditions for Transfers) Regulations 2021 which were introduced

New research from Aviva has revealed the increasing importance of the role of property wealth in retirement planning. The research looked into levels of spending, saving and attitudes towards funding retirement in the over 45s.

PIMFA calls for British Steel Pension Scheme members to be compensated

PIMFA, the trade association for the wealth management, investment services and the investment and financial advice industry, has called for members who were wrongly advised to transfer out of the of the British Steel Pensions

STEP

The membership body STEP has announced it will “make it easier for professionals to meet their career needs” by introducing improvements to how its Diploma qualifications are delivered. This change brings enhanced flexibility, incorporating local,

The legal professions of England and Wales – solicitors, barristers and CILEX lawyers – will unite to commemorate 50 years since the first Pride took place in the UK. The Law Society of England and

LSB research on unregulated services reveals potential benefits and detriments

LSB research on unregulated legal services reveals potential consumer benefits and detriments. This is the first time the LSB has mapped the sector on this scale, and it suggests the number of unregulated providers comes

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