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First Islamic Finance degree launched

Birmingham City University has launched the first accounting and Islamic Finance undergraduate course in the UK – a niche of the finance industry set to grow exponentially in coming years. The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Islamic Finance degree will see students study Islamic economics, while developing an understanding of corporate social responsibility in modules exploring how businesses are taking greater

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‘Cyber Aware’ campaign launched

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a Cyber Aware campaign to help individuals and organisations protect themselves online. During the festive period last year, cyber criminals stole an average £775 from each victim, according to Action Fraud. Cyber security is even more important when so many will do their shopping online this Christmas. At the heart of the

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2021 Membership Renewals Explained

Currently, all members renew on 1st Jan each year and this creates a large administrative burden on the membership team so this year we have decided to change the renewal dates for each member with the intention that in future years the membership renewal process will be spread across the year and we will be able to service your requirements

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Keeping Data Safe with GDPR

Episode 17 of the IAB Podcast In this episode of the IAB Podcast, I’m speaking to Gerrard Fisher from Astrid Some of the questions I ask Gerrard are What is GDPR? What are the common mistakes small businesses make concerning GDPR? How to share data easily? What are some good and trusted resources to store data online? How often to

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How to raise your prices

Episode 16 of the IAB Podcast In this episode of the IAB Podcast I’m speaking to Tony Winyard from Healthy Profits and we are discussing what it takes to raise your prices, the barrier to taking action and why it’s essential to do this in order to gain more freedom in your business. Some of the questions I ask Tony

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Janet Jack’s Blog – Spending Review

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Spending Review to the House of Commons this lunchtime. The Spending Review is a more low key event than the budget and the things that really interest us – like who will end up paying more tax and how much – aren’t part of the Spending Review. What we do know is that we

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Spending Review 2020: a summary

The UK economy will shrink 11.3% this year, the biggest decline for more than 300 years, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said in his Spending Review. He said that the total spend on Covid-19 so far has been £280 billion, stressing the health emergency is not yet over and the economic emergency had “only just begun”. He has put

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Small firms ‘getting poorer treatment by corporates in Covid’

The payment practices of big businesses during the pandemic have been revealed in a new report which calls for legislated ‘fair buyer’ 30-day payment terms, as part of a plan to support SMEs in their economic recovery. Xero’s research found that 59% of small business owners in the UK said that corporate customers increased the length of their payment terms

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HMRC issues yet another scam warning

Self assessment taxpayers should be alert to criminals claiming to be from HMRC. As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual tax return push, the Revenue is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. HMRC said the fraudsters use calls, emails or texts to contact

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