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The Enterprise Bill receives Royal Assent and becomes the Enterprise Act (BIS)

The Enterprise Bill has received Royal Assent and become the Enterprise Act. It introduces a number of measures that will affect the public sector including targets for the number of apprentices employed, placing a limit on the value of exit payments for public sector employees and creation of an information gateway to facilitate improved sharing of business rates information between public bodies.

Trade Union Act becomes law (BIS)

People will be protected from undemocratic industrial action as theTrade Union Billreceived Royal Assent and becomes the Trade Union Act. The government announced a series of modernising reforms last year to ensure strikes can only go ahead as a result of a clear and positive democratic mandate from union members. The Trade Union Act will ensure industrial action only ever goes ahead when there has been a ballot turnout of at least 50 per cent.

Business Secretary fast tracks investigation into BHS administration (BIS)

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Ruth Cadbury MP calls for equality in apprenticeships

Ruth Cadbury, Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth, has backed calls for apprenticeships to work better for young women.

Ms Cadbury signed the Early Day Motion, entitled Female Apprentices, which was tabled by Jess Philips Labour MP for Yardley, following a powerful report published by the charity Young Women’s Trust, to coincide with National Apprenticeships Week, last month.

According to Making Apprenticeships Work Better for Young Women female apprentices are missing out at every stage of apprenticeships and will continue to do so unless urgent action is taken by employers and Government.

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Employment and Skills Bulletin

A regular selection of news and views from Skills and Employment Team at Hounslow.

National Policy Developments

 

UK businesses report boost in innovation (BIS)

More UK businesses than ever before are coming up with new ideas and products, according to officialstatisticsreleased last week. The statistics, based on a survey of almost 30,000 employers between 2012 to 2014, show over half (53 per cent) of UK businesses are actively engaging in developing and introducing new products and ways of making them, as well as new services and ways of doing business.

Sunday trading set to benefit economy to the tune of £1.5 billion (BIS)

New figures published show that extended Sunday trading hours would benefit the UK economy by an estimated £1.5 billion over 10 years. The £1.5 billion figure could be even higher, depending on the decisions made by local authorities once the powers have been devolved. The saving from being able to increase the use of existing large stores is expected to benefit consumers as a result of competitive pressure. This would be equivalent to around £29 per household, in areas that fully take advantage of extended Sunday trading hours.

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Employment and Skills Bulletin

A regular selection of news and views from Skills and Employment Team at Hounslow.

National Policy Developments

 

Baroness Mone publishes ‘Be the boss’ review (DWP)

Leading entrepreneur and businesswoman Baroness Mone OBE has unveiled the findings of her independent review to help increase business start-ups in the most disadvantaged communities across Great Britain. ‘Boosting enterprise in more deprived communities’ is the culmination of a  six month-journey in which Baroness Mone met business leaders, start-up owners and aspiring entrepreneurs from areas of high unemployment across the country. The self-employment rate in Great Britain stands at 10 per cent of the working age population, however in the 10 per cent most deprived areas, people are almost 50 per cent less likely to be self-employed. Baroness Mone worked to identify what barriers they faced when starting up a business, and to create a series of recommendations to reverse this trend.

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Meet Jason Bowyer

Jason Bowyer in the forge

In the fourth of a series looking at quirky Brentford businesses in partnership with BrentfordTW8.com, we interview Jason Bowyer.

Who are you?

I have lived and worked in Brentford for twenty five years. I was born in Chiswick and went to Chiswick school before Camberwell School of Art and then the Royal Academy Schools. I have really enjoyed living in Brentford and we have many wonderful friends.

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