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Opinion ​- Britain's Welfare Dilemma

Opinion ​- Britain's Welfare Dilemma

Posted by Stelios on 2nd May 2024

In a recent speech, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak laid out a "moral mission" to overhaul the U.K.'s welfare system. He cautioned against the excessive "medicalisation" of everyday life challenges and … read more
​Opinion - The VAT Threshold Dilemma

​Opinion - The VAT Threshold Dilemma

Posted by Stelios on 30th Apr 2024

As someone deeply interested in the intersection of small business development and tax policy, I've been following a concerning trend among small British enterprises. An increasing number of these … read more
​The Ceres Podcast: New Horizons, Fresh Voices!

​The Ceres Podcast: New Horizons, Fresh Voices!

Posted by Stelios on 29th Apr 2024

We're thrilled to announce a significant expansion of the Ceres Podcast family, marking a new era of bringing you new voices and different opinions. Stelios, our sole host for seven seasons, has pa … read more
​Wet Weather May Spike Wheat Prices

​Wet Weather May Spike Wheat Prices

Posted by Emma on 29th Apr 2024

Recent reports suggest that bread, biscuits, and beer prices might increase due to prolonged wet weather across the UK. According to the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), poor harvests … read more
​Takeaway and Delivery Sales Start to Plateau

​Takeaway and Delivery Sales Start to Plateau

Posted by Emma on 28th Apr 2024

In March, takeaway and delivery sales among Britain's prominent managed restaurant groups showed little year-on-year growth, according to the latest Hospitality at Home Tracker by CGA by NIQ. Sales … read more
​Government Delays Tipping Law Changes

​Government Delays Tipping Law Changes

Posted by Emma on 22nd Apr 2024

The government has postponed enforcing new regulations dictating the distribution of tips until October 1, 2024. This decision comes alongside the Department for Business and Trade's release of an … read more
​Hostmore Seals Deal to Acquire TGI Fridays

​Hostmore Seals Deal to Acquire TGI Fridays

Posted by Emma on 22nd Apr 2024

TGI Fridays, an American casual dining staple, has faced years of hardship amid shifting consumer tastes. However, a recent acquisition deal by its largest franchisee, U.K.-based Hostmore, offers a … read more
​Saving For Tax

​Saving For Tax

Posted by Emma on 22nd Apr 2024

Managing taxes efficiently is crucial for both limited companies and sole traders. A proactive approach to saving for taxes ensures compliance and enhances financial strategy. For limited companies … read more
​Why Keep a Cash Reserve

​Why Keep a Cash Reserve

Posted by Emma on 21st Apr 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of maintaining a cash reserve for unexpected situations. A robust cash reserve provides flexibility, allowing your business to seamlessly navigate d … read more
​A Cup of History: The J. Lyons & Co. Story

​A Cup of History: The J. Lyons & Co. Story

Posted by Emily on 21st Apr 2024

J. Lyons & Co., founded in 1884 by Joseph Lyons and his brothers-in-law, Isidore and Montague Gluckstein, emerged from a tobacco business background. They made their first foray into the cateri … read more
​Cheon Fat's Sales Suppression Battle with HMRC

​Cheon Fat's Sales Suppression Battle with HMRC

Posted by Emily on 21st Apr 2024

Cheon Fat Limited, the operator of The Wok Inn, recently confronted HMRC in a first-tier tribunal (FTT) to dispute VAT and corporation tax assessments under section 455 of the Corporation Tax Act 2 … read more
​Profit Margin vs. Markup: A Clear Distinction

​Profit Margin vs. Markup: A Clear Distinction

Posted by Emma on 16th Apr 2024

Profit margin and markup, though often confused, are distinct financial metrics crucial for effective pricing strategies. While both rely on revenue and costs, they serve different purposes in anal … read more
​Understanding Gross Profit and Net Profit

​Understanding Gross Profit and Net Profit

Posted by Emily on 16th Apr 2024

Gross profit and net profit may seem like technical terms, but they are crucial in assessing your business's financial performance. Let's explore what each means and why it matters. What is Gr … read more
​The Rise and Fall of Little Chef

​The Rise and Fall of Little Chef

Posted by Emma on 14th Apr 2024

In 1958, the British roadside witnessed the birth of a beloved institution: Little Chef. The brainchild of catering mogul Peter Merchant and caravan manufacturer Sam Alper, this chain was inspired … read more
​A Wet Warning: The Urgent Call from UK Farmers

​A Wet Warning: The Urgent Call from UK Farmers

Posted by Emma on 10th Apr 2024

According to farming organisations, the UK's food production sector is under significant stress following a period of record-breaking rainfall. This unprecedented weather has severely impacted crop … read more
​Resilience of Meat Consumption in the UK

​Resilience of Meat Consumption in the UK

Posted by Emma on 9th Apr 2024

Despite evolving dietary preferences over the past five years, influenced by Covid lockdowns and escalating food prices, meat continues to be a central component of meals for many in the UK. Recent … read more
​Ofgem's Crackdown on Hidden Energy Fees

​Ofgem's Crackdown on Hidden Energy Fees

Posted by Emma on 6th Apr 2024

In a significant move towards enhancing transparency within the energy sector, Ofgem has announced the introduction of new measures to regulate energy brokers more effectively. This decision comes … read more
The Impact of New Import Common User Charge

The Impact of New Import Common User Charge

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

As the UK adjusts to its post-Brexit reality, the government's introduction of common user charges (CUC) for importing food from the EU has sparked widespread concern across the food industry. … read more
Opinion - ​Who Pays for Thames Water Crisis?

Opinion - ​Who Pays for Thames Water Crisis?

Posted by Stelios on 1st Apr 2024

In the unfolding drama of Thames Water, a crisis threatens not just the future of Britain's largest water company but the very principles of utility regulation and consumer protection. As a consume … read more
​UK National Living Wage Increase 2024

​UK National Living Wage Increase 2024

Posted by Emily on 31st Mar 2024

In April 2024, the UK will witness a noteworthy rise in the national living wage, elevating it from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour. This adjustment extends eligibility to individuals aged 21 and 22, mar … read more
​Proposal to Extend National Living Wage to 18+

​Proposal to Extend National Living Wage to 18+

Posted by Emma on 28th Mar 2024

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) proposes a significant shift towards economic fairness by recommending that the government extend the National Living Wage eligibility to individuals aged 18, down from … read more
​Gail's Bakery CEO Refutes Sale Speculation

​Gail's Bakery CEO Refutes Sale Speculation

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

Tom Molnar, CEO and co-founder of Gail's Bakery, has clarified recent speculations about the company being put up for sale, labelling such rumours as 'inaccurate'. Despite a report from Sky News … read more
​Little Caesars Pizza Marks Its London Entry

​Little Caesars Pizza Marks Its London Entry

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

The American pizza chain Little Caesars has inaugurated its inaugural London branch in Greenford. Franchisee Rajan Sandhu leads this venture and follows closely after the brand's new outlet in Top … read more
​Whitbread Refocuses: Pubs Out, Premier Inns Up

​Whitbread Refocuses: Pubs Out, Premier Inns Up

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

Whitbread, owner of Premier Inn hotels, actively seeks to sell or repurpose approximately a third of its Beefeater and Brewers Fayre pubs. This decision emerged after evaluating the company's 400-s … read more
​McDonald's Exits Sri Lanka

​McDonald's Exits Sri Lanka

Posted by Emma on 20th Mar 2024

In a decisive move, McDonald's has ended its partnership in Sri Lanka, leading to the closure of all 12 outlets within the country, as confirmed by the company's legal representative, Sanath Wijewa … read more