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British drivers avoid insurance hike

British drivers will avoid an estimated £50 a year increase in motor insurance costs as the government confirms it plans to do away with the controversial EU ‘Vnuk’ law, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced. Government

UK SMEs dash for last chance cash schemes

Small and medium businesses in the UK are hoping for a major breakthrough to be announced by the Treasury on the Directors Income Support Scheme (DISS) as they grapple with the prospects of an end to cash schemes and wage hikes among other

Cybersecurity firms not safe from attack

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Sunday night issued Emergency Directive 21-01, in response to a known compromise involving SolarWinds Orion products that are currently being exploited by malicious

IKEA #BuyBackBlackFriday: is it still on?

Forty per cent of UK consumers regret a Black Friday purchase, but only 14% will actually return anything, according to a recent USwitch survey report. If that purchase was made at IKEA there's a chance you could get some money back for

Hopin is hiring (everywhere)!

Hopin, the London-based virtual venue for live online events, hasn't just made lemonade out of lemons during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has for the sake of an analogy, deployed virtual lemonade stands across the world. And event organisers,

Will writing a book make my business grow?

How to write your own future to lure new leads and clients. A quick guide to self-publishing and time management. Dear Couch, Can I write my own future? Can becoming self-published help my business grow and how do I find the time to

Trump’s next move

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalised two times since he has been President, according to news reports. But like his Tweets, the Star keeps coming back for more time in the limelight. Will we be able to say

Solopreneurs snubbed by Treasury

The UK's furlough scheme, which will be extended in full (80% of salary) until the end of March, with the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant increased to 80% of profits for November to January, up to a maximum of £7,500,

Student gigs sector heats up in Lockdown

Companies providing remote working opportunities for students make up a fast-growing new sector, according to a report by Osborne Clarke's Workforce Solutions Sector practice. With the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the digitalisation

Netflix for free?

For most of us, money is tight, and with the latest national Lockdown in place and socialising it a no-no, knowing Netflix offers a selection of TV programmes and films to watch for free, is welcome good news in these crazy times. The

Broke And Without a Buzz

Dear Couch, Help! I’m broke, However, I need to create a buzz about my business to generate new leads. I can't afford a social media expert or an advertising budget right now. What do I do? Sincerely, Broke without a Buzz

Geek Retreat set to create 600 retail jobs

High street gaming specialist Geek Retreat has announced plans to create 600 new retail jobs in the UK, according to Employment for Students. The company, which sells board games, toys and comics, says it will open 100 new stores

Get paid for watching TV (seriously!)

The UK’s biggest TV and movies website, Digital Spy, is looking for a freelance news reporter to write for the bustling Digital Spy website.This is a paid freelance position, reporting to the news editor and night news editor. You will be

Tax-free £1K bonus for nanny employers

Parents who used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to furlough their nanny during the pandemic will be eligible to claim the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus and will not be liable for tax, the ICAEW has reported. The Job Retention

Is Fiverr losing its human touch?

When does digital convenience become a pleasure and when does it become a pain? We look into the latest offerings and Trustpilot ratings of freelancer gig marketplace, Fiverr. Fiverr, an Israel-based online marketplace for freelancer