150 years ago, the first red/green traffic lights were installed, just outside what is now the London headquarters of the UK tax authority on Parliament Street. There are still traffic lights there (the original ones exploded), and still using the very familiar red/green pattern for stop and go. But one thing that’s never been entirely clear is why we ended up with the two colours which are the most commonly problematic for those with colour blindness, giving opposing, safety critical, messages. However, it’s something we’re stuck with, regardless of how we might have approached things differently given the chance. In the same way, there are bits of the tax system that objectively don’t seem to make sense. Take for example that fact that we tax a business’s profits based on its form, not its function. Incorporation is the creation of a separate legal entity, registered at Companies House, which can own a business, rather than a human. And an incorporated … [Read more...] about Stop, go or caution – should the government be using the tax system to give the green light to certain business forms?
These are the Leeds businesses that currently hold the lowest possible food hygiene rating. The majority were inspected in 2018 or 2017 by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with Leeds City Council.-> Healthy mum died aged 37 from eating one mouthful of uncooked chickenA zero-star rating on the 0-5 scale means urgent improvements are required.It's not a legal requirement for a restaurant, takeaway, cafe or food store to display their rating sticker to customers - although it is in Wales and Northern Ireland. Each business is given their hygiene rating when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. The inspection criteria include: - How hygienically the food is handled- How it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored- The condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities- How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe Businesses that … [Read more...] about Revealed: Every Leeds takeaway and business with zero-star food hygiene ratings
PUBLISHED: 15:39 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:39 19 July 2018 Ross Bentley Chairman of Breheny Civil Engineering, John Breheny (centre) and colleagues after the company was announced as Business of the Year at the Suffolk Business Awards 2018 Archant Suffolk is full of great family businesses and Breheny Civil Engineering is one of them. Breheny workers on-siteThe Needham Market-based firm, which specialises in major infrastructure projects such as highway and bridge construction, as well as projects in the marine, utilities and energy sectors, was earlier this month named Business of the Year at the Suffolk Business Awards organised by the East Anglian Daily Times.And like many family businesses, there’s a great story behind the company, which was started in 1963 by Jack Breheny who was born in Ireland as one of seven children, and left home at 21 with £2 in his pocket to find work on building sites. He launched the company with a single item of … [Read more...] about Family values at the heart of Business of the Year Breheny Civil Engineering
A Herbert Woods hire boat on the Norfolk Broads. Picture: Visual Devotion Visual Devotion Summer is truly upon us, and East Anglia continues to bask in sunshine and high temperatures. But what does it mean for companies? With a trusty dictionary and a little poetic licence, our reporters have compiled a selective A to Z tour through the summer season in business. MarGins walking and glamping holidays. Gin Wilson-North with charity walker, musician and MarGins customer Matt Watson. Picture : ANTONY KELLY A Attractions The arrival of the school summer holidays opens the visitor floodgates for East Anglia’s tourist attractions. At Bewilderwood in Hoveton, around 50% of the visitors during its 10-month season come during the six-week summer holiday. Millie Batch from Bewilderwood’s marketing team said: “We have an entirely outdoor attraction so we are very weather dependent and in the summer we have a lot of competition.” B Boats Taking to the water … [Read more...] about From ice cream to yurts: Your A to Z guide to summer business
DELTA Air Lines has apologised to actress Busy Philipps after the star called the carrier out on Friday for allegedly trying to separate her from her young child on a flight to Minnesota. Busy said the carrier had cancelled her and her 9-year-old daughter, Birdie Leigh’s flights and then rebooked the two on separate planes that were flying to different locations. People reports that she wrote in a now-deleted tweet: “Hey @Delta! Thanks for cancelling my flight and then rerouting us and separating my MINOR child onto a different flight than mine and having a 2 HR call time wait! You are terrible!” The airline explained the pair were originally booked under separate itineraries, which caused them to be rebooked on alternate routes. A statement from Delta reads: “We apologise for the inconvenience this caused Ms. Philipps. “Delta worked quickly to resolve the rebooking issue and co-ordinated directly with the customer to adjust their travel.” In an … [Read more...] about Busy Philipps slams Delta Air Lines for booking her daughter, 9, onto a SEPARATE flight after cancellation