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  • Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth had Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
    should not be confused with any other business with a similar name.


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  • Business Matters: National living wage to help women but won’t close gender pay gap

    The new national living wage will see 3.7 million receive a pay rise by 2020, in contrast to the 2.3 million male workers who will benefit from the scheme.

    According to research from Resolution Foundation, this will see 29 per cent of women in the workplace receive a pay rise, with 18 per cent of men also receiving a raise.

    The National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour comes into effect in April next year, but only workers over the age of 25 will receive an increase in pay.

    Changes in pay will begin next month, with the national minimum wage rising to £6.70 an hour from £6.50 an hour.

    Women will also benefit from the raise in the minus wage, as they are still the lowest paid. Women will receive smaller annual cash gains of £690 in 2020, and men will pocket £860, according to the Resolution Foundation.

    Now, however, businesses could be told to publish how much more they pay men than women across different pay grades.

    With the gender pay gap smaller than ever, David Cameron now wants companies to publish more detailed information about the pay gap.

    Better corporate reporting on the gender pay gap will provide an insight into whether companies are making full use of the talent available to them. A significant gender pay gap may for example be a driver of high turnover or poor morale and thus be of concern to long-term investors. Closing the gender pay gap would undoubtedly be of benefit to investors and to society as a whole.

    Joanne Segars, Chief Executive, NAPF, said: “We applaud the companies that have already chosen to be more transparent when reporting about the gender pay gap in their firm. Disappointingly, these companies are in the minority and many firms still fail to provide any meaningful data on this issue – and so fail to assure investors and customers alike that this topic is being taken seriously.

    “Our considered view is that while we encourage the Government to introduce new requirements for companies to report on the gender pay gap, this should form part of a drive to improve the quality of corporate reporting on the wider issue of the workforce, or human capital. This will prevent the gender pay gap being seen out of context and bring much greater scrutiny to an area which is fundamental to the long-term success of UK companies.”

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  • Business Matters: Top tips for businesses when faced with a cyber-attack

    In the last few years cyber-security has become an increasingly significant issue because of how interconnected businesses now are. Nowadays, most companies are connected to a complicated network comprising of various mobile and cloud connections. This, coupled with the increasing popularity of employees working from their own unsecured device on a business’ network, has increased the number of weak spots along the communication chain.

    The problem with this interconnectivity is that businesses are now at increased risk from sophisticated hackers, software bugs and viruses that search out these weak spots and wreak havoc for businesses of all sizes.

    Unfortunately, it seems that these sorts of attacks are becoming more and more commonplace – as many as eight in ten of the UK’s biggest companies have suffered a serious cyber-attack, costing the UK economy tens of millions of pounds annually.

    And it is not just larger companies that are at risk – according to new research commissioned by the Government’s Cyber Streetwise Campaign, SMEs are putting a third of their revenue at risk because they are downplaying the threat of cyber-attacks, leaving them exposed and vulnerable.

    A common misconception amongst businesses is that cyber-thieves are only interested in money. However, in reality, rich data also makes a business an attractive target. Businesses that hold a large amount of customer data are also vulnerable. Take for example the recent case of Ashley Madison, whose customers’ confidential information was leaked for the world to see. The devastating effects that this data leak has had on people’s lives, as well as on the business, serves as a stark warning of what can happen when a business is targeted.

    Preventative measures

    There are a number of preventative measures that SMEs can take to minimise the risk of an attack such as setting strong passwords, not giving away passwords away to third parties, deleting any suspicious emails, and ensuring the most up-to-date anti-virus software is always installed. Setting aside budget to appoint an experienced web manager is another advised way to protect against attack.

    Businesses should also be very careful about what information is put into the public domain as this will all make-up the digital footprint of a company. Essentially, any information a business wouldn’t want in the public eye, shouldn’t be added to its digital footprint.

    However, even when a business has done everything it can to protect against an attack, it can still face security threats. The below points illustrate what can be done in this scenario to minimise panic and reduce the damage.

    Identify the origin

    It is important to determine whether the attack came from an internal or external source. A current employee with an axe to grind could be responsible, or alternatively it could have come from a completely external perpetrator. However, it is worth noting that often cyber-attackers are never discovered, as their sophisticated software can ensure their movements are untraceable.

    Assess the damage

    It is important to determine as quickly and as calmly as possible the full extent of the damage. Businesses can call-in the expertise of I.T. specialists to determine exactly what has been taken and the full extent of the problem. Sometimes, the situation is not as severe as first thought and a solution may be able to found quickly, as long as it is handled calmly.

    Call a specialist

    If the damage assessment shows a considerable security breach then it is wise to call in the expertise of a specialist. Speaking to insurers and enlisting the help of a legal professional will help determine whether the business is covered and can be fully compensated for its losses. Unfortunately, depending on the individual case and circumstances it might be difficult to make a claim – especially if the business has knowingly given out passwords and it has turned out that someone given this data is responsible for the crime.

    Remove shared content 

    If information has been shared on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter then it is within the civil rights of the business to request that this be immediately taken down.

    Inform authorities

    Depending on the severity of the situation, it might be appropriate to inform the authorities of what has happened. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) are responsible for the enforcement of the Data Protection Act 1998, so they will be able to offer help and guidance if the attack isn’t down to negligence on the part of the business.

    Manage reputation

    Even in the midst of a crisis, it is important that a business handles the situation in a calm and considered manner as this is essential for managing the reputation of the brand. One of the main issues facing a business after a major attack is maintaining the customer’s confidence, and so keeping them informed and tackling any of their concerns should be a high priority.

    Learn from mistakes

    Businesses should put in place an action plan in response to the attack to ensure it doesn’t happen again. It is important to take the time to learn from the attack and ensure security measures are continually evolving to correspond with any changes in legislation. A full audit of a business’s security policies will also help identify any holes in the current security practices and will help to identify any areas for improvement.

    The aftermath of a major attack can really test the resilience of a business, however, by protecting the reputation of the company and confronting the problem with a calm head, damage can be kept to a minimum.

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  • Business Matters: Optimistic SMEs predict 37% growth over the next five years

    Senior decision makers from SMEs are predicting strong levels of growth over the next five years, according to latest Santander Corporate & Commercial Business Growth annual survey. It found that small and medium businesses with up to 249 employees are predicting average turnover growth of 37 per cent, the equivalent of £2.4 million, over the next five years. 

    Small businesses are the most optimistic, forecasting an average increase in turnover of 69 per cent. This compares to medium-sized businesses which are predicting an average increase in turnover of 25 per cent over the next five years. 

    More than half of business owners are confident enough to focus on organic growth as the most important immediate short term priority. The findings also show companies are keen to retain key staff as the economy picks up: nearly one-in-three businesses state that retaining existing staff is a priority in the short term.

    The survival of their business, which was the top short-term priority in 2014, is now a priority for 30 per cent of SME senior decision makers, suggesting more companies are now focusing on growth. More than a quarter of firms said they were focused on introducing new products while nearly a fifth said they were looking to hire new staff – compared to 12 per cent who were prioritising this in 2014.

    This improving business confidence is leading to more companies looking internationally for growth than any point in the last four years. Nearly one in five describe international expansion as the ultimate aim for their business compared to 6 per cent in 2014. Nearly a third of SME decision makers in London are planning international expansion, compared to just one in ten of SMEs in the East Midlands. 

    Regional growth remains the most popular overall business aim, with selling the business also a popular choice.

    Despite the strong optimism and renewed business confidencebusinesses still report facing challenges. A tough trading environment was seen as challenge to growth by GB businesses, cited by 27 per cent of respondents, although this is down from 47 per cent in 2014. The ability to hire and retain the right staff also remains a challenge, cited by 17 per cent of business owners, compared to 14 per cent in 2014. Access to capital was another concern reported by SMEs; however, the number reporting this as a challenge is down significantly from previous years (25 per cent in 2014; 26 per cent in 2013).

    Mike ReevesJoint Managing Director of SME Banking at Santander, said: It’s extremely encouraging for UK plc that SMEs, the lifeblood of the economy, are predicting strong growth over the next five years. It is particularly promising that nearly a fifth are focused on international expansion, as exporting our products and services overseas is key to ensuring a stable, resilient economy.

    Santander is committed to helping businesses prosper and has been a consistent supporter of businesses in the UK, with lending over the last four years growing by an average of almost 9 per cent per year. Our innovative Breakthrough product suite, which was upgraded earlier in 2015, is designed to support the UK’s most ambitious, fast-growing businesses while unique tools and services such as the Trade Portal and our Trade Missions have been designed to help more firms export and trade internationally.”

    SMEs working in the hospitality and leisure industry are the most optimistic in terms of different business sectors, predicting an increase in turnover of 99 per cent over the next five years. This is closely followed by retailers, who predict 85 per cent. Those in the construction, manufacturing and IT and telecoms industries are also forecasting significant growth over the next five years.

    In terms of the regional picture, SMEs based in the East Midlands are the most optimistic, predicting an average increase in turnover of 109 per cent over the next five years. SMEs in the North West and South East are the most conservative, forecasting 14 per cent and 18 per cent growth respectively.

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