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The British Business Bank has released a new report shining a spotlight on the new Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, which provides a welcome confirmation of the Government’s commitment to supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the north.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund is a £400 million fund, being established to support SMEs across the Northern Powerhouse region.  The new fund is a successor to the previous North West Fund and aims to build on the work of this and other publicly backed venture capital funds.

Corporate Matters - Issue 14

The 2016 Autumn Statement is set to be announced on the afternoon of Wednesday 23 November by Philip Hammond.

In advance of this we have set out below a brief summary of some of the measures which may be included.

Given the wider political and economic climate it is not expected that significant or wholesale policy changes will be announced, at least from a tax perspective, but there are likely to be a number of updates on important ongoing tax consultations.

Corporate Matters - Issue 14

When examining a restrictive covenant in an employee-employer context, Tribunals have been quick to ascertain the reasonableness of the terms and to check that they go no further than is necessary in order to protect a legitimate interest.

Employment Bulletin - Issue 310

Two recent cases have both clarified and expanded upon what amounts to a ‘week’s pay’ for the purposes of calculating statutory holiday pay.

Susan McKenzie looks at the decisions with some useful points to note for employers.

Employment Bulletin - Issue 310

In the case of Glasgow City Council v Dahhan, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employment tribunal had jurisdiction to decide whether a settlement agreement which satisfied the requirements of section 203(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 was nevertheless unenforceable because the Claimant lacked the mental capacity to enter into it.

Employment Bulletin - Issue 309

Laura Pointon looks at the key points from the Uber Employment Tribunal including the meaning of 'mutuality of obligation' which the case centred on. Follow this link to read Laura Pointon's blog.

Housing and Regeneration News - November 2016

Nigel Williams, partner in our Housing and Regeneration team, takes a look at the shared ownership option as a solution to the housing crisis. As well as the advantages, Nigel also outlines some of the significant disadvantages which need to be understood by the shared ownership owner.

Housing and Regeneration News - November 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (the Act) introduced rent reductions for social housing with effect from April 2016.

Housing and Regeneration News -  November 2016

If you are coming to the North West Housing Conference one of the eight workshops we have this year is about Making Development Agreements Work. Here, our experts who will be delivering this workshop, provide an useful insight for you.

An overview for Workshop F: Making Development Agreements Work

Buying Pharmacy

Healthcare Bulletin - Issue 3

Buying a pharmacy is undoubtedly one of the most significant business decisions a pharmacist will ever undertake. If approached correctly, it can be prove a profitable investment; if handled incorrectly, however, the buyer risks losing their investment.