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A vision for Milton Keynes 2050 – Making a great city greater

On 4 July, the MK Futures 2050 Commission launched their vision for Milton Keynes. The commission, a group of independent specialists initiated by MK Council with Sir Peter Gregson, Vice Chancellor at Cranfield University as Chair, have been researching what makes a great city in terms of theory and… More

Post Brexit: A view from some European inward investors

On the Monday following the referendum vote in the UK, my diary was already full of meetings with European clients, who had established subsidiaries in the UK, both old and new. As I drove up the M6 to my first meeting, I listened to the interviews on Radio 4, which proposed various versions of the … More

Keens City Round Up: Milton Keynes – What does the future hold?

As Milton Keynes heads towards its 50th year (and having worked here for 35 of those years myself) I’m becoming even more certain that the town is at a crossroads in terms of its future development and direction.  Whilst the Local Economic Assessment for 2016 (issued in February by the council) … More

Workplace Pensions have arrived – are you ready?

Don’t ignore Auto-Enrolment, your staging date could be sooner than you think! From October 2012 Auto-Enrolment was introduced as a legal requirement by the Government whereby every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. Designed to help and enco… More

Abolition of dispensations from April 2016

Under current tax legislation, any expenses reimbursed to employees (even if they are ‘allowable’ for tax purposes) must be reported to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on Expenses & Benefits Form P11D. However, each employee can then make a counter-claim for tax relief in respect of the qua… More

Is your business prepared for the changes to the National Living Wage?

Here’s what you need to know As of 1 April 2016 the new National Living Wage premium comes into effect, on top of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for the over 25’s. The National Living Wage will initially be set at £7.20 per hour, representing an increase of 50p over the current NMW rat… More

The third Budget in 12 months

This Budget looked as if it would be a difficult one for the Chancellor, faced as he was with disappointing economic numbers and the need to avoid ruffling feathers ahead of June’s in/out referendum. What was to have been the big announcement – reform of pensions – was kicked into the long gra… More

Budget 2016 – Key Points

The Chancellor’s third Budget in the space of 12 months was expected to be less exciting than its two predecessors. His room for manoeuvre was seen as constrained by disappointing economic numbers and June’s EU referendum. Nevertheless Mr Osborne managed to produce a range of surprise measures … More

Keens City Round Up: MK businesses have until 6th April to respond to MK Development Plans!

Last month, I raised the subject of the Strategic Development Consultation (known as Plan MK) and the Employment Land Review (written by GVA Grimleys for the Council and the Milton Keynes Development Partnership) on the subject of the growth and development of MK.  This appears to have gathered so… More

Keens City Round Up: Making Room for More Growth in MK

It’s always good to start the Year with positive economic news.  The Centre for Cities report written by Paul Swinney was issued last week and places MK high on the list of towns and cities to live and work in. Extracts from the report make for pretty good reading: MK is one of the top high … More

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