Month: January 2018

It’s a drab, grey, wet Monday morning in January, and if you’re just starting your working week, it’s difficult to believe  that it can get any worse than this. The Monday blues are in full effect once again.

But the team here at ConferenceCall.co.uk weren’t too sure whether it was just us who thought Mondays were the worst, so we asked let our Twitter community vote on what day they considered to be the worst – while not unanimous, there was a clear winner when it comes to the worst day of the working week…

But here’s the twist, we could be getting it completely wrong, as there’s academic evidence to suggest Tuesday is actually the worst day of the week. If you think today is bad, wait until tomorrow!

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Exports from the UK to Panama are worth around £149 million, and the UK is the second largest investor in Panama with holdings worth more than $3.3 billion. This is largely due to the Colón Free Trade Zone, an area near the entrance to the Panama Canal dedicated to re-exporting a wide variety of merchandise to Latin America and the Caribbean.

The UK’s main exports to Panama include:

  • beverages (notably Scotch Whisky)
  • organic chemicals
  • medical and pharmaceuticals products
  • machinery
  • transport equipment

If you want  to take advantage of this unique trading opportunity, here’s everything you need to know about exporting to Panama.

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Midnight on January 31 is the deadline for online, self-assessment tax returns is a week today – meaning that if you’re self-employed or another type of self-assessment taxpayer, you have until about this time next week to file your return for the 2016-17 tax year.

If you were hoping to send in a paper tax return, you’ve missed the cut-off by a couple of months, as the deadline was October 31, 2017 – so you’ll have to get everything sorted online instead.

And while tax returns are never the top of anyone’s to-do list – anything seems preferable to sorting out your tax – if you don’t file and pay your return by the deadline, you could find yourself hit with some hefty fines.

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Pakistan offers a great opportunity for UK-based businesses looking to cast their net far and wide – one of the world’s youngest populations, a growing middle class, and a wealth of natural resources mean it is an economy that is definitely on the up.

More than 100 British companies currently operate there, including big name businesses as diverse as Debenhams, Toni & Guy, and Unilever. Goods exports from the UK are worth over £600 million, with bilateral trade worth about £2.2 billion.

The top exports from the UK to Pakistan are:

  • Specialised industrial machinery.
  • Power generation machinery.
  • Telecom and broadcasting equipment.
  • Chemicals, pharmaceutical and medical products.
  • Metal ores and scrap metal.

If you want to take advantage of this growing market, here’s everything you need to know about exporting to Pakistan.

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Although only about a sixth of the size of the UK, the Netherlands is the world’s fourth most densely populated country, with around 17 million people packed on to 41,543 sq km of northern European soil. It also has a very healthy economy, which weighs in a the EU’s sixth largest and the world’s 16th largest.

The nation currently houses over 400 British companies, and is the UK’s fourth largest bilateral trading partner. UK goods exports to the Netherlands are worth around £27 billion, and the top five exports are:

  • mineral fuels, oils and distillation products
  • pharmaceuticals
  • nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery
  • vehicles
  • organic chemicals

If you want to take advantage of the plentiful business opportunities, here’s everything you need to know about exporting to the Netherlands.

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