Press Releases

Payback time for electrical VAT fraudster

Aug 07, 2014 16:57 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Payback time for electrical VAT fraudster A Staffordshire man jailed for stealing over £372,000 by making fraudulent VAT repayment claims has been ordered to pay money back or face an extra two years in jail. The confiscation order comes after a financial investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Construction industry gang jailed for £8 million fraud

Jul 30, 2014 14:33 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A 20-strong gang from the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Manchester has been jailed for almost 90 years for stealing more than £8 million in a sophisticated tax fraud.

First Seven Companies Certified to the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme

Jun 24, 2014 16:51 BST UK IT Association A week after the government launched the Cyber Essentials Scheme, seven small companies have already successfully achieved certification using IASME on-line self assessment.The Cyber Essentials Scheme focuses on the 5 most important technical security controls, identified as those that, if they had been in place, would have stopped the majority of successful cyberattacks over the last few years.

Bodging builder jailed for £96k VAT fraud

Jun 16, 2014 10:32 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A West Midlands builder who set up multiple fake companies to commit a £96,000 VAT fraud, and left some of his customers with unfinished work, has been sentenced to 16 months in jail.

Nine arrested in suspected £11m tobacco fraud

Jun 06, 2014 14:47 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Nine people have been arrested and two illegal tobacco processing plants discovered after an investigation into suspected tobacco duty evasion of £11 million and associated money laundering offences.

New government funding initiative subsidises “IT and digital” advice

May 30, 2014 10:00 BST UK IT Association The national organisation for SME IT companies, the UK IT Association (UKITA), has become part of the government’s £30 million Growth Vouchers programme. The government has launched the Growth Vouchers programme to identify the type of advice that most benefits small businesses. The Growth Vouchers programme will distribute vouchers to approximately 20,000 small businesses in England.

Five arrests in £120m tobacco smuggling investigation

Mar 14, 2014 15:58 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Five men have been arrested in a series of early morning raids in the West Midlands as part of an investigation into a suspected £120 million tobacco smuggling fraud.

Cardiff printer must pay £135k for VAT fraud

Mar 06, 2014 14:11 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A Cardiff VAT fraudster has been told to pay HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) almost £135,000, or serve 32 weeks in jail.

£60K Improvement Package for Whitlocks End Station

Dec 17, 2013 17:14 GMT London Midland Rail passengers travelling from Whitlocks End are benefitting from a range of new station facilities, thanks to funding sourced by London Midland and transport authority Centro.

£100k contracts surge for Acutec

Dec 16, 2013 17:50 GMT UK IT Association Trio of deals for Coleshill-based firm which specialises in managed IT services to software and web development