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The BBC reports that the number of UK businesses planning to increase their spending on marketing has risen sharply from last year, a survey suggests.

A net proportion of 38.5% of businesses intend to raise their marketing budgets this year, according to a survey of more than 2,000 firms carried out by research group Mindmetre.

In 2011, the survey showed no net increase in companies raising spending.

Mindmetre said the results showed that business confidence was growing.

In Mindmetre’s research, 57.1% of companies said they planned to boost their marketing budget in 2012, while 18.6% said they intended to cut it.

In 2011, 41% planned to increase marketing spend, and 42% planned to cut back.

The survey, which covered businesses of all sizes, also showed a higher proportion of big businesses (those with more than 1,000 employees) intended to raise their marketing budget than small businesses.

In a separate report retail sales rose 0.9% in January compared with December, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The figure was much stronger than forecast as many economists had expected sales volumes to fall.

The report showed particularly strong sales of furniture and sports goods as shoppers were tempted by steep discounts.

It builds on solid December sales when volumes rose by 0.6%.

“All sectors are experiencing some growth when you look year-on-year. In particular the household goods sector has risen from where it was previously, it’s ended a long run of contraction.” said Kate Davies, head of UK retail at the ONS.

“The most prominent driver behind this growth comes from the non-store retailing sector [mail order and internet] but also from food stores and clothing stores,” she said. Source BBC.

Last month Immigration Matters reported that British employers are offering thousands of jobs to Romanian workers despite UK unemployment reaching record levels.

A recruitment agency in Bucharest is advertising 2,434 vacancies for British jobs according to the report.

The Romanian agency ‘’ revealed that many of the UK-based posts were for medical staff, tourism workers and skilled staff.

The news that employers are recruiting in Romania will surprise many as, despite being members of the European Union, Romanians cannot work in the UK as employees without permission.

There are various work schemes for Romanians and Bulgarians, such as Au Pairs and SAWS for farm workers, but the most popular is the yellow card option to study and work in the UK.

Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits can study and work full time on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care or customer service by exercising their Treaty Rights under Article 39.  They can also apply for a self employed yellow card, but the application must be supported by a genuine case for setting up a business.

UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals were recently extended until the end of 2013 by Immigration Minister Damian Green last year.

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If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund

You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or have left the UK!

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