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Having some time off over Christmas and New Year allows time to think and plan.  New ideas are born and business plans developed.  Its an exciting time for new businesses.  The early stages of development and the prospect of doing something for yourself is motivating. But it can be daunting too…
Back in the summer we began discussing what we might do for our team building event this year.  For the past two years we have been to the Escape Rooms in Salisbury after our annual training and development day which has been really good fun.  But this year we wondered what we could do that was different.…
An EU court recently awarded a man 13 years of backdated holiday pay.  The EU court supported the man's claim for 13 years worth of unpaid and untaken annual leave despite him having a "self-employed commission-only" contract.  His employers had refused to pay him holiday pay on the basis that he was "self-employed" and therefore any holiday he took was unpaid. This decision is significant…
The Pension Regulator has increased its activity significantly in the last quarter to enforce Automatic Enrolment and is using pension providers to help them identify non-compliance.  Pension providers will advise The Pension Regulator of schemes which have been set up which have no employees enrolled and …
From 13th January 2018 HMRC will no longer accept payment of taxes by personal credit card and prior to that, from 15th December 2017, payments will not be able to be made through the Post Office. Payments can be made to HMRC by:…
Its that time of year when we may be thinking about how to reward our employees for their support during the year.  Perhaps you are thinking about giving them a Christmas bonus or perhaps a bottle of wine and some chocolates.  Or maybe you are planning to take them out for a Christmas meal or having a party.…
If you want to expand your business you need people to support you as there is no way you can do everything yourself.  But it seems that business owners are reluctant to employ anyone and would rather use an associate or a consultant than commit to someone joining their business.  Even if they need someone to do the day to day administration it has become more common to use someone who is self-employed.  Why is this?…
Before you start your business you need to decide whether you will be a Sole Trader or a Limited Company.  Or you may choose to be a Partnership rather than a Limited Company if there are two or more business owners.  It can be confusing and many business owners opt for Limited Company status without really understanding what is involved.  …
I have been providing bookkeeping services to individuals and businesses for more than 14 years now and one of the biggest surprises to me in the first few years was to be told that I was a good bookkeeper.  I was surprised because shouldn't all bookkeepers be good?  Keeping accurate records and understanding the financial aspects of a business is what bookkeepers do and whilst we learn different areas of bookkeeping for different businesses the foundations of our learning are still the same.…
A recent article in the Telegraph indicated that the Government is considering reducing the age for auto-enrolling employees into their pension scheme to 16 from the current age 22.  The DWP are currently reviewing this and will release the details towards the end of this year. Do you think it is a good thing?…
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