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When an employee hands in their notice the first thing you will think about is how you are going to manage without them and how you are going to find a replacement soon enough for your leaving employee to train them. Most small businesses will not have sufficient resources to have trained a "spare" and unless it is a role you don't need to replace you will probably have a very short handover period or even a gap between employees.…
If you are a business owner do you have the skills you need to process the payroll for your employees? It is not always as straightforward as you think and you will only find that out when you have an angry employee or two demanding explanations or HMRC contacting you. Is it worth the risk?…
Anybody who attended the Swindon Expo at the Steam Museum in June may have come across our stand with our new banner asking "Are you burying your head in the sand about Auto Enrolment?". Visitors were keen to play our "bury your head in the sand" game with the winner being offered a choice of prizes which included having their auto enrollment scheme set up for them. Most employers will know by now that setting up a pension scheme for your employees is a necessity. …
A good bookkeeper will give you peace of mind. As your business grows keeping a record of your financial transactions becomes more and more important but as it grows you will have less time to devote to this. For many business owners it is a difficult step to move from “doing it all” to paying someone else to do it. …
We are very proud of our Investors in People plaque. It has pride of place in our office reception so that it can be seen by our visitors and by us every time we walk through the hallway. It reminds us what a great team we are and how hard we all worked towards achieving it. …
If you are a VAT registered business and you or your staff reclaim mileage for business travel in your own vehicle did you know that you can claim VAT on the fuel element of that mileage? Every quarter HMRC update the advisory fuel rates – see here for the current rates. …
This week I thought I would tell you about my experience of good customer service - not once, but twice in one week. A couple of weeks ago unfortunately I had reason to make 3 complaints about services in just two days. Its not something I would normally do but all of these things I felt should be reported.…
Its that time of year again when bookkeepers, payroll administrators and accountants are preparing P11ds for businesses who reimburse employee expenses or provide their employees with benefits. P11ds for the period 6th April 2015 to 5th April 2016 have to be submitted to HMRC by 6th July with any payment due being made by 22nd July.…
Pension auto enrolment remains a hot topic with more than one million businesses still to reach their staging date by the end of March 2018. A large proportion of these businesses will reach their Staging Date in the first quarter of 2017 which could prove to be a bottleneck with the pension providers if you leave it until the last minute. …
What would you do if your computer was hit by Ransomware? This is becoming an increasing threat to everyone in business or personally. Even if you know to be aware of dodgy emails it can still get in to your computer. I am sure everyone receives emails with invoices, or statements, or payment information attached. You know they are suspect if you don't generally receive this sort of information, but as a bookkeeping practice we do genuinely receive this information for ourselves, on behalf of our clients and in emails we deal with in our clients' offices. Until you have previewed or opened an email you don't know whether it is from a genuine supplier or whether you have just released a virus into the computer.…
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