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Sometimes you need to do something different with your day to open your mind to opportunities. So last week three of our team visited Accountex 2016 - the national accountancy exhibition and conference - at the ExCel centre in London. It was a chance to get some ideas and inspiration for developing our business and to look for additional opportunities to support our clients. …
A couple of years ago the Government announced a Tax-Free Childcare scheme and have recently announced this will launch sometime in 2017. Under this scheme eligible families will be given 20% of their annual childcare costs by the Government. Parents will have to create a Childcare Account and for every 80p they pay into it they will receive 20p from the Government. …
If you are self-employed or have income which is not taxed at source you will need to complete a self-assessment tax return. A tax return will need to be submitted to HMRC for the period 6th April 2015 to 5th April 2016 and can be prepared and submitted any time between 6th April 2016 and 31st January 2017. However …
From 6 April 2016 employers who have an apprentice may not need to pay employers National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on their earnings. If your apprentice is under 25, earning below…
HMRC have increased the threshold for VAT registration to £83,000 for the year 2016-17. The threshold was £82,000 for 2015-16. If your turnover will reach this threshold over a 12 month period then you must register your business for VAT. This equates to a monthly turnover of around £6,900. You should…
Several of the employers we work with reached their Staging Date between January and March enabling us to finally complete the set up process which we started for them many months ago. But while implementation is complete there is still ongoing assessment, compliance and record keeping to be done every month.…
The living wage of £7.20 per hour came into effect on Friday 1st April for employees aged 25 and over but how does this affect employers and how does this benefit employees? On my drive to work this morning the media are still talking about how employees will have an extra 50p per hour in their pay packet but this is not strictly true.…
At our February Monday Business Contacts meeting which was close to Valentine's Day our discussion topic, was "What do you love about being in business?". Our brief discussions each month are an opportunity to share business thoughts, ideas and motivate others. Being a business owner can be lonely and connecting with others socially once a month can be a really helpful way of sharing good and bad times and being reminded why being in business for yourself was such a good idea.…
If you have employees you will want to know how much you can pay your employees in 2016-17 before you have to pay employer National Insurance Contributions and if there are any further benefits which will help you as an employer. …
Every business owner should prepare for the unexpected. According to the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) every year one in five businesses suffers a major disruption and one in ten of these cease trading due to this disruption. What preparations have you made to overcome disruptions to your business?…
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