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I have written a few blogs over the years about the differences between an accountant and a bookkeeper and why I recommend that you use both a bookkeeper and an accountant for your business.  That may be yourself as the bookkeeper, an employed bookkeeper or a bookkeeper external to your business - whatever works best for your business.  During the last 12 months…
Did you know that as an employer you can claim £3,000 every year against your Employer's National Insurance contributions? Known as the Employment Allowance, it was introduced in April 2014 to encourage employers to take on more staff.  The Allowance was originally set at £2,000 but soon increased to £3,000 enabling employers to benefit for longer. The Allowance is claimed…
The recent ruling against Pimlico Plumbers in favour of one of its workers highlights the need for every business owner to understand the rules around employment and self-employment. The worker in question was self-employed but wanted to be paid sick pay when he fell ill and also to be paid holiday pay.…
A large number of our clients are using Xero to maintain their accounts records and as a Xero Silver Champion partner we are well placed to help them get started and use it to its best advantage for their business. So if you are already using Xero or are thinking about using it what are our top five tips for getting started.…
It has been about 5 years since one of my clients had a visit from a VAT inspector. It always comes as a bit of a shock when they do want to arrange a visit especially as I was just about to go on holiday and they wanted the visit the week I got back!  There is, of course, always concern that they have a specific reason for visiting which they are not going to tell you about until they arrive!  This VAT inspection was with a business which hasn't had a visit for almost 20 years even though it has quite a complex VAT situation.  …
Having spent several weeks being bombarded by emails relating to GDPR I am beginning to wonder whether anything has actually changed. I received emails telling me I had to opt in, emails telling me I had to opt out and privacy policies from businesses I don't have anything to do with.  I know I am not the only one who has had enough of GDPR.  Of course we all want to do the right thing for our business and I am sure most small businesses were already protecting sensitive data anyway.…
Last week was a time of celebration.  A wedding has been the discussion of our office for the last few months and Saturday was the day.…
Last week I spent the day in London at the annual accountancy exhibition, Accountex, held at the ExCel. I first went to the exhibition two years ago and was amazed by the number of stands and variety of speakers.  Having skipped a year to attend the Sage conference, Sarah and I decided we would go to Accountex again to find out more about developments in the accounting industry.  We planned in advance what we wanted to get out of the day and went to different talks and visited different software stands so we could get the most out of it.…
Did you know you can choose which VAT Scheme you use to report VAT? There are several to choose from and it is worth considering which one is best for your business and for your cash flow. …
Not all bookkeepers and accountants are good at their job.  Each has a different sets of skills.  Bookkeepers do the day to day record keeping for your business, whilst accountants are better qualified to look at the overall picture of the business and advise on tax savings and planning.…
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