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Many businesses have been formed over the last 9 months whilst we have been in this never before experienced situation.  Employees have been furloughed and some businesses have not been able to continue trading, or not in the way they have done previously. This has given people time to think and assess their work future…
The Christmas and New Year break is a good time to reflect on all that is good and not so good with your business. Business owners have chance to step back and take time to look at what works, what doesn't and what could be better as well as planning for the coming year.…
How does your response to new enquiries reflect on you and your business? Do you pay for advertising but don't bother to follow up when someone makes an enquiry? The way my enquiry is dealt with, whatever the type of business, will, in most cases, will make my decision for me.  If I contact two or three companies with the same enquiry the one that is responsive, interested and helpful will be my choice.  First impressions really count. This was really brought home to me over the last few weeks…
There are just 3 months left until the deadline for submission of your tax return for 2019-20.  Late and non submission will incur penalties starting at £100 and will increase if the return is over 3 months late.  During this year the importance of submitting tax returns on time became clear because those who hadn't weren't able to receive the SEISS grant which was based on tax returns submitted in previous years. So how do you know if you need to complete a tax return…
Did you know that HMRC have webinars available on lots of different topics which provide you with support or guidance? You can sign up to…
Seventeen years ago this week I began providing bookkeeping and payroll support to a few local businesses.  Three and a half years later I needed to move out of home to an office because work had increased, the files were taking over what little space we had and I needed someone to help.  I started looking for a small office for 3 but ended up with…
In their simplest form management accounts inform the business owner and/or management team of the key numbers for their business.  Every business is different and the key numbers will vary according to the type of business and even within different departments.…
As bookkeepers one of the many skills we need is good attention to detail.  So its probably not a surprise that it is one of the skills I list when advertising a bookkeeper position.  Attention to detail has several meanings but includes  being thorough and accurate. So when I post a job advert for a bookkeeper,…
During my 15 minute drive to work each day I encounter 17 roundabouts.  Its a pleasant journey with no nose to tail traffic and stopping only to give way at the roundabouts and a possible halt at a single set of traffic lights.  This morning was no different except…
We are about to start our fourth month of calculating furlough pay for employers who have been furloughing staff on and off since early March.  From 1st July we will have an even more challenging set of calculations if employers have employees working some of their normal hours and furloughing them the rest. We will be able to do the calculations but how well will flexible furlough work for small businesses?…
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