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July 22, 2024

Highlights from the King’s speech: What impact may they have on your business?

Last week King Charles delivered the King’s Speech. This is a speech traditionally delivered at the State Opening of Parliament and it sets out the government’s plans and priorities for the coming year.
July 18, 2024

The new government’s six first steps for change: Implications for your business

The new government has rolled out an ambitious plan to drive significant changes across the UK, and as your business advisors, we want to break down how these could impact you.
July 17, 2024

New VAT registration tool released by HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs have released a new tool designed to help businesses find out what VAT registration would mean for their business.
July 15, 2024

Highlights from the Chancellor’s speech: What are the implications for tax and compliance?

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rachel Reeves, delivered her first speech as Chancellor last week outlining her plans for revitalising the UK economy. While her speech was inevitably political and included criticism for the previous government while emphasising her own role, there were also some key takeaways for her plans on tax. Here’s a summary with some comments on what they could mean for you.
July 11, 2024

Managing workforce holiday: A guide for business owners

This summer has brought with it several major sporting events – The Euros, Wimbledon and the Tour de France are currently all in progress, and the Olympics begin later in July. While this can be good news for businesses working in hospitality and retail, there can also be a dip in productivity as employees take time off or become distracted during major matches or events.
July 10, 2024

Economy growth higher than estimated

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the economy grew by 0.7% between January and March. This is higher than their initial estimate of 0.6%, and means that the country’s emergence from recession was stronger than expected.
July 8, 2024

Election results in: What will be the effect on your tax bill?

So, the election results are in and the Labour party won the country’s mandate to form a new parliament. What could that mean for the tax you pay?
July 4, 2024

Base rate plateau a concern for small businesses

In the wake of the Bank of England's decision to maintain the base rate at 5.25%, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has expressed concern about the impact on small business growth and investment.
July 3, 2024

Voluntary Code of Conduct for Directors: will it make a difference?

The Institute of Directors (IoD) have published a consultation document on a code of conduct for directors.
July 1, 2024

Are you ready for a cyber attack?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provides an ‘Exercise in a Box’ online tool that can help businesses check how resilient they are to cyber attacks as well as practise their response in a safe environment.
June 27, 2024

Meta pauses plans to train AI with user data

Meta, the company behind Facebook and Instagram, have had plans to use Facebook and Instagram user date to train generative AI.
June 26, 2024

Don’t be caught by false claims on business rates appeal deadlines

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has issued a warning about false claims being made about the deadline for appealing the 2023 list for business rates.
June 24, 2024

Inflation falls to 2%

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) for May 2024 was 2%. This is a reduction from the 2.3% assessed in April and means that inflation has hit the Bank of England’s target rate for the first time in nearly 3 years.
June 20, 2024

Invest in Women Hub launched

If you are a female entrepreneur in the UK, you can now access a new resource designed to help you access the finance you need to start, grow, and scale your business. The new hub is designed as a one-stop shop that provides the resources and information you need.
June 19, 2024

Latest labour market trends: what they mean for your business

The latest labour market report from the Office for National Statistics shows a few important trends that might affect your business.
June 17, 2024

Exploring finance options for small businesses: A guide to fuelling growth

Shawbrook Bank recently conducted research that indicated that half of small business owners have had to raid their savings to fund their businesses.
June 13, 2024

Advice for charities to concentrate on their positive work

The Charity Commission has recently concluded its regulatory compliance case into the Actors’ Benevolent Fund and has drawn out some lessons that can benefit all charities.
June 12, 2024

More indicators of a cut in interest rates to come

The Bank of Canada announced a cut of a quarter of a percentage point to its key interest rate last week, bringing the rate down to 4.75%.
June 10, 2024

How a general election can affect your business

The news is currently full of reports on the general election, so much so that you may be inclined to switch off rather than hear any more about it!
June 6, 2024

Reforms to leasehold properties becomes law

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act has become law and will affect owners of freeholds for leasehold properties as well as house builders.
June 5, 2024

New guidance issued on machine learning principles

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued guidance to help developers, engineers, decision makers and risk owners in creating and using machine learning systems.
June 3, 2024

Business Insights

The Office for National Statistics conducts a fortnightly Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS). The voluntary responses received from the latest survey revealed the following insights.
May 30, 2024

Apple and Microsoft announce new product updates

Both Apple and Microsoft have announced updates to their product lines in recent weeks. Apple unveiled updates to their iPad Air and iPod Pro lines, and Microsoft have introduced Copilot + PCs as showcased by their new Surface Pro and Laptop.
May 29, 2024

Inflation rate falls in April

Official figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics show that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) dropped to 2.3% for the 12 months to April 2024. This is down from 3.2% for the 12 months to March 2024.
May 28, 2024

Admitting a new partner into the partnership: What should you consider first?

For businesses that run as a partnership, there often comes a time where you need to consider admitting a new partner into the partnership.
May 23, 2024

Government promise to cut National Insurance confirmed

While commenting on the GDP growth and what it indicates about the economy, the Prime Minister again drew attention to National Insurance.
May 22, 2024

Are you an early bird?

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have released figures showing that 295,250 Self Assessment tax returns were filed in the first week of the new tax year. Almost 70,000 were filed on the first day – April 6th.
May 21, 2024

Understanding economic changes: How recent events affect businesses

Data releases in recent weeks from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) coupled with Bank of England decisions might make recent news about the economy seem a bit confusing. Understanding how this news affects businesses is important so let’s break it down.
May 16, 2024

Shott Scale Up Accelerator: Leadership programme opportunities available

Making the leap from a technical expert to a business leader can be challenging. The Shott Scale Up Accelerator is a 12-month programme that aims to help senior decision-makers in high-growth engineering and tech SMEs develop the skills needed to scale their business to the next level.
May 14, 2024

Introducing WorkWell: A £64 million initiative to support workplace health and well-being

The UK government has announced a new initiative aimed at helping people with health conditions stay in or return to work.
May 13, 2024

Official figures show that the UK no longer in recession

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics on 10 May 2024 show that the UK has officially exited recession.
May 9, 2024

How might the changes to company size thresholds affect your business?

From October 2024, company size thresholds are to increase by 50%. For each company, these new thresholds will begin to apply from the start of the next accounting period commencing on or after 1 October 2024. But what are the implications of these changes to your company?
May 8, 2024

Is your use of AI compliant with health and safety?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published an article outlining its approach to regulating artificial intelligence (AI) in workplaces.
May 7, 2024

New digital service to check your State Pension forecast launched

A new digital service has been launched that makes it easier to check if you have any gaps in your National Insurance (NI) record that may affect your State Pension entitlement.
May 3, 2024

Increasing your profit – why it’s not the same as growing sales

The so-called Micawber principle, as stated by Wilkins Micawber in Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield, says: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.”
May 2, 2024

Hybrid working – what counts as a business journey for tax purposes?

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have updated their guidance on what qualifies as ordinary commuting and private travel for tax purposes to include hybrid or flexible working.
April 29, 2024

Avoiding Business Pitfalls: 7 things you should NOT do as a business owner

Recent surveys of UK business owners show us to be under pressure. This is no surprise. As a business owner, you’re constantly juggling multiple responsibilities and facing a myriad of challenges. While there are countless strategies for success, it’s equally important to be aware of potential pitfalls that could derail your efforts.
April 26, 2024

Don’t get caught out by tax avoidance

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are running a campaign to help people avoid being caught out by tax avoidance schemes. This is particularly relevant to those who are contractors, agency workers, or are working through an umbrella company.
April 24, 2024

Inflation falls in March

According to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 3.2% in the 12 months to March 2024. This is down from 3.4% in February.
April 22, 2024

Procurement – can the principles work for smaller businesses?

The government recently published a press release congratulating its procurement department on its 10th anniversary for saving taxpayers £3.8 billion last year.
April 19, 2024

Have you checked your tax code?

Prior to the tax year starting each 6 April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), will issue new tax codes to employees, usually where there is a change of tax code.
April 17, 2024

Is your business Disability Confident?

New Disability Confident guidance has been published to help managers recruit, retain, and foster the progression of disabled people and those with health conditions in the workplace.
April 15, 2024

Unleash the power of generative AI: A potential game-changer for your business

As accountants, we understand the importance of leveraging technology to drive efficiency and innovation in business operations. In this article we will introduce you to the concept of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and the transformative power it could have for your business.
April 12, 2024

What is the future for the National Minimum Wage?

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published a report on the future of the National Minimum Wage beyond 2024.
April 10, 2024

April is Stress Awareness Month

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), via their Working Minds campaign, has declared April Stress Awareness Month.
April 8, 2024

Thinking of buying another business? What due diligence should you consider?

When in business, it’s not uncommon to be approached by another business with a view to you buying the business or entering a partnership deal. It might be a competitor that approaches you, or it could be a customer or supplier.
April 5, 2024

Payroll reminder – National Insurance rate reducing from 6 April

From 6 April 2024, the 2% cut in employee national insurance contributions will come into effect. Employees will now be deducted 8%, rather than 10%, on monthly earnings between £1,048 and £4,189. A 2% deduction on earnings above this amount continues to apply.
April 4, 2024

Could the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme be good for your business?

VAT-registered businesses normally submit their VAT returns and payments to HM Revenue and Customs 4 times a year. However, HM Revenue and Customs also offer an Annual Accounting Scheme for businesses with a taxable turnover of £1.35 million or less.
March 28, 2024

Major reforms to apprenticeships announced

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has announced reforms to apprenticeships that will enable up to 20,000 more apprenticeships and could be especially welcome news to small businesses.
March 27, 2024

Employers – Are you ready for the new tax year?

The new tax year begins on 6th April and for employers running monthly payrolls, the March pay run will be the last of the 2023/24 tax year.
March 25, 2024

Increase to small company thresholds

Thresholds based on a company’s accounts and employee numbers determine whether a company is categorised as small or not. Being able to qualify as a small or medium sized business can cut red tape for a business with the reduced amount of both non-financial and financial reporting a small or medium sized business is required to do.
March 22, 2024

Are you or your employees making good use of Tax-Free Childcare?

Tax-Free Childcare is available to working families to help them save on their childcare costs. However, many may not be making use of this provision and with the Easter break soon upon us, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is encouraging families who have not yet signed up to consider doing so.
March 20, 2024

Redundancies – what factors should be considered?

In times of economic uncertainty or because of operational challenges, you may find your business is facing tough decisions, including the possibility of redundancies. While such situations can be daunting and emotionally challenging, careful consideration and planning can help reduce the impact on both employees and the business as a whole.
March 18, 2024

2024 – The year of the SME

2024 seems to be a good year to be a small business. The UK Government is doubling down on its commitment to the nation’s 5.5 million small businesses by announcing the launch of a new Small Business Council.
March 15, 2024

Spring Budget – VAT registration threshold increases

The thresholds for VAT registration and deregistration have remained static for the last 7 years, however an increase in the thresholds was announced in the Spring Budget.
March 13, 2024

Spring Budget - National insurance cuts – what they mean to you as an employer

The national insurance cuts in the Spring Budget have made most of the Budget-related headlines. So, what is the effect of this on you as an employer?
March 11, 2024

Spring Budget – A budget for long-term growth?

Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his Spring Budget 2024 speech on 6 March 2024. This potentially is the last budget before the next general election, which will need to be held before 28 January 2025. The Budget was designed to emphasise the government’s good achievements as well as to appear to lower taxes and curry favour with voters.
March 8, 2024

Making Tax Digital: New policy paper published

A new policy paper has been released by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment for sole traders and landlords.
March 6, 2024

Are you eligible for a £252 saving on your tax bill?

With the tax year ending on 5 April, March is a good month to check whether sharing unused tax allowances with your partner could save you some money.
March 4, 2024

Understanding the pros and cons of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme for businesses

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a significant consideration for businesses. It impacts your cash flow, the amount of admin work needed, and even your overall profitability. One option available to businesses - with a VAT exclusive turnover of £150,000 or less - is the VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS), which offers a simplified approach to VAT accounting.
March 1, 2024

Update expected to the Code of Practice on requests for flexible working

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has released a final draft of a new Code of Practice on requests for flexible working. The draft Code received consultation in 2023 and is now awaiting parliamentary approval. If it is approved, then the new Code is expected to come into force in April 2024.
February 28, 2024

Companies House fees to increase from 1 May 2024

Companies House have reviewed the fees they charge and have released details of the new charges that will apply from 1 May 2024.
February 26, 2024

Exploring tax implications: Limited company vs Sole Trader

When starting a business, or indeed as an established business, choosing the most suitable legal structure for your business is an important thing to consider. Two popular options are operating as a sole trader or forming a limited company. Each of these options comes with its own set of pros and cons, especially when it comes to tax.
February 23, 2024

What’s your policy on scanning QR codes?

Since the COVID lockdowns, QR codes have become increasingly commonplace as a quick way to direct people to websites, to log into online video services on smart TVs and TV boxes, or to order or pay for goods and services.
February 22, 2024

HMRC warns about an increase in tax refund scams

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are warning that fraudsters could focus on Self Assessment taxpayers.
February 20, 2024

Inflation stays flat

Official figures were released last week showing that inflation remains at 4% in the year to January.
February 9, 2024

No final decision yet on a digital pound

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have published their response to a consultation on a digital pound that was started in February 2023.
February 8, 2024

Cuts to National Insurance rates benefit January pay packets

The 12% to 10% employees national insurance rate cut first announced in the Autumn Statement came into effect in January. This means that many employees will have seen a boost in their take home pay in their January pay packet.

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