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Want to save money on customer service? Fine – but keep it human.
Posted by Ben Locker on January 31, 2018

As smartphones have got larger and more expensive, I have become more and more expert at breaking them. My first smartphone, an iPhone 3G, was perfect for my needs. It fitted snugly in my hand and I could reach every part of the screen with my thumb. Which meant that the likelihood of me dropping

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7 essential tips to creating a catchy business name
Posted by Mark Boulter on January 29, 2018

Creating a name for your business Starting any new business is an exciting time; a chance to establish a professional organisation that matches your ideals and provides services and products which proudly bear your chosen name. Of course, deciding what this name should be is a challenge in itself. Being able to differentiate your company

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Get ready for changes to workplace pensions in April 2018
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 26, 2018

Auto Enrolment special from THP By now, almost every UK employer has been legally obliged to automatically enrol their employees in a workplace pension scheme. Indeed, the only firms that haven’t yet had to do so are those who became new employers between July and September 2017. If that’s you, you need to act fast

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Two ways your business can reclaim money and boost cash reserves!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 24, 2018

Opportunity number 1:- Research and Development costs and expenses Research and Development (R&D) tax credits are a government incentive that rewards innovative businesses for their investment in research and development. This incentive is for Limited Companies that pay Corporation Tax and undertake Research and Development. To be eligible your company must have spent money on

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Claiming Tax Credits? Don’t miss the 31 January deadline!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 23, 2018

Although the renewal date for 2017/18 tax credit claims was 31 July 2017, any estimated figures provided at that time must be confirmed by 31 January 2018. If you are self-employed and claiming tax credits, you have to provide your income details twice to HMRC – once on your Self-Assessment tax return and also as part

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GDPR: What you need to know – part 1
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 22, 2018

You can’t keep putting it off, 2018 is upon us General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, to better protect our personal data. If your business holds the personal data of staff, customers, suppliers and other business contacts, then listen up.Perhaps you’ve been waiting until nearer the time to

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Even Richard Branson’s not brilliant at everything – and you don’t need to be either..
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 19, 2018

I was thinking about all the skills you need to run a successful business and I quickly came to the conclusion that there are few (if any) people in the world who have them all. After all, hand on heart, can you say you are a brilliant leader, an inspired business planner, a laser-focused marketer,

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How to be kind and cut your corporation tax bill at the same time!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 17, 2018

Cutting your corporation tax bill by giving to charity Christmas is traditionally a time when our thoughts turn to people less fortunate than ourselves. Throughout the festive season, charities have worked hard to encourage us to give to causes ranging from homelessness and food banks to mental illness and child protection. Few of us are

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How to write your way to freedom (and more sales)
Posted by Ben Locker on January 17, 2018

Did you know it’s possible to write yourself out of a prison cell? That’s exactly what Louis Victor Eytinge did. A criminal with a track record for forgery, he was convicted of murder in 1907 and given a life sentence. Arriving in Arizona State Penitentiary, Eytinge was put in the infirmary to recover from a

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Self-employed and thinking about taking a holiday?
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 15, 2018

How to take a break whilst looking after your business at the same time It’s cold, grey and it’s only January. How do we get through winter? Answer? Book a holiday. But if you’re self-employed you might think twice. Most organisations give staff a number of paid holiday days per year. But if you’re one

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