Posted by Kevin Wheeler on April 27, 2018
With effect from on 6th April 2015, some of us now have more choice on how we pass on our pension funds when we die. The first thing you need to do is discover whether your particular pension arrangement has a “Nominee Drawdown facility” or “NDF”.
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 25, 2018
When your tax return for 2017-18 is completed, make sure you remember the following expenses. Sometimes they are overlooked.
Posted by Ben Locker on April 23, 2018
When I was in my second year at university, one of my tutors was a well-known Scottish poet who liked to do things differently. You’d be sitting in his room, wishing that you’d read your Shakespeare a bit more thoroughly, when – boom! – you’d be lobbed a question like: “Compare the plot of King Lear to the workings of a bicycle” By doing this knew he’d make you think spontaneously and – with luck – reach new insights that you otherwise wouldn’t.
Posted by Ben Locker on April 20, 2018
Years ago, I used to work in offices that were very minimalist and discouraged (or even banned) you from keeping plants. I hated it, and it made me wonder whether keeping plants in the workplace had any measurable benefits. The short answer is ‘Yes!’ If you want happier, more productive staff, then plants could well be part of the answer. These are just 5 things I’ve found out.
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 18, 2018
If you’re self-employed, then just the thought of completing an annual self-assessment tax form can fill you with dread. How long is it going to take? Now where did I put all of my receipts? The Government could have a solution though. In a move to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right, Making Tax Digital (MTD) could put an end to the annual tax return for millions.
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 16, 2018
These days it’s very rare for people to stay in a job for life, or even for very many years. Moving from job to job can be great news for your career and your salary but things can quickly get confusing when it comes to your pension.
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 13, 2018
It’s no surprise to hear that Google is the largest search engine in the world but how many of you would have put YouTube second? As we continue to consume video content online, are you missing out on the chance to promote your business, product or service.
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 9, 2018
One way to grow your business is to sell your product or service to the rest of the world. Another is to relocate or open subsequent offices elsewhere but wouldn’t that just be a load of red tape and a very big headache? There will inevitably be a whole host of things to think about, but you might be surprised at just how keen some countries are to have your business.
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 6, 2018
If you don’t know what a chatbot is then don’t worry, you’re not alone. In simple terms, it’s an online tool that can be programmed to interact like a human being. It’s really rather like an Amazon Alexa or Siri but rather than being programmed for general use it’s designed (or programmed) to address a particular online business application.
Posted by Mark Boulter on April 4, 2018
Starting a business inevitably means juggling several things at once. Quite often one person will have many hats – project manager, sales person and HR manager to name but a few and – particularly in the first few years. With that in mind, we’ve listed five of the more common HR mistakes made by SME’s and give some tips on how you can avoid them.