HMRC tackles its own fraudsters!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on June 4, 2018

There has been an endless growth in illegal sites associated with HMRC, with the scammers creating websites that look similar to HMRC’s official site with the call numbers being at an extortionate costs. However, HMRC has found a way to tackle these fraudsters saving the public £2.4m from these phone scams.

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Why saving energy is a smart move for businesses
Posted by Ben Locker on June 1, 2018

In today’s age energy saving is becoming more of a concern for both individuals and businesses. Not only does saving energy cut overheads and increases your margins, a company’s carbon footprint is a growing concern for their audience. Here we look at different ways your business can start cutting its energy.

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How to rent a room at home tax free!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on May 30, 2018

Since April 2016, the amount of tax-free income you can earn from letting out furnished accommodation in your home has increased to £7,500 per annum or £3,750 if two persons own a property jointly. Here we look at how the rent a room scheme works and the tax rules.

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Five of the best small business tools to help you to manage your small business
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on May 28, 2018

When you’re running a small business, it’s easy to get caught with the day-to-day stuff and not see the bigger picture. For small business owners time is a precious commodity, with that in mind we have devised a list of five vital small business tools to help you save time and grow your business.

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How to talk to anyone about anything
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on May 25, 2018

Networking is an important part of growing a business and let’s face it, even in our personal lives, it’s a lot easier if we can talk to each other without embarrassing ourselves. So here at THP we have devised a few tips on how you can start talking to anyone about anything.

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Do your employees eat at their desks?
Posted by Ben Locker on May 23, 2018

Eating at a desk is common in the UK and America, many European countries frown on the practice. Sitting at your keyboard with a sandwich would certainly raise eyebrows in Germany and cause the average French worker to question your sanity. However, there are good reasons for their disdain and if your employees tend to eat at their desks I’d strongly recommend changing the workplace culture so they don’t.

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Six key mistakes freelancers make and how to avoid them
Posted by Mark Boulter on May 21, 2018

Freelancing is something of a double-edged sword: on the one hand, it’s the dream to be able to choose the clients and projects you take on and to be your own boss. On the other, it can be a financial minefield, with both personal and professional obligations to cover. With that in mind we have come up with a few common freelance mistakes to avoid, so you’ll have a little bit of a head start if you choose to go it alone.

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Tax breaks on pensions make them a great way to save!
Posted by Kevin Wheeler on May 18, 2018

Thanks to pension freedoms, many people dip into their life savings when they choose, from the age of 55. If this is what you want to do, taking your pension as Income Drawdown as it’s known, then there are a number of things to consider if you are to make the most of your money.

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5 tips for growing your start-up’s brand
Posted by Mark Boulter on May 16, 2018

Finding advice for building your business brand can be relatively difficult to find and most tips out there are based on the assumption that every start-up business has a stable and healthy budget. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions on developing your start-up branding when there’s a limited amount of money to spend.

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How to minimise the GDPR headache
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on May 14, 2018

Unless you have been living on a different planet in the last 18 months or so, you should be well aware that on 25 May 2018, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into force and if your business holds staff, customer and supplier data, you’ll be affected. The generally accepted standard position is that obtaining opt-ins from contacts is going to be necessary if you wish to continue emailing. However, if you can rely on the “legitimate interests”clause, then this may very well not actually be necessary.

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