Gloves off as the Pensions Regulator begins Auto Enrolment crackdown
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on December 13, 2017

Yes, we know. If you run a business these days, you have to deal with so much red tape that you could decorate several acres of Christmas trees with it. It’s bad enough having to deal with the taxman’s demands for VAT returns, Corporation Tax returns, PAYE and (always highly inconvenient) surprise inspections. But with

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Why team building activities are so important for your business
Posted by Mark Boulter on December 11, 2017

Team building should be an integral part of the strategy for every successful business Anybody who has worked in an office will know that a mere mention of the phrase ‘team building’ can often result in moans and groans. It’s sometimes perceived to be a synonym for mandatory socialising and viewed as a chore rather

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Received a negative online review? Here’s what to do….
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on December 8, 2017

From builders and beauticians, to hotels and accountants, reviews affect our purchasing decision whether we like it or not. Reviews can be extremely useful; when booking a holiday for example. Now good holidays generally don’t come cheap, so being able to see a number of reviews which all praise a hotel gives you added confidence

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10 effective ways to motivate your team
Posted by Mark Boulter on December 6, 2017

Effective ways to motivate your employees What is it that makes us feel motivated? Is it the pride of acting on behalf of others? Is it the knowledge of receiving a reward for accomplishing your goals? Or is it simply envy of others’ successes that drives you forward?   However you define motivation, it is

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Can you afford not to offer online shopping?
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on December 4, 2017

With Christmas just around the corner, retailers are working hard for our money. But it’s not just about the battle of the high street. Online retailers want a cut too. In October 2017 the UK spent an average of £1.2 billion online per week, according to a recent ONS survey. Since October 2016, online shopping

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Company Capital Gains Tax indexation relief is frozen. Ouch.
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on December 1, 2017

Before the Autumn Budget, the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) calculations for companies included a relief called the indexation allowance. Basically, this allowed a company to increase the deemed acquisition cost of an asset by the annual rate of inflation. If the deemed purchase cost of an asset being sold is increased, the taxable gain when

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First-time buyer? It’s a bonanza! Or is it?
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on November 29, 2017

HMRC have laid out the detail of their budget plans to support first-time home buyers in their quest to buy their first home. There are fears that this strategy will simply drive up house prices as demand is stimulated and that these savings in stamp duty will therefore become moot. Should that be the case

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8 Great Christmas party ideas for your team
Posted by Mark Boulter on November 27, 2017

Work Christmas Party ideas I tend to think of the office Christmas party as rather like Marmite; you either love it or hate it. Those that I attended earlier in my career invariably entailed a meal or buffet of some sort, alcohol and dancing – a winning combo when you’re in your twenties but perhaps

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What the 2017 Budget means for you and your business
Posted by Ben Locker on November 23, 2017

Key points of the Autumn Budget 2017 Click to view our short video on the budget Today the Prime Minister brought Chancellor Philip Hammond a box of cough sweets as he delivered the Budget – a reference to her own ill-fated speech, which she coughed through at this year’s Conservative Party conference. He didn’t need

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Do you know which stage your business is at?
Posted by THP on November 17, 2017

Five stages of the business lifecycle The life of a business owner or entrepreneur can, in many ways, be likened to that of a parent. Both represent a part of who you really are, will be carefully nurtured over many years, flourish to deliver a sense of pride, and will take on a life of

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