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Making the most of the Personal Allowance

16th November 2015
16th November 2015

The Personal Allowance is how much you can earn before you start paying tax – so it’s important you make the most efficient use of it!

The standard personal allowance is £10,600 for the current tax year and not everyone will be able to make full use of this. If you and your spouse are in the situation where one of you earns above the personal allowance and one just below you can make use of transferring the Marriage Allowance. Read more

Who needs R&R?

28th October 2015
28th October 2015

Many small businesses and their owners long for a bit of R&R – but I mean something different to rest and relaxation! In my mind, R&R means referral and recommendation, as the growth of our businesses and keeping current customers is crucial to our business survival, strength and growth.

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Redundancy: some things you need to know

15th October 2015
15th October 2015

Anything to do with redundancy is a worrying process, whether you’re making staff redundant or being let go yourself.  For the employer, some of the regulations and calculations can be difficult.  Here, we look at some of the important considerations which have to be taken in account.

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Make sure your payroll keeps up with new wage rates…

29th September 2015
29th September 2015

NMW 1st OctThe National Minimum Wage increases on October 1st – good news for people on low wages, but it is equally important for employers to make sure they are up-to-date with their payroll.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law. It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the minimum wage. The NMW rate per hour depends upon your age – you must be at least of school leaving age for it to apply – and whether you are classified as an apprentice.

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Topical Tax Updates: Landlords & Property to Let

22nd September 2015
22nd September 2015

There are proposals to change 2 important aspects of property to let – the Wear and Tear Allowance, and Tax Relief on Buy to Let mortgages. Read on… Read more

Taking the plunge – employing your first member of staff!

10th September 2015
10th September 2015

Nickie looks back at how she grew her business and what is involved in employing staff…

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Beat those holiday blues!

1st September 2015
1st September 2015

So it’s the end of the summer holidays and the August Bank Holiday weekend weather didn’t allow much outdoor activity. But don’t be sad, look forward, plan and prepare to fire back into action and make the end of 2015 a positive one!

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Accountancy – not an easy career option!

19th August 2015
19th August 2015

Nickie Bantoft outlines what it takes to become an accountant – and what’s involved with keeping up-to-date with all the new changes that happen each year…

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All about VAT

10th August 2015
10th August 2015

VAT can be a minefield, particularly for small businesses.  But it doesn’t have to be that difficult – here’s a quick guide to the essentials…

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Budget 2015: Changes for Limited Companies

29th July 2015
29th July 2015

The recent summer budget has suggested some big changes for limited companies – here we summarise the most significant changes, including the introduction of a tax on dividends.

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