It’s hard to believe Rishi Sunak has only been the Chancellor since Valentine’s Day, given what he’s had to deal with in a matter of weeks since.(more…) Read More
You’ve got a business idea, you’ve got the skills, the concept,
the motivation and maybe even someone that’s keen to pay for
your services, but where do you start? What will you call your
business? What business structure will suit it best?
It may be that as your business grows you run through several
different structures, but most firms will set up one way and
remain just that, even as their turnover grows or falls.
So you’ve got a business idea, and you think it might be a runner.
But then again, just as you’ve geared yourself up to commit, all
sorts of midnight worries start to creep in.
Is now the time? Are people spending money? What about the
sluggish housing market? What about Brexit? And the state of
the local high street – does anyone even go there anymore?
Fraud costs the UK around £190 billion a year, with businesses bearing almost three quarters – £140bn – of those losses.(more…) Read More
Accountants, as a breed, are fans of efficiency. We tend to appreciate optimised systems and abhor waste, whether it’s time, effort or resources being frittered away.
The concept of efficiency as we know it today is a product of the industrial revolution. That’s when engineers and manufacturers became obsessed with squeezing out maximum profit by the smart use of new machinery and the automation of processes.
When you supply goods and services, you expect to be paid, and promptly, but Britain has a deeply embedded culture of late payments. Indeed, for some businesses, delaying payment is an essential part of the business model. (more…)Read More
It has been a challenging and eventful three years for UK businesses with a series of high-profile incidents highlighting how situations can change suddenly and often without warning.
From the continued pressure of uncertainty relating to Brexit, terrorism, fire, extreme weather and cyber-attacks, how would your business cope if it was affected by something similar?
As the clock continues to tick down to the 29 March 2019, when the UK is scheduled to officially leave the EU at 11pm, there is still much uncertainty around what Brexit will mean for UK business. (more…)Read More
If there’s one thing that keeps us awake at night it’s the thought of how many British businesses are failing to claim capital allowances to which they are entitled – worth billions of pounds across the board, according to some estimates.
Capital allowances provide the mechanism for tax relief on certain types of capital expenditure (the purchase of assets such as office furniture, or equipment) essentially providing a deduction against profits. (more…)Read More
My client has a member of staff with long-established care responsibilities and wants to know how they can support the individual?
This months edition includes:
– ‘Raise the VAT threshold to stimulate SME growth’
– SMEs miss out on business savings interest
– Calls increase for reform of ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy
– Working pensioners pay £8.6bn in income tax
The company provides some employees with Company cars that are hybrids. The employees are also provided with fuel cards that are available for their private use and receive a fuel Benefit in Kind in relation to the car. However, the cars are plugged in and charged at home can the employer offset this cost against the fuel Benefit in Kind?… (more…)Read More