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Pre-mortems: how thinking about the worst outcome can be best for your business

‘A pre-mortem in a business setting comes at the beginning of a project rather than the end, so that the project can be improved rather than autopsied.’ Gary Klein, Research Scientist, in Harvard Business Review With a few gloomy months behind us and predictions of financial turmoil ahead, the business environment has become increasingly uncertain.[...] Read more »

Are open plan offices the key to a fitter workforce?

As part of our staff wellbeing strategy, we’ve been looking at health in the workplace and how the simplest changes can make a surprising difference. Most of us are familiar with step challenges: tackling the office stairs instead of the lift, or walking the ‘long way’ from car to house to reach the magical 10,000[...] Read more »

Tired of winter and considering your next holiday? Here’s what you need to know about buying a holiday home to let

Christmas is over, the decorations have come down and last summer is a warm but distant memory. January is a popular time of year to start looking at holiday options, but what are the possibilities if you buy a holiday home to rent out? A Furnished Holiday Let, or FHL, can have some of the[...] Read more »

A quick guide to Company Voluntary Arrangements

With stories of struggling retailers dominating the news, we look at a common route for insolvent businesses: the CVA, or Company Voluntary Arrangement. The CVA was originally designed as a ‘consensual restructuring vehicle’ that had none of the stigma of administration. Under a CVA, the directors of a struggling company would retain control of the[...] Read more »

Gift aid – how to give more this Christmas

In a bid to avoid a wave of unwanted (and unrecyclable) plastic, many people are deciding to give to charity instead of swapping gifts this Christmas. UK taxpayers have the option to make charitable donations through Gift Aid, allowing charities to reclaim the tax on donations from HMRC. Donations to charities or Community Amateur Sports[...] Read more »

Auto-enrolment – your responsibilities to your employees

Since auto-enrolment began in 2012, over nine million people have joined workplace pension schemes. As legislation changes and spot checks happen more often, it may be worth considering using a payroll provider to give you peace of mind that the rules are being followed and to help reduce the risk of arrears and penalties. Here[...] Read more »

Weird and Wonderful Budget Facts

This year’s Autumn Budget will be delivered on Monday 29 October. For up to date tax information, subscribe to our email newsletter here or to receive a paper copy of our Autumn Budget Summary drop us an email. Every year the red leather briefcase is held aloft outside Number 11 Downing Street and the public[...] Read more »

Tax deductions for start-ups – how savings can add up

Following our article on tax breaks for SMEs, we’re looking at tax deductions for the start-up business person, from savings on mortgage interest and home heating bills to books and subscriptions. Here are some of the ways to maximise your deductions and increase the money you can put into your business: Working from home will[...] Read more »

How ‘Forgotten’ Tax Deductions Can Put More Money into Your Business

Congratulations! After years of planning, blood sweat and tears, you’ve finally set up your own business. You’ve put thought into your company name, branding, website and staffing. But what about tax savings? Here are some tax breaks that could free up money to put back into your business: Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) You can claim[...] Read more »

HMRC Gives More Time to Businesses in Distress

After HMRC’s recent consultation on insolvency, the government has committed to give financially-viable companies more time to consider their options. The proposed measures will give businesses in distress a 28-day moratorium period on legal action (overseen by an insolvency practitioner) allowing time to consider a restructuring or seek new investment to rescue their business, free[...] Read more »


 

 

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