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The End of Childcare Voucher Schemes

Earlier in the year, HMRC announced that no new childcare voucher scheme could be set up after the 5 October 2018. Octobers deadline a six month extension from the original deadline of 5 April 2018. Employers can continue administrating childcare voucher schemes they...

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4 Stages of Design Thinking

When we think of designing something, most of us tend to think of think of a tangible product, however, the thought process for design can be applied to business. Here are the 4 steps of design thinking: Define the problem Often when we are faced with problems at the...

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Class 2 NICs to Continue for Self-Employed

In 2016 the government consulted on a proposed abolition of Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed. This flat rate contribution, currently £2.95 a week is payable by the self-employed in addition to Class 4 contributions based on the...

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A Simple Guide to Creating a Brand – Logo

Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business. If you get your brand right your business will have a competitive edge.   What is branding? Branding is a way of defining your business, both internally and externally. Your team need to know what your...

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Knowledge Sharing

Most businesses will have a contingency plan for the loss of data and information on servers and systems. But what if 'knowledge' walks out the door? It is worth making sure knowledge is shared and documented, here are 3 things to take into consideration:  ...

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Are You Prepared for the Self-Assessment Deadline?

Who needs to complete the self-assessment? You will need to complete self-assessment  if: Your self-employment income is more than £1,000 You've received more than £2,500 from untaxed income such as commission or tips Yours (or your partners) income was over £50,000...

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The Benefits of Creating a Business Plan

A business plan does not have to be large 20 page document with tabs and appendices. Your business plan could be a few objectives jotted down somewhere, now this will not be enough to take into investors office but it is a starting point.   What are the benefits of...

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Are You Affected by Tapered Pension Tax Relief?

For most taxpayers the annual tax-free pensions allowance is £40,000. In 2016 the tapered allowance regulation was introduced, lowering this amount for high earners.   Who does tapered annual allowance apply to? This regulation applies to individuals with a threshold...

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3 Things You Should Do When Negotiating

In business, you are regularly presented with situations where you need to negotiate. The situations could be informal day to day interactions or formal client/supplier interactions.   Effective negotiation requires a combination of interpersonal and communication...

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You May Have to Pay Your Debtors Unpaid VAT

HMRC have recently updated VAT notice 726, a regulation that strongly advises traders to carry out due diligence on their supply charge. Meaning, in short, you could be held liable for unpaid VAT of another VAT registered business when buy/sell specified goods....

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5 Ways You Can Help Your Team Manage Stress

According to Forth with Life 85% of adults regularly experience stress. The main cause of stress for 25-54 years is work, so to put into to perspective 17 out of 20 of your employees are likely to feel stressed on a regular basis. Here are 5 things you can do to help...

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4 Things You Can do to Become More Mindful at Work

The Definition The definition of mindfulness is “psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment”. Motivational speakers often run seminars around the topic of mindfulness for self-improvement but it can also be used in...

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Time to Declare Your Offshore Income and Assets

HMRC are urging UK to tax payers to come forward and declare any profits earned from offshore assets. Overseas profits may be from undeclared holiday homes or oversea properties. The deadline to declare the income is 30 September 2018 under the ‘Requirement to...

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Utilise Social Media and Grow Your Business

There has been an apparent shift from traditional to online marketing. Online marketing includes your website, marketing emails and search engine optimisation (SEO). Do you utilise all 3? I assume you have a website, you're likely to post blogs and see the value in...

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