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Save Tax in 2018/19

The tax rate is due to change, it was announced by the chancellor in the Autumn Statement. The lower personal tax rate will increase from £11,850 to £12,500 or £50,000 for higher taxpayers from April 2019. The increase of the tax threshold means you will pay less tax...

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Do You Have Impostor Syndrome?

What is impostor syndrome Earlier this month, Michelle Obama spoke about imposter syndrome after being asked how she felt being seen as a 'symbol of hope', to which she replied  "I still have a little impostor syndrome, it never goes away...that feeling that you...

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Tax Diary of Main Events 2018/19

Here are key tax dates for December 2018 and January 2019 to add to your calendar: Date What’s Due 19/12/18 PAYE & NIC deductions, and CIS return and tax, for month to 5/12/18 (due 22/12 if you pay electronically)   30/12/18 Deadline for filing 2017/18 tax return...

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6 Steps to a Sustainable Business

The definition of sustainability A process of change that takes into consideration the preservation of the ecosystem on a local and global system. Starting your journey to sustainability 1) Define sustainability for your business Take a step back and evaluate your...

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4 Things to Consider Before Hiring Someone

What kind of business do you have? Before you hire someone, you need to step back and think about the type of business you have. Is it a lifestyle business that nicely fits around your personal life? Or is it a business you would like to nurture and grow?   Are you...

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Tis the Season of Giving

As the festive season approaches, it is worth knowing what you must report to HMRC and ways you can save tax. You have the ability to gift your team benefits-in-kind tax-free. The new simplified gifting rule was introduced in April 2016. Certain tax benefits-in-kind...

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Confirmation Bias and Its Effect on Business

What is confirmation bias? Confirmation bias is the tendency to process information and interpret it to be consistent with your already existing beliefs. Confirmation bias can lead to errors and is motivated by wishful thinking. Read more about what a confirmation...

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Get the Most Out of Social Media Marketing

Most, if not all of your team will have social media, this may be Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. Some members of your team may even have more than one. So, why not encourage your team to utilise their personal pages to help the business grow? Here are few...

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What Is Making Tax Digital (MTD)? And Who Must Comply?

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)? Making tax digital is a government initiative to digitalise financial record keeping. Depending on the size of your business you will need to comply with the initiative on 1 April 2019 or 2020. The deadline is fast approaching yet...

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2018 Autumn Budget – The Last Before Brexit

In the last budget before Brexit the chancellor Philip Hammond scales to pave the way for a brighter future, whilst delivering tax rates for 2019/20. Hammond like the rest of the UK is waiting to see what will happen as a result of Brexit, he has previously stated...

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Should You Register for VAT?

Many companies question whether they should register for VAT or not. In this blog, I discuss what VAT is as the benefits and drawbacks of being registered. VAT is a minefield and raises many questions, so I have put this blog together to help you decide whether or not...

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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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