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  • January 2017 - Newsletter Download PDF January 2017 – NewsletterSelf-assessment reminder The deadline to submit your online tax return for 2015/16 is no later than midnight on 31 January 2017. Here are the 5 step guide necessary to complete self-assessment on time. 1.     Information you need You’ll need your most …
  •   DOWNLOAD PDF Pension reforms could cost £5 billion The pension reforms introduced by George Osborne could cost £5 billion and push house prices up in the long term, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The report examined the projected economic effects of a range of the ex-chancellor's …
  •   DOWNLOAD PDF Insider May 2016 Charities unaware of reporting obligations Many charities are unaware of their reporting obligations with 1 in 5 having submitted the wrong documents, according to research by the Charity Commission. 1 in 6 did not send any form of report and others only sent their …
  •   DOWNLOAD PDF November 2015 – NewsletterPrivate sector businesses hit record number The number of private sector businesses has reached a new record of 5.4 million, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced. There are now 900,000 more businesses compared to 2010, while the number of businesses that …
  •   DOWNLOAD PDF Minimum wage increases The adult rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) is set to rise by 20p to £6.70 on 1 October 2015. As well as the change to adult rate: the apprentice rate increases by 57p to £3.30 the rate for 18 to 20 year …
  •   DOWNLOAD PDF August 2015 – NewsletterGovernment publishes productivity strategy A plan to improve the productivity of UK businesses has been published by the Treasury. The policy document identifies 2 key areas to stimulating productivity in the UK: long-term investment and a dynamic economy. Among the measures included in the …
  •   DOWNLOAD PDF New holiday pay rules come into effect Employers will need to account for overtime when calculating holiday pay from 1 July 2015. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled in November 2014 that employers must factor in overtime, commissions and bonuses when making holiday pay calculations, instead of …
  • June 2015 – Newsletter

    June 2015 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Deregulation tops small firms' priority list More than half of small business owners want the new Conservative government to prioritise reducing regulation, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed. The poll of more than 2,300 FSB members found that 53% believe that regulation …
  • May 2015 – Newsletter

    May 2015 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Businesses delay capital investment Almost two thirds of UK businesses generated a cash surplus in the last tax year, according to research by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The survey of 500 businesses found that 62% made a cash surplus last year …
  • April 2015 – Newsletter

    April 2015 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF SMEs in profit at 2007 levels The number of small businesses that reported profits over the last 12 months has returned to 2007 levels, according to the government's Small Business Survey. The annual survey conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills showed that 78% of …
  • March 2015 – Newsletter

    March 2015 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Compliance costs SMEs SMEs pay almost £10 billion in tax compliance costs each year, according to research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The survey of 500 businesses reveals that the average SME spends £4,376 complying with business taxes each year. Collectively, the SME sector spends …
  • February 2015 – Newsletter

    February 2015 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Inflation falls to 14-year low The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation fell sharply to 0.5% in the year to December 2014, from 1% in November 2014, official figures show. This is the joint lowest CPI rate on record and the lowest since May 2000. The …
  • January 2015 – Newsletter

    January 2015 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Businesses plan growth for 2015 Small businesses are planning growth in 2015 but many are still unaware of the finance options available to them, research by the British Business Bank has revealed. The research into more than 1,000 firms found that 46% are planning to expand their …
  • December 2014 – Newsletter

    December 2014 – Newsletter

    Small firms fuel economic growthMore than a third of economic growth in 2013 was created by high growth small businesses (HGSBs), a report by Octopus Investments and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has found. HGSBs are firms that have recorded annual turnover of £1-20 million and an …
  • November 2014 – Newsletter

    November 2014 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Businesses boosted by 'Brand Britain' Products labelled 'Made in Britain' are more attractive to overseas consumers than those with no declared country of origin, a study commissioned by Barclays Corporate Banking has found. The research found that 64% of consumers in new and emerging markets are more …
  • October 2014 – Newsletter

    October 2014 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Record confidence among small businesses Confidence among small businesses has reached record levels, research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has shown. The FSB survey revealed that small firms in all sectors improved their outlook for the fourth quarter of 2014. Personal services experienced the biggest …
  • September 2014 – Newsletter

    September 2014 – Newsletter

    SME loan success rate up to 80% Four out of 5 SME loan applications were approved in 2014, compared with 71% in 2013, according to research by venture capital firm Albion Ventures. Despite these improvements, just 1 in 10 SMEs applied for finance during the past 12 months, down from …
  • August 2014 – Newsletter

    August 2014 – Newsletter

    A quarter want to be entrepreneurs More than a quarter of employees dream of running a business, according to a survey from Lloyds Bank Insurance. The report reveals that 26% of workers have entrepreneurial aspirations but the fear of taking a risk is preventing a third from starting a business. …
  • July 2014 – Newsletter

    July 2014 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Small firms rely on planning not luck Luck does not play a big role in a firm's success according to nearly three quarters of small business owners, research by software provider Sage has found. In a survey of more than 1,000 UK small business owners, just 28% …
  • June 2014 – Newsletter

    June 2014 – Newsletter

      DOWNLOAD PDF Welcome to your June newsletter. In this issue, the news that the economy continues to recover and a leading business group predicts future growth. Small firms are reluctant to switch bank accounts despite a third calling their current provider ‘average’. Just over half of small employers have …
  • Newsletter – May 2014

    Newsletter – May 2014

      DOWNLOAD PDF Welcome to your May newsletter. In this issue, the news that unemployment has fallen to 6.9% and wages have grown faster than inflation. 35% of private sector employees are now enrolled in a workplace pension scheme. We examine the employment law reforms that came into effect on …