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Business Taxes Have Become More Complicated for SMEs – Infographic

It is a sign of the times when the UK government created the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS). It was an admission that business taxes were becoming more complicated. The OTS was set up in 2010 and...

Use customer data wisely and well: understand their preferences, respect their privacy

In order to offer the personalised service you know your customers enjoy you may need to gather and hold data on them. However, it’s also critical you respect their privacy: never using that data in...

Are Email Attachments Truly Secure Enough for Accountants?

This is a guest post by Daniel Kissane, ShareFile Sales Manager Email is a convenient way to send files but it’s not the most secure. In fact, email security features aren’t much different than th...

Have you got any bright young sparks on your team? Would you like to?

Finding the right job is a challenge for anyone these days. As is finding the right team for your unique small enterprise. Employing talented individuals at the start of their careers can be one golde...

Small businesses: not planning on hiring any time soon. Are you?

Is this one fallout from Brexit? A reticence on the part of small businesses like yours to continue hiring? Certainly, this piece over on Real Business, reporting on research from Zurich, suggests the...

The gig economy: juggling jobs brings its own challenges

If you’ve set up and are running your own fledgling business, it may well be that you’re also holding down another part-time job – to bring in a steady income – and/ or looking after the kids ...

How to ensure you get your company off to the best possible start

This is a guest post by Clarke Bell If you are thinking of starting up a new business, there are a lot of things you should consider at these early stages. As Licensed Insolvency Practitioners, we hav...

The General Election Small Business Debate: 18th May 2017

ICAEW is to host a Question Time-style event at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London on 18th May to find out which political parties offer the best policies to support small businesses. To atte...

The Business Show: An essential event to drive business forward

The Business Show is getting closer and as Britain’s leading business event gears up to grace the ExCel on the 17th and 18th May, visitors are in for a feast of content. The show is the ultimate two...

Is managing your finances making you ill? If so, you’re not alone

A new competition, launched by Nesta, is searching for ways to help with this burden. So says this piece over in The Telegraph. ‘Managing your finances is a necessary evil but for many small busines...

The Importance of Timely Management Accounts

This is a guest post by Three Lines Chartered Accountants As an experienced Chartered Accountant, Part Time Finance Director, Management Accountant & Business Advisor, I am a person who likes orde...

Smarter Business Network launches new Mobile App

The ICAEW Business Advice Service has launched a new, free mobile app for its award-winning advocate platform, Smarter Business Network. Just go to the link above, and on the left side of the screen y...

New ICAEW research probes businesses facing increased costs

Are you a small business facing mounting costs – maybe related to the fall in sterling? New ICAEW research has explored just this issue, and found around half of businesses – 53 per cent – have...

When is neutrality discrimination? Do you have a company policy?

Do you, as a business, wish to present a ‘neutral’ front to your customers? This was the aim of one business in Belgium that ‘operated an unwritten rule that workers were not allowed to wear vi...

The Business Show: Coming soon!

The Business Show is getting closer and as Britain’s leading business event gears up for  ExCel on the 17th and 18th May, visitors are in for a feast of content. The show is the ultimate two-day ev...

What WILL Brexit mean for small businesses?

The truth is, of course, nobody really yet knows. What we do now know is Brexit is a reality: it’s happening. Moving forward, we’ll have to see – and find out – the various impacts. But a usef...

ICAEW responds to Theresa May’s snap election decision

Old news now of course, but Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election on 8 June is still reverberating as we write this. On the same day – Tuesday 18 April – ICAEW released its comment. Ste...

Will the Gender Pay Gap legislation affect your business?

This is a guest post by berg. On April 6th, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will come into force – but what exactly does this mean? The legislation will call for...

Six lessons we might all learn from Innocent?

Do you have a dream? You must do – or you wouldn’t have started a business? So… how can a dream come true? There’s a really clear and interesting interview with one of Innocent’s three co-fo...

Do you NOT have a website? A third of small US businesses don’t

Does your small business have a website? It may be your only hub, or may complement a bricks and mortar outlet? But a surprisingly large number of small businesses in the States still don’t. That...

Are you looking to expand overseas? Many businesses now are, with Brexit looming

Overseas trade is likely to be increasingly important, both for individual small business owners like you, and for the UK economy more generally. As Brexit crystallises into a reality, this becomes ev...

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