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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...

Is your small business struggling to find the skilled staff it needs?

A skills shortage is a very real problem facing many small businesses across the globe. So suggests a recent report, as summarised over on Small Business.co.uk. The piece starts ‘Small and medium si...

You can’t expect staff to move unreasonable distances – even if you say so in their contract

You may think you’ve covered your risk if you include in staff contracts a proviso that they must be willing to move offices if need be. Make that clause as broad as possible and you reduce your ris...

5 ways you can make content creation super simple

This is a guest post by Hew Aitken at Company Formation MadeSimple. MadeSimple is all about making business simple. Whether it’s forming a brand new limited company, buying a company credit report o...

Tell staff if you mean to monitor email – even with a clear IT policy

Managing expectations may be key to dealing with staff practice around work email. Recently we highlighted one ICAEW Legal Alert that clarified work email accounts are not private, and should not be e...

Be extra careful what you say about redundancy

Redundancy is always a sensitive issue – understandably. As a small business owner, it may seem like your worst-case scenario and – if even the whisper of the threat approaches – you may feel sa...

Be prepared for interest rate rises – warns ICAEW. Not least if they’re your first

‘Businesses need to prepare for interest rate rise’, warns this recent ICAEW press release. And there’s a particular reason why you might be unprepared – especially if you’re a new business....

Brexit threatens ‘London’s place as the centre of the global accountancy profession’

These are the words used by ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza in warning ‘about the reality of Brexit on the accountancy profession’, says this recent press release. Whether your small business i...

If you always do what you’ve always done…..

This is a guest post from James Sheard founder of The Accountancy People If you always do what you’ve always done….. Anyone who’s spent any time in a big corporate firm will recognise that mantr...

ICAEW to speak at WAVE 2017 Influencer 2.0 Marketing Summit – FLASH SALE on today – 50% off full price tickets

Harpreet Panesar, Business Manager, ICAEW, is to speak at the forthcoming WAVE 2017 Influence 2.0 Marketing Summit. There is a flash sale on today, Wednesday 1st November, with 50% off full price tick...

Are you adopting mobile tech to give your business an edge? If not, why not?

Increasingly, small businesses are – turning to mobile tech solutions to give themselves an edge. Mobile tech, indeed, is ‘changing the way SMEs work’, according to this recent piece over in The...

How will HMRC help you trade post-Brexit? By seriously stretching

Getting from a to b with Brexit isn’t going to be simple – no one imagines that. But it’s perhaps interesting to hone in on individual areas of challenge. Recently The Telegraph reported on one...

Small Business Saturday launches free mentoring

The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour has launched a new one-to-one mentorship programme this year and sessions are now open to sign up for free mentoring. Mentors will be from local communities so th...

How much time do you ‘waste’ recruiting interims?

Every now and then every small business needs to pull someone in to cover a staff absence or deal with fluctuating overload. But how much time can it take trying to find the right kind of support? An...

SME Transformation in the Digital Economy

This is a guest post by Hannah Carter, SAP Business One Are you ready? Technology is being applied to all aspects of life. People, business and societies. The digital economy presents new challenges ...

HMRC replaces traditional tax returns with pre-filled forms

According to The Telegraph “millions of taxpayers face chaos over their annual returns, experts warn, as HMRC is rolling out new forms which will be pre-filled using its own data.” The Telegraph ...

Client of the Month: Premaitha Health

Each month we look at a standout client an ICAEW member has recommended. This month Jack Ross explain why they chose Premaitha Health Who are Premaitha Health? Premaitha is an international molecular ...

Are exit strategies nonsense? I think so.

This is a guest post by James Sheard, chartered accountant and founder of The Accountancy People If you go to management school they’ll tell you that you must have an exit strategy to make sure you ...

How much money do you spend on your business? How much do others?

Do you know what the average annual small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) business spend is? According to a recent study by American Express with the Centre for Economics and Business Research, that...

The advantages of voluntary VAT registration

This is a guest post by Peter Smallwood, VAT consultant at Haines Watts Leeds. By law, UK businesses need to register for VAT when their taxable turnover (which includes zero rated sales) goes above t...

Is fear blocking your business?

This is a guest post by James Sheard, chartered accountant and founder of The Accountancy People What are you frightened of? Is it really true that we have nothing to fear but fear itself?  Is Fear B...

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