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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...

Why ‘blue sky’ thinking might not be the way ahead

Business jargon is getting in the way of business according to a new survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). A third of people believe that speaking in business jargon is alienating acc...

7 ways to ensure your business’s social media isn’t woeful media

This is a guest post by Mathew Aitken, Head of Content – Made Simple Group The major social media platforms – such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – can be valuable marketing tools to...

Beware the super-highwaymen

This is a guest post by Nigel Hastilow, Director, Enterprise Even the smallest businesses – including firms of chartered accountants – need to protect themselves from cyber-attack before their op...

10% of UK businesses looking to export

According to a national export survey from the Department for International Trade (DIT), 10% of registered UK business are actively looking to export. The survey also shows that those aware of the Exp...

Less than a third of businesses have made formal Brexit plans

The business impact of Brexit needs much more attention according to recent ICAEW research. It shows less than one third of UK businesses (29%) have made Brexit plans, while less than one half (43%) h...

Client of the Month: IT Group UK Limited

Each month we look at a standout client an ICAEW member has recommended. This month Finton Doyle explain why they chose IT Group UK Limited. Who are IT Group UK Limited? IT Group is an ISO 9001 and IS...

If an employee refuses alternative employment, find out why

Negotiating redundancies can be a stressful business – for everyone involved, potentially. If you offer a member of staff alternative employment that seems appropriate to you and they refuse it, do ...

Don’t trust everything departing staff may tell you – warns new Legal Alert

If someone quite senior leaves your company, might you be tempted to ask what their plans were? Even speculate whether they might be thinking of setting up in competition? It could cross your mind. Bu...

Accountants are high in demand

According to a recent feature in Economia accounting and finance staff were among the most in demand in June of this year with Brexit a factor in businesses attempting to protect themselves from uncer...

Artificial Intelligence and Accountancy

If you haven’t taken a look at our main ICAEW site in a while, then we’d urge you to check out our Chief Executive, Michael Izza’s blog, which has some great content on the industry at large. Hi...

Can you dismiss someone without offering them an alternative role?

The short answer is, maybe… Obviously this is not a scenario you would ever choose – as a small business owner. But occasionally it may become apparent that the performance of someone on your tea...

Only agree to mediation if you’re serious. Or risk the consequences

This is an interesting case, highlighted by our ICAEW Legal Alerts. If you find yourself in conflict with another business, for whatever reason, and can’t resolve the dispute in private, mediation ...

What to do when HMRC comes knocking: A quick guide to IR35 investigations

This is a guest post by Mike Smith, director, Company Debt It’s the moment every business or self-employed individual dreads – a visit from HMRC. If you’re the subject of an IR35 investi...

New ruling helps clarify missed holiday and overtime payments

Do you have a problem with staff claims trailing back over missed holidays, overtime, commissions and so on? Good news, if so, for employers like you. New ruling A new ruling highlighted in our ICAEW...

Look after the economy – message from ICAEW, post snap Election

The General Election result must not waylay economic renewal. That’s the clear hope of ICAEW’s Chief Executive, Michael Izza, expressed around the time of the Queen’s Speech. It’s a difficult ...

Buying Guide for Consultancy Services: Do I and my business need outside help?

This is a guest post by Bibi Martin, Founder of BM Interim Management (BMIM) “Why must I put this much work to see the results I want? Didn’t I hire a consultant to take care of this?” Most of ...

Client of the Month: PAAC IT Ltd

Each month we look at a standout client an ICAEW member has recommended. This month Pennywise Progressive Accounting explain why they chose PAAC IT Ltd Who are PAAC IT ltd? PAAC IT are a family owned...

Ask Clive: Setting up business abroad

Question: I am setting up a business from The Netherlands where I am resident. My customers will all be in the UK. I will not need to be physically in the UK for more than a few days each month. Will ...

How SMES & self-employed workers can avoid a summer tax scorcher

This is a guest post by Steve Deutsche, CEO of Wesleyan Bank & Syscap SMEs are responsible for contributing 47 per cent of all private sector turnover in the UK and now account for 99 per cent of ...

Are you abiding by the conditions of licence for all your software? Worth checking

You might think that having secured a licence to use software in your business, that’s the end of that story – and how your usage then evolves is immaterial. It may not be so clear cut though, acc...

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