Are You Taking Full Advantage of the Tax Savings that Pensions Offer?

Well done if you’re reading this article. According to statistics, self-employed individuals have an unfortunate habit of ignoring their future retirement. Apparently, less than one third of self-employed people save into a private pension. Given the UK’s self-employment rate is booming, and we currently have 4.8 million self-employed in the country, that’s a scary number[…] Read more »

Tax Saving Ideas for Married Couples or Civil Partnerships

As we enter into a new tax year for many small businesses, we thought it would be a good idea to share just a few tax saving tips for those of you that are married or in civil partnerships:-   Married, in a Civil Partnership or Thinking about It? Recently introduced in April 2015, the[…] Read more »

Thinking of Becoming Self-Employed?

The inspiration for this blog came as a result of a recent influx of enquiries from people just starting out in their journey of self-employment. Starting a new business is an exciting time and we enjoy our role of nurturing new ventures.   Here are a few things that you need to do when deciding[…] Read more »

Is your Auto Enrolment Staging Date Coming Soon?

I think we have all seen the adverts of the blue hairy monster, from the Pension Regulator telling you not to ignore the workplace pension. Over the next two years, there is estimated to be over 1,000,000 small and micro businesses that will be required to offer a workplace pension and auto enrol their employees[…] Read more »

Why do I need an Accountant?

Taking the time to get the right accountant can be extremely worthwhile, their experience of working with thousands of clients running different businesses can prove to be invaluable to your business. Here we explore the everyday stages of business and how a good accountant can lead and support you on your business journey:-    The[…] Read more »

Essential Bookkeeping Tips

Love it or loathe it, keeping on top of your paperwork as a small business owner is a necessary evil, to know exactly where your business is up to. But each year many small businesses fall into the familiar trap of leaving everything to the last minute. If you fall into this category and are[…] Read more »

Small Business sigh with relief after the Autumn Budget

George Osborne delivered the Autumn Statement whilst the rest of the country eagerly awaited to see if he had listened to any feedback after the summer budget. And with the exception of Landlords, small businesses should be pleased, as it appears the chancellor has actually heeded the commentary, and has kept most of the assistance[…] Read more »

Landlords and Mortgage Interest Tax Changes explained

Many landlords are going to see an increase in taxes as a result of the summer budget, when the chancellor announced his plans to reduce higher rate mortgage interest tax relief for landlords. Mortgage interest relief at source was withdrawn from homeowners 15 years ago, however, landlords still receive the relief. The budget document concluded[…] Read more »

Christmas Parties and Gifts

The festive season is almost upon us again, the time for merriment and much celebration over the period with Christmas parties. If you haven’t already planned your party yet, let’s take a look at how HMRC view the coming festivities. £150 is still the magic number As an employer you are allowed to spend up[…] Read more »

National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage

Many of you that have employees will undoubtedly know, this has been a big month of change for those paying the national minimum wages. In fact it’s the largest increase to the national minimum wage since 2007. The changes this month went as follows:- • Adult aged 21 and over increased by 20 pence to[…] Read more »


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