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Major changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

If you currently charge 20% VAT on your sales to customers but pay a much lower VAT rate as a percentage of your Gross sales (between 12-14%)  please read on! From the 1st April 2017, the Flat Rate VAT Scheme is changing.  HMRC is introducing a new 16.5% rate which is likely to be less[...] Read more »

How to stay on top of your taxes

Staying on top of your tax obligations can be a challenge, particularly when you’re trying to run a busy business. Doing so really does make life much easier when it comes to submitting your self assessment however and it also helps you maintain control of your accounts and in the rare event that you do[...] Read more »

Self-employment rates in the UK continues to soar

The latest figures which have been released from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the rate of self employment in the UK is continuing to grow year-on-year. Since 2008, the number of freelancers or self-employed workers has risen by an impressive 700,000 and now stands at 4.5 million. Furthermore, in the period[...] Read more »

Should I set up my company as a sole trader or a limited company?

Setting up your own business is an incredibly exciting time but it can also be daunting when you’re not sure of the best way to go about it. From being a sole trader or joining a partnership to registering as a private limited company, there are several different avenues you can pursue. Each has their[...] Read more »

How to make your office more energy efficient and save your business money

In today’s technologically advanced world, offices are jam-packed full of electronic equipment. From computers, telephones, printers, scanners, heaters, air-conditioning units, kettles, microwaves and mobile phones constantly being charged, companies are paying a fortune in energy bills. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can reduce this. As well as saving your[...] Read more »

Great ways to cut your business costs

There are costs involved with running any business and although there is nothing you can do to avoid this, there are some simple yet effective changes you can make to reduce your expenses and improve profitability. Reduce energy use Use energy saving light bulbs, make sure the windows are insulted properly, encourage people to email[...] Read more »

How to avoid cashflow problems when you run your own business

One in four businesses don’t make it through the first year and more than half don’t survive past the fifth. Unsurprisingly, one of the main reasons for this is down to cashflow – without it, a business simply cannot stay afloat. Below are some of the most common cashflow problems and how you can prevent[...] Read more »

The most common accounting mistakes small businesses make

When running a business, mistakes are inevitable and one of the most common areas in which people slip up is with accounting and bookkeeping. Accounting mistakes can range from minor errors such as forgetting to keep low-value receipts all the way up to issues that can really affect your company’s cash flow and even put[...] Read more »

Tax-efficient ways you can reward your employees

Rewarding your employees for loyalty or a job well done is a great way to boost morale and productivity. What if you could get the best of both worlds however and reward your employees in a way which benefits your company’s financials? Below we share some great ways you can do exactly this. Pensions An[...] Read more »

The things you should consider before starting your own business

Running your own business can be great – you have complete control, you get to work with the people you want to work with, it’s exciting watching it grow and you get to reap the benefits of the profits. There is a lot of hard work involved with setting up your own company however and[...] Read more »


 

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