• Posted December 18, 2015

What is salary sacrifice and would it benefit my business?

  A salary sacrifice arrangement is when an employer and an employee agree to reduce the employee’s salary in return for certain benefits. There are financial advantages for both the employer and the employee if a salary sacrifice arrangement is agreed as the employee’s remuneration shifts from cash (where tax and National Insurance (“NI”) is due) to […]

  • Posted December 11, 2015

Is Cloud Accounting Right for My Business?

More and more companies are using cloud based software to manage their finances. But is it right for your business? The main concern with using cloud based software is, is it secure? You are posting significant amounts of sensitive data to a server that is owned, maintained and secured by someone else. But providing your […]

  • Posted December 4, 2015

Parties for Employees

It’s December, which means one thing – Christmas party season! We thought it would be a good idea to remind our readers of the tax implications of hosting a staff Christmas party.  It is estimated that British businesses will spend nearly £1bn on festive events this year. Approximately 72% of businesses intend to hold a […]

  • Posted December 3, 2015

How to Register for VAT

You must register for VAT with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if your business’ VATable turnover is more than £82000 per year.  If you want to, you can voluntarily register if your turnover is below this (unless everything you sell is exempt). Not sure what forms you have to fill in?  HMRC have produced this video to […]

  • Posted December 3, 2015

Will Auto Enrolment Affect My Business?

In 2012, the law on workplace pensions changed, previously it was up to the individual to save for their retirement.  Now every employer with an eligible worker must enrol them into a workplace pension. It is called “automatic enrolment” because it is automatic for workers, it is not automatic for employers. Regardless of whether you […]

  • Posted June 17, 2015

Improving Cashflow

A guide to improving cashflow and tackling late payment More than any other factor, a business is defined by the balance between the money coming in and the money going out over any period of time. Ideally, the scales should be tipped in favour of the former, but the reality of the business environment is […]

  • Posted June 17, 2015

Auto-enrolment: infrequently asked questions

A guide to the finer points of auto-enrolment The process of auto-enrolment continues to rumble on quietly with the majority of companies passing their staging dates without major incident. However, for the few that fail to comply with their workplace obligations, the consequences can be costly in time and resources. The Pensions Regulator has released […]

  • Posted June 17, 2015

Insider newsletter: June 2015

Deregulation tops small firms’ priority list More than half of small business owners want the new Conservative government to prioritise reducing regulation, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed. The poll of more than 2,300 FSB members found that 53% believe that regulation is the biggest issue to tackle in the […]