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One month countdown to full customs controls: is your business ready?

There is less than one month to go until full customs controls are introduced, traders have been warned. From 01 January 2022, businesses will no longer be able to delay making import customs declarations under the Staged Customs Controls rules that have applied since the beginning of this year. The changes follow the end of […]

Making Tax Digital – what you need to know ahead of 2022-23

On 1 April 2019, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) introduced its new digital tax initiative – Making Tax Digital (MTD) – and its first phase, MTD for VAT. The purpose of MTD is for self-employed individuals and small businesses to complete their tax returns and records digitally, intending to make it easier to keep on […]

Government knocks down hundreds of international trade barriers to unlock new export opportunities

The Government has dismantled 20 per cent more “barriers to international trade” in the last 12 months compared to previous years, a major study has revealed.

Small business confidence dips ahead of new customs controls coming into force

Four in 10 exporters have reported a fall in international sales since the end of the Brexit transition period, a major study has revealed. The finding forms part of the Federation of Small Business’ (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI), which provides a summary of business performance for the third quarter of 2021.

Hospitality bosses develop new strategies to cope with staff shortages

Hospitality business owners have responded positively to the staff shortages caused by the pandemic, by increasing wages and implementing improved staff retention strategies.

Deadline to claim apprenticeship incentive payment just “weeks away”

The deadline to apply for the apprenticeship incentive payment is just weeks away, employers have been warned. Businesses who hired an apprentice with an employment start date from 01 April to 30 September need to apply by 30 November 2021. For those with an employment start date from 01 October 2021 to 31 January 2022, […]

Almost 800,000 tax scams reported to HMRC in past 12 months, figures reveal

Nearly 800,000 tax-related scams were reported to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the past 12 months, a major study has revealed.

100,000 young people join Kickstart scheme as vacancies hit a new record

As the job vacancies in the UK hit another record and unemployment falls again, many young people have taken their first steps on the employment ladder. More than 100,000 young people have so far started new roles under the Government’s £2bn Kickstart jobs scheme, latest figures show.

New export scheme to help businesses capitalise on rapidly growing green economy

A new global trading scheme will help to connect UK exporters with international opportunities, it has been announced.

Cryptoassets and Capital Gains Tax: what you need to know

Traders who have sold or exchanged cryptocurrency may be required to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.

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Take advantage of the extension to the Recovery Loan Scheme

Find out how your businesses can benefit from this Government-backed funding Although much of the COVID-19 financial support has been withdrawn, the Government still wants businesses to access funding to aid their recovery.

Newsletter October 2021

Cost management: striking the balance Adjusting to the new economic climate may tempt you into focusing on additional cost cuts or consolidating pandemic changes to manage cash flow and finances. But it’s worth bearing in mind the law of unintended consequences before you get carried away with savings. Click here to download this newsletter

Newsletter July/August 2021

Last self-employed grant opens The fifth, and probably final, SEISS support grant (for self-employed workers) will be available from late July. This time, the amount of grant paid is dependent on the reduction in your turnover. Click here to download this newsletter

Newsletter April/May 2021

Zooming in on wellness Fewer than half of UK businesses have a wellbeing strategy, despite the impact of restrictions and lockdowns on staff over the past year. What’s more, seven out of ten businesses have no designated health and wellness budget, and nearly a quarter said they have no plans to introduce a strategy in […]

Budget 2021

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his second Budget on Wednesday 3 March 2021. In his speech he stated his Budget ‘meets the moment with a three-part plan to protect the jobs and livelihoods of the British people’. Click here to read the full report

Newsletter Jan/Feb 2021

New proposals to promote business confidence The government is planning significant changes to the registry of company information. The aim is to increase company transparency and clamp down on fraud and money laundering, which costs the UK economy more than £100 billion a year, according to the National Crime Agency. Click here to download this […]

Newsletter Oct/Nov 2020

Remote working is here to stay Working from home has again become the default position for many workers and could continue for another six months. But not all can. Employers need to ensure safe and sustainable working environments for all their employees. Click here to download this newsletter

Newsletter May 2020

VAT digital links on hold HMRC has announced a one-year delay to its enforcement of digital VAT rules through the making tax digital (MTD) for VAT return filing process. The delay was in response to the problem of implementing digital links because of the increased number of people working remotely and businesses adapting to the […]

Budget Report 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his first Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. In his speech he stated ‘we are at the beginning of a new era in this country. We have the freedom and the resources to decide our own future’. ‘It is a Budget of a government that gets things done’. Click here […]

Newsletter January 2020

Countdown to off-payroll rules change The extension of the public sector off -payroll working rules (known as IR35) to the private sector is still set to go ahead in April 2020, despite the postponement of the Budget and a call from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) for the change to be delayed. Click here […]