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5 Top Tips to manage sales over the Christmas period

Posted 14th November 2019 at 3:41 pm

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Christmas is fast approaching – from the look of some supermarkets you’d think it started 2 months ago! Whether you are the type of business that expects to see a rise in sales over the Christmas period, or one that needs to manage customer expectations due to staff leave, we have all the tips you need to manage your sales during the festive period.   Be clear about last order dates and Christmas closures Some of us are forward planners (hello from someone who bought their Christmas cards in the summer holidays!) and some of us are last minute panic... Read more

Are you prepared for a Cyber Attack?

Posted 6th November 2019 at 9:59 am

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More than 50% of British firms reported cyber attacks in 2019, and on average there is a hacker attack every 19 seconds in the UK. Many small businesses believe they are too small to be targeted, so don’t have cyber security in place. However, just like a house without a burglar alarm, an organisation without cyber security is more likely to be targeted by criminals, regardless of size. So what security measures can you put in place to protect against a cyber attack?   Secure your internet connection with a firewall A firewall creates a buffer zone between your IT... Read more

The future is cashless

Posted 29th October 2019 at 4:51 pm

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In 2017, debit cards overtook cash as the number one retail payment method in the UK, aided by the rise of contactless technology. Being able to tap and go makes contactless more convenient than either cash or chip & pin payments, and with phone payment now available you don’t even need to get your wallet out!   At the current rate of decline, the British Retail Consortium predicts that cash use would end in 2026, which feels extremely soon! However, as the shift to a cashless society is a big step, it is likely that we will see cash being... Read more

4 times Britain overcame adversity

Posted 24th October 2019 at 2:42 pm

In the current climate, you’d be forgiven for feeling worried about the future of Great Britain. However, we’re here to lighten the mood and inject some optimism by showing you four times that our great nation has overcome adversity.   1. When we(ather) defeated the Spanish Armada In 1588 Britain was threatened by the mighty naval power of Phillip II’s Spanish fleet. Despite being the underdogs, we managed to defeat the Armada through cunning strategy, and the weather. Ok, mostly the weather. But it was BRITISH weather so it still counts, ok?!   2. When Lady Mary’s husband was killed... Read more

Do YOU know when your tax return is due?

Posted 16th October 2019 at 9:19 am

self-assessment deadline

The deadline for filing the 2018/19 self-assessment return online is 31 January 2020*. While this deadline may seem ages away, with Christmas (and Brexit!) on the horizon it could be easy to get distracted until you realise that you only have a few weeks left to submit. A late filing penalty is charged if the return is filed late, even if it is only late by one day and/or there is no tax to pay. You can avoid a fine by submitting your return well before the deadline, which means that now is a great time to be preparing all... Read more

IR35: Off-payroll working rules extended

Posted 8th October 2019 at 8:53 pm

IR35

From 6th April 2020, the off-payroll working (IR35) rules that apply to the public sector are being extended to medium and large organisations within the private sector. The rules apply to organisations who pay for services to be provided by a personal service company.   What is a personal service company? A personal service company is typically a Limited Company with a sole director, which carries out work for a small number of clients. Many organisations engage consultants or contractors through this type of arrangement. Through IR35 legislation, HMRC are now clamping down on this practice if it is specifically... Read more

Get on your bike with the Cycle to Work scheme!

Posted 2nd October 2019 at 9:44 am

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The Cycle to Work scheme has now been running for 20 years, but recently the government announced a change which will allow you to buy an e-bike tax free. Previously the scheme was capped at £1000, but there are few electric bikes available for less than this amount, so the government has now removed this cap. This means that employers’ schemes can now provide e-bikes and equipment worth more than £1000. These changes have been made to promote the use of e-bikes, which the Department for Transport hopes will help tackle congestion and therefore speed up commuting time. The move... Read more

How to be disruptive

Posted 25th September 2019 at 8:39 am

disruption

Disruption is the buzz word that’s taking over the business world at the moment. Unlike at school where it was something that would get you sent to the Head Teacher, disruption in business is a positive strategy which is born from innovation. Disruptive innovation is the process by which a new product or service becomes popular enough to displace an established one. A great example of this is Netflix, which has almost single-handedly caused the global death of video rental shops. But it’s not just the big brands that can be disruptive. Small businesses are often really well placed to... Read more

The Science of Happiness

Posted 10th September 2019 at 4:56 pm

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When asked what we want out of life, although many of us would love a fancy car, a big house, and a large salary, most of us would probably say that we just want to be happy! In today’s modern world, with longer working hours, constant connectivity through our devices, and the turbulent state of domestic and global politics, more and more of us are finding true happiness harder to achieve. Recognising this problem, Yale University’s Professor Laurie Santos introduced her ‘Psychology and the Good Life’ course, which quickly became the most oversubscribed course in Yale’s history. Professor Santos has... Read more

Celebrating 21 Years of National Payroll Week

Posted 4th September 2019 at 8:45 am

Payroll

Yes, believe it or not, National Payroll Week is a thing! Unfortunately for our payroll team, this doesn’t mean they get the week off, or even a cake, but it does give us a chance to showcase the fantastic work that they do!   Legislation & Compliance Legislation around payroll and auto-enrolment is constantly changing and can be daunting to get to grips with. Our team can take care of all the tricky questions, leaving you fully compliant with current legislative guidelines.   Deadlines & Submissions There’s nothing more stressful than knowing you have a deadline coming up, whether that’s... Read more