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Museums & Galleries Tax Relief

Posted 2nd March 2021 at 2:25 pm

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It’s probably fair to say that Museums and Galleries are not traditionally thought of as big powerhouses of the economy! But their cultural and educational value cannot be underestimated. With the pandemic closing most of these venues for at least some period of time over the last 12 months, there have been some tough times, and worries about how the sector will get ‘back to normal’ over the coming months.   Fortunately, there is already a government scheme which can help museums and galleries save on the costs of mounting exhibitions. Museums and Galleries Tax Relief is one of the... Read more

National Minimum Wage Increase

Posted 24th February 2021 at 8:52 am

The government has announced that from 1st April 2021 the National Minimum Wage rates are increasing, and the age from which workers become eligible for the higher National Living Wage will be lowered from 25 to 23 years of age.   The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 to £8.91, and will be extended to 23 and 24 year olds for the first time. For workers aged under 23, there have been smaller increases in recognition of the risks to youth employment which the current economic situation poses. Bryan Sanderson, Chair of the Low Pay... Read more

TV Tax Relief

Posted 16th February 2021 at 10:22 am

TV Tax Relief

Let’s face it, we’ve all been watching A LOT of TV over the past year!   With an ever-increasing demand for content in a growing market, production companies have been tangling with stringent Covid-19 safety restrictions to create new programmes and series, to fill the gaps in our schedules and provide content for streaming platforms. Adapting to ‘the new normal’ of filming during Covid-19 has raised production costs, but fortunately there are already three government schemes that enable tax relief on certain types of TV projects.   These schemes are part of the Creative industry tax reliefs – a group... Read more

Be my Valentine: navigating workplace romance

Posted 9th February 2021 at 8:24 am

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With our social lives severely curtailed at present, for many people their only regular human interaction is with their work colleagues. This may lead to employees being more open and unguarded with each other, resulting in a deepening of relationships from just colleagues into real friendships. But what happens when this tips over into something more? Employees might think they are safe from the dangers of an office romance when screens and social distancing are in place, but in fact these barriers can often heighten any romantic feelings – giving you a ‘star-crossed lovers’ complex that might ordinarily have fizzled... Read more

Spruce up your home office

Posted 2nd February 2021 at 9:45 am

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A year on from the start of the pandemic, those of us who were just ‘making do’ with our home working space might finally have to admit that things are not going ‘back to normal’ anytime soon, and it’s time for a bit of investment. Whether your budget is large or small, with a bit of creativity you can transform your home office space into a haven of calm and productivity.   Save your back with a proper chair The best investment you can make for your home office is a proper chair. It doesn’t need to look like you... Read more

The E R Grove suite of services

Posted 26th January 2021 at 9:32 am

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You may think of us as ‘just’ your accountant, but here at ER Grove we offer all kinds of different services that you might not be aware of. These are designed to complement each other, so adopting two or more of our services could save you a significant amount of time, and even money!   Accounts & Auditing Obviously you knew we did accounts, the clue is in our name, right?! But did you also know that we are Registered Auditors, authorised to carry out audit work by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for a... Read more

Are you ready for the Plastic Packaging Tax?

Posted 18th January 2021 at 11:48 am

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Looking ahead to next year (already!) from 1st April 2022 a Plastic Packaging Tax will come into force.   The aim of this new tax is to encourage the use of recycled rather than new plastic within plastic packaging. The government have announced that the rate of tax will be set initially at £200 per tonne of plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. Affecting UK producers of plastic packaging, importers of plastic packaging, business customers of producers and importers of plastic packaging, the tax will provide a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled... Read more

Are you feeling SAD?

Posted 10th January 2021 at 1:23 pm

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects around 3 in 100 of us during the winter months, when a lack of daylight can cause a range of symptoms from mild fatigue through to severe depression. With Lockdown 3 currently curtailing our sunlight access even more than usual, it’s important to know the signs of SAD, and how you can treat it.   SAD is characterised by low mood which occurs around Autumn and Winter every year, and lifts as the days get lighter in the Spring and Summer. The symptoms can be very similar to generalised depression, but they only occur during... Read more

New Business Resolutions

Posted 6th January 2021 at 8:59 am

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We’re all hoping that 2021 will be a better year, but we don’t really have much control over making that happen! So what positive steps can we take to make our businesses a little better this year?   Limit indispensability It’s very common for senior managers and business leaders to feel that they ‘can’t’ take time off because their businesses need them too much. However, that can be an indication of weakness in a business, either in its structure or in employee productivity. As we head towards a second year of the pandemic, anything could happen to any employee, so... Read more

Transport Trends for 2021

Posted 23rd December 2020 at 8:08 am

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Everything in our lives has been affected by the pandemic this year, but one of the most seismic shifts has been in transport, where customer habits that were largely unchanged for decades have radically altered overnight. Not since the 1970s, when car ownership became the norm for most households, have we seen such such a change in people’s transportation routines.   Prior to the pandemic the government was pushing forward with plans to revitalise public transport, including the introduction of Clean Air Zones, as part of an initiative to cut net carbon emissions. While this is still a clear priority... Read more