School’s Out! What now for working parents?

Posted 21st July 2020 at 11:35 am

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Normally at this time of year, working parents are heaving a sigh of relief about not having to juggle school runs with early morning meetings, and class assemblies with weekly team briefings! However, thanks to our good friend Covid-19, the arrival of the summer holidays is just another source of stress for many families.   Parents were able to adapt to working at home whilst looking after their children to a large extent because they were kept amused by the work being set for them by school to complete at home. Some secondary schools have provided full, online timetables, allowing... Read more

HMRC Enquiries – Could you be next?

Posted 14th July 2020 at 8:34 am


HMRC compliance activity in 2018/19 yielded £34.1bn, a whopping 12.5% increase on 2017/18. You may think that you’re not at risk from a tax enquiry as you’ve done nothing wrong or are too small for HMRC to worry about. In fact, any individual or business of any size can be selected at random for an investigation.   HMRC continue to expand their data sources, and have access to data from merchant acquirers, banks and building societies, property-based information, land registry, letting agents, mortgage applications, DVLA, foreign data from overseas tax authorities, not to mention the tax evasion hotline which anybody... Read more

Essential Skills for the Workforce of the Future

Posted 7th July 2020 at 10:44 am


As the DfE set out its plans for welcoming all children back to schools in September this week, there was concern amongst the education community at their plan to ‘suspend’ non-core subjects for two terms so that pupils could ‘catch-up’ on English and Maths. Perhaps because of the furious backlash that this leaked announcement caused, the government quickly rowed back on this plan and confirmed that the full curriculum is still to be taught, albeit with the ‘non-core’ subjects being adapted to include more English and Maths content. This got us to thinking, what are the key skills that our... Read more

Specialist Tax: Capitalise on your assets

Posted 29th June 2020 at 11:44 am

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Over half of UK businesses will not have claimed their entitlement to Capital Allowances which could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. In this second of a series of specialist tax scheme blogs, we look at how you can claim capital allowances.   When can you claim capital allowances? You can claim capital allowances when you buy assets that you keep to use in your business. In most cases you can deduct the full cost of these items from your profits before tax using annual investment allowance (AIA). If you sell the item after claiming AIA you may need... Read more

Specialist Tax: Rewarding innovation in science and technology

Posted 13th June 2020 at 11:57 am

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It’s fair to say that the last few months haven’t exactly been great for business, and most of our finances could do with a bit of a boost! It’s possible that individuals and businesses are missing out on claiming tax benefits for specialist tax areas, just because they are little known or not well understood. In this first of a series of blogs, we look at some of the different types of specialist tax schemes that your business might be eligible for.   Research & Development (R&D and RDEC) Companies carrying out qualifying R&D activities can claim significant corporation tax... Read more

The Rise of Automation after Covid-19

Posted 10th June 2020 at 10:30 am


The business world has been preparing for increasing use of automation for decades now. As technology advances at a rate unseen in any other century, the potential to automate processes and even entire roles, offers an opportunity for businesses to cut costs and save time. While the Covid-19 crisis has stopped many businesses present and future plans in their tracks, the one thing that hasn’t been negatively affected is automation planning. In fact, with the need for social distancing and hygiene, and the prospect of a recession on the horizon, many businesses are bringing their automation plans forward. Pre-pandemic, the... Read more

Package Holidays after Covid-19

Posted 1st June 2020 at 3:29 pm

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For many of us, a cheap and cheerful getaway to sunnier climes is a major highlight of our year. Unfortunately with non-essential travel currently banned, a week or two of all-inclusive fun with no worries except nabbing the best positioned sun lounger doesn’t seem to be on the cards any time soon. Travel operators are currently planning towards restarting operations in July, but even then a holiday would be followed by a 14 day quarantine period when arriving back in the UK. Some countries such as Spain have also introduced quarantine for overseas visitors, meaning that you could need 6... Read more

E R Grove & Co named Mayor’s Community Champions

Posted 30th May 2020 at 1:40 pm

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Mayor’s Community Champions initiative recognises individuals and organisations who have acted as ‘community heroes’ during the Covid-19 crisis. We at E R Grove & Co are delighted to have been recognised for our work keeping the business community informed about government support systems for businesses and individuals feeling the impact of coronavirus. You can read more about why we were chosen as Mayor’s Community Champions here.

Creating a marketing strategy for your business

Posted 26th May 2020 at 8:52 am

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Marketing is much more than the shiny, branding side of your business. When done right, it can help to drive you forwards towards your business goals, becoming money well spent. That’s why it’s so important to have a long-term strategy for your marketing, rather than creating campaigns and adverts on the fly. Below we look at the key processes for creating an effective marketing strategy. The main thing to remember is that your marketing strategy should not be created in isolation. It should be firmly rooted in your overall company goals for the year, so that it is effective, strategic,... Read more

Drive your business forward with Market Research

Posted 19th May 2020 at 8:36 am

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As business leaders, we often think we know our market really well. Sometimes that is true, but things change and it’s always good to spend some time now and again researching our market. This prevents us from making assumptions that unintentionally undermine our business. It also helps us to identify new opportunities to grow and expand our business.   Competitor Research You may think you know everything about your competitors. However, the real information you need is how your customers view your competitors! Once you’ve identified all your competitors, and their competitive edge (USP) then it is really worthwhile spending... Read more