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April 2024

 
 

Five steps to growing your business, safely

There is an inherent degree of risk in any business growth strategy – but keeping this risk to a minimum can help you grow your business without sacrificing your hard work. Growing your business hinges on your ability to take calculated risks, whether that be by investing in innovation or by taking on a new…

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Are barriers to investment harming your productivity?

A survey by the Bank of England (BoE) and the Department of Business and Trade has identified a potentially significant challenge facing SMEs on their journey towards growth. The survey’s findings indicate that investment is crucial to sustaining growth for SMEs, but that many businesses faced barriers to accessing finance to make sufficient investment in…

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A third of UK business owners do not know their company’s value – do you?

New research by Marktlink suggests that around 33 per cent of UK business owners are unaware of the value of their company – only slightly lower than the European average figure of 40 per cent. While you are not alone if this applies to you, you must know what your business is worth. Why? Let…

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HMRC income tax receipts rise by £2 billion

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recently reported a £2 billion increase in income tax receipts, reflecting a strong self-assessment period and an evolving dynamic within the tax landscape. The Government’s recent changes, including adjustments to National Insurance Contributions (NICs), have both mitigated and exacerbated the overall NIC burden. This is because they encompass rate reductions…

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Redundancy regulations are changing – What it means for your payroll and policies

From 6 April 2024, UK redundancy rules will change, particularly surrounding pregnant employees and those on family-related leave. The new legislation extends the ‘protected period’ for redundancy to 18 months after the birth or adoption placement, requiring employers to prioritise these employees for suitable alternative employment in case of redundancies. The financial impact on your…

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New tax year – New tax rules

With the start of the new tax year, taxpayers can expect significant changes that will directly impact their finances in the next tax year (2024/25). If you haven’t already, it’s time to closely examine your financial planning, including savings, investments, and tax compliance. So, what changes should you be aware of from 6 April 2024?…

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What are the implications of MTD for ITSA for SMEs?

The introduction of Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self-Assessment (MTD for ITSA) is going to create some upheaval within the SME sector. No doubt, some of you are already using MTD-compliant software to file your taxes or your accountant is doing it for you. However, if you are yet to make this change, you…

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Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 – Companies House changes now in effect

The initial provisions of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 came into effect on 4 March 2024. These updates mandate that from 5 March 2024, every company must, when submitting their next Confirmation Statement (form CS01): Provide a registered email address for communications – Companies House will utilise this email for correspondence with…

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The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 – Understanding the impact on pay in the hospitality sector

In a significant development for the hospitality industry, the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 (the Act), which received Royal Assent on May 2, 2023, is set to revolutionize tipping payment practices across the UK. Due to come into force on 1 July 2024, and affecting approximately two million workers in the sector, this new…

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Run your business from home? Get to know your VAT entitlement

If you are a business owner and work or run your business from home, then you may be entitled to reclaim VAT on certain costs. In practice, this means that you can reduce the amount of VAT you have to pay on business income against the amount of VAT you have had to pay on…

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