Yearly Archives: 2018

Are you at risk of being underinsured?

December 18th, 2018

A consequence of failing to seek proper advice or opting for the cheapest possible insurance quote often leads to many businesses leaving themselves underinsured. A recent report suggests that up to 80% of UK commercial properties are underinsured and a further 40% of businesses fail to have the right business interruption cover in place. Inadequate […]

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Donations that count this Christmas

December 17th, 2018

Christmas is the season of giving and our offices have been working hard to make sure that those less fortunate receive some festive cheer. Rather than giving one another Secret Santa presents this year, our Preston practice has instead donated the equivalent £55 that they would have spent on gifts for one another to The […]

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Estate planning: The tax implications

December 14th, 2018

Planning what will happen to your possessions and savings once you’re no longer here is something that many of us put off. And this is backed up by research from YouGov, which suggests that 62% of adults in the UK are running the risk of dying intestate, meaning they’ve no will in place. Estate planning […]

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R&D Tax Relief claims: The latest figures from HMRC

December 10th, 2018

Claims for R&D tax relief are on the rise according to new statistics released by HMRC, demonstrating that more businesses are seeing the value in the government incentive scheme. R&D tax credits were introduced in 2000 to encourage investment in innovation, allowing businesses to claim tax relief on eligible activities and qualifying research and development […]

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A guide to VAT for SMEs

December 5th, 2018

According to a survey by the British Chamber of Commerce, two thirds of businesses say that VAT is their biggest administrative burden. With this is mind, we’ve put together a simple guide to help businesses get to grips with the basics of this rather tricky tax. What is VAT? VAT, or Value Added Tax, is […]

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Banking Switch Scheme explained

December 4th, 2018

Many business owners are still in the dark about the Business Banking Switch Scheme, so let us explain what the new incentive means for SMEs. The Business Banking Switch Scheme was set up by the government following the financial crisis, as part of the bailout of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). As a result, […]

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Making the most of R&D tax relief

November 30th, 2018

So many businesses are overlooking research and development (R&D) tax relief, not realising that they could be eligible for the Government incentive, which can help to reduce your Corporation Tax bill or provide a cash repayment on the money invested. In fact, according to figures from HMRC, only 26,255 (0.3 per cent) of SMEs are […]

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Making Tax Digital: Where are we now?

November 21st, 2018

Although there have been some calls for a delay to the scheme, with the pilot well underway and HMRC ramping up their awareness campaign, it is clear that it’ll be full steam ahead for Making Tax Digital come April 2019. So, with the rollout just a matter of months away, it’s crucial that your business […]

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Championing long service

November 6th, 2018

We’re celebrating an even richer staff history across our network of accountancy practices in Manchester, Chester, Preston and Blackpool, as more of our team reached the milestone of 10 years’ service with Champion. This now brings the total number of our staff recording more than a decade with us to 39, with a combined service […]

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Preparing your exit strategy

November 5th, 2018

With any business, forward planning is key to success. And although it might not be a top priority, considering what will happen when you leave the business should form part of your overall plan. You’ve worked hard to build your company to what it is today, so when it comes to your exit strategy, it […]

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