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Champion Round-Up | Friday 14 August

August 14th, 2020

Written by Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner  As we edge closer to the end of some of the Government’s emergency Coronavirus business support schemes, HMRC is now turning its attention to those who have taken deliberate advantage or unknowingly claimed in error. HMRC has begun issuing letters to business owners who have utilised the Coronavirus […]

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Small businesses to benefit from new Government grant

An extra £20m of funding has been made available for small businesses in England that have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Here’s everything you need to know, and how you can apply for the grant. What is available to small businesses? The Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has announced that grants ranging between […]

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Beware of phishing scams and fraud during COVID-19

August 13th, 2020

As more of the Government’s emergency finance schemes to help businesses affected by the pandemic become available, we are issuing another warning to be extremely vigilant about any communications you receive. The second payment from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is due to be released this month, and already scammers are taking advantage of […]

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A view from the top | Friday 31 July Edition

July 31st, 2020

A view from the top | By Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner The Coronavirus has brought with it many uncertainties that are proving to be transformational for some businesses, whilst others face a minefield of issues. For every company that is taking measures to prepare for the worst-case scenario they feel is yet to come, […]

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A view from the top | Friday 17 July Edition

July 17th, 2020

A view from the top | By Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner The age-old saying, ‘fail to prepare and you prepare to fail’, has never been more relevant. Though the economy is in a state of flux, many businesses feel that COVID-19 hasn’t impacted them too greatly… yet. The fact is that the reality of […]

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How will today’s Summer Economic Update affect you?

July 8th, 2020

Today’s Summer Economic Update (or “Emergency Budget” as it has been dubbed) enabled the Chancellor to set out the Government’s second phase response with a targeted ‘Plan for Jobs’; the principal purpose is to support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health. The Government’s initial response was to support families and businesses […]

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Deadline for SEISS first grant is approaching

July 7th, 2020

The deadline for businesses eligible for the first Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant is approaching; all claims must be made by Monday 13th July. The scheme was introduced to support your self-employed business if it had been adversely affected by the Pandemic. Businesses must have been adversely affected by coronavirus when they claim the […]

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CBILS and SME R&D Tax Relief

July 3rd, 2020

With the Coronavirus causing cash flow issues for many, businesses have been increasingly looking towards the Government’s CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Lending Scheme) initiative. What many haven’t realised is that the receipt of CBILS counts as notified state aid. When assessing whether a business is eligible to claim SME R&D Tax Relief, it first must […]

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The hidden pitfalls of Government COVID-19 lending schemes

July 2nd, 2020

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have remained committed to clients to help them navigate the many different business finance schemes introduced by Government. The situation we are facing can feel overwhelming; and for those who have worked for years to make successful businesses which are now at risk, being able to make a judgement on […]

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Update on CJRS and SEISS

June 24th, 2020

Furlough Update We are about to enter a phase where the changes to the Furlough scheme, announced by the Government earlier this month will start to take effect. You will find the HMRC advice through this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme. However a brief summary of the changes is set out below. The CJR Scheme will close on […]

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