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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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Update on VAT deferral due to COVID-19

June 17th, 2020

As you may already be aware, HMRC gave businesses the option to defer their VAT payments if they were unable to pay them on time without incurring penalties or late payment interest; as part of the Government’s support for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Payment of VAT due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 […]

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Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

June 1st, 2020

Friday [29 May 2020] saw the Chancellor clarify the expected changes to the Furlough scheme, introduced at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and also announce a welcome extension to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (“SEISS”). Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) Full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme The furlough scheme will finish at the […]

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Should you consider ‘pivoting your business’ to develop new opportunities?

May 15th, 2020

You know how terms, expressions and phrases can catch on when they are used repeatedly by those in the Media? During this exceptional time of COVID-19, there seems to be a plethora of expressions being used to cover everything from medical matters through to economic conditions. We have recently seen one such expression gain traction […]

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Four Month Extension to the Furlough Scheme

May 14th, 2020

On Tuesday [12 May] the Chancellor announced that the “furlough scheme” – more formerly referred to as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – would be extended for a further four months until the end of October 2020. Before this announcement, the scheme was due to run until 30 June, having already been extended from […]

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