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Cyber-attacks: The silent threat to businesses

May 30th, 2019

Dan Maloney, managing director at Champion Insurance Brokers, explains how to protect your business from the consequences of a cyber- attack. In current times, it is crucial for all businesses, regardless of size, to be aware of cybercrime. Although the media tend to focus on cases involving large scale corporations, such as the 2015 TalkTalk […]


Making the most of staff costs in your R&D claim

May 28th, 2019

Introduced by the Government in 2000 as an incentive to promote innovation, Research and Development (R&D) tax credits provide tax relief for eligible activities carried out by UK businesses. Tax relief is calculated based on the company’s spend on R&D, providing relief of up to 230% on qualifying activities. You can claim under the SME […]


Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief… What counts?

May 24th, 2019

We know that Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief isn’t simple. Time after time, many of the businesses that we talk to about R&D relief have the same misconceptions about what they can claim for, such as: We pay a lot of rent on our premises… that will form a huge part of our R&D claim. As […]


Alphabet shares – as easy as ABC?

May 16th, 2019

Traditionally, when a limited company is incorporated, it is set up with a single share class, meaning that all shares issued carry the same rights and entitlements. A share generally carries three types of rights: they might be able to vote on shareholder decisions, receive dividend returns and receive capital in the event of winding […]


Blockchain in business

May 7th, 2019

Cryptocurrency continues to hit the headlines, especially since a single Bitcoin in 2010 would cost around £1 compared to the £thousands that they trade for today. Yet it is the technology that makes cryptocurrency possible that is the new hottest trend in town, with Google searches for the word ‘Blockchain’ increasing by more than 250% […]


Construction spotlight: Managing your finances

May 1st, 2019

The UK construction industry is booming thanks to major projects like HS2, housebuilding targets and the 2022 Commonwealth Games. At Champion Accountants, we support a variety of clients in this complex sector, with our experience including labourers and subcontractors, through to housebuilding firms, landlords and commercial property developers. In this article, we shine a spotlight […]


The company car is dead… Long live the company car

April 29th, 2019

A client and friend asked me the other day, “how’s business?”. I was standing over a three-foot putt and he caught me off-guard. “Same old, same old” I replied. In actual fact, I was side-stepping  answering honestly so I could concentrate on the matter at hand. Having spent 23 years helping clients respond to fleet […]


Making Tax Digital is here

April 22nd, 2019

The introduction of Making Tax Digital legislation has already seen a number of Champion clients successfully switch to compatible online accounting platforms, such as Xero or Sage Business Cloud, by using the advice and guidance of our team to find the right software for their business. Under the legislation, every business with a taxable turnover […]


RBS Switching Scheme: Are you affected?

March 25th, 2019

Back in December, the Banking Competition Remedies Ltd (BCR) named 11 banks to participate in the Business Banking Switch, or Incentivised Switching Scheme. The scheme is designed to tempt business customers away from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest by providing offers that are better than those normally on the market. Following the […]


GUEST ARTICLE: Should there be a ‘right to disconnect’ for UK employees?

March 19th, 2019

Just over 70 years ago, the world’s first computer was built in Manchester. Today, computer technology is everywhere, enabling employees to ‘always be on call’ through remote devices. So can you just switch everything off? Well, the ‘right to disconnect’ from the office was recently tested in two cases which decided that employees have a […]


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