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Champion Round-Up | Friday 11 September

September 11th, 2020

Written by Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner  Over recent months, numerous sectors have had the most turbulent time they will ever experience, while employers and employees have faced novel challenges. Whilst positive stories have emerged from the UK, we must remain vigilant and focus on the practical steps needed to ensure we can emerge from […]

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Developers urged to claim SDLT rebate on uninhabitable properties

September 10th, 2020

Client: Property development company Geographic location: Hazel Grove, Cheshire SDLT refund: £8,300 plus interest Established in 2013, this property development client was keen to expand its portfolio of residencies for refurbishment across the North West. Having purchased this home through a limited company and priced above the £125,000 threshold for paying Stamp Duty Land Tax […]

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Going digital: a seamless transition from Sage to Xero

September 4th, 2020

Every business is different. So, it makes sense that not every digital accounting platform will work for every business. Instead, companies should take the time to understand the different solutions available and choose one which suits their needs. Or, they should employ a specialist like Champion Accountants to make the decision on their behalf. Lynx […]

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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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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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Solicitors: preparing for the PII renewal season

July 30th, 2020

In this article, John Jones, MD of Champion Professional Risks – our specialist Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) division – talks about the impending PII renewal season for solicitors. This includes the considerations to be made and the pitfalls to avoid for Solicitor Practices when looking at their Professional Indemnity placement. Up until 2014 all Solicitor […]

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Employed vs self-employed: what to consider when claiming R&D tax relief

July 24th, 2020

We have this conversation with all our R&D (research and development) clients: the difference in the rate of tax relief between PAYE employees and sub-contractors. Many reasons determine whether an individual is employed or self-employed; far too many to list within a short piece. When the business has driven the situation – perhaps due to […]

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Brewery toasts equity raise and Crowdcube success

July 20th, 2020

Ambitious businesses always have one eye on the next big step in their journey. It might mean launching new services, purchasing a larger premise or expanding overseas. However, not all businesses have the capital sitting in the bank to put those plans in place. Thankfully, there are numerous ways of raising equity to make these […]

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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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