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Spotting inefficiencies in your business operations

July 23rd, 2019

Inefficiencies can be found in every business. Yes, even yours. How efficient are your processes, for example? Or is there an aspect of your business that you could automate? You may think that you don’t have time for this kind of introspection, but by reflecting on your business, you can make small improvements that could […]

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Tax spotlight: Transferring property to your spouse

July 2nd, 2019

Transferring property between spouses is a popular way of maximising rental income. Often, the owner will transfer the property if their partner is in a lower Income Tax band, as any rental income will be taxed at a lower rate, resulting in a better return on investment. Transferring ownership, or part-ownership, also has advantages in terms of […]

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R&D myth busting – what is eligible?

June 26th, 2019

Businesses are missing out on substantial tax savings because they’re unaware of what counts towards a Research and Development (R&D) tax relief claim. Many still wrongly believe that R&D only applies to scientific industries, when in reality, eligible activities can, and do, span a variety of sectors. Government research looking at R&D claims by industry […]

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It’s the final countdown… for PPI claims

June 11th, 2019

You may have noticed a recent surge in publicity surrounding Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), and that’s because claim management companies are ramping up their efforts to act on your behalf before time runs out to make a claim. The deadline for submitting a claim for compensation for missold PPI is 29th August 2019. With billions of pounds set aside by financial institutions […]

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Cyber-attacks: The silent threat to businesses

May 30th, 2019

Dan Maloney, managing director at Champion Insurance Group, 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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% […]

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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 […]

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