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Make hiring work for your business

December 13th, 2016

By Andrew Dawson-Gerrard, founder and managing partner at Firstcomm Recruitment Ltd. Most SMEs don’t have highly developed HR functions. Yet without recruiting and retaining the right talent, businesses cannot grow successfully. With more than 20 years of industry experience and as an owner of a boutique recruitment business myself, I always encourage business owners to […]

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Check the Pulse of Your Business

December 8th, 2016

Author is Danny Evans, client manager at Champion Accountants A healthy body demands routine checks and examinations. And awful healthy food like broccoli. But we don’t have to talk about that. A healthy, thriving business needs the occasional check-up as well. No matter what stage your business is at, you must check its systems, pay attention to […]

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Five Steps to Starting a Business

November 16th, 2016

Starting a business is tough, even with the best idea it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll succeed. With so many factors to consider and 55 per cent of start-ups failing in the first five years, it never hurts to remind yourself of the basics. Testing the lightbulb moment So you have an idea and you’re […]

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Brexit: What it means for VAT

October 31st, 2016

The true result of Brexit is yet to be seen, but one thing is for certain, when Article 50 is triggered almost every aspect of economic life will change. Trading relationships will alter and the Government will have complete control over UK taxation. Currently, VAT (Value Added Tax) is charged on taxable supplies made in […]

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Bringing Tax into the Digital Age

October 21st, 2016

Paying your taxes is set to become far less burdensome for British businesses, with HMRC’s plans to bring the current tax system into the 21st century. Described as a ‘digital revolution’ to cut red tape for SMEs, the Making Tax Digital programme will benefit millions of businesses. Yet with nearly half (43 per cent) of […]

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GUEST POST: Workplace Mediation for SMEs

September 22nd, 2016

Having positive relationships with clients, customers and especially staff is the secret to success of any business. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible for an organisation to go through its life cycle without incurring any workplace differences or disputes. From time to time conflicts arise and whilst those may be swallowed up easily by larger corporations, unrest […]

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Employee education and system backup vital for cyber security

Cyber security has been at the top of the boardroom agenda for a while. As a result, many businesses have efficiently installed the latest email security and anti-virus software to keep cyber criminals at a bay. However, despite increased efforts, in the last year UK businesses reported a 22 per cent increase in cyber-attacks resulting […]

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Xero: The Future of your Finances in the Cloud

August 30th, 2016

Having a handle on your finances is vital to ensuring your business can grow and blossom. Yet smaller firms, with limited in-house resource, know all too well how this can take time away from your customers. Thankfully, accountancy is going through a huge transition, fuelled by advancements in technology. As a result, an increasing number […]

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The Great Digital Divide: How Your Business Can Close It

August 5th, 2016

A growing digital divide is holding businesses back, according to new research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Just over half (55 per cent) of firms openly adopt and evolve through the use of digital technology, whilst the remaining 45 per cent fall behind. Despite the UK ranking top in the world for e-commerce […]

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Capital Gains Tax Changes: What it Means for You

June 27th, 2016

Since 6 April 2016, higher rate capital gains have been charged at 20 per cent, down from 28 per cent and basic rate gains have a 10 per cent levy, down from 18 per cent. Capital Gains Tax is applied on the profit you make when an asset you sell increases in value. For example, […]

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