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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) launch date revealed

May 5th, 2020

HMRC has issued guidance on how SEISS is meant to work from 13 May onwards, which is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme#claim It is worth taking a look at the guidance to take comfort that you will be able to qualify, however, the following summary might help you in the interim. You can claim if you are a self-employed individual […]

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Bounceback Loan Scheme Goes Live and Additional Grants Available For Small Businesses

May 4th, 2020

Bounce Back Loan scheme goes live Last week we highlighted the new Bounce Back Loans introduced by the Chancellor which will enable small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000, and as of this morning [4 May], the scheme went live. The full guidance, including details on how to apply, is available on […]

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Champion Accountants reaches £34m R&D Tax Relief milestone

April 29th, 2020

A leading accountancy group is encouraging businesses to pursue Research & Development (R&D) during the COVID-19 outbreak, as it celebrates securing £34m in R&D Tax Relief claims for its clients. The Government’s R&D Tax Relief scheme is still hugely underutilised, but successful claims continue to be paid amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. As such, we at […]

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Good news for SMEs with additional loans boost

April 28th, 2020

Yesterday morning [Monday 27 April] saw the Chancellor announce a Bounce Back Loans scheme for SMEs. This will enable such businesses to benefit from a new fast-track finance initiative that will provide loans with a 100% Government-backed guarantee for lenders. HMRC’s official guidance can be found here, albeit with limited detail: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan. The scheme will […]

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This week in review: 20 – 24 April

April 24th, 2020

CJRS: In general It’s been a busy week since HMRC opened its CJRS portal on Monday morning and we began making the first of our clients’ furlough claims. Overall, the portal seems to be coping with the sheer volume of claims being made nationally. Official figures state that as of close of business on Monday […]

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Gymnastics deal is no stretch for Champion Accountants

April 23rd, 2020

The Blackpool office of Champion Accountants has advised on the acquisition of acclaimed gymnastic-wear manufacturer Milano Pro Sport by Manchester’s Signature Fabrics. The undisclosed deal sees 90 per cent of Preston-based Milano Pro Sports’ shares sold. Founders Paul and Lesley Pendergest – who cut their teeth as MD with Betterware Gp. and head of swimwear […]

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At a time when cash flow is critical, have you considered R&D?

April 22nd, 2020

The most common misconception about Research and Development (R&D) Tax Relief is that it’s only available to lab coat companies and software houses, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. R&D Tax Relief is available to all limited companies that seek to achieve an advance in science or technology in their industry. Things such […]

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Update

April 17th, 2020

HMRC has issued an update on just how it intends to calculate your eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. Whilst the claim service is not yet available, HRMC aims to contact you by mid-May 2020 and make payment by early June 2020. It will be available for three months but may be […]

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Grant Claim Update

April 16th, 2020

HMRC has now issued detailed guidance on how a business may make a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) grant claim. The online claim service will be launched on GOV.UK on Monday 20 April 2020. HMRC has advised that you should not try to access the claim portal before this date as it will not be […]

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS): the view from the banks

April 9th, 2020

With much confusion around the CBILS, we spoke with a trusted contact of ours from one of the leading high street banks to gather their insight and practical pointers. Here’s what we learnt: Lending decisions The starting point for a lender in terms of assessing whether to lend is the long-term viability of the business […]

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