Yearly Archives: 2012

National Minimum Wage Increase

September 26th, 2012

In March this year the government published regulations to increase the hourly rate of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) which comes into effect from Monday 1st October. This will bring the NMW for adults aged over 21 to £6.19 and the rate for apprentices under the age of 19 or in the first year of […]


Champion Joins Business Bites

September 20th, 2012

Champion Accountants will be on hand at the next “Business Bites” event to shed some light on VAT issues relating to the food industry. Business Bites, the region’s Food Industry Networking Event, is taking place on Thursday 27th September at The Red Pump Inn, near Clitheroe. Gareth Ellison and Sheila Lonergan from Champion’s Preston team […]


Family Fortunes – A Family Business Charter

July 24th, 2012

Family owned businesses play a pivotal role in the UK economy, it is estimated that in excess of 75% of today’s businesses are family owned and managed. The highs and lows of operating a family firm are well documented. On the one hand the extra sense of purpose, strength of commitment and loyalty between family […]


Real Time Information: The New Reporting System

July 19th, 2012

Employers are warned about a new reporting system for PAYE, which could prove to be a burden for the unprepared. PAULETTE THOMAS explains the reasons for the new system and advises how you can get ready for the change. Real Time Information (RTI) is a new compulsory reporting system which changes when employers must submit […]


Businesses Ignore Bribery Act

July 5th, 2012

Recent research suggests that there has been a poor response and little acknowledgement of tough new corporate bribery laws introduced last year. Marking the first anniversary of the Bribery Act, the study carried out by accountancy firm Ernst & Young revealed that nearly three quarters of North West middle managers haven’t even heard of the […]


HMRC’s ‘Tax Return Initiative’ Starts Today

July 3rd, 2012

The Tax Return Initiative is a campaign aimed at higher-rate tax payers who are yet to complete their Self Assessment tax returns for years 2009-10 and earlier. The campaign, launched by HM Revenue & Customs, starts on 3 July and runs until 2 October 2012 by which time any outstanding amounts will also need to […]


The North West Fund

June 26th, 2012

SME’s based in or relocating to the North West can now potentially benefit from an £185m investment fund, “The North West Fund”, established to provide debt and equity funding from £50,000 to £2m. The fund is accessible to SME’s (Small to Medium Sized Enterprises) who employ fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover […]


Family Business Seminar

June 18th, 2012

Wednesday 18th July Preston Marriott Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, PR3 5JB 8.00am – 9.45am Itinerary Arrival, Networking and Breakfast 8.00am – 8.20am Presentation 8.20am – 9.20am Networking and Refreshments 9.20am to 9.45am Content From Family Planning to Family Fortunes Family owned businesses play a pivotal role in the UK economy – it is estimated that […]


Marc Joins Audit & Accounts Team

June 8th, 2012

A warm welcome to MARC JONES who joins our Chester team as Audit & Accounts Trainee. The 23 year old, originally from Wrexham, has lived in Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh for 14 years and has A-Level qualifications in Geography, English Lit and History and also a degree in Geography from Loughborough. Marc left his previous position as […]


Marketing team grows

A warm welcome to BECCI MARTIN who joins our Manchester office as Marketing assistant. The 18 year old recently completed four AS-Levels and following working temporarily as a sales assistant at River Island, decided to start a career in marketing with Champion. She comments: “I enjoyed the marketing aspects of the Business Studies course I […]


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