Yearly Archives: 2017

Budget 2017: What it means for you

March 8th, 2017

Philip Hammond’s first Budget as the Chancellor of the Exchequer was a largely quiet affair with few major and out of the blue announcements. Here’s the key changes that could affect you: The tax free dividend allowance will reduce from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018 The main rate of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions […]


Managing currency exposure in a volatile market

February 28th, 2017

Technology has enabled businesses to become increasingly global, with companies now accessing talent and trading internationally regardless of size. However, today’s economic climate exposes multinational companies to the risk of unexpected currency fluctuations that can erode profit. We’ve seen unprecedented volatility in the last year, largely due to the unexpected Brexit vote. Until Article 50 […]


Land Remediation Relief: Can you claim it?

February 20th, 2017

Following recent changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax legislation property developers are searching for alternative tax reliefs. Land Remediation Relief (LRR) offers a big incentive to all limited company developers that bring contaminated and derelict land back to productive use. Introduced in 2001 and redesigned in 2009, LRR offers a relief on Corporation Tax equal […]


Two New Starters at Chester Accountants

February 14th, 2017

Business advice specialist, Champion Accountants, has added two new members of staff, taking its Chester accountants headcount to 16. Sam Thompson, 29, from Penyffordd and Spencer Youd, 19, from Penymynydd have joined as Audit and Accounts senior and junior respectively. The two new additions will be responsible for accounts preparation for an extensive portfolio of some […]


Champion Advises on Sale of Aesthetics Clinic

February 10th, 2017

Champion Accountants has advised on the sale of face etc… following a deal with founder Sharon Moore for an undisclosed sum. The award-winning advanced aesthetics and beauty clinic in York that employs 24 staff has exchanged hands to husband and wife, Nick Rhodes, a resident plastic surgeon and medical director and Orla Rhodes, business development […]


Planning for Long Term Care

January 25th, 2017

Following a Royal Commission report on long term care, ‘free nursing care’ in England was introduced. In reality with the funding of just over £150 per week, this money is merely a contribution towards an individual’s needs from a Registered Nurse. However, with people living longer than ever, an increasing number of individuals require some […]


Living with the Anti-Phoenix Rule

January 23rd, 2017

For years businesses which take on numerous projects at once often have them spread across a number of limited companies. With main purpose for this being to ring fence risk and secure the main business assets from any ‘bad’ projects. However, a secondary advantage comes with setting up limited companies in this way. When the […]


Flat Rate VAT Scheme

January 19th, 2017

Philip Hammond announced big changes in his first (and last) Autumn Statement around the amount of VAT that small businesses will have to pay. From 1st April 2017, businesses using the flat rate VAT scheme that spend less than two per cent of sales on VAT inclusive goods (not services) in an accounting period, or […]


Self Assessment tax return: last minute tips

January 11th, 2017

Tuesday, 31st January 2017 is the cut-off date for those having to fill in Self Assessment tax returns. With the deadline looming, Paul Brides, group tax manager at Champion Accountants gives some last minute tips. Who should submit Self Assessment? HMRC usually deducts tax from wages, pensions and savings automatically but depending on individual circumstances […]


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