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Flexible planning


May 19th, 2022

If we lived in a world where the factors that affected trade and other commercial activity were unchanging, then plans drawn up for extended periods, say a year, would be a reliable benchmark to measure actual results against in the same period. Unfortunately, change is a common occurrence these days. Plans drawn up will become […]


New Bill protects consumers access to cash


May 17th, 2022

The new Financial Services and Markets Bill, announced during the recent Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament, will support consumers by protecting access to cash. It will ensure the continued availability of withdrawal and deposit facilities across the UK, and that the country’s cash infrastructure is sustainable for the long term. The Bill […]


Saving for a rainy day


May 12th, 2022

The more draconian government interventions introduced to control the COVID outbreak have challenged all of us, businesses and individuals, to consider the notion that we can no longer rely on our jobs or businesses to effortlessly produce the income we need. Many businesses in the hospitality and entertainment sectors had their ability to trade quashed. […]


Elastic or inelastic?


May 11th, 2022

Would demand for the products or services you sell vary with price increases or decreases? This conundrum is considered by the term elasticity in economic circles – how demand changes when prices change. If demand for your products is elastic, any change in price will have a corresponding impact in demand. For example, if you […]


Investing to increase profits


May 5th, 2022

The UK tax code has numerous reliefs and allowances that reduce tax when businesses invest in qualifying assets. Some of the reliefs allow up to 100% of the invested cost to be written off against taxable profits and companies can presently write-off 130% of qualifying expenditure. But aside from these tax incentives to invest, it […]


High energy industries attract increased support


May 4th, 2022

The other side of the recent hikes in consumer energy costs – taking their toll on take-home pay across the UK – are the similar cost increases for industry. Focussing on high-energy users, the government recently announced the following increased support for Energy Intensive Industries (IEE). High energy usage businesses, such as steel and paper […]


Tax Diary May/June 2022


May 3rd, 2022

1 May 2022 – Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 30 July 2021. 19 May 2022 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2022). 19 May 2022 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]


New internet laws return to Parliament


May 3rd, 2022

Parliamentarians will debate the government’s ground-breaking Online Safety Bill which requires social media platforms, search engines and other apps and websites allowing people to post content to improve the way they protect their users. Ofcom, the regulator, will have the power to fine companies failing to comply with the laws up to ten per cent […]


Using your private vehicle for business journeys


May 3rd, 2022

Employers can pay employees a fixed rate per mile to cover the costs of using their own vehicles on company business. The present agreed rates per mile are: Cars and vans – 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and then 25p per mile. Motorcycles – 24p per mile. Bikes – 20p per mile. […]


Employment Allowance increase


May 3rd, 2022

The Employment Allowance has risen from £4,000 to £5,000 – meaning smaller firms will be able to claim up to £5,000 off their employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) bills. Announced by the Chancellor at last month’s Spring Statement to reduce employment costs, the change takes an extra 50,000 firms out of paying NICs and the […]