How to network when you can’t network in person

speech bubble "how to network remotely"

Small to medium-sized businesses have to go the extra mile to stand out from competitors, particularly when those competitors can afford the best advertising campaigns. In the past we could compensate with networking, by attending conferences, trade fairs, or local groups. Now those options have gone, how can you compete with bigger businesses? In many … Read more How to network when you can’t network in person

Business Bounce Back Loans

Business bounce back loan - boy on trampoline

Business Bounce Back Loans – what are they and should you apply for one? Since the scheme launched in May 2020 (just 3 months ago), more than 860,000 bounce back loans have been issued. This means that thousands of small businesses who are struggling due to the coronavirus have applied for and received financial help; … Read more Business Bounce Back Loans

Family board meetings – you still need to take minutes

The Donno family

Paul and Jenni had a board meeting yesterday revolving around the cycle to work scheme and Boris Johnsons announcement regarding the new grants for Electric bikes.   Now when we say ‘board meeting’ it was actually a discussion over their ‘Avo’ on toast. The vote was a very formal “that sounds like a good idea” and … Read more Family board meetings – you still need to take minutes

Is the new electric bike grant right for your business?

Cyclist - The cycle to work scheme

Boris Johnson announces grants for Electric Bikes, but are they a good idea for small business owners? Bikes (including E-bikes) costing over £1000 will now be included in the Governments ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme. If any of your team members are keen to cycle to work, this is a great opportunity for your business to … Read more Is the new electric bike grant right for your business?

How to deal with nit-picking clients who are asking for a discount

How to deal with nit-picking clients

Are you finding that some of your clients, some who have previously been good clients, have suddenly become quite fussy? Maybe they have been getting obsessed with the tiniest of mistakes when previously they would have just breezed over it, or maybe they are finding new issues that have never come up before. Whatever problems … Read more How to deal with nit-picking clients who are asking for a discount

Returning to work post-covid19: how do you assess your office needs?

laptop and phone

In the short-term, it seems likely that many of us will remain working from home even after government orders to do so are lifted. Why? Because businesses have either found that remote working seems to be working favourably for them or they don’t know how to return to work safely. To answer the three most … Read more Returning to work post-covid19: how do you assess your office needs?

Defer Your Self-assessment Payment On Account

Defer your payment on account

Choose how and when you can delay making your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year. You have the option to defer your second payment on account if you are: registered in the UK for Self-Assessment and finding it difficult to make your second payment on account by 31 July 2020 … Read more Defer Your Self-assessment Payment On Account

COMPANIES HOUSE TO RESTART THE VOLUNTARY STRIKE OFF PROCESS

Baseball

In March 2020, CH introduced temporary easement measures to suspend voluntary strike off action in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and they have reviewed these measures each month. Following the July review, this temporary measure will be lifted from 10 September 2020. From this date, CH restart the process to dissolve companies that have applied for … Read more COMPANIES HOUSE TO RESTART THE VOLUNTARY STRIKE OFF PROCESS

Eat Out to Help Out

Eat out to help out logo

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out. The Eat Out to Help Out registration service went live on the 13th of July on GOV.UK, allowing businesses to … Read more Eat Out to Help Out

Another Furlough Update

Cup of coffee and laptop

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME (CJRS) UPDATE. From 1st July “Flexible Furlough” was introduced and the calculations and time recording of full-time, part-time and fully furloughed employees has become more complicated. Changes are occurring regularly as the Government and HMRC make clarifications to the scheme. If you have any queries regarding your claim talk to us … Read more Another Furlough Update