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Restart Grants and Recovery Loans: are you eligible?

Recovery Loan Scheme launches  The Recovery Loan Scheme will ensure businesses continue to benefit from Government-guaranteed finance throughout 2021. Loans will include 80% government guarantee and interest rate cap. With non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality reopening today, Ministers have ensured that appropriate support is still available to businesses to protect jobs. From last week, businesses…Read More

How to Finish the Tax Year and Prepare for IR35 Changes

As we head towards April, now is the time to think about pre-tax year planning, doing the year end administration and filing the necessary forms to HMRC. Time is running out to make the most of your tax allowances this year.  The first step to making the most of your tax allowances can mean looking…Read More

Preparing for the New Normal: Vaccination Policy for Employers

As businesses prepare for the “The New Normal” (probably by the end of June) of vaccinated employees, regular workplace testing and continued social distancing – we have prepared guidance to help you implement a vaccination policy and templates on: Vaccination policy for your business  Covid-19 workplace risk checklist Vaccine register for all staff     The Bank…Read More

Coronavirus Government Support Updates and the Spring 2021 Budget

Welcome to our round up of the latest business and Covid-19 news for our clients. Please contact us if you want to talk about how these updates affect your business. We are here to support you through these tough times. In the last week we have seen the total first dose vaccinations in the UK…Read More

Business Planning for Recovery and Coronavirus Updates

Following the roadmap announced last week to ease lockdown restrictions, we’ve put together some practical steps for minimising disruption, and maximising the opportunities for recovery for business owners!  Below is our weekly roundup of changes to government support information generally and for businesses, employers and the self-employed – including: The roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions…Read More

How to Tax Plan for the Financial Year End

Every taxpayer wants to minimise their tax burden where they can, so they can save money for the things that really matter. The 2020-2021 tax year is coming to an end on the 5th April –  and with it, brings an opportunity for businesses and individuals to strategically plan to reduce the amount of tax…Read More

Coronavirus: the Latest Government Support Changes

Furlough Updates The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme) has been extended to 30 April 2021. Claims for furlough days in January 2021 must be made by 15 February 2021. You can now no longer submit claims for claim periods ending on or before 31 October 2020. HMRC has updated its examples to help…Read More

Brexit: The Latest Updates

It has now been over a month since the implementation of a full border between the UK and the EU. Because of the pandemic, trade has been unusually down – but what we can say is there is a huge amount of additional red tape at the borders, which has particularly affected smaller businesses. The…Read More

The ‘New Normal’: Our Economic Outlook

This weekend, the Government started offering all English businesses with over 50 employees’ workplace Covid testing. You can now register to order coronavirus tests for your employees by heading to the government website. We can now see a picture of the “New Normal” emerging: with faster and more regular covid testing for the workplace, the…Read More

Brexit Transition Guidance for Employers

We have heard of more stories of extra layers of administration, courier fees, VAT problems and unexpected customs invoices for both importers and exporters. Some EU specialist online retailers have said they will no longer deliver to the UK because of the new tax changes from 1 January and vice versa. VAT is now being…Read More

Small firms in line for Business Interruption Insurance Pay Out

As the UK national lockdowns continue, we’re pleased that there’s some good news for hospitality and other businesses who were closed by the Government in the first lockdown. The Supreme Court has ruled that insurers should pay business interruption claims. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has won its court case to get insurers to pay…Read More

Latest Economy Indicators and News

According to the latest ONS figures, retailers have had their worst annual sales performance on record in 2020. This has been driven by decreased demand for fashion and homeware products, figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have shown. The latest economic news and indicators for the UK make for gloomy reading: and as we’re…Read More

The Brexit Trade Agreement: Our Summary

We wish you a happy new year – let’s hope 2021 is more stable from a business perspective and that by the end of the year we can return to some kind of “normality”. The transition period for the UK leaving the EU has ended. The EU and UK have struck a trade deal, and…Read More

New Lockdown Grants Announced

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor announced on 5th January. The Chancellor announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring.  In addition there is also…Read More

2021: What Business Support is available?

This year, we have been amazed at the resilience of clients and how they have energetically repurposed or pivoted their businesses into new areas, products and services. Businesses have redesigned delivery and payment systems, moved their entire processes digital, accepted remote working or new safe working environments and adopted new technologies to survive and indeed…Read More

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