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Autumn Statement 2023
On 22 November 2023, Jeremy Hunt delivered the 'Autumn Statement for Growth'. Against an improving economic backdrop, the Chancellor is keen to stimulate economic growth and highlighted 110 measures for businesses. In addition, there were significant statements relating to National Insurance changes and also the reform of work-related state benefits.
The Budget 2021
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his second Budget on Wednesday 3 March 2021. In his speech he stated his Budget ‘meets the moment with a three-part plan to protect the jobs and livelihoods of the British people’.
Self Employment Grant 3
HMRC have now published the qualification rules for the 3rd Self Employed Support Grant which can be applied for via HMRC’s website as from the 30th November ie next Monday. Applications must be submitted by the 29th January 2021. The rules as to who can apply are the same as for the 1st two grants…
Job Support Scheme
Furlough came in very quickly as a response to lockdown, with the result that it had numerous amendments in the first weeks after its announcement. The Job Support Scheme since first announced has had various changes made to it - we are now on Version 3 of the Scheme (and HMRC say that the first…
The Advantages Of An Experienced Bookkeeper
Have you thought about using a bookkeeper and wondered if it would be beneficial when you can do a lot of the work yourself?
The self-employment income support scheme update
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced on Friday 29th May plans to extend the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) for those people whose trade continues to be, or is newly, adversely affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Eligible self-employed people will be able to claim a second and final SEISS grant in August; this will be a taxable…
Furlough Scheme Updates
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor announced on Friday 29th May how the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furloughing) will work.
Coronavirus Self-Employed Income Support
This package is a cash grant of 80% of self-employed profits capped at £2500 per month for 3-months. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, unveiled on 26th March 2020 the Governments package of coronavirus support for the self-employed.
Our Approach To The COVID-19 Pandemic
The next few weeks (or months, we don’t know yet), we will all be taking our businesses on a different path. The direction and goals we set ourselves in January 2020 will need to rethought as we adapt to the changes around us.
Beware of Business Fraud
Recently a payment of £3,799.89, payable to LastMinute.com, was fraudulently taken from our business bank account. We contacted our bank and fortunately the money was refunded back to us but we are aware of other businesses that have not been so lucky.
The Balmer Way
To spread a little Christmas cheer, we have written our version of Jingle Bells for you all to hear!
How To Master A One-Minute Business Introduction
The Request, “Please Introduce Yourself,” Can Seem A Daunting Task, Especially If You’re Put On The Spot, But We’ve Partnered With Buckingham Networking Organization Bucks Fizz To Curate A List Of Our Top Tips For Mastering The One-Minute Introduction.
HMRC To Become Preferential Creditor Again
HMRC As A Preferential Creditor. The UK tax authority (HMRC) is set to become a preferential creditor once more, as proposed in the 2018 Budget that suggests this measure will result in an extra £185 million in taxes being recovered each year.
Three Major Changes To Entrepreneurs’ Relief To Note
Entrepreneurs’ Relief is a valuable relief that can mean an individual pays Capital Gains Tax on the disposal of shares in their employer at 10%, instead of the 18% or 28% rate that would otherwise apply. As of October 29th, one of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received is what changes the 2018 Autumn…
How Missed Calls Are Costing You
According to the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), over 60% of companies believe consistent mobile customer service is a strong competitive differentiator. Further research indicates similar trending patterns between the success of service call centres and the likelihood of maintaining a loyal client base.
Tax Do’s And Don’ts Of Employing Casual Workers
Here’s How To Avoid A Hefty Tax Bill When Employing Casual Workers, Direct From The HMRC’s Tax Guide. When you employ casual workers for a short period of time, you need to take special care when agreeing and processing their pay. A mistake could leave you on the wrong end of a tax and NI…
Do You Have 15/15 Of These Customer Service Skills?
Good customer service is important in any industry. Customer service not only provides value in helping forge strong relationships with customers, it creates positive endorsements from loyal customers that can also help strengthen your brand.