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Freelance or Employee?

‘It’s ok if we employ them freelance, isn’t it?’. It seems like a harmless question and one we are often asked. In the foreground is a question about legality and in the background is the assumption that this would be preferable.  In this blog we look at both aspects and try to give business owners …

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Xerocon Report

Xerocon is Xero’s Annual Conference which came to London’s ExCeL in November.  If anything qualifies to be described as sexy in the accountant’s calendar this must be it.  The production values are top of the range, the vibe is rock concert, the tech is genuinely cutting edge. Keeping up with Xero’s development team can leave …

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Budget Report 2018

With a freshly minted budget presented by the Chancellor today, we look at the highlights for small business owners: Business Tax Corporation Tax – Corporation Tax remains at 19% with a reduction to 17% pencilled for 2020. VAT –  there was speculation that the VAT registration threshold would be slashed, requiring many more small businesses …

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Business Buddies

Since reading Gino Wickman’s excellent book, Traction, on business development, we have been mindful of the importance and power of meetings, especially meetings where we as business owners are held accountable and particularly where we are held accountable for our job of building our business. In fact Traction recommends a weekly ‘Pulse Meeting’ to keep …

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Tax Year End Changes

With the new Tax Year almost upon us we review the changes to tax from 5th April 2018. Minimum Wage Increases Minimum wage increases from April 2018.  For employees over 25 the increase is from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour.  Other ages and categories of employees’ rates can be found here: http://www.minimum-wage.co.uk/   Deducting Mortgage Interest …

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