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Small Business Advice
15 Mar 2021
As business owners, bookkeeping and accounting can often be the part of the role we dread the most – and terms like trade debtors and trade receivables certainly don’t help. The fact is, to all intents and purposes, many organisations out there can treat the two terms as one and the same.
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30 Dec 2020
As coronavirus continues to spread fuelled by the new variant, the Chancellor has extended key schemes to support businesses and employees through to spring, when the Government hopes the twin vaccines will begin to slow the pandemic.
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27 Sep 2020
On 24th September, after weeks of speculation, the Chancellor announced the successor to the furlough scheme as part of a Winter Economy Plan. The ‘Job Support Scheme’ will come into effect on November 1st and will cover a six-month period. Here are the key elements of the new scheme, as well as a guide for employers on what to do now furlough is ending.
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24 Aug 2020
All you need is the one big idea, one that could take you where the famous ‘garage entrepreneurs’ have found themselves — Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft. Here we’ll give some pointers on how to come up with a business idea, plus what you’ll need to do to get your idea off the ground.
Small Business Advice
11 Jun 2020
We have recently expanded our accountancy services and legal services into Brighton, Sussex, where our experienced team of Brighton Accountants are getting to know and help businesses in the area.
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01 May 2020
With businesses struggling to survive, the pandemic has resulted in more than one million UK workers being furloughed, according to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. As the crisis continues, one in four workers, which equates to over nine million people, are expected to be furloughed.
Small Business Advice
06 Apr 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed a number of temporary and targeted measures to support businesses and help the economy through the disruption caused by COVID-19. Here is a summary of the support available to businesses to deal with the impact of coronavirus and a breakdown of what businesses are eligible for the different measures.
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08 Feb 2020
Wondering how to start a small business in the UK? Here are eight steps to help you successfully start a small business.
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13 Dec 2019
The Accounts & Legal team recently attended Xerocon 2019 in London, the world's most innovative conference for cloud accounting leaders, with over 3,000 other attendees. During the event, a raft of new products were announced that will help our small business clients...
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26 Nov 2019
Here we’ll look into the new wave of SME lending and banking services, and the future of small business financing.
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03 Aug 2017
Most businesses make mistakes when they apply for funding we take a look at the most common mistakes made.
Small Business Advice
18 Apr 2017
An EMI scheme could allow you to incentivise your staff in a tax efficient way, locking in key members of staff so you can grow your business quickly and efficiently.
Small Business Advice
06 Feb 2017
Tips to help creative businesses to focus on the accuracy and timeliness of systems and identification of risks to allow them to make better commercial decisions, identify cost savings, better cash flow management and inevitably succeed.
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14 Oct 2016
We take a look at the rising star of the recruitment sector - tech. With demand for skills outstripping supply, coders and programmers are choosing to go it alone rather than stick with permanent contracts - we look below the surface to understand how this is impacting on the recruitment industry.
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06 Sep 2016
New challenger bank set up to specifically address the needs of the UK's Freelancer community - we look at what makes them different.
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19 Jul 2016
With a Brexit waiting two years down the road, this might lead to relocation of company headquarters and talent away from the UK. Will this lead to a talent boom for British businesses?
Small Business Advice
15 Jul 2016
Are you trying to decide on the right business structure for your start- up? Thought about starting as an LLP but not quite sure what the company structure consists of? Here's what you need to know.
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05 Jul 2016
Whether we like it or not, Britain has voted to leave the European Union. How should small business owners deal with the fallout?
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24 Jun 2016
Are you looking for a new small business accountant? It really doesn't matter where you live, thanks to new technology and software, you could hire an accountant from anywhere in the UK. Here's why an accountant in London is a good choice.
Small Business Advice
31 May 2016
UK unemployment has fallen to a 10-year low, but is it employers or sole traders driving the growth in the labour market?
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23 May 2016
Industry regulator the Competition and Markets Authority is looking to improve competition and access to banking and this week released early recommendations before a full report is unveiled in August.
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19 Apr 2016
If your small business is growing, but isn't quite ready to take hire its first employee, here are four low-cost alternatives to adding a permanent staff member to your team.
Small Business Advice
29 Feb 2016
With one in thirty UK businesses failing victim to invoice fraud, how purchase orders help small businesses avoid being duped?
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25 Feb 2016
More than one million sole traders in the UK have had their applications for business financing rejected by high street lenders, but many are unaware of alternative financing options.
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18 Feb 2016
If you’re a student and you’re considering joining the UK’s growing army of self-employed freelancers, here’s what you could be doing and how.
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03 Feb 2016
Record numbers are becoming self-employed, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed. We reveal the pros and cons of life as a sole trader.
Small Business Advice
22 Dec 2015
From following your dreams to making more money, there are plenty of reasons to start a small business. But is it better to pursue a business idea for passion or for profit?
Small Business Advice
07 Dec 2015
In a small business’s early days the business owners may loan money to the company when other sources of funding are hard to come by, but as the company grows they may want to temporarily take money out of the business through a Director's Loan.
Small Business Advice
26 Nov 2015
Many new businesses struggle to raise startup capital until they have proven their business model and gained some traction. When funding is hard to come by capital requirements are often funded by loans from company directors, which are then repaid as the new company begins to generate revenue. Here's how it works...
Small Business Advice
24 Jul 2015
Money comes in; money goes out. Managing your cash flow may seem as simple as subtracting your outgoings from your income, but in fact it’s much more complicated. Follow these six steps to keep your cash flow healthy!
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03 Jul 2015
Online crowdfunding has drastically improved small businesses’ access to finance. We spoke to our delightful clients, Alice and Fleurette, co-founders of Attollo Lingerie, about their Kickstarter campaign to find out why they chose gift crowdfunding in particular, and how to do it.
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26 Jun 2015
Fifty percent of new businesses go bust in the first five years. The first thing you should do before starting your own company is understand the common pitfalls so you can avoid them.
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21 May 2015
All small businesses need good accountants. Businesses in London face the toughest competition, and need the best support. But there are hundreds of accountants vying for your attention; how do you choose the right one for your business?
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24 Apr 2015
Businesses across the UK often keep their search for an accountant local, mostly for convenience but also because they can be cheaper than city accountants. But nowadays, when everything can be done remotely, and with more standard pricing, might hiring an accountant in London be better for your business?
Small Business Advice
03 Nov 2014
A company that is being closed because it can no longer meet its debts is known as insolvent. The options are creditors' voluntary liquidation or compulsory liquidation.
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18 Jun 2014
Although it may be completely unrealistic to make your customer swear marriage vows it is possible to build a lasting relationship where they promise to be loyal if you promise never to deliver less than the original attractive deal.
Small Business Advice
14 Apr 2014
The simple answer to this is yes; there are no restrictions on a non-UK resident owning a UK company, however, there are some things that you need to know.
Small Business Advice
14 Jan 2014
In 2013 a survey carried out by Accounts and Legal found that an astonishing 80% of small businesses wanted more commercial guidance from their accountant and overall only 10% were happy with their current bean-counter. There is a need for change.
Small Business Advice
10 May 2021
In this brief guide, we’ll explain more about the recognised methods for taking money out of a business account for personal use, and provide guidelines for dealing with business payments for personal expenses.
Small Business Advice
24 Jan 2021
Ever wondered what statutory accounts are, and why you need to file them? What should even be in the accounts? Here's our short guide on everything you need to know about statutory accounts.
Small Business Advice
03 Dec 2020
The most straightforward way to answer the question “What is Invoice Finance?” is to say it’s booming. There are several primary reasons for that, and during the past couple of decades, some key events have changed the way small to medium-sized businesses are borrowing.
Small Business Advice
19 Oct 2020
The Government has introduced a number of schemes to enable small and medium businesses to continue trading during the pandemic crisis – BBLS, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and CBILS, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
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15 Sep 2020
Here, our corporate finance team sheds light on small business financing options for SMEs, plus how we can help ensure businesses have the funds in place to ensure their company thrives.
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20 Jul 2020
Sunak’s “Plan for Jobs” is designed to protect and create roles that will help Britain recover from the economic effects of COVID-19. While the measures aren’t as wide-reaching as announcements made in phase one, many will see them as a welcome boost during difficult circumstances.
Small Business Advice
11 May 2020
Our experienced accountants reveal how to recover loss in business momentum and get ahead of potential cash flow problems. Business recovery may not happen overnight, but there is help available to make it achievable.
Small Business Advice
15 Apr 2020
We clarify the situation regarding whether your BI will pay out in the current crisis, whether you should consider pandemic cover as part of your insurance in future, and give you some insider’s tips on saving on business insurance quotes.
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12 Mar 2020
With panic over coronavirus spreading, many workers are being ordered to stay away from the office and work from home. But is the reality that a huge number of UK workers are already doing so? Here we looking into remote working in Britain.
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13 Jan 2020
Approximately 57% of UK small business owners have experienced problems with cash flow. Here's how to solve cash flow issues.
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04 Aug 2017
We take a look at some Kickstarter campaigns to see what there is to be learnt from the world of crowd funding.
Small Business Advice
02 Jun 2017
We take a look at how you can benchmark your business against your competitors and ask the question: should you be taking on another employee or getting more from the ones you have?
Small Business Advice
23 Feb 2017
In short, Working Capital is defined as, “The capital of a business which is used in its day-to-day trading operations”. It is important for small businesses to understand what their working capital is in order to manage every day operations; it is the capital which you have to work with. Find out more...
Small Business Advice
29 Nov 2016
Accounts & Legal take a deep dive into the new Bank referral scheme: a scheme set to revolutionise micro and small businesses lending and change the way business borrow money in future.
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08 Sep 2016
Ensuring invoices are paid, and paid on time, is a critical issue for most small business owners, since unpaid bills (or even late payments) can seriously undermine a company’s cash flow.
Small Business Advice
27 Jul 2016
The vote for Britain to leave the EU has caused a lot of political turmoil and uncertainty. Here's what a Brexit might mean for the governments policies for the UK's small businesses.
Small Business Advice
18 Jul 2016
As the UK faces a looming talent shortage, can technology help British SMEs plug the talent gaps?
Small Business Advice
13 Jul 2016
Even though England didn't win the Euros, Wimbledon was a massive smash, won by Andy Murray. Here's how your business can increase your profits from great tournaments like this one.
Small Business Advice
27 Jun 2016
How should a small business owner go about giving employees shares in the business? What share schemes are available and do they offer any tax breaks?
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15 Jun 2016
Annual filings have taken a new shape and name; abridged accounts. For estate agents, this might mean than more information is available to collect on competitors from companies house. So what will this change actually mean?
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23 May 2016
Moonlighting is no longer a dirty word. Here's how digital technologies are encouraging more people than ever to moonlight.
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19 Apr 2016
Getting a mortgage is hard enough even if you aren't a self- employed contractor. Here's a few tips of how you secure a loan.
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21 Mar 2016
What is working capital, and why should small business owners understand how to manage it?
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24 Feb 2016
A new report from the Enterprise Research Centre has confirmed that the number of High Growth Firms across the UK has risen to its highest level since the dotcom boom in the early 2000s.
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24 Dec 2015
As a cost effective, flexible and scalable source of web traffic, AdWords has become a favoured advertising service for startups and small businesses. But are businesses in the UK required to pay VAT on their AdWords spend?
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10 Dec 2015
What is the EFG, how can it help businesses secure small business loans, and is it right for your company?
Small Business Advice
30 Nov 2015
While the UK has better business survival rates than many other countries, more than 50% of British businesses are shut down within their first five years of trading. Whatever the reason, shutting down a limited company can sometimes be a complicated process.
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13 Aug 2015
The number of companies has grown by more than 50% in the past decade, but finding a small business accountant who will help you avoid becoming one the 12% of those companies who dissolve each year is not always easy.
Small Business Advice
06 Jul 2015
As the UK continues to recover from the recession, and the government makes legislation more favourable to SMEs, more and more professionals are seeking to take charge of their own career and finances, opting to become self-employed.
Small Business Advice
26 Jun 2015
What do successful people do differently? Are they superhuman? There’s no easy path to success. It’s hard work. But if you get disciplined and follow these steps, you’ll be on the right track.
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08 Jun 2015
If you’re a first-time entrepreneur starting a business in London, you’re entering one of the world’s toughest markets. If you’re going to make it, you need to understand some specific issues surrounding accountants, London, and your business.
Small Business Advice
27 Apr 2015
These days the location of your accountant might not seem so important. But do accountants in London have that “something extra” needed to give your business an edge?
Small Business Advice
30 Mar 2015
Crowdfunding is not new, but new digital platforms have reinvigorated this democratic form of investment. With the banks reluctant to lend, we’ve seen a flurry of new businesses taking advantage. But which crowdfunding model is best: debt or equity?
Small Business Advice
04 Aug 2014
Tax used to be a slightly annoying inconvenience. When I opened my monthly payslip, along with my colleagues, I’d tut over the amount of tax I had to pay and then get back to whatever I was doing. But now as a freelancer I have to face my tax demons head on.
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14 Apr 2014
Most successful business ventures starts with a ‘what if..?’ about a gap in the market and the dawning realisation that something could be done just that little bit better.
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18 Feb 2014
Hiring a cheap accountant in London can cost you dear. In a city where people come to earn their fortunes, new businesses start, and equally, fail every day. But what is the difference between the ones with staying power and the ones who fold?
Small Business Advice
15 Oct 2013
Many small business in London find them looking for the cheapest accountant in town. We explain why a good accountant should pay for himself...