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Top Tips for Small Business Communications

24.01.2018

In the increasingly competitive business world, small business owners must ensure their voice is heard. This week, Local Business Week is promoting just that with the aim of helping Britain’s local businesses take on the corporate giants.  Whether...

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Are You Busy Being Busy?

So often these days, I get asked "so are you busy at the moment'/ "keeping busy"? My response has always tended be one of the following, "yes always", "Oh yes very busy at the moment" or words of that...

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10 Easy Steps To Incorporate Social Media Into Your Networking

  Attending an event? Ask the organiser for the attendees list so that you can select those you want to meet and then search their Twitter tag in order to Tweet them prior to the event, saying 'yo...

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The dangers of drink and drug driving

With our years of experience, the specialist motoring defence team at Rothera Sharp know all too well how easy it can be for drivers to end up on the wrong side of the law over the festive period. Th...

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LIQUIDATING A COMPANY - IS IT A CAPITAL GAIN?

One of the anti-avoidance measures being introduced by the latest Finance Bill potentially changes the way that certain payments to shareholders will be taxed. This may result in payments following so...

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Networking Etiquette

As my job for the last eight years has involved connecting people in business, I often get asked all kinds of questions and tips on networking- the do's and dont's and I really have come across everyt...

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7 Steps To Ensure Content Marketing Makes Your Business Money

It’s way easier than you think and it’s not all about blogging… The term Content Marketing is banded around as the holy grail of modern digital marketing. But what is it? How can it make your b...

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Conversation Starters & Exit Strategies for Networking

Many people ask me if I have any tips on how to approach someone or break into a group at a networking event, others want to know how to break away from a conversation with someone without sounding ru...

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Are you an Entrepreneur?

Are you an Entrepreneur? If you answer ‘yes’ to the following then you can safely say you can class yourself as a budding entrepreneur…. You have always been driven, self motivated and hardw...

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6 Steps To Successful Networking

Prepare- Most network event organisers will send through an attendees list prior to the event itself, so ensure you look through it and make a bee-line for those who will be relevant to you to chat ...

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Renewals basis back for Buy to Let Landlords

Following the restriction of tax relief for mortgage interest and the 3% increase in Stamp Duty Land Tax all is not doom and gloom for buy to let landlords. Following on from the consultation this sum...

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Exemption for Trivial Benefits in Kind

The Office of Tax Simplification has made a number of recommendations to the government to simplify the tax rules for reporting benefits in kind and expenses paid on behalf of directors and employees....

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Liquidations & other capital payments may be subject to income tax

<p><span style="font-size: small">One of the anti-avoidance measures announced in the Autumn Statement on 25 November was to introduce legislation to counter the distribution of income acc...

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Tax Credits U-Turn

In the Summer Budget the Chancellor proposed cutting the rates and thresholds for working and child tax credits. This would have reduced the income of many low-paid families significantly. The House o...

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Property Investors Hit with Stamp Duty increases

In the Summer Budget the Chancellor announced a restriction on the deductibility of interest from rental income for individual landlords of residential property. This restriction will be phased in fro...

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Larger employers to pay a new apprenticeships levy from 2017

A new apprenticeship levy will be introduced from 6 April 2017. Although all employers will be required to pay this new levy, set at 0.5% of their annual payroll cost, each employer will also have an ...

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‘Expecting 2016’ – Helping end pregnancy & maternity related discrimination at work

Specialist employment law firm Castle Associates is launching campaign Expecting 2016. The idea behind the campaign is to help pregnant ladies and new mothers understand what their rights are within...

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New rules for Dividends from April 2016

In the Summer Budget it was announced that new rules for the taxation of dividends that will apply from 6 April 2016. Further guidance has now been published by HMRC setting out how the new rules wi...

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Transfer of Tax Losses

Where a company makes a trading loss that cannot be relieved against other profits that year, or the previous year, the unrelieved loss can be carried forward against future profits from the same trad...

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What do you want to earn?

I’m off to see my financial advisor this afternoon, he’s a top bloke, I like him a lot and he really knows his stuff.   But I am not going to see him with a view to being told what I need to sa...

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Buying a Business? No relief for goodwill now!

Ever since April 2002 when a limited company acquires the trade and assets of another business it has been possible to obtain a tax deduction for the goodwill and other intangible assets of the acquir...

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