Export Growth Plan to help businesses

October 23rd, 2020

A package of measures to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic was recently announced by the Government. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Growth Plan provides additional financial support and expertise, some of which is targeted towards specific regions that are most in need. The plan includes a £38 million […]

Planning a new business?

October 20th, 2020

If you are starting to give serious consideration to setting up your own business one of the issues you will need to consider is the type of business structure that best fits your planned business activity. How risky is your business? All business activity involves a certain degree of risk. Many of these risks can […]

New Freeports to complement post-Brexit trade

October 16th, 2020

The government has outlined new plans for Freeports to turbo-charge post-Brexit trade. Details have been released that assert a number of new freeports are being planned across the UK. The first new Freeport is on track to open by the end of 2021. Responding to the consultation on the proposals the government confirmed that sea, […]

New rules for debt letters

October 15th, 2020

The letters borrowers receive from their lenders when they are seriously behind on repayments will be easier to understand and less intimidating as a result of new rules proposed by the Treasury last week. The aim is to reduce stress and anxiety that borrowers may experience if they are unable to keep up with repayments […]

Extension of the Job Support Scheme

October 13th, 2020

This extended support will be available to businesses across the UK that are required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions. Businesses required to close as a result of specific workplace outbreaks by local public health authorities are not eligible to claim under this extended JSS scheme. To make a claim, employers must have […]

Have you over-claimed for COVID related support grants?

October 8th, 2020

Readers who may have inadvertently over-claimed grants, the furlough scheme for example, should remedy the situation before HMRC start pro-actively investigating claims. The Finance Act 2020, contains an amnesty for notifying HMRC of any errors or overclaims within 90 days of the later of: any tax charge being payable due to the overclaim and the […]

New measures to sort late payers

October 6th, 2020

New proposals have been outlined by government to ensure small businesses in the UK are paid on time. Currently £23.4 billion worth of late invoices are owed to small firms across Britain, impacting on businesses’ cash flow and ultimate survival. The proposals, as part of a new consultation launched 1 October 2020, look to give […]

Annual Christmas bash?

October 5th, 2020

Trying to double guess the social distancing rules is rather like placing bets on a throw of the dice. The current exhortation from the Prime Minister – to observe the rule of six – is yet a further change in the endless attempts at controlling coronavirus by manipulating social distancing regulation. But we all need […]

Additional grant aid for local lockdown businesses

October 5th, 2020

Last month the Treasury announced further support for businesses adversely affected by lockdown in local areas to control local outbreaks. Local Authorities will be funded to pay the grants now offered. Businesses in England required to close Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to […]

Are you recording customers' contact details?

October 5th, 2020

In a press release issued 10 September 2020, the Department for Health and Social Care has reminded affected businesses that they have a legal obligation to record the contact details of their customers, visitors and staff. Affected concerns in England should note: businesses and other public settings where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact […]

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