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Double Win for BWM at the 2017 MIB Awards

Double Win for BWM at the 2017 MIB Awards

Win for BWM and Peter Taaffe in the Merseyside Independent Business Awards 2017 BWM are delighted to have been successful in two categories in the Merseyside Independent Business awards, now in its 5th year, is the only ceremony in the region to celebrate the achievements of independent businesses. The Awards were set up by Morecrofts Solicitors … Continued

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BWM Charity Autumn Update Seminar – Tuesday 3 October

BWM Charity Autumn Update Seminar – Tuesday 3 October

BWM Chartered Accountants are hosting a Charity Autumn Update Seminar on Tuesday 3 October from 8.45am. Full details are provided here. With so much going on in the charity sector we have invited an excellent line-up of speakers to provide the latest updates and share their expert opinions on some of the key topical issues: Financial matters … Continued

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Rising national living wage hits SME profits

Rising national living wage hits SME profits

64% of small businesses are seeing profits fall as a result of the national living wage (NLW) rise, according to research. The NLW increased from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour on 1 April 2017. Out of 835 businesses surveyed by the Federation of Small Business (FSB), 39% have put up prices to cope with the … Continued

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Businesses urged to prepare for Data Protection Bill

Businesses urged to prepare for Data Protection Bill

Individuals will be able to legally ask businesses to delete certain personal data under new proposals outlined in the Data Protection Bill. The Bill forms part of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to come into effect on 25 May 2018. The legislation will allow individuals greater control over their personal … Continued

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Recruiters working harder to fill vacancies

Recruiters working harder to fill vacancies

Recruiters are finding it difficult to hire new staff due to increasing competition for highly skilled employees, a study has found. Of 400 recruitment agencies surveyed by IHS Markit for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 40% found the availability of temporary staff had got worse in July 2017 compared to the previous month (35%). … Continued

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High value dealers need to register for cash payments

High value dealers need to register for cash payments

Businesses accepting cash payments of €10,000 or more in exchange for goods are required to register with HMRC under money laundering regulations (MLR). Recent changes to regulations mean that companies accepting cash payments on or above the threshold limit (or equivalent in sterling) will be classed as high value dealers. Transactions that are considered high … Continued

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Company car advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2017

Company car advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2017

HMRC has published revised advisory fuel rates for company cars, applying from 1 September 2017. The rates are to be used only where employers either reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars, or require employees to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. These rates apply from 1 September 2017. You … Continued

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Businesses approve Prompt Payment Code

Businesses approve Prompt Payment Code

Businesses have backed the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) to support SMEs who are dealing with late payments. The PPC sets the standards for best practice for businesses and suppliers chasing overdue payments and invoices, ensuring everyone is paid on time and offered clear guidance on procedures. Suppliers to the government have willingly committed to pay … Continued

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Important changes to PSC reporting

Important changes to PSC reporting

Changes to the people with significant control (PSC) register have come into force. All companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) are required to identify and record the people with ‘significant control’ over their company. Previously, a company or LLP would make any changes to the PSC register as part of its annual confirmation statement submitted … Continued

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Lack of funds holding back start-ups

Almost half (40%) of aspiring entrepreneurs cited lack of funds as the main barrier to starting a business, according to research. Out of 1,500 people surveyed by Yell Business, 51% thought about starting their own business but barriers such as risk of failure (25%) and not knowing where to start (23%) were preventing them from … Continued