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Late Payments Affect Almost Half of Small Businesses

Late Payments Affect Almost Half of Small Businesses

Almost half of small and medium-sized businesses have struggled with late payments in the last year, according to research by the Institute of Directors (IoD). Of the 787 business leaders surveyed, 48% have faced issues with late payments since April 2017. Almost a third (31%) said this was the result of an “excessively bureaucratic payments … Continued

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R & D Incentives: How a Business Can Reap the Rewards of Innovation

R & D Incentives: How a Business Can Reap the Rewards of Innovation

Legislation was introduced some time ago now with the aim of encouraging businesses to increase investment in innovative activities, R&D tax reliefs offer significant benefits for businesses advancing science and technology. These reliefs significantly reduce the corporation tax bill, or if loss – making can generate tax credit repayments. However it is estimated that 10% … Continued

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Food and Drink Firms Bring in Record £22bn in Exports

Food and Drink Firms Bring in Record £22bn in Exports

Food and drink businesses raised £22 billion from exports in 2017, a record high according to government figures. UK food and drink firms are now exporting products to 217 countries around the world, with whisky proving the most popular – bringing in £4.5 billion last year. This was followed by sales of salmon (£720 million), … Continued

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Government moves to scrap Controversial ‘Staircase Tax’

Government moves to scrap Controversial ‘Staircase Tax’

The government has started the process to reverse the so-called ‘staircase tax’ to ease the pressure on Small businesses. Communities secretary Sajid Javid published draft legislation, which stands to benefit thousands of small business owners, to abolish the measure. The loophole was first introduced after the Supreme Court ruled that an office spread over more … Continued

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Claims For R&D Tax Credits Hit Record High

Claims For R&D Tax Credits Hit Record High

Research and development (R&D) tax credit claims by small businesses climbed to £1.345 billion in 2015/16, according to HMRC. The revenue recently released R&D data for the previous financial year that shows claims increased from £1 billion in 2014/15 to hit another record high last year. The total number of claims for R&D credits in … Continued

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Autumn Budget 2017 Round-Up

Autumn Budget 2017 Round-Up

A range of measures designed to boost business and productivity were announced in Autumn Budget 2017. Amid a background of discontent surrounding business rates, chancellor Philip Hammond revealed future increases will be determined by the Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation from April 2018. The measure comes into effect two years earlier than originally planned … Continued

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Company car advisory fuel rates from 1 December 2017

Company car advisory fuel rates from 1 December 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 December 2017. You … Continued

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Number of Businesses Soars to 5.7m

Number of Businesses Soars to 5.7m

The number of private sector businesses in the UK hit a record high of 5.7 million at the start of 2017, according to government figures. Annual statistics from the Department for Business, Industry, Energy and Strategy showed a year-on-year rise of 197,000, compared to the same time in 2016. The number of firms in 2017 … Continued

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New GDPR Advice Service Aimed At Small Organisations

New GDPR Advice Service Aimed At Small Organisations

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched on Wednesday 1 November at 10am to help small organisations prepare for a new data protection law.The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities and recognises the particular problems they face getting ready for the new law, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR replaces … Continued

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UK Interest Rates Rise for the First Time in 10 years – Despite Warnings

UK Interest Rates Rise for the First Time in 10 years – Despite Warnings

Liverpool accountancy firm boss Peter Taaffe says the Bank of England’s quarter point rise to 0.5% will impact on both small businesses and homeowners. Tony McDonough reports Bank of England policymakers have raised the UK interest rate for the first time in a decade – pushing up the rate from 0.25% to 0.5%. The bank’s … Continued