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October 4, 2023
Managing your cash flow

With increasing supplier prices and economic uncertainty, managing your business’s cash and understanding its flow are now vital tools in maintaining resilience and being able to adopt flexible strategies for success.

October 2, 2023
Student finance bill becomes law

New measures have been enshrined in law that will transform the student finance system, allowing colleges and universities to charge different fees for different courses for the first time and opening up opportunities for adults to study in a way that works for them.

September 27, 2023
New fire safety legislation

From 1st October 2023 new fire safety legislation comes into effect. This will mean that many businesses and building owners need to check if and how this affects them to ensure they are complying with the regulations.

September 25, 2023
Creating value through innovation

Innovation has generally been recognised as essential for value creation, both for individual companies and for the UK economy as a whole. The development of new ideas, processes, and technologies and their flow across different sectors is a significant driver of economic growth and productivity. Recently, innovation has also been identified as crucial to the transition of the economy away from fossil fuels and carbon-intensive business activities.

September 22, 2023
AI Safety Summit

The AI Safety Summit will take place on the 1st and 2nd November at Bletchley Park.

September 20, 2023
ICO consultation on the draft biometric data guidance

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has produced guidance on biometric data and biometric technologies.

September 18, 2023
The Autumn Statement is scheduled for 22 November 2023

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has confirmed that the Autumn Statement will be on 22 November 2023. The Autumn Statement can affect tax policy, benefits, and much more. The Chancellor will make his announcement to Parliament, setting out the Government’s plans on all matters fiscal and economic. Interestingly, this could be the Chancellor’s last statement before the next General Election, depending on the time frame that the government chooses.

September 15, 2023
Action Fraud warns of remote access scams

Action Fraud has received over 30 crime reports since June 2023 relating to remote access scams targeting businesses, with victims reporting losses totalling over £3.8 million.

September 13, 2023
Google AI training for start-ups and small businesses

Google have launched AI (Artificial Intelligence) focused online training for people and businesses to help capture the benefits of AI, whether it’s to save time, get a new job, or grow your business.

September 11, 2023
Going digital – The need for speed!

The trend towards paperless office solutions is rapidly increasing, whether it is to improve business efficiency or realise environmental goals. Our most profitable clients have already streamlined their internal procedures and are getting the most out of their teams by going paperless, in a variety of areas.

September 8, 2023
Dementia-friendly businesses

Dementia is one of the greatest challenges we face in society today. All businesses can contribute to tackling the social and economic impact of dementia.

September 6, 2023
One-stop-shop to help businesses save money and go green

British businesses will be able to access advice and support to reduce their energy bills while cutting their carbon emissions.

September 4, 2023
Is your business attracting new talent?

Recruiting new employees is tough just now so be different! For example, some employers are now offering “Wellbeing leave” in addition to the usual holiday package. If you want to recruit more, you have to get serious about the process and be on it 24/7, 365!

September 1, 2023
What is Working Capital Finance?

Working capital finance solutions offer businesses the opportunity to improve cash flow. The world of commercial finance and asset-based lending (ABL) is complex and expansive with products, terminology and contractual interpretation varying from lender-to-lender.

August 30, 2023
Young people at work

The Health and Safety Executive have a dedicated webpage for employers reminding them of the need to be extra cautious with the safety of young people.

August 29, 2023
The importance of a shareholders agreement

For limited companies, when it comes to making decisions, Company Law states shareholders who own more than 50% can pass a motion at a company meeting regardless of the views of other shareholders and if a shareholder(s) owns 75% or more of the shares they, control the company outright and can veto the decisions of all other shareholders.

August 25, 2023
Guidance for small businesses on using facial recognition technology

Facial recognition technology (FRT) identifies or otherwise recognises a person from a digital facial image. Businesses can use FRT in a variety of contexts - for example, in allowing access to devices, taking payments, or allowing entry to secure areas.

August 23, 2023
NCSC guidance on long-term cyber resilience

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) states that UK organisations should prepare for an extended period of heightened cyber security threat. It has guidance for organisations on the steps to take to improve security.

August 21, 2023
Rethinking business resilience

Being resilient by choice is critical for both survival and for strategic advantage in an era where disruption is the norm. The threats businesses face today are complex and becoming more frequent than in previous times. We have seen a pandemic, an ongoing war in Europe with supply chain issues, a cost of living crisis, extreme weather and frequent ongoing cyber-attacks.

August 18, 2023
£40 million fund launched for 5G across the UK

The UK government has launched a £40 million fund to spark local digital revolutions and unlock 5G benefits across the UK.

August 16, 2023
Preparing your business for emergencies

The UK government has a webpage with guidance to help businesses identify and prepare for the hazards and threats that may disrupt their operations.

August 14, 2023
Dealing with inflation

With continuing inflation in the UK, many of us and our businesses have been put “off track” in the short to medium term. The Bank of England recently increased interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to 5.25 per cent. The rise was as expected by economists in view of the latest data showing annual inflation at 7.9 per cent in June which is four times higher than the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target.

August 11, 2023
The Great British Businesswoman Awards 2023

The Great British Businesswoman Awards brings together the whole Great British Businesswoman Series community to celebrate the women who are changing the face of business across the United Kingdom.

August 9, 2023
Managing work-related stress

Stress is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them'.

August 7, 2023
Update on packaging reforms

The Extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme has been deferred for a year until October 2025.

August 4, 2023
Training providers across England can bid for a share of £8.85 million government funding to offer courses in retrofitting and installing insulation

Thousands of people are to be equipped with the right skills to make homes more energy efficient, as training courses will be rolled out across the country.

August 2, 2023
UK announces further support to seafarers’ rights and welfare

More seafarers will be guaranteed fair wages, proper rest periods and suitable training from a new Seafarers’ Charter launched by the UK government last week.

July 31, 2023
ETIAS - entering EU countries

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is set to be introduced in 2024 after initially being planned for 2022. The delay was thought to be because of needing to update travel infrastructures and the onset of the COVID pandemic.

July 28, 2023
Women in Engineering Grant 2023

If you a female leader of an enterprise within UK engineering and are looking for funding to take your organisation to the next level, then check out this grant from manufacturing specialist Get It Made. They have announced a new grant, which aims to support female-led engineering enterprises and help encourage the next generation of women in UK engineering. The manufacturing grant consists of £5,000 (excluding VAT) that can be used when ordering any of Get It Made’s manufacturing services.

July 26, 2023
The New “Business Council” – Will it make a difference?

A new business council has been appointed by the UK Prime Minister to report from the business frontlines and to encourage stability and growth in the UK economy.

July 24, 2023
Why cash flow management is essential right now

Last week the Office for National Statistics (ONS) stated that the UK's rate of inflation dropped to 7.9% in the year to June, which means the rate of price rises in the UK has slowed more than expected, down from 8.7% in May - although it still remains high. Falling fuel prices contributed to the drop, while food prices rose less quickly than in June last year. Experts are predicting that the Bank of England will increase interest rates by a minimum of a quarter per cent in August as they continue with their plan to get inflation down to 2 per cent.

July 21, 2023
Postage Stamps – use them by 31 July!

The Royal Mail have added barcodes to their regular stamps. After 31 July 2023, regular stamps without a barcode will no longer be valid. You can either use up these stamps before this deadline or swap them for the new barcoded ones.

July 19, 2023
Deadline for topping up NI contributions extended again to 5 April 2025

With all of the changes to personal pensions in the Spring Budget, maximising the State Pension entitlement should not be overlooked. The full rate of new State Pension increased to £203.85 per week (£10,600 pa) from 6 April 2023; a 10.1% increase over the 2022/23 rate, as a result of the “triple lock” being restored.

July 17, 2023
New information hub launched to help limited company directors make the right decisions at the right time

The Insolvency Service has launched a new online information hub to support company directors. The hub hosts guidance and information on a range of business themes commonly faced by companies and aims to help company directors to push their business forward by being more aware of potential pitfalls.

July 14, 2023
High energy use businesses urged to claim extra discount on energy bills

Energy-intensive businesses and heat network operators have less than three weeks to apply for UK Government support that could see their wholesale energy bills reduced by as much as a fifth.

July 12, 2023
Accident, sickness and unemployment cover explained

We never know what life has in store for us. We hope that everything goes our way, but we can’t guarantee it. What can be guaranteed is that the bills keep coming in even if our income doesn’t.

July 10, 2023
Is “Going Green” an option for smaller businesses?

After some of the hottest temperatures seen on record last month we have been reminded about global warming and how small businesses could help the drive towards net zero.

July 7, 2023
Rogue business rates agents – be aware!

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is urging businesses to protect themselves from rogue business rates agents.

July 5, 2023
Retirement planning – are you on track?

The closer you are to retirement, the more important your retirement planning becomes.

July 4, 2023
Innovation Funding Service

Innovate UK supports UK-based businesses to invest in research, development, and innovation through grant funding, loans, or procurements. You can browse and apply for funding opportunities through their Innovation Funding Service.

March 1, 2023
Will the Spring Budget Stimulate Economic Growth?

With the UK economy flat-lining the Chancellor is under pressure to announce measures to stimulate growth.

February 28, 2023
Is the UK going to swerve a recession?

Better than anticipated purchasing managers’ index (PMI) data for February indicate encouraging resilience of the economy.

February 23, 2023
Check when you must register for Plastic Packaging Tax

If you manufacture or import 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging within a 12-month period you must register for PPT on GOV.UK

February 23, 2023
Retiring soon? Check your entitlement to the State Pension

If you are planning to claim the UK state pension you should check your national insurance (NI) record before 5 April 2023.

February 14, 2023
Pensions: Value for Money Consultation

The UK Minister for Pensions Laura Trott has announced a shake-up of private pensions to create fairer, more predictable, and better-run pensions.

February 14, 2023
JCVI advice on the 2023 COVID-19 vaccination programme

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published a statement with its latest advice on the 2023 programme.

February 7, 2023
HMRC is testing an automated SMS system

A new trial system aims to identify taxpayers seeking help with specific queries which HMRC considers can be resolved online.

February 7, 2023
UK Government to crack down on ‘fire and rehire’ practices

The government is taking action against unscrupulous employers that use the controversial practice of ‘fire and rehire’, it has announced.

February 1, 2023
Energy Bills Discount Scheme: help for businesses and other non-domestic customers

The Government has announced a new Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS) from April 2023 to April 2024 for eligible non-domestic consumers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

January 17, 2023
What are your business resolutions for 2023?

Business resolutions for 2023

January 12, 2023
HMRC guidance on goodwill valuations

The valuation of business goodwill for tax purposes is very subjective and is often a contentious area. HMRC have recently updated their guidance in their Shares and Assets Valuation Manual.