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How to maximise value when selling a business

Selling a business is a major event which can have a significant impact on your financial wellbeing; you can only sell it once so getting the maximum return for all that hard work is vitally important. So what steps should you take to achieve its full potential? Inevitably, business valuations start with the financials, so […]

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Fishing for a risk?

HMRC seems to be sending out more questionnaires to businesses at the moment.  The latest questionnaire is a “Check of employer records”. It appears that HMRC these days seemingly prefers the use of a letter and a questionnaire rather than the more common face to face visit by a PAYE inspector The tone of the […]

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Tribunal decision on the employment rights of Uber drivers

The self-employed drivers argued that they should be treated as employees, wanting entitlement to the national minimum wage, holiday and sick pay. The decision, if it stands, only applies to the Uber drivers involved in the case, but it would mean Uber having to amend contracts for all 40,000 drivers in the UK. The ramifications […]

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Budget – Key Points

The main rate of Class 4 National Insurance contributions for the self-employed to increase from 9% to 10% in April 2018 to 11% in April 2019. This is intended to reduce the gap between employed and self-employed. Class 2 National Insurance, a separate flat rate contribution paid by self-employed works making a profit of more […]

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Good News on CIS Deductions

HMRC has revised its practice in relation to claims for refunds of construction industry scheme (CIS) deductions. What’s changed and how might this affect you? HMRC has, for a long time, waged war with the construction industry on matters ranging from employment status to qualifying for gross payment status (GPS). However, earlier this year it […]

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Autumn Statement – Key Points

The Chancellor has presented his Autumn Statement – here’s a summary of some of what was announced Fuel Duty – will remain frozen for a seventh year. A new 3 year NS&I Investment Bond available from 2017 – with an indicative rate of 2.2.% interest. Available for 16 years and over, to put away between […]

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New NI Exemption for 2016/17

Apprentices: HMRC has confirmed that starting from 6 April 2016 employers will be entitled to an exemption from Secondary Class 1 NI contributions in respect of wages for employees who are apprentices and aged under 25 at the time they are paid. However, the exemption doesn’t apply to primary Class 1 contributions i.e. those payable […]

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Helping your business access the right financial package

For many ambitious businesses, unlocking finance is the key to future growth. Yet with so many different options now available, knowing which way to turn can be impossible without specialist help. The event has been developed by Access to Finance Northwest, with sponsorship from NatWest Bank Plc  and will provide information and guidance around developing […]

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