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Funding Circle revises fees

The Funding Circle has recently widened its credit criteria and simplified its loan application process with the aim of helping more small businesses access finance. The threshold for loans without asset security has been increased to £200,000 with additional funds also being granted in exceptional circumstances. Either a personal guarantee for the director/s or some […]

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Antenatal Appointments

From 1 October 2014, an expectant father or the partner (including same sex) of a pregnant woman will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany the woman to up to 2 of her ante-natal appointments. “Partner” includes the spouse or civil partner of the pregnant woman and a person (of either sex) […]

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Fuel Rates & Minimum Wage

Advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2014 The rates which employers can use to reimburse employees who pay to put petrol in their company cars when they are using them for business have been updated. These rates apply to all journeys undertaken on or after 1 September 2014. The only rates to have changed are […]

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Companies House Update

Over the next two years Companies House are replacing their core systems, allowing company information to be viewed and updated through a new unified online service.  Companies House will deliver a more efficient service with no associated cost for providing searches. This will allow Companies House data to be made available free for the first […]

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Accelerating Business Growth

Accelerating Business Growth (ABG) is grant funding for capital investment, with the aim to stimulate company growth and create jobs. Some of the projects funded could include • Machinery acquisition • Property improvement • Property acquisition Funding of £20,000 to a maximum of £1,000,000 is available, dependent upon total project cost and the level of […]

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Banks to be forced to refer rejected businesses to alternative funders

George Osborne recently announced that the Government will introduce new rules to force banks to offer to refer rejected business customers to alternative funders. Under the new rules businesses will be referred to challenger banks and alternative funders such as crowdfunders, P2P lenders and invoice financiers.  Osborne said “It’s only by harnessing innovations in finance, […]

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Are you employing a student this summer?

Did you know that you should follow the same procedure for temporary student workers as you do for new full time workers?  Here are the steps you need to take for PAYE and NI purposes to stay on the right side of HMRC. First of all you need to ask the student to fill in […]

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Workplace Pensions – Are You Ready?

As an employer you will have to comply with the new pension legislation. Employers are obliged to automatically enrol eligible workers into a workplace pension scheme. The date from which employers automatically enrol employees (the “staging date”) depends upon the size of the workforce. Key Points: • All employers are required to register with the Pension […]

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Real Time Information Update

If you have more than 9 employees and fewer than 50, you should have started Real Time Information (RTI) from 6 April.  Businesses with 9 employees or fewer must now also start real time reporting. However, existing employers with 9 or fewer employees will now not have to start RTI until April 2016. They can […]

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Tax relief cut for multiple home owners

Final period relief used to exempt home owners from paying Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the last 36 months of property ownership. New rules introduced on 6th April 2014 restrict the exemption to the last 18 months. The change should not cause a problem if you only have one property and continue to live there, but it […]

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