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  • Our Xero Expert is on the Gogglebox

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    Nathan Keeley, Partner and Xero expert at Carpenter Box, was interviewed by Xero this month at the beautiful Beehive building in Gatwick. Xero is an incredibly simple accounting system that cleverly caters for all types of businesses, which is why we recommend it to our clients.  Based entirely in the cloud, you can access your accounts […]

  • Budget boost for business, pension holders & savers

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    There is much to comment on following George Osborne’s Budget announcements last week. He surprised many with a welcome increase in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). From April 2014 to 31 December 2015 the AIA is increased from £250,000 to £500,000. The AIA provides 100% tax relief on most capital expenditure on plant, machinery and equipment, with the […]

  • Auto Enrolment Planning for Small Business

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    Small businesses need to start preparing now to ensure they have a strategy in place to overcome the challenges they will face when setting up a Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme. There are still thousands of employers who are not aware of their Auto Enrolment staging date and many who are aware, but are delaying preparations. […]

  • Business entity – choosing a Ltd Company

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    In our last blog we looked at Sole Propriertorship as legal business entity.  Today we look at becoming a… Limted Company (Ltd) A limited company has substantially all of the legal rights of an individual and is responsible for its own debts. It must also file tax returns and pay taxes on income it has generated […]

  • Business: understanding the legal stuff

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    Deciding to start your own business and securing your business idea can be a daunting prospect, let alone having to think about the legal entity your business will have to take.  To a large degree, this decision may be ruled by the way you have organised your operations and whether you plan to work on […]

  • New rules on RTI for small business

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    Micro employers to be given another two years’ grace from RTI requirements HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has extended the time micro employers are allowed to report pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) in real-time. Organisations with nine or fewer employees will be allowed to report PAYE information on or before the last payday of the month, rather than every payday […]

  • How to start your own business: Part 6

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    Find Your Brand Establishing your brand is the equivalent to giving your business a personality and is intrinsically linked to your company name.  Making your own distinctive brand will give you the edge over the competition.  Think of branding as what comes to mind when people think of your business – what image and values […]

  • How to start your own business: Part 5

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    It’s all in a name In my previous blogs of this series I have talked about generating a business idea, researching your market, funding and developing your product , and deciding on the best location for your business. Today’s blog is about the crucial (and enjoyable) task of selecting your company name. Believe it or not, […]

  • iPad Mini up for grabs!

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    Who wouldn’t want to win an iPad Mini, especially when it comes with a 12 month subscription to our online accounts software, so you can take control of your business on the run, in the sun or even from the comfort of your own bed…for free! Accountants in the Cloud offer a solution with two […]

  • How to start your own business: Part 4

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    Location, Location, Location Deciding on a location for your new business is not a decision to be taken lightly and is an important piece of the jigsaw puzzle to success! This will be the foundation to creating a lasting experience for your customers with an aim to keep them coming back. Your new businesses biggest […]