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Technology

As if running a small business wasn't hard enough there's also the nagging and constant requirement to keep up to date with new technology. When I first started in business my 'tools' comprised of a pocket calculator (scientific I think it was - not that I ever needed to make a 'scientific' calculation), an A4 analysis pad, a set of 4 pens in different colours, a pencil, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener. Now I have a networked PC, a laptop, a smart phone, a phone system with an automated menu o...

April 30, 2018

GDPR and Companies House don't work....

Within this era of supposedly enhanced data protection and the forthcoming GDPR  why are Companies House sending out reminder letters in the post which include both the company name and the authorisation code on the same document?All it takes is for the wrong person to open this letter and they have the ability to appoint new directors, change the registered office of the company and a host of other options.How can this be right?...

April 23, 2018

Carillion Syndrome

It's not difficult to understand why some big businesses seem to be devoid of basic business skills.The culture of 'yes that's a great idea' seems to somehow infiltrate the boardrooms, who become obsessed with growth they can demonstrate to their shareholders.It's quite simple really - if you borrow money you need to have a proper plan to pay it back. Too many plans are agreed based on pie in the sky forecasts and it's more often than not the smaller businesses at the end of the supply chain who...

April 18, 2018

Business Travel

Quite often we find clients are paying travel and accommodation related expenses either to or on behalf of their employees without fully understanding the rules, or without any kind of process to monitor compliance. This short article sets out the position for the most common scenarios: BUSINESS TRAVEL AND SUBSISTENCE:  EXEMPT from reporting and tax deductible HMRC’s approved scale rate payments for meal allowances and overnight personal incidental expensesPaying back the employee’s ac...

November 7, 2017

Been Ripped Off Again..... Terms and Conditions

We have a problem with the auto renewal of software we don't use (because it's not very good), and I think there is something deviously deliberate about the renewal process......

June 13, 2017

Community Support

We are again actively seeking ways of providing support to local organisations....

April 26, 2017

More Scams

So today we have received two letters addressed to companies for whom we act as registered office. Both claim to be from an outfit called Central Register of Companies and Businesses and both would like a payment of £200 to be included in said register. Apparently lack of payment results in lack of entry. Wowee. Then they ramble on (and on) about some obscure rules they've completely made up and to cap it all include a veiled threat at the end of their letter that 'lack of payment will result...

March 16, 2017

Buying British

I don't understand why British businesses use so much software developed and hosted outside of Britain....

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