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  • 28 February 2019

    Workplace pensions - contribution increase

    This April will see the start of increased pension contributions for employers and their staff. The total minimum contribution will rise from 5 per cent to 8 per cent. Increasing...
  • 27 February 2019

    Make the most of your fashion space

    Now, this might seem like something that is easier said than done, but there are items on your balance sheet and cashflow forecast that can be reduced and tightened to...
  • 25 February 2019

    New rules for German exports

    Exporters of goods to Germany must now comply with the new German Packaging Law. Anyone planning to circulate packaging in a commercial capacity in the country for the first time...
  • 22 February 2019

    DIT Latin America & Caribbean roadshow

    The Department for International Trade (DIT) is running a roadshow where senior experts from Latin America and the Caribbean will be updating UK companies on the latest opportunities in these...
  • 22 February 2019

    FSB launches ‘Fair Pay Fair Play’ campaign

    Poor payments are an issue that so many UK SMEs can relate to, with 84 per cent saying that is a problem they regularly experience. What's more, research shows that...
  • 21 February 2019

    Pensions advice for the self employed

    The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has launched the ‘midlife review' initiative for self employed people aged 35-55, with the aim of helping them to save more for a good retirement....
  • 21 February 2019

    Ex Google CFO to invest in London startups

    Former Google finance boss, Patrick Pichette, has announced plans to head up a venture capital (VC) office in London with Canadian firm Inovia Capital, where he is a partner. The...
  • 20 February 2019

    Termination payment changes delayed to 2020

    HM Revenue & Customs has announced that the changes to the national insurance (NIC) treatment of termination payments and sporting testimonials have been delayed to 6 April 2020. From 6...
  • 19 February 2019

    Corporation tax relief back for acquired goodwill

    A further late change to the Finance Bill will re-introduce relief for acquired goodwill on the acquisition of businesses with eligible intellectual property from 1 April 2019. This relief was...
  • 15 February 2019

    UK fintech breaks records amid scale-up

    A report by industry body Innovate Finance shows that Venture Capital (VC) and private equity (PE) investment in the UK fintech sector, broke records last year, rising to $3.3 billion...
  • 15 February 2019

    Sir Ken Dodd leaves his estate to Liverpool

    Legendary comic Sir Ken Dodd has left his £28 million fortune to his beloved Liverpool, in a gesture of thanks to the local services which meant something to him, his...
  • 13 February 2019

    Increased failures in online-only retail

    Latest research shows that, whilst online retail has fared better than the high street, even this area of the sector has not gone unscathed. In 2018, a total of 246...
  • 12 February 2019

    No deal Brexit - What about VAT?

    The Government and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have updated their collection of high-level guides called “partnership packs”, intended to help businesses involved in importing and exporting prepare for changes...
  • 12 February 2019

    Making Tax Digital - deadline fast approaching

    From 1 April 2019, businesses will be required to submit quarterly VAT returns online in accordance with the Government's Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative. Now is a good time to...
  • 11 February 2019

    Diary of main tax events Feb/Mar 2019

    Below is a list of the main tax events for February and March 2019. It is important to be aware that filing your tax return late, or failing to pay...
  • 7 February 2019

    Fintech start-up investment - highest ever on record

    2018 saw the highest level of investment in fintech start-ups on record, with a total disclosed transaction value of $30.8 billion. The latest Fintech M&A Market Report* from Hampleton Partners,...
  • 6 February 2019

    ‘Iconic’ music and entertainment business saved

    Music business HMV has been bought out of administration by Canadian retailer, Sunrise Records, beating billionaire retailer, Mike Ashley. While 27 stores with little or no profit will close, including...
  • 4 February 2019

    ‘Sky-high’ borrowing rates deterring SMEs

    Borrowing costs for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are soaring, new research finds.   According to a report published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the proportion of...
  • 1 February 2019

    Serious concerns for building sector SMEs

    The weakening housing market, rising costs and an increasingly nervous banking sector is restricting growth in the construction industry. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) latest State of Trade Survey...