Should I hire a bookkeeper for my small business?

What does a bookkeeper do - and do you need one? Small businesses are run by people with a big passion, huge commitment and a dedication to what they love. Frequently, that passion doesn’t additionally extend to the everyday details and commitments required to stay on top of the books! If you’re not a fan of financials, or you’re just swamped with the day-to-day of running your business, … [Read more...]

How to invest in small companies

Small companies are big business in the UK. In 2016 small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector business, making them an intrinsic part of the economy. For investors, investing in small companies makes good business sense. [When you consider that even the largest of global brands often start out small, seeking investment, it’s worth taking some time to review your investments. … [Read more...]

Self-Employment Toolkit

Making the change from employed to self-employed is simultaneously exciting and daunting. What if it doesn’t work out? What if your business doesn’t survive? Thousands of people make the empowering decision to become their own boss every single year. To make the process a little easier we have put together the following Self-Employment Toolkit to provide all of the information you need … [Read more...]

What if I miss the tax return deadline?

Should you fail to meet the deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return there are penalties which HMRC will charge automatically. The first deadline is the 31st October for paper returns, but if you miss that deadline you are not fined as long as you submit the electronic version before the 31st January, but if you miss this deadline, and fail to pay any tax due by the same date then the … [Read more...]

Surviving Brexit

Brexit has caused much anxiety for many businesses over the last few months and continues to do so. Here’s our brief guide to surviving Brexit to keep confidence levels high during these tough times... Now that the UK is on its way out of the EU, it’s important to keep your business afloat and not let market fears get in the way of running it successfully. There are a few things that can be … [Read more...]

Lifetime ISAs: Get up to £32,000 for free!

Earlier in the year Chancellor George Osborne announced the launch of the new Lifetime ISAs which will be available from 6 April 2017.  If you are saving for your first home or for your retirement, then the Lifetime ISA is geared towards you and could help make the most of your tax allowances from your savings. It’s all too easy to forget about retirement planning when you are busy working, … [Read more...]