What Might the Company Car Look Like in 2030?

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The government has recently announced that from 2030, all new cars and vans will be banned from being petrol or diesel powered.  Some new hybrid powered vehicles with “the ability to drive significant distance with zero emissions” will be allowed until 2035, although the details of this have yet to be published. What might your company car look like in … Read More

Has Covid-19 Finally Killed Off Our Love of Cash?

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Cash usage has fallen dramatically during the lockdown with Banks now reporting that cash payments now represent less than one in four of all payments made. The use of technology to access bank accounts, online payments and contactless now being the easiest and fastest way for many of us to access our every-day finances. But there are still millions of … Read More

Why is Communication Important in Business?

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Effective communication in business even within a small company, is no mean feat. But what is the best way to communicate? Looking back, how did we manage before the invention of computer networking, email and the internet? In the time I’ve been working there have been huge leaps in the way we communicate in business terms. Communication was certainly dealt … Read More

The Secrets of a Paperless Office

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Taking the paperless plunge! Paper is an expensive and inefficient way to manage information. Although making the move to join the digital age in HR/Admin is not something that happens overnight and is a process that has required time and effort to get to a point where we are ready to shred and clear out our Admin paper files. One … Read More

What is Company Year End?

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A Calendar - What is company year end?

Is it company year end already? It feels like we have just completed 2018 and now we are in the middle of 2019 with a new year end to process. For those of you who are not involved in Finance I thought it may be an ideal Blog to list a few things that keep me very busy during the … Read More

Do I need accounting software for a small business?

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Does my small business need accounting software?

Making Tax Digital (MTD), penalties for late filing, VAT registration status and the number of transactions are all worthy of consideration when trying to answer the question “Do I need software for a small business?” What is meant by a small business? Firstly, what is meant by the term small business? At a simple level, a small business – ignoring … Read More

Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Management

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Mining and safeguarding your organization’s most important asset – before it walks out the door. “Knowledge is power”; yep, we’ve all heard it, and a few may even know its origin*1. But when highly skilled subject matter experts, (engineers, system developers, clerks and – yes – even managers) leave their organizations, either forever or on internal transfer, they take with … Read More

What is quality assurance?

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What is Quality Assurance? A Blog by Kim Kennington.

Quality Assurance (QA) can mean different things to different people or companies. The Wikipedia definition states: Quality assurance (QA) is a way of preventing mistakes and defects in manufactured products and avoiding problems when delivering products or services to customers; which ISO 9000 defines as “part of quality management focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled”. At … Read More

How We Implemented Our Response to the Criminal Finances Act 2017

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Our response to the Criminal Finance Act 2017

Guidance From 30 September 2017, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 made companies and partnerships criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by either a member of their staff or an external agent, even where the business was not involved in the act or was unaware of it. A prosecution could lead to both a conviction and unlimited penalties. … Read More

What is Making Tax Digital – and Are You Ready for It?

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Did you know that from April 1st 2019, all businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT Registration threshold (£85K turnover) must keep digital records and submit VAT returns using the Making Tax Digital (MTD) compatible software. This is a Government initiative aimed at simplifying the way businesses report their income, expenditure and taxes. It will ultimately mean the end … Read More