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Welcome to the Friend and Grant blog area.  Here you will find all the latest news, views and helpful guides in relation to accountancy, taxation and running a business.  We hope you find the information we post interesting.  Give us a call if you’d like to discuss how we can help you and your business.

20th Nov 2020
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How long will it take for Probate to come through?

Probate is often needed to get access to the deceased’s assets and it can be a slow and painful process. We examine when it is necessary and how long each part of the task may take.

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19th Nov 2020
Metro newspaper get ready for Brexit

How do I prepare my business for Brexit?

Will we or won’t we get a free trade agreement with the EU? Whatever the outcome our Brexit 20 point checklist will help you to prepare for the changes on 1st January 2021.

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12th Nov 2020
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What is the flat rate scheme for VAT?

The flat rate scheme was first introduced in the 2002 budget and is a simple way for small businesses to account for VAT on their supplies.

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11th Nov 2020
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Looking to set up in business? Want to increase the odds of success?

If building a business was so simple then why do almost half of businesses which set up fail within the first 5 years? Construction is even worse with 2 out of every 3 startups failing in the first 5 years! It isn’t the lack of cash but this is often the nail in the coffin. It all started on day 1 with the failure of the business owner to understand what is really involved in becoming a successful business owner.

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2nd Nov 2020
coronavirus job Retention Scheme Extended.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended – Job Support Scheme (JSS) postponed

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on the 31 October regarding the new lockdown in England for the commencing 4 November, the CJRS has been extended until December.

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2nd Nov 2020
Extension to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant

Extension to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant

Are you eligible to claim the SEISS extension grant? Make sure you know what you can claim for.

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21st Oct 2020
Support for businesses placed into lockdown

Support for businesses placed into lockdown

The Local Restrictions Support Grant will apply if your business is placed into lockdown, but there may also be some discretionary grants available from your local council.

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19th Oct 2020
Joint hands at wooden desk. What is the Job Support Scheme?

What is the Job Support Scheme?

With the Job Retention Scheme set to finish by the end of October, what support is there for employers?

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6th Oct 2020
Man at desk using apple imac in office. The pitfalls of enguaging consultants and contractors

The pitfalls of engaging consultants and contractors

There are important changes being introduced in April 2021 to combat companies employing individuals through their own personal services companies. In our blog we highlight the dangers to business owners and how over the years the rules have changed and the net tightened leading to the new off payroll rules which come in to play on 6th April 2021.

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