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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.

29th Nov 2018
The Shard

Seven Ways to Grow Your Business

We believe these are the seven ways to build a business. But thinking big, offering excellent customer experience and building real value in the business will help grow a small business into a great business.

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22nd Nov 2018
Houses of Parliament

Probate Fees on the Increase – What Can Be Done?

You may have spotted in the press that the government has announced that probate fees will be changing from April 2019. You may recall there were similar, but even more drastic, proposals a couple of years ago but they were shelved when the snap election was announced in spring 2017.

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7th Nov 2018
person budgeting money

Budget Report 2018

This is our special budget report following the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget announcements. As previously announced, these were the main themes of the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s third budget but what we were waiting to hear was where the extra money was going to come from? Had he found a “Magic Money Tree”, or would tax and...

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7th Nov 2018
Shark

The Power of Broke

Building a Business without cash means developing creative ways to promote a business. A lack of cash resulted in lots of creative way to build the businesses. From startups, through growing businesses to established businesses, there's example after example.

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31st Oct 2018
sunlight through the trees

We’re Licensed to Provide Probate Services

Benjamin Franklin once said ‘Nothing is certain except death and taxes’ and who could argue with that. Having been around for 25 years providing taxation advice (and accountancy, payroll, bookkeeping etc.) we are now officially launching our brand new probate service.

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23rd Oct 2018
Beef burger in a roll

Is My Big Mac Tax Deductible?

Subsistence is a big problem area in tax. Many clients incorrectly assume that if you are working and buy a lunch or grab a snack when re-fuelling the car or van that this is fine to claim against your tax bill.

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23rd Oct 2018
Horse Racing

Don’t Let the Taxman Ruin Your Day Out!

Entertaining clients is a legitimate business expense and can be paid out of the business account. But, you will not be able to claim tax relief for the amounts spent nor can you claim back any VAT paid. But, if there is a sponsorship element to the expenditure then the position may be more favourable.

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23rd Oct 2018
footprint of a dragon

When Andrew Grant met Peter Jones

Friend & Grant Meet Dragon’s Den Star We have all watched Dragons Den and are in awe of the big chap that sits quietly at the end of the row with his fancy socks. So when our Andrew Grant had an invitation for a fireside chat with Peter Jones, he jumped at the chance. Peter...

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23rd Oct 2018
Classic Car

Fancy a Classic Car as Your Company Car?

Will your next company car be a classic? How would you like to drive an MGB GT or a Triumph Spitfire? This is a serious question for car enthusiasts and one several of our clients have said a big YES to! Surprisingly, classic cars can be quite tax efficient if you pick the right one....

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