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Friend & Grant Chartered Accountants have been helping small and medium sized businesses in the Medway towns and North Kent for over 20 years

21st March 2022
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Get your oar out! A key business lesson to help grow your business

Having run an accountancy practice for almost 30 years I have had the good fortune to meet literally thousands of business owners. Many have created great companies but many others have unfortunately failed. Reasons given for failure are numerous. Many are genuine such as Covid or an unforeseen bad debt resulting in severe cashflow problems. Most however are due to a basic misunderstanding of what is required to create a successful business.

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28th February 2022
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Don't ignore health and safety compliance- £.2.5m of fines in December 2021 alone!

The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on all our lives over the last two years. Businesses have had to adapt quickly to a changing environment. One area that may have been overlooked is the need to review your health and safety compliance.

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21st January 2022
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Is property still a good investment?

Owning your own property is part of the culture in the UK with over 65.1% of houses owned by the households in 2019. Surprisingly, whilst we are ahead of countries like Germany and France, most European countries have extremely high levels of ownership (Italy 72.3%, Greece 75.4%, Poland 84.2%). So why the disparity? In simple terms the reason is the property rental market. In 2020 the share of households occupied by private renters hit 18.7%, so around 4.44 million households were privately rented in England in 2020.

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20th May 2021
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What is the new super-deduction for investment in equipment?

The new super deduction will run for two years from 1 April 2021 and is a radical new “super-deduction” of 130% for investment in new plant.

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5th March 2021
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VAT domestic reverse charge- chaos for the construction industry.

The long delayed VAT Domestic Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry was finally introduced on 1st March 2021.

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12th November 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 November 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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19th August 2020
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Property owners can benefit from the Green Homes Grant – but what is it?

If you're looking to make energy-efficient improvements, these grants may help!

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23rd July 2020
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What is factoring?

Need finance to cope with your business growth? Have you considered factoring? If not then please read our article which looks at what is factoring and 8 key points to consider when choosing a factor.

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3rd July 2020
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Warning! Doing works on a property? You might need to operate a Construction Industry (CIS) scheme.

The construction industry scheme is designed to stop tax on invoices raised by the self employed or limited companies (called subcontractors) who provide labour within the construction industry to businesses which are also within the construction industry (called contractors).

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10th February 2020
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Construction Industry Pitfall Number 4: All About The Tax

Poor book-keeping alone doesn’t usually bring a business down. Usually the accountant will step in to clean the books up and calculate the company’s tax liabilities with time to spare. But it’s different for construction, primarily due to CIS.

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22nd January 2020
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Will Proposed Changes to Off-Payroll Working Rules Affect You?

The off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, were introduced in 2000 to ensure that individuals who work like an employee, but through an intermediary such as a company, pays similar taxes to other employees. Important changes are being introduced in April 2020. There has been a lot of press recently (and most of it negative) stating how many businesses are going to be badly impacted by the changes.

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16th January 2020
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Construction Industry Pitfall Number 3: Cash Is King

Over the past 30 years we’ve worked with countless small and medium sized building and construction businesses. Many have flourished but unfortunately some have failed…. And cash flow is one issue which comes up time and time again.

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8th January 2020
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Construction Industry Pitfall Number 2: Construction Failures are on the Increase- How Can I Protect my Business?

Unfortunately failures in construction are common place. In 2018 Carillion went down owing £7bn, bringing down countless other businesses. Sometimes it is impossible to avoid the collapse of a business.But there's actions you can take to reduce the risk

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2nd December 2019
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Construction Industry Pitfall Number 1: Are Your Workers Genuinely Self Employed?

Are you really sure that your employees are self -employed? HMRC have a great toolkit to help you. If in doubt we can help

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15th November 2019
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Next Steps re VAT Domestic Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry

The delay in the domestic reverse charge VAT for construction services was welcomed by many in the Construction industry as it has given affected businesses another year to prepare for the changes. The changes have been detailed by us in a previous blog and will have a major impact on the construction industry. Here’s our plan to ensure a smooth implementation of the changes.

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12th June 2019
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Important VAT Changes to the Construction Industry - Do Not Ignore!

In the Government’s ongoing campaign to eliminate the effects of fraud, HMRC are bringing in new legislation from 1 October 2019 that will significantly affect the construction industry. This new legislation is the “Construction Reverse Charge”. The changes are major and if you provide labour in the construction industry then you will be impacted!

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