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7th August 2020
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VAT reduction for hospitality and tourism sectors

Businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector can now reduce their rate of VAT, but only on certain goods and services!

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6th August 2020
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New business grants available to boost recovery for small and medium sized businesses

New business grants for small and medium sized businesses to access new technology and other equipment to help adapt, recover and rebuild.

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4th August 2020
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Can I claim the Job Retention Bonus?

The government has released guidance on how to claim for the Job Retention Bonus – make sure you know what to do!

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10th June 2020

Don't miss the deadline to claim your self-employed grant!

The deadline for the 1st round of self-employed income support scheme grants is 13 July 2020. Make sure you do not miss out on making a claim.

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1st June 2020

An important update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 29 May 2020, the Chancellor announced some changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that will likely impact a lot of businesses - the "Flexible Furlough Scheme"

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28th May 2020
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What is the test and trace system?

The Government launches its test and trace service and has issued related guidance for the public and businesses in England.

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28th May 2020
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Our 10 point plan to survive and thrive in the current environment

Everything has changed. For many businesses the coming months will be a real challenge. With the removal of lockdown and a deep recession many businesses will not survive. If you have been adversely impacted by Covid 19 here is our 10 point plan to not only survive but more importantly thrive.

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28th May 2020
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Covid 19: What to do to reopen your business premises.

If you are considering re-opening your business premises as the lockdown provisions start to be lifted you may find there are a lot of changes that need to be made in order to comply with the government guidance.

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14th May 2020
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What is the Coronavirus Future Fund?

The Government has announced a new scheme to issue convertible loans to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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13th May 2020
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Is it a good idea to claim for the Coronavirus Business Support? A word of caution…

There are a few technicalities that businesses should be aware of when they are taking advantage of any Coronavirus Business Support.

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7th May 2020
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My income has gone down because of Covid-19 - Should I reinstate my child benefit claim?

Over the last few years many people have cancelled their child benefit payments because their income levels have meant they would otherwise need to pay back the benefit claimed in full through their self assessment Tax Return. However with the current crisis this may need a rethink.

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6th May 2020
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Coronavirus - Is there any help for those not paying business rates?

The Government has announced an improvement to the grants that are currently available for small businesses.

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30th April 2020
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The common mistakes with furloughing

The portal went live on Monday 20th April and has proven fairly easy to use. The big problem has been the calculations, with HMRC changing the rules and issuing new guidance at 5pm on Friday 17th April!

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30th April 2020
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What is my breakeven turnover?

The current crisis has highlighted to many business owners how precarious business really is. Many businesses have suffered. Now is the time to start rebuilding and one of the first things to do is determine your break even point.

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30th April 2020

Thinking of redundancies? Need help to protect your business from an HR perspective for the future?

One key lesson many clients will have learnt over the last few weeks is that your team is not only a great asset to your business but can also be a liability.

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30th April 2020
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This is war!

This is war! Not only are we battling as a nation to preserve real lives, we (as business owners) are battling to preserve our way of life - our businesses. So as a leader here are three key actions you need to take to get your team through this period.

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29th April 2020
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What is the Bounce Back Loan Scheme?

Increased pressure from businesses unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS) funding has led to the government announcing a new loan scheme for those in need of smaller loans.

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24th April 2020
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The benefits of Zoom video conferencing

Zoom is a top-notch online video conferencing service provider for business users which we highly recommend from personal experience.

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10th April 2020

Government to provide cash grants for frontline charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, tens of thousands of charities will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.

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3rd April 2020
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How can my team work productively from home?

We look at what action business owners can take to ensure their staff stay motivated, productive and mentally healthy during an extended period of working from home.

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3rd April 2020
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How can I reduce the rent on my commercial premises?

Recent events are putting considerable strain on businesses which rent leasehold premises so what options do you have? We believe that it is in the tenant and the landlord’s interest to work together to come up with a solution which in the long run will benefit both parties.

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28th March 2020

Can a director be furloughed?

We examine the circumstances in which a company director can furlough themselves and take advantage of the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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27th March 2020

What Measures is the Government Taking to help the Rental Sector?

The impact of Covid19 could adversely affect both tenants and landlords. We examine what help the government is giving to both of these groups of individuals.

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23rd March 2020

What are the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans?

The Chancellor announced the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) in his latest Budget. This scheme opens for applications from 23 March 2020 and can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cash flow.

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23rd March 2020
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Coronavirus – Help for the Self-Employed

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support businesses through this period of disruption. Regrettably for most of the self-employed there is little help.

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21st March 2020

What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

The Chancellor outlined a package of measures that have never been seen before in order to protect million’s of jobs and incomes in response to the coronavirus crisis. A new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be set up to help pay people’s wages.

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19th March 2020
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When can Employees claim for Working from Home?

Given the recent advice from our prime minster about working from home where applicable, many employees will be wondering whether they can make a tax claim for working from home.

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18th March 2020
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How can I reclaim the Coronavirus SSP?

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the budget that Statutory Sick Pay is to be paid from the first day of sickness absence, rather than the fourth day, for people who have COVID-19 or have to self-isolate, in line with official guidance.

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16th March 2020
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How Your Business Can Survive The Coronavirus Crisis

There is no doubt we are living in unprecedented times. The coronavirus has increased uncertainty to levels that we in the UK have not seen for decades. The first thing to say however is that life goes on and to a large extent we can only deal with what is immediately in front of us....

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