Latest Blogs in Business Support
Vanessa Pearson
11th January 2022 Chancellor announces £1bn in grants

On 21 December 2021, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, unveiled a £1 billion COVID-19 fund, including cash grants of up to £6,000 per premises for each eligible firm in the hospitality and leisure sector.   Mr Sunak said the government would also help certain firms with the cost of sick pay for COVID-related absences. The Chancellor also announced…

Ben Kilby
5th January 2022 Home office pod: the tax pros & cons

If there is one question I have been asked by our business clients more than any other since the pandemic began, it is “How can I tax efficiently purchase a garden home office pod, to run my business from”?   Unfortunately there is no simple single answer to this question, and best advice will depend…

Steven Denton
5th January 2022 HMRC latest guidance for employers

HMRC has published the latest edition of the Employer Bulletin. This guidance for employers, and their agents, includes articles on: reporting PAYE information in real time when payments are made early at Christmas preventing and correcting payroll errors Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution increase UK-Swiss Convention on Social Security Coordination COVID-19 –…

Ian Piper
4th January 2022 Business credit rating: top 10 tips

For some businesses having a strong credit rating is fundamental to their future success. It can affect availability of supplier credit, the ability to borrow and eligibility to be on customer/prospect tender lists as an approved supplier. For many other businesses, however, this credit rating is totally irrelevant. Experian is one of the major rating…

Ian Piper
10th December 2021 COVID: business interruption insurance claims?

Those businesses with comprehensive commercial insurance cover will possibly be covered for ‘business interruption’. This cover will typically include losses arising from events that close or severely disrupt operations. The COVID pandemic has already led to many claims under this. The insurance industry (as you might expect?) has warned that few policies are likely to…

Elizabeth Prior
9th December 2021 Xero: entering invoices and bills and setting up your own invoicing system

Creating invoice templates In Xero you can customise the look of your invoices by using an invoice template. This allows you to add different payment terms and logos, as there is no limit on the amount of invoice templates you can add you can have as many as required for all different customers. Below are…

Ben Kilby
9th December 2021 NEWS: Xero Bank Feed disruptions

Please be aware of the following current bank feed disruptions in Xero, as per Xero’s blog page, with the following banks as of 9th December 2021 :   AIB (UK) (Open Banking) Currently AIB (UK) credit cards are unavailable to connect through bank feeds. We’re looking into getting this reinstated. For now please manually import…

Steven Denton
9th December 2021 End to Covid SSP

Under standard UK rules, employers did not pay statutory sick pay (SSP) until the fourth day of sickness. However, on 19th May 2020, the government announced that they were tweaking the rules for SSP in order to help combat the spread of coronavirus. From 26th May 2020 the three-day “qualifying period” for SSP would be…

Vanessa Pearson
9th December 2021 Advisory fuel rates for company cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published and took effect from 1 December 2021.   The guidance states: ‘you can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply’. The rates only apply to employees using a company car.   The advisory fuel rates for journeys…

Richard Alecock
9th December 2021 Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants

As we look towards the Self Assessment Tax Return deadline date all claimants of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants should be aware of the reporting requirements and tax treatment of these grants.   The grants are subject to income tax and self-employed National Insurance contributions (NIC).   The first three grants must be…