Latest Blogs in Business Support
Steve Smith
13th April 2016 Business Credit Rating

Business Credit Rating: Poor rating hurting your business? If there is one positive that has come out of the UK’s double-dip recession, then it is reminding businesses of how important their credit rating is. In many sectors, both suppliers and customers have now re-engineered their processes to routinely look at a company’s credit ratings. Within the UK,…

Mark Haydon
8th March 2016 Advising Hauliers

Whiting & Partners: the ‘hub’ of East Anglia’s accounting services for Road Hauliers The Road Haulage team Whiting & Partners takes pride and enthusiasm in the services it provides to the transport industry.  Through our membership with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and depth of industry knowledge within the team, we have the scope and…

Trina Nunn
26th February 2016 ECJ Ruling

ECJ Ruling: Holiday pay must be calculated based on all elements of normal earnings. A new case (British Gas v Lock) has confirmed that holiday pay calculations should take account of commission earnings as well as overtime. Mr. Lock, a salesman for British Gas received a basic salary plus commission on a results based. The commission element…

Mark Haydon
17th February 2016 Expense Allowances

Meal Allowances for Road Hauliers: All change. The position regarding meal allowances in the haulage industry is changing. The RHA is meeting HMRC shortly to discuss aspects of the change (RHA briefing note).

Ben Kilby
6th February 2016 Book-keeping

How do I keep my business records? Have you just started in business? Are you at the stage of wondering what bookkeeping records you should keep? The law states: “That if you have to send H M Revenue and Customs a tax return you must keep all records and documents you need to complete the…

Steve Smith
30th November 2015 Business Asset Financing

Green Finance: Santander now lending on energy efficient CapEx. Santander, through their partners Macquarie Equipment Finance, have recently announced that they will lend on the following energy efficient asset purchases: Batteries/storage Biomass Boilers Boilers (condensing/gas) Building Management Systems CHP systems Energy Efficient Lighting (LED) Gas turbines Heating/ventilation air conditioning systems Metering Power factor correction Roof ventilation Solar…

Stephen Malkin
13th October 2015 Infrastructure Funding

Slow Broadband: £3k grants available. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have grants available for up to £3,000 to cover the broadband installation costs of upgrading to a faster and more reliable connection for your business. They say you could get a fibre optic, cable or wireless broadband connection,n amongst other options.  Most businesses…

Jason Jones
9th October 2015 Alternative Finance

The Banks that like to say ‘No’: Raise finance through CrowdFunding instead. The green shoots have sprouted, the UK economy is on the rise and it’s never been a better time to start that expansion programme you were considering before the recession. However, you’ve seen your bank manager and they’ve DECLINED your funding application. All…

Mark Haydon
8th October 2015 Haulage Tax Relief

Love the Lorry:  National lorry week (26-31 October). The Road Haulage Association is calling on all members all over the country to get involved with its national week-long awareness campaign to educate the British public about trucks and is inviting hauliers to sign up.   The savvy haulier will be aware of recent changes to…

Stephen Malkin
15th July 2015 Back Cloud Sales Ledger

QuickBooks Cloud: Invoice on the road. One of the facilities which has evolved through cloud accounting is the ability to raise invoices on a portable device; be it a mobile phone, tablet or laptop, and to submit these electronically to a customer whilst at their premises. Not only can the job be invoiced but payment…