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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

3rd July 2015 VAT Compliance

VAT Errors: Penalties or independent audit ? In an interesting development we have recently received instructions to undertake an independent audit of the UK VAT records of an overseas trader. The client, who is registered for VAT in this country, had completed VAT returns but made a mistake which resulted in a penalty being levied…

2nd July 2015 Public Record Disclosures

Abbreviated Accounts: keep your business finances confidential. Instead of filing full statutory accounts on the public record and revealing your sales and gross margin to your competitors and suppliers, you may be eligible to choose instead to file abbreviated accounts if certain conditions are met. Abbreviated accounts are shorter accounts and as such do not include…

4th June 2015 Modern Record Keeping

Business Book-keeping: Waiting for a ‘cloudy’ day? No matter what size your business is, it is a legal requirement to keep all records and documents if you need to complete a tax return. Failure to do so could lead to penalties of up to £3,000 if HMRC check your records. In addition to the legal…

3rd June 2015 Growth Finance

Santander: Now offering specialist growth finance for TechCo’s Santander have signalled their appetite to lend to the Technology sector by establishing a dedicated £200m growth capital fund, marketed under their ‘Breakthrough’ banner. This is specifically designated to bridge the funding gap faced by fast growing SME’s. Funds borrowed from this source must be used to finance…

24th January 2015 Protect Valuable Assets from Business Risks

We can assist in this process by assisting in assessing risk and then advising on introducing appropriate mitigation: Robust Financial Management Undertaking a voluntary or statutory audit as, both, a preventative and detective measure. Introducing appropriate financial controls, timely financial reporting procedures and other examples of best practice governance. Registering for the Companies House PROOF…