Are you looking for export opportunities?

Nov 27, 2018

In a recent press release, the Department for International Trade promoted its enhanced Export Opportunities service for UK companies.

In a nut-shell, this lists overseas governments and companies that are looking to buy UK goods and services.

On the face of it, if you are looking for a source of leads for your export marketing activities, it’s probably worth taking a look.

Extracts…

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Brexit, the outlook for business

Nov 27, 2018

The political upheavals of the last week have done little to resolve the Brexit issue, the underlying political manoeuvrings or settle a growing list of issues for small businesses across the UK.

Leaving aside the political considerations we now seem to be at a point where there will be a no-deal, a compromise deal (the so-called Chequers’ plan) or a no-Brexit outcome; all are possible.

Those…

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Receiving your State Pension if you live abroad

Nov 27, 2018

If you are about to move abroad and are already receiving a State Pension in the UK, you might like to read this article setting out some of the issues you will need to consider.

If you live part of the year abroad

You must choose which country you want your pension to be paid in. You cannot be paid in one country for part of the year and another for the rest of…

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Taxing dividends

Nov 23, 2018

To reduce National Insurance costs, shareholders of small privately owned companies, who are also working directors of the company, can presently restructure their remuneration package to reduce their salary and make up the difference as dividend payments.

Unless this strategy is affected by the Budget at the end of this month, this remains one of the most useful ways for owner directors…

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Autumn Budget 2018

Nov 23, 2018

Personal Tax and miscellaneous matters

 

Personal Tax allowance

The personal Income Tax allowance for 2019-20 will be increased to £12,500 (2018-19 £11,850). It will remain at this increased level for two years.

Changes to personal tax allowances will apply to the whole of the UK.

 

Income Tax bands, rates…

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Did Philip Hammond save the High Street?

Nov 23, 2018

In his Autumn Budget delivered 29 October 2018, Philip Hammond made a number of promises. One of these was measures to improve the lack-lustre retail sector in our city centre areas.

There is no doubt that the major online retailers, Amazon and the like, have caused a major shift in the way we shop. As faster broadband has become more commonplace, and the use of computers a regular home…

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Are you in training for the Brexit Marathon?

Nov 23, 2018

March 2017 was the date we declared we were going to exit from the EU. This set the deadline for our national drawbridge to be raised on the rest of Europe at the 29 March 2019. This is the first time we have separated ourselves from our largest trading partner since we joined the Common Market – the precursor to the EU – 1 January 1973.

It is useful, when considering the effective strategies…

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Up to £1m tax break for investment in qualifying assets

Nov 23, 2018

The Chancellor picked out business investment as his preferred give-away to the business sector in his Autumn Budget 2018.

The Annual Investment Allowance is being increased from 1 January 2019, to £1m from the present base level set some years ago of £200,000. The increase is due to be available for two years, until 31 December 2020. At this later date the AIA will presumably return to…

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Small Business Saturday - 1 December 2018

Nov 08, 2018

Did you know that there is going to be a Small Business Saturday on 1 December 2018? We have reproduced below some of the help that will be available.

Access finance available to support small businesses

Are you and your business looking to start up, scale up or stay ahead? Start Up Loans of up to £25,000 can give you a much-needed boost if you’re just starting…

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