Auto-enrolment: infrequently asked questions

A guide to the finer points of auto-enrolment The process of auto-enrolment continues to rumble on quietly with the majority of companies passing their staging dates without major incident. However, for the few that fail to comply with their workplace obligations, the consequences can be costly in time and resources. The Pensions Regulator has released … Continued


Improving Cashflow

A guide to improving cashflow and tackling late payment   More than any other factor, a business is defined by the balance between the money coming in and the money going out over any period of time. Ideally, the scales should be tipped in favour of the former, but the reality of the business environment … Continued


Insider: June 2015

Deregulation tops small firms’ priority list More than half of small business owners want the new Conservative government to prioritise reducing regulation, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed. The poll of more than 2,300 FSB members found that 53% believe that regulation is the biggest issue to tackle in the … Continued


Setting Targets and Forecasting

Setting targets and forecasting A guide to choosing, measuring and using targets in your business As exhilarating as it may be to set off on an adventure without a plan, any explorer, sailor or business owner will tell you that not knowing where you want to go can be a recipe for disaster. Setting targets … Continued


Estate Planning

An overview of things to consider when planning how to pass on your wealth What you are going to leave behind you at the end of your life is something that everyone needs to think about seriously at some point. Whether you want to guarantee that your extensive collection of Star Wars figurines get the … Continued


Insider May 2015

Businesses delay capital investment Almost two thirds of UK businesses generated a cash surplus in the last tax year, according to research by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The survey of 500 businesses found that 62% made a cash surplus last year while 69% expect to make a cash surplus … Continued


Minimising Corporation Tax

A guide to the allowances and reliefs available to help minimise your corporation tax Limited companies and most unincorporated associations such as sports clubs and cooperatives have to pay corporation tax. This is a tax levied against the profits a company makes. It includes profits from: trading investments income from renting out buildings or land … Continued


Choosing A Company Secretary

This guide looks at the role of the company secretary and how to select a suitable candidate Compliance for private limited companies in the UK means ensuring that the business is trading lawfully with all the many rules and regulations being adhered to. In the past, the person responsible for this role was clear cut: … Continued


Insider February 2015

  Inflation falls to 14-year low The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation fell sharply to 0.5% in the year to December 2014, from 1% in November 2014, official figures show. This is the joint lowest CPI rate on record and the lowest since May 2000. The Office for National Statistics said the low … Continued


Capital Allowances

This guide looks at claiming capital allowances to minimise your business’ tax bill A capital allowance is the tax equivalent of depreciation. For example, a business buys a lathe for £10,000 and believes the lathe has an estimated useful working life of 10 years. The business may choose to depreciate the asset at the rate … Continued