Raising a glass to a great event!

It is one of the highlights of the year and a firm favourite on the Lancashire social calendar. The first Oyster Festival at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet in Billsborrow took place back in 1991. Since then Guy’s and the Wilkinson family that run the venue, have welcomed many national and inte

Calls for more certainty get louder

Lack of certainty around payment practices, regulation and post-Brexit planning will have a knock-on effect on the UK’s small businesses, according to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Its verdict on the challenges facing our SMEs could not be clearer: “Small

First deal for powerhouse fund

The new £400 million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) highlighted in last month’s WNJ newsletter is up and running in Lancashire with its first deal in the county. The fund has completed a £250,000 investment in an SME set up six years ago.The loan will allow the company to

Build a strategy as buy-to-let tax changes take hold

The government’s squeeze on residential buy-to-let landlords continues, so it is important they are aware of the myriad of changes and what they can do to mitigate the effects. For one thing, from April this year tax relief on interest in property businesses – and this includes single

Late payments cost UK SMEs more than £2bn

The growing issue of late payments and its impact on small businesses has been underlined yet again by a new report showing it is costing the UK’s smaller companies more than £2bn a year. Those SMEs are feeling the pinch, relying on overdrafts, paying staff late and fearing for their

Auto enrolment hits the 8m mark

More than eight million employees have signed up for a workplace pension since the launch of automatic enrolment, according to the latest official figures. Pensions minister Guy Opperman has described reaching this latest milestone as “a formidable achievement”. When the system was la

Are you missing out on R&D cash support?

New figures reveal that small businesses are failing to take full advantage of a tax break designed to boost their economic competitiveness. A report shows that less than six per cent of the UK’s smallest businesses, employing less than 50 workers, have claimed R&D tax credits. Th

A snappy start to summer

It’s been a rollercoaster year so far both politically and for tax planning, with the snap election for June and a subsequent snap Finance Act. The Treasury’s original 762-page Finance Bill – a record breaker – ended up as a slim line 148-page Act to speed its progress through Parliam
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Time to listen to business

If there’s one thing we’re told it is that business doesn’t like uncertainty. Well we’ve certainly got it by the bucketload now. The outcome of the general election and the impact that has had as we enter the Brexit talks that will define our nation for generations has done little to

Pension spot checks hit the North West

If anyone thought that The Pensions Regulator (TPR) was not deadly serious when it announced spot checks would be carried out on employers to ensure they are complying with their workplace pension duties, they should think again. TPR has announced that it has carried out a series of c

Give your business a thorough health check

WNJ’s partnership with an organisation dedicated to healthy business development and growth aims to help our clients become even more successful. We’re working with The Business Clinic – a growing Preston-based community interest company set up to support companies across Lancashire.

Support service on the road to growth

A specialist business set up to provide support for representatives of a FTSE 100 wealth management company is looking to grow its team to over 100 by the end of the year with the help of WNJ. We’re working with Plus Group and its founders Mark Lamb and Scott Daniels to further develo