Putting together your ‘boardroom’

Running your own business can be a lonely task. While leaders of larger organisations have a wealth of boardroom experience to support them, SME owners can feel isolated. The ideal boardroom is made up of an effective mix of skills and experience. This means that different angles of p

R&D support on the rise

R&D tax relief claims are rising but new figures show that manufacturing companies are falling behind other sectors when it comes to applying for the valuable business support scheme. The total amount of R&D support claimed by UK businesses has increased by 25 per cent, bringi

On course for MTD

There will be no further delay to the government’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ (MTD) drive – despite the fears of small business leaders. That was the strong message from Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst, quoted in an article in The Times newspaper earlier this month. A number of organisatio

Is your software supplier set for the digital tax revolution?

HMRC has announced it is working with more than 150 software suppliers who have said they’ll provide software for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT in time for April next year. More than 40 of them have said they will have software ready for the first phase of the pilot project. That’s

Are you preparing for Brexit?

Only one in seven small businesses have starting planning for a no deal Brexit, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Despite more than 40 per cent believe quitting the EU without a deal will impact their business, it seems many are not yet starting

SMEs under the microscope

It’s a startling statistic. One in ten of the UK’s small businesses is under investigation by the taxman – equivalent to more than half a million at any one time, according to official figures. Parliament’s Treasury select committee heard from HMRC about its sharp focus on SMEs

On the road to export success

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox has launched what the government has described as an “ambitious new export strategy” with our SMEs placed at the heart of the drive. The aim is to get more companies looking at overseas trade as the exit door from the EU looms large. Last year

Digital drive continues

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a delay in the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) until the start of the 2020-21 financial year – but that looks highly unlikely to happen. The taxman is pushing ahead with the programme, this month publishing further informa

Supporting a community club

WNJ is helping to support Bamber Bridge football club as it looks towards another successful season on and off the pitch. Often referred to as ‘Brig’ this community club is looking for more help from local businesses in its quest to rise up the football pyramid. WNJ is the club’s acco

Are you GDPR compliant?

It made big headlines at the time. Now, two months later we are starting to see the impact of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on business. Many businesses have put the issue on the back burner following the deadline for compliance in late May. But the fact is GDPR is an on-g

Time to end the late payments crisis

THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that big companies must do more to end the late payments and “supply chain bullying” costing the UK economy billions. FSB chairman Mike Cherry has written to the bosses of all FTSE100 companies urging immediate action. He wants the b

Are you missing out on R&D support?

It’s a quite shocking statistic. According to new figures, the Treasury owes Britain’s small businesses more than £84bn in backdated research and development (R&D) tax relief. Tax relief specialist Catax says that around 3.5 million small businesses are actively trading in the UK,