Spot checks are a wake-up call

Spot checks are to be carried out on employers across the UK to make sure they are complying with their workplace pension duties. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) says the inspections are part of its on-going enforcement activity to ensure employers are meeting their duties correctly. And

The Chancellor’s first – and last – Spring Budget

The 2017 Spring Budget will be the last of its type. Probably. The publication of the Finance Bill in the spring/summer of this year will presage a change in Parliamentary proceedings. A second Budget in autumn 2017 followed by a Spring Statement in 2018 marks the start of a process e

What The Budget means for you

The implications of The Budget for Lancashire business owners will be revealed by WNJ tax experts at a special event organised by The Business Clinic next month. It will take place on March 29 from 6-8pm at the business support organisation’s offices in Lockside Office Park in Preston

Hilary’s village vision creates a retail destination

Hilary Cookson’s vision has created a very special place to wine, dine and shop in the heart of the picturesque Ribble Valley. She can trace the history of her business in Whalley back 60 years and her involvement stretches almost four decades. Hilary joined her mother’s fashion store

Creating the right management culture is vital

The need for regular, strategic thinking to grow your business is more important than ever in the ever-changing economic landscape that we all now populate. And it’s not just the uncertainty over issues like Brexit; it’s the speed of change that we are seeing at the moment. Industries

New Year – old headaches

HR expert Jonathan Tinning of JST Consulting Group shares his views on retaining and recruiting talent with WNJ The start of a new year brings many challenges but nothing more challenging for businesses than someone’s resolution to get a new job. Typically, there are two significant r

Making New Year resolutions that work

It’s that time of year when we look to make resolutions. Filled with good intentions we set off on our New Year exercise regime with vigour, only to stop going to the gym in February. It can be the same with the resolutions you make for your business. But here are three simple resolut

Brexit watch: How it affects you

In the third of his series of background articles Michael Barker looks at the latest Brexit developments and moves – and the implications they have for businesses As we are finding out on an almost daily basis there is much that is complicated and difficult as we look to untangle ours

The importance of branding to SMEs

Mention ‘branding’ to a lot of small business owners and they will tell you it is well down their ‘to do’ list and something that only concerns larger companies. But, whatever the size of your organisation, getting the right messages out there is an important part of your marketing an

Brexit watch: How it affects you

In the latest in a series of background articles Michael Barker looks at the latest Brexit developments and moves – and the implications they have for businesses Those who believe that leaving the EU will reduce the burden of regulation here in the UK could be in for a shock. Fi

Panel role for Michael

WNJ partner Michael Barker, pictured, has been elected to the Lancashire and Cumbria Network panel of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – the global body for professional accountants. The panel helps to plan local activity and networking opportunities for

Accounting, Lion Tamers and Monty Python!

WNJ’s audit manager Matthew Johnson was given the brief to make accountancy exciting when he was asked by The Business Clinic to give SME owners and sole traders a better understanding of how their accounts work. And, according to the feedback from his open clinic session with the Pre