Rewarding the very best in local sport

WNJ has once again helped recognised the people who make sport happen in the Preston area at a very special evening of celebration. We sponsored the Secondary School of the Year category in the annual GLL Preston Sports Awards. And we were delighted to hand over the award to the worth

Make sure rule changes aren’t taxing

The new tax year is upon us and that means a host of previously-announced rule changes have now come into force. Many will have an impact on small business owners and the self-employed, so it is important to be aware of them and to take advice to ensure that they don’t have an adverse

Powerhouse fund continues to drive growth

The new £400 million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) continues to support growth – working to help businesses across the North West realise their potential. And it is making a difference, with a number of Lancashire businesses of all sizes receiving funding packages t

Are you paying the minimum wage?

Almost 200 employers have been identified by the government this month for failing to pay the minimum wage to almost 10,000 workers. And there are warnings that many more may face hefty fines and demands for back payment of wages in the coming months. The Department for Business, Ener

Spring statement – nothing to see here

It was previewed as being a low key affair and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement certainly lived up to that billing. Those who weren’t expecting much were not disappointed and for many businesses already battling with a raft of legislation and used to the double-whammy of t

Milestone reached in workplace pension plan

The number of employers in the UK meeting their workplace pension duties has hit one million, new figures have revealed. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published statistics this month showing how many employers are compliant with automatic enrolment, leading to around 9.3m people saving

Driving growth through trusted methods

The UK’s SMEs are going ‘back to basics’ when it comes to their plans to drive growth this year, according to an interesting new report. ‘Customer focus’ is at the heart of the strategy for most small businesses over the next 12 months, a survey carried out by American Express and Oxf

Annual allowance ‘taper’ causes pension pain

There are growing warnings that thousands of people may face an unexpected tax bill as a result of complex rules restricting relief on pension contributions for those earning over £150,000. Pension provider Prudential is among those sounding alarm bells. It has warned that rules aroun

Tough times ahead for the taxman?

Is HMRC in danger of trying to do too much with too little? The body representing the chartered accountancy profession certainly thinks so. It has described a report by the Commons Public Account’s Committee (PAC) into the taxman’s performance as “sobering reading”. Comments from the

Tackling future family business fears

A new report has revealed that more than a quarter of family business owners are worried that their company will die when they retire. The UK-wide survey also revealed that a third of owners believe younger family members are not as interested in pursuing the business as was the case

HMRC points towards a new penalty system

HMRCs vision to digitalise the UK tax system is well underway. Businesses and landlords will be required to use commercial software to maintain their records and to update the taxman quarterly, starting with VAT. A recent survey has revealed that 40 per cent of small businesses are lo

‘New powers’ for HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs is being given “unprecedented powers” to take extra tax from someone’s pay packet the moment it believes they aren’t paying enough, post-Budget reports have revealed. Current rules mean the taxman must recoup unpaid cash the following year. But a report in the D