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Grant funding....it's free and it's yours, you just don't know it!

Grant funding....it's free and it's yours, you just don't know it!

Did you know there are over 8,000 grant funds available to UK businesses today?
 

The fact is that many grant funds are wasted for two reasons; business owners are not aware they exist, or that their application just doesn't seem to tick all the right boxes. The most frustrating part however is that this is an offering of FREE non-repayable cash. It's like winning the lottery but not taking the winnings!

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Have you transferred your Marriage Allowance?

Have you transferred your Marriage Allowance?

What is it?


The Marriage Allowance is a new way for couples to transfer a proportion of their personal allowance (the amount you can earn tax-free each tax year) between each other. It will reduce your husband, wife or civil partner’s tax by up to £212.

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ST BASILS WALK 2015 – WE DID IT!

ST BASILS WALK 2015 – WE DID IT!

The James Stanley Globetrotters conquered the 13 mile Staffordshire Roaches Challenge in just 6 hours and 20 minutes!

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Credit note? Refund? What’s the difference?

Credit note? Refund? What’s the difference?

After recently reviewing client bookkeeping queries, a common problem raised was being able to successfully account for the difference between entering a credit note compared with a refund. Many clients find it difficult to clarify between the two, and whilst these two concepts hold much synergy, they encompass two very different accounting treatments. To that end please find below a brief explanation and example to help clarify these entries and get your books and records looking clean and tidy!

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The fastest way to improve your profits

The fastest way to improve your profits

For any business, when thinking about increasing that bottom line it is normal to immediately think about painful cost savings or improved efficiencies. The fact of the matter is, whilst these procedures are important there is a far easier way to maximise profits which is too often missed….and that is…….increase your prices!

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Understanding your data

Understanding your data

I love data (or dada in my Canadian dialect) but I’ll be the first to admit the stuff is pretty useless until you actually start to organise it. One of the most important types of data a business has is information about their clients. Most of the time, this information is broken up into different spreadsheets, offering different perspectives of the client and the service, but rarely providing a complete overview of the service delivered.

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How do we get into debt?

How do we get into debt?

This week we held a Business Builder Forum on the subject of debt which many of us face in our business and personal lives. The Forum was enjoyed by all the delegates who gave us great feedback and I now share some of the most significant points in the blog.

 

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Under Insurance

Under Insurance

Under Insurance – If you don’t know what it is, your business is massively exposed...

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Meet the Team | Angela

Meet the Team | Angela

Profession: Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk


Years in the business:  Too many. About 30 years.

 

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Pricing for Maximum Profit

Pricing for Maximum Profit

Pricing is the most important element in the profit equation – get your pricing right and you can transform your financial results.

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Bookkeeping for your business

Bookkeeping for your business

Are you a business owner?


Most business owners are used to being pulled in a hundred and one different directions. You can only do so many things and do all of them well, there is one of you and hundreds of them and at some point, you have to decide which tasks you are willing to delegate. Many business owners therefore have to invest in a book-keeper to maintain he day to day finances of a company’s business transactions.

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Dawn & RP Fighting Blindness

Dawn & RP Fighting Blindness

I have been asked to write a blog about Retinitis Pigmentosa. This is James, Stanley & Co.’s chosen charity for their “£ per like” of their Facebook page, which is running for the period of Lent.

 

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Business start up tip

Business start up tip

Have you recently started up a Limited company?  Are you sure that you invoicing and headed letters comply with the legal requirements?


You may have spent ages going back & forth with a graphic designer choosing a design to suit your business and brand but many business start ups do not get the correct guidance to make sure their stationery is legal.

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Meet the Team | Jayne

Meet the Team | Jayne

Profession: Practice Manager


Years in the business:  7 this year

 

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RP Fighting Blindness (RPFB)

RP Fighting Blindness (RPFB)

ABOUT RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA (RP) AND RP FIGHTING BLINDNESS (RPFB):


Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a hereditary disease of the retina that results in progressive loss of sight and blindness.  In the UK, it is estimated that some 25,000 families are affected by RP and there is currently no available cure or treatment.

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RP Fighting Blindness Fundraiser

RP Fighting Blindness Fundraiser

This Lent season (18 February-4 April 2015) James, Stanley & Co Ltd. will be fundraising for RP Fighting Blindness, a charitable organisation raising funds for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) research, a hereditary disease of the retina that results in progressive loss of sight and blindness. Read more here.

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Changes to Business Reply and Freepost envelopes

Changes to Business Reply and Freepost envelopes

In September 2013, Royal Mail announced that as from 7th November 2014 all Business Reply envelopes and Freepost envelopes must carry a special personalised bar code.


After this date, they may reject the envelopes or impose a surcharge. To ensure that your envelopes comply with the very latest rules why not contact positive Print who can assist you in adding the correct bar code to ensure that you are compliant.

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What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Everything!
 

The name and image of your business is what people use to distinguish you from your competitors. It’s important to create a brand that your clients and prospects will respond to.


There are three elements you need to identify when constructing a brand:

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The ways to start up your business

The ways to start up your business

Starting up your business…..often a mind boggling concept, especially for individuals who have previously accrued a CV solely served as an employee. What heightens this strain and stress for new business owners is the dramatic tax implications from getting this start up wrong!

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Business Success & Failure

Business Success & Failure

With 30 years’ experience in public practice as a Chartered Accountant I have seen many success stories and business failures. When I look back at the individual cases of success and failure there are, without doubt, common features to the successful business and those doomed to failure.

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