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Meet the Team | Kayla

Meet the Team | Kayla

Profession: Marketing & Communications Manager 


Years in the business:  2 years

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Total Accounting Solution

Total Accounting Solution

In the coming weeks we are launching our new service called the James Stanley & Co Total Accounting Solution.

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Meet the Team | Rebecca

Meet the Team | Rebecca

Profession: Organisational Project Manager 


Years in the business: 2 years

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Credit Control

Credit Control

Last week I ran a successful seminar entitled ‘How to get paid on time every time’. The delegates considered 17 separate strategies which they could use in their respective businesses in order to improve their debtor collection.

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Help to grow your business is here!

Help to grow your business is here!

Would you like to grow your business further and become part of a 15,000 strong high growth community in England? Would you like a review of your business’ strength and weaknesses and a low-cost way to find new opportunities or better exploit existing ones? If the answer to these questions is yes, GrowthAccelerator may be for you.

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Working away from home expenses

Working away from home expenses

Working away from home may cause additional costs. These costs may qualify as being tax deductible but must be reasonable.

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Meet the Team | Alice

Meet the Team | Alice

Profession: Accountant


Years in the business: 6 years 9 months

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Leaving your business

Leaving your business

Every business owner should have a personal exit plan. We sometimes refer to this as a 'starting with the end in mind' strategy.


Whatever thoughts you have concerning the sale of your business, creating and putting into practice appropriate strategies is essential if you want to secure the maximum reward for taking the risk of being in business.

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Follower and Accelerated Payment Notices (APN)

Follower and Accelerated Payment Notices (APN)

Basic Facts


From the date The Finance Bill 2014 receives Royal Assent (within the next couple of weeks!!), any individual or company that has undertaken aggressive tax planning since August 2004 may receive a “Follower Notice and/or an Accelerated Payment Notice (APN)” requiring them to amend tax returns, and in some cases payback the tax saved via “tax advantageous” strategies.

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Flat Rate Scheme for Importers

Flat Rate Scheme for Importers

The Flat Rate Scheme is not always a good system to adopt if your business has a substantial amount of zero rated purchases as is the case when you import extensively from EU suppliers.

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Andrew's Pick | One Page Plan

One of the most powerful tools in our AVN toolkit is the One Page Plan – it is so useful that we recommend that all of our clients use it to help drive their businesses forward. The One Page Plan is exactly what is says – a business plan that fits on to a single sheet of paper.

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Meet the Team | Demelza

Meet the Team | Demelza

Profession: Student at Hillcrest School for Girls. In the middle of my final two years of school, going into year 11 in Sept. 2014. I hope to study Psychology, English language and literature as well as history or geography. I'm currently doing my work experience at James Stanley & Co to get a feel of what my future will hopefully be like. 


Years in the business: --

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Meet the Team | Ethan

Meet the Team | Ethan

Profession: Student, starting sixth form this year, at James, Stanley & Co for work experience


Years in the business: 1 week

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5 things to consider before going paperless

5 things to consider before going paperless

Have you thought about becoming paperless? Not sure where to start? Here are five key facts to consider before you take on this environmentally friendly and cost-effective business solution:

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Forest of Dean Challenge

Forest of Dean Challenge

On Saturday, 14 June,  the two teams from James, Stanley & Co set off at some unearthly hour for the Forest of Dean to take part for the second year running in the St Basils annual fundraising walk. We were joined by Kelly Envine and Rob Ison of Oak Lodge Facilities Ltd who are a client of ours in the construction sector.

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Cloud Backups

A well used fact in the IT industry is that 80% of all businesses who suffer complete data loss will be out of business within 18 months. Whether that’s 90%, 80% or 70% you get the gist.


Imagine you turn up for work and your office has been broken into overnight. You realise that, amongst other things, your server and all the desktop computers have been stolen. After the initial shock, you’ll start thinking about getting your office back up and running. Replacing the computers, although potentially a strain on your cash flow until the insurance pays out, is relatively straight forward. You could have your computer network back up and running within a few days.

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Meet the Team | Chandni

Meet the Team | Chandni

Profession: Accountancy


Years in the business: 10 years 7 months

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Growth Accelerator Funding

Growth Accelerator Funding

I am pleased to report that I have been accredited as a Growth Accelerator coach and as such our clients can now tap into the Growth Accelerator funding if they join the scheme.

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HMRC New Debt Recovery Plan

HMRC New Debt Recovery Plan

News has just broken today on the new powers granted to H.M. Revenue & Customs to collect overdue tax by dipping directly into taxpayers’ bank accounts.


The Revenue has assured there are safe guards to protect against possible errors, for instance, the Treasurer has stated that HMRC will only to take the money after four ignored requests, if the amount is more than £1000 and if £5000 remain in the bank after the transaction is made.*

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Changes in the Mortgage Market

Changes in the Mortgage Market

April 26th 2014 saw significant changes in the way lenders assess mortgage affordability with the implementation of the FCA’s (Financial Conduct Authority) Mortgage Market Review (MMR). This review was undertaken as a result of the issues in the market that led to the Financial Crisis experienced in 2008. The significant changes which are being implemented, will see an enhanced focus now being placed on “Responsible Lending”. This will require the mortgage lenders to assess far more fully, the individual mortgage applicant(s) ability to maintain their mortgage repayments both now and, most importantly, in the future. As such it will be incumbent upon Lenders to assess that prospective mortgage borrowers can maintain their mortgage repayments even in the event of increases in interest rates and/or general living costs.

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