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The Accountants for Growth

Replacing the Annual Return

Replacing the Annual Return

With effect from 30 June 2016 the confirmation statement has replaced the annual return.
 

The idea behind the confirmation statement is that once a year, you will be required to review the information that is held about your company at Companies House and confirm that it remains accurate.

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Grant Funding for SMEs

Much of the grant funding that was sourced through the government was culled overnight at the back end of 2015 with little or no warning. This left SMEs who had started making funding applications in a difficult position and many had to curtail their expansion plans.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Year in Review

Year in Review

It's a New Year and a new start but before we begin our new initaitives we wanted to take a moment to outline all the wonderful success we've had in 2014! 

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Insight Series | Jewellers

Insight Series | Jewellers

One of our oldest clients is a jeweller and as such, we have provided a number of services to our clients in this industry with the right insight they need to succeed. We’d like to see the same for your company, so from our team to yours, here are ten ways to transform your business today:

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Insight Series: Photography

Insight Series: Photography

James, Stanley & Co Ltd has been helping photographers for over 20 years. As such, we have provided a number of services to our clients in this industry with the right insight they need to succeed. We’d like to see the same for your company, so from our team to yours, here are some quick tips to attain the James Stanley Standard for your photography business!

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Goal reviewing for the New Year

Goal reviewing for the New Year
Now that 2015 has officially rolled in, it’s time to reflect on your previous year’s goals and see how they compare with the outcomes. While this may seem daunting it’s essential for future goal setting as it’s a great opportunity to reflect on your previous strategies and accomplishments. 
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Why you should Benchmark your Business

Why you should Benchmark your Business

Benchmarking is simply the process where you compare your financial results with your competitors and it is one of the most widely used management tools.

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Systemise your business for a better life

Systemise your business for a better life

Last evening I went out for a drink with a long standing client of the practice and we lamented on how our respective businesses were dependent on ourselves – the more successful we get the harder we have to work.

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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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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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