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The Accountants for Growth

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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Benefits of Systemising your Business

Benefits of Systemising your Business

If you go on holiday for 16 weeks from this weekend what state will your business be in when you return?


Would it be in a right state? i.e. turn into a bag of spanners...


OR would it be flourishing? i.e. turn into a bed of roses that you can be proud of?


And which type of business would you prefer?

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Tax Tip I

Tax Tip I
Have you made sure that any non-tax payers in your family receive their interest gross? To do this, simply ask the bank or building society for Form R85 and complete one for each account.

Provided total income is below the personal allowance for 2013-14 of £9,440 then savings income can be paid gross. If income exceeds this limit at a later date then your bank or building society will need to be notified to start deducting tax.

 

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Three simple steps to a better business

Three simple steps to a better business

Each month I take a day out of the office to consider the strategic development of the firm. By doing so, we’ve become an AVN member, incorporated the business, formed a limited liability partnership and increased our marketing activities.

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How healthy is your business?

How healthy is your business?

Your business is probably the single most important financial asset to you and is likely to produce a high percentage of your income and financial requirements.  It is therefore extremely important that it is running in the best way possible, both from a practical and legal perspective.

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Advantages of cloud accounting

Advantages of cloud accounting

In the last couple of years we have seen several of our clients say goodbye to traditional accounting software and move across to software which is held in the cloud. Whilst cloud accounting allows users to access their data here and now from anywhere in the world, our clients find that the major benefit lies in the interaction with us as their accountants.

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The buying process

The buying process
Most businesses ask their current or past clients to fill out surveys to discover the strengths and weaknesses of their business. However, surveys are also a great way to understand your customers. Asking various information about your clients will help you discover why they use your product/service.
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Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities

With the window now shut on The Birmingham Post Growth Funding we are regularly asked by our clients about other funding opportunities. The team at James, Stanley & Co. Limited have done some research and have come up with the following grants:-

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Making bookkeeping easier

Making bookkeeping easier

There are many ways to make your accountancy bills smaller and they can be as simple as keeping the following things in mind when you submit your records for filing. 


Be sure to avoid these common errors when submitting your information;

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Building solid business relationships

Building solid business relationships

We all have different expectations, so it’s important in all business agreements and relationships to establish between both parties what those expectations are.  


Business is a two way street and it’s important to outline what you need from clients so they can receive the best service possible. To ensure this at James, Stanley & Co Ltd, we use a ‘Basis of our Relationship’ form which identifies what we need from our clients to ensure they receive the services they need to succeed.

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Thinking about becoming limited?

Thinking about becoming limited?

As accountants, we often get asked the question whether one should form a limited company. 


As with all business decisions, this can be a difficult one as what's right for one might not be right for another. It is therefore worth spending the time to make sure you get the business structure set up right, from day one. 

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Pension auto-enrolment II

Pension auto-enrolment II

What will auto-enrolment cost your company?


The pension contributions will be phased in over time as shown in the table below and full contributions will have to be paid from 1 October 2018.

 

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How to treat website development costs in accounts

How to treat website development costs in accounts

The accounting treatment for the costs of building and maintaining your website depend on how you intend on using it.


If it is going to act as a brochure website where customers use the site to find out about your business and products but do not buy directly from the site, then you should put the development costs through the profit and loss account as an expense. Clients like this treatment as it reduces their taxable profits and therefore the business’ tax bills.

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What to do with overdrawn directors’ loan accounts

What to do with overdrawn directors’ loan accounts

We see many cases where directors draw monies from their companies with the intention of declaring a dividend at the end of the year, only to find that, due to the recession there are insufficient profits to declare a dividend and this leaves them with an overdrawn loan account.

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Free Tax Clinic

Free Tax Clinic

To better serve the community, James, Stanley & Co. Limited will be hosting a free tax clinic this Thursday, 13th of June from 11-1. This is a fantastic opportunity for all businesses—big or small—to learn more about their accounts. Simply drop in during your lunch hour and ask any questions regarding your accounts, books, or business.

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The Importance of Networking

The Importance of Networking

What is networking?


It may sound like a simple concept, but how do YOU create real potential business leads from simply turning up to an event with numerous companies present, equipped with nothing apart from a bunch of business cards? In reality networking is a business skill, one acquired over time that demands far more intuition than the direct and superficial;

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Growth for your Business

Growth for your Business

Making it Happen!


Is our flagship, 12-month process designed to support you every step of the way as you take your business from where it is to where you want it to be. Modular in design, the Business Edge Making It Happen programme has three pillars to its support:

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Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Responsibility

Countries in the advanced world currently face a major dilemma – on the one hand governments find their purse strings tied as they struggle to overcome the worst economic recession since the 1930s and yet countries of the 3rd world still face deprivation and poverty on an enormous scale. Demands by voters for governments to give more aid to the third world seem to have little impact. According to Guardian sources, aid given by the UK government peaked in 2006 at $13 billion and by 2009 this had fallen back to $11.7 billion.

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The Benefits of Incorporating

The Benefits of Incorporating

Did you know that in certain circumstances sole traders and partnerships can save money on tax by incorporating their business?

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