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The Accountants for Growth

Making Tax Digital (Update)

Making Tax Digital (Update)
In a recent article the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales have asked the Revenue to delay the roll out of making tax digital for VAT purposes which is due to become into play for most VAT registered businesses for their VAT return periods starting after 1 April 2019.
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VAT - Benefits of the Flat Rate Scheme

VAT - Benefits of the Flat Rate Scheme
The flat rate scheme is a way of making your accounting and VAT records easier to keep, by allowing you to apply a fixed percentage to your gross sales to calculate the VAT due. The percentage that you apply depends on the sector which your business falls into.
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Business Clarity - Where are we Going?

Business Clarity - Where are we Going?
Mark and Chandni have recently attended the three day AVN Masterclass course and have come back enthused to get started on the information they have learnt.
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New Year, New Business Plan?

New Year, New Business Plan?
Many business owners use the Christmas break to make brave new plans for their life and their business only to realise by the end of January that they have failed to live up to their plans.
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Dividend Impact Review

Dividend Impact Review
The 2017 Spring Budget brought the tax rules in respect of dividends under the spotlight yet again. The Budget included a further increase in tax for anyone receiving dividends. This announcement combined with recent dividend changes could have a significant impact on many, whether you own shares in your own company, you hold shares as investments, or even if you run your own self employed business.
 
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Cloud Accounting - Part 2

Cloud Accounting - Part 2
Following the previous blog on cloud accounting, this blog shares three options we provide that fits the needs of every type of business. To help you identify the best option for your business here is a quick overview.
 
Total Accounting Solution
 
This is the best option for ambitious business owners who want comprehensive support and advice to help them build a truly successful business, maximise their income and wealth, and minimise their tax bills. We drill down to the fine detail of what figures really drive and impact your business including;
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Budget Press Release

Storm clouds revealed by the Budget will force taxpayers in Birmingham to work an extra 2 years without pay to balance the country’s books
 
Birmingham accountants James, Stanley & Co. Limited have today launched two free initiatives to prevent local taxpayers and businesses being drowned by the storm clouds identified in the small print of George Osborne’s Budget. Launching the initiatives James, Stanley & Co. Limited partner Andrew James said:
 
“Inevitably the likes of the sugar levy, school reforms, lifetime ISAs, business rates exemptions and flood defence spending promises will grab most of the headlines. But the real story today is not about the detailed announcements, which ranged from innovative and genuinely useful to window dressing and spin. It is not even about the prediction that there are storm clouds on the horizon.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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