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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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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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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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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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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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10 steps to a Google-friendly website

10 steps to a Google-friendly website

Are you having trouble bringing the right (or any) people to your website? Chances are your business is buried somewhere in the pages of Google. If that's the case, here are some basic SEO strategies you can begin to implement in your own website!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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LinkedIn 101: Showcase

LinkedIn 101: Showcase

There are two elements in what I’m titling the “showcase” section of LinkedIn


The first part is the Summary.


Your summary is a great space to introduce promotions and any exciting projects you have to offer to potential clients. Since LinkedIn includes summaries in their searches, it’s important to make sure you have the right keywords for your industry. 

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LinkedIn 101: Headline

LinkedIn 101: Headline

Your headline, much like you headshot, is the first thing people are going to see when you're being searched and so, it deserves the right amount of attention.


LinkedIn will automatically make your most current or present job as your headline. It’s important to make your own unique headline when creating your profile as it provides an opportunity to establish your industry, value, and other specific keywords needed so that the right people find you.

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LinkedIn 101: Headshot

LinkedIn 101: Headshot

Your LinkedIn photo is essential to a completed profile. This will give people a face to a name, making you appear more personable and professional.


Since this is the first time a contact or future client will see you, you want to provide the best first impression as possible. 

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