Late payments continue to hit SMEs


A survey carried out by the Banking group, Close Brothers has revealed that two-thirds (66%) of small businesses are struggling because their clients fail to pay their bills on time.   Among the 900 small business owners who were polled, it was found that this problem is particularly serious for 87% of SMEs in Northern…

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Autumn Budget 2017


Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Budget yesterday. From increases in personal tax allowance and the National Living Wage to that surprise stamp duty announcement, how will the Autumn Budget affect you?   Download our full Autumn Budget 2017 Report If you have any questions or concerns about how the Autumn Budget may affect you,…

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Apprenticeship levy has left firms baffled


Despite the fact that the apprenticeship levy was introduced more than six months ago, almost a quarter (23%) of business who are paying the fee admit that they have absolutely no understanding of how it works.   What’s more, 56% of the 1,400 firms who were surveyed by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said…

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National living wage: Under 25s push for equality


A poll carried out by the UK charity group, Young Women’s Trust, has revealed that workers under the age of 25 are missing out on more than £6,000 in wages a year simply because they’re not entitled to the national living wage (NLW).   4,010 people aged between 18 and 30 were questioned and it…

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HMRC will no longer accept credit cards to pay tax bills


HMRC has announced that as of the 13th of January 2018, it will no longer be accepting credit cards to pay tax bills.   The news comes shortly after the government has announced that as of January 2018, companies will no longer be able to charge consumers for paying by credit card. The legislation has…

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