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Hire Purchase or Lease Rental: Which is Best for Your Business?


Thinking of buying or renting a new business asset? We’ll help you understand the difference between hire purchase and lease rental (and how each option affects your tax and cashflow)... Read more

Business Tips: Improving Your Credit Score

Did you know the impact that a poor credit score can have on your business? We’ve highlighted 5 ways to improve your credit rating and reduce your risk level... Read more

Are You Suffering From Business Burnout?

Are you feeling burned out from your business? There are some simple strategies to regain enthusiasm. Talk to us about how we can relieve the stress by managing systems, tech, payroll or other financial administration. We'll back your recovery... Read more

Business Tips: Getting in Control of Your Spending

A few simple steps can help to cut down your business expenses. We’ll help you spot the areas where costs can be cut and use the latest tech to manage the numbers.... Read more

Could Your Business Survive Without You?

Would your business fall apart without you? What’s your Plan B in case of accident, illness, or just so you can take an occasional holiday? If you were thinking of selling it, what’s your exit strategy?... Read more

Taking Out Cash for Directors vs Sole Traders

If you’ve just moved from being a sole trader to a director, you may get caught out when withdrawing cash from the business. The rules are different. We’ll help you tick all the right boxes and keep your finances compliant.... Read more

Business Tips - Scaling Up Your Business And Workforce


Is your startup ready to scale up? We’ll help you build a viable scale-up plan, with costings, budgets and achievable targets to meet.... Read more

What Are The Benefits Of Lifetime Gifts?

Are you planning on leaving substantial assets to your nearest and dearest? We’ll explain the inheritance tax (IHT) benefits of giving gifts during your lifetime and the benefits of IHT planning.... Read more

The Importance Of Business Development

Want to expand your business development activity, but don’t know how? We’ll help you highlight the opportunities and draw up the best possible plan for your BD activities....Read more

Do You Need To Complete A Self-Assessment Return?

Have you disclosed your personal income and gains to HMRC? If not, you may need to submit a self-assessment tax return. We explain why and how.... Read more

How the Increased Minimum Wage Will Affect Your Business Costs

Business costs are on the rise? Have you factored in the rise in the National Living Wage? Talk to us about managing your business costs and remaining profitable... Read more

What Is Rent-A-Room Relief?

Thinking of renting out a room in your house? We can explain the benefits of claiming rent-a-room relief to simplify the tax and admin implications.... Read more

Quick Tips: What Are Statutory Payment Rates?


The rates of statutory payments like sick pay and maternity pay go up in April 2022. Are you ready to incorporate these changes when running payroll?... Read more

High Inflation: What Does It Mean For Your Business?

Inflation is hitting hard – what does it mean for your business? The downsides, a couple of potential positives, and how to get in touch to figure out how much you should raise your prices... Read more

Do I Need A Remuneration Strategy?

Do you have a remuneration strategy in place? If not, we’ll help you to review your business finances and private wealth and generate a remuneration strategy that’s tax-efficient, straightforward and well-suited to your cash needs...Read more

What’s Better for my Tax Position: Cohabiting, Marriage or Civil Partnership?

Did you know that your marital status can have an impact on your tax position? Book a financial health check with us to find out how your relationship status may affect the tax you pay... Read more

Capital Gains Tax for Residential Properties – What You Need to Know

Are you planning on disposing of a residential property? We’ll help you understand the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) implications and can help you apply for any relevant tax reliefs..... Read more

Getting ready for the extension of Making Tax Digital 

Are you ready for the extension to Making Tax Digital? If you’re VAT-registered, or submit a self-assessment income tax return, now’s the time to start preparing. Get in touch for the details... Read more

5 Tips Goal-setting Tips for the Year


Effective goal setting will help you get the very best out of the year. Our 5 goal-setting tips will help small business owners reach new highs..
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Spreading your January Self-assessment Payment

Worried about paying your self-assessment tax bill? We’ll review your financial situation and advise you on whether you meet the criteria for a time-to-pay arrangement with HMRC... Read more

Quick Tips: What counts as a ‘trivial gift’?

Did you know you can give ‘trivial gifts’ to your employees without any tax consequences? But what counts as trivial when it comes to gifts? We explain the rules....Read more

Christmas Gifts For Your Customers And Team

It’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts – how should you reward your team and thank your top customers?
We've got some ideas and can help you run the numbers for your Christmas budget.... Read more

Are Employee Parties Tax-free?

Not sure if your annual staff function is tax-deductible? Come and talk to us. We’ll explain the rules and can help you claim against your company party costs.... Read more

Fundamental Three to Successfully Scale up your Business

Looking to scale your business? Many leaders focus on improving systems and teams, but you must also scale yourself to meet the new demands on your time and attention. We can help develop your #LeadershipSkills for your next business frontier.!... Read more

Back to Tax Basics: Capital Gains Tax for Directors

Planning on selling any large assets? We’ve got everything you need to know about Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and the impact it can have on your wealth planning as a director... Read more

Do You Have Direct Debits and Online Payments Set Up for Your Business?

Do you have direct debits and online payments set up to make it easy for your customers to pay you? Talk to us today about implementing online payment systems to reduce admin time, improve the accuracy of your accounts and get paid quicker... Read more

Back to Tax Basics: How Capital Allowances Reduce Your Tax Bill

Are you planning to purchase some major fixed assets? Talk to us about the available capital allowances, super-deduction and the potentially positive impact on your cashflow...Read more

The Recovery Loan Scheme has been extended – are you eligible?

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) has been extended until June 2022. We’ll help you gauge your eligibility and provide the financial projections needed by approved RLS lenders... Read more

Making your business attractive to Gen Z talent

Gen Z now make up 24% of the workforce – but is your business culture attuned to the needs of this new generation? Find out how to evolve your company and attract Gen Z talent... Read more

Is Your Business Focused Enough on Cyber Security?

Keeping your data safe can be a big worry for today’s digital businesses. Now’s the ideal
time to get your cyber security reviewed, updated and tightened – before there's a breach!... Read more

Redefining Success

Are you a business owner? It’s important to redefine your plan and goals to ensure the business delivers your revised definition of personal, business, and team success. Get in touch to redefine success and set goals to achieve this... Read more

The Impact of the New National Insurance Changes

Increases to National Insurance contributions (NICs) are on the way. But do you know the full implications for you and your business? We’ve got the lowdown!... Read more

Do I Need a Remuneration Strategy?

Do you have a remuneration strategy in place? If not, we’ll help you to review your business finances and private wealth and generate a remuneration strategy that’s tax-efficient, straightforward and well-suited to your cash needs!... Read more

4 Common Cash Flow Mistakes that Small Business Owners Make

We’ve put together a list of the most common cash flow mistakes business owners make so that you can avoid these traps and keep your company in good financial stead... Read more

4 Ways to Grow Your Small Business Revenue

Growing your small business can be challenging and there’s a lot to think about. However, you didn’t go into business by yourself to take the easy route and there are plenty of things you can do to grow your revenue. Let’s take a look at four of the most effective ways to dramatically increase your turnover... Read more

Now, Where, How

Let us tell you about the Now, Where, How mindset that help will help you recognise where you are now, then clarify where you want to be in the future, and determine how your going to get there!... Read more

How do share buybacks work?

When you head up a limited company, there will come a time where one of your current shareholders wants to retire from the company. A share buyback is one way to deal with this. Let us help you understand this better!... Read more

Should I Employ Family Members in my Business?

If you run your own business, it’s tempting to bring in your own family into the company. But it’s important to think through both the positive and negative implications of employing your family. Let us Break it down for you!...Read more

P is for Purpose, not Profit

A business cash flow forecast will give you vital business intelligence to help you scenario-plan, search for cost-savings and look for strategies that will preserve your cashflow position... Read more

The Four Cash Flow Forecasting Blunders That Lead to an Inaccurate Financial Picture

Your purpose is three to seven words explaining why your business exists for your customers; it should be about them, not you. It is a small statement with immense power - your reason for being. Let us show you how you can think smarter!... Read more

7 Strategies to Manage Cash Flow in Your Small Business

As a small business owner, cash flow may well feel like the bane of your life but we have seven strategies to make this process easier and ensure that your company stays on track for financial success. Let’s take a look... Read more

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The Man on the Moon Principle

In 1961, landing on the moon seemed impossible. The Man on the Moon Principle breaks massive goals into milestones or smaller goals to aim towards on the way to achieving an ultimate goal. Need help achieving yours?...Read more

Getting Back to Business

Success in 2021 will look different to previous years. Have you defined what success looks like for you in 2021? Are you focusing on what you can control? We can help you with your plan and hold you accountable to achieving it...Read more

It's Time to Start Paying Back The Bounce Back Loans

The time has come to start paying back the capital and the interest on the loans that you took out in the early days of Covid. So, what can you do if you are unable to pay back the loan? Let us explain the options available to you...Read more

The Golden Circle

Successful businesses focus on their why rather than what they do. The Golden Circle, developed by #SimonSinek shows that articulating your why attracts the right fit team and customers. What’s your why?...Read more

Do You Feel Like a Slave to Your Business?

Feeling like a slave to your business? It’s your business, you make the rules. No more excuses! What do you need to do to regain control? We can help with tailored accountability coaching!... Read more

10 Ways to Lift Your Margin

There’s always room for improvement at the margin; small tweaks can massively boost your bottom line! How much extra would a 1% increase in gross margin give you?... Read more

The Value of Cashflow Forecasting During A Crisis

A business cash flow forecast will give you vital business intelligence to help you scenario-plan, search for cost-savings and look for strategies that will preserve your cashflow position... Read more

The Five A’s of Change - achieving continuous improvement

Covid has been a powerful catalyst for change. Going forward, how can we consciously use the process of change to continuously improve our business? Use the 5 A’s of Change: Awareness, Acceptance, Action, Accountability & Acknowledgement... Read more

Are Loans To Directors and Employees Tax Free?  

Do you know the rules around director’s loans? If you withdraw money from your company other than for salaries or declared dividends, you should come and talk to us... Read more

Can I Claim a Research and Development Allowance?

Is your business carrying out R&D work? If so, you may be eligible for a research and development tax relief. We’ll let you know if your R&D work is eligible and can also help you prepare a claim... Read more

Top Tips For Successfully Securing Funding For Your Business

Applying for funding is tough. Ensure you have all the data to prove the viability of your business, in order to secure the support. We have the experience and tools to help with your funding drive... Read more

Impact of the New IR35 off-Payroll Working Rules on Contractors

(published 19.03.2021)

The IR35 off-payroll working rules are changing. If you’re a contractor, come and talk to us about the impact on your work status, income and tax liabilities... Read more

Is Your Business Ready for Hybrid Working?

(published 12.03.2021)

Want to embrace the future of work? Talk to us about reviewing your business model, software systems, and people strategy to help you get ready for hybrid working... Read more

Your Budget 2021 summary

(published 08.3.2021)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the contents of his Budget in the House of Commons last week. Declaring that he will do “whatever it takes” to help business and people through the “moment of crisis” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Sunak laid out a three-point economic plan to fix the public finances and build the future economy... Read more

Getting your Personal Tax in order before the year-end

(published 5.3.2021)

With the tax year-end coming to a close, now is the time to assess your personal tax plan. We’ll help you review your wealth planning and minimise your tax liabilities... Read more

VAT Deferral Scheme UPDATE

(published 26.02.2021)

Did you defer your VAT bill? The good news is that there’s a new HMRC payment scheme for paying your deferred VAT. Talk to your accountants or us to find out more... Read more

Can I Apply for a Bounce Back Loan (BBL)?

(published 12.02.2021)

It’s been a tough time, both financially and operationally, for the UK’s small businesses. So, getting an injection of additional funding into your business may be something that would greatly improve your cashflow, working capital and ability to ride out the Covid crisis... Read more

Pricing Strategies and How to Set the Best Price

(published 05.2.2021)

Are you hitting the right price point? We’ll analyse your current pricing strategy, review your prices and suggest the best way to improve your margins and profitability.... Read more

Staying Afloat And Thriving Through A Downturn 

(published 29.1.2021)

Coping with a sudden downturn is no walk in the park. If you’re looking to improve your business planning or improve your financial model, do come and talk to us... Read more

Leveraging Your Technology

(published 22.01.2021)

Using technology to streamline your processes and systems increases efficiency, saving time and money, and reducing stress. Need help to identify how you can use technology to make your business more sustainable, scalable, and saleable?... Read more

Leadership Lessons: JUST FOR ME

(published 06.01.2021)

There are thousands of books written about leadership. We’ve distilled some lessons from some of them into the acronym JUST FOR ME - nine things within your control to help you become a more effective leader... Read more

Are We A Cost Or An Investment?

(published 20.11.2020)

As accountants, we're always helping our clients find ways to reduce their overhead costs - one of the seven ways to grow your business. Did you know that your accounting fees are an overhead cost? Should you be cutting this cost? Or do you view us as an investment?... Read more

What Do You Want From Your Business?

(published 28.10.2020)

When you started your business, you probably dreamed about flexible hours and highly profitable, stimulating work... Read more

Demystifying Your Balance Sheet

(published 21.10.2020)

Do you understand the story your Balance Sheet tells about your business? It’s important you understand the components of your Balance Sheet and the key ratios that measure the health of your business... Read more

Don't Neglect Your Balance Sheet

(published 13.10.2020)

Your business may be profitable but is it solvent? Your Balance Sheet is a key indicator of solvency, neglect it at your peril! Profitable businesses can & do go broke... Read more

Your Critical Numbers

(published 28.9.2020)

The Covid-19 crisis has created a “new normal” for businesses. Traditional ways of working are being challenged and we now need to innovate, adapt, re-engineer, and reinvent the way we work... Read more

How To Use Forecasts And Scenario-Planning

(published 19.8.2020)

With the right data analysis and forecasting tools, you can project sales, cash, revenue, and profits into the future – and get in control of your business... Read more

Understanding Your Revenue Drivers

(published 14.8.2020)

What actually drives the revenue levels? And how do you get in control of these drivers?... Read more

Reducing Lock-Up Days To Free Up Cash

(published 11.8.2020)

It’s vital for businesses to free up as much cash as possible, particularly in these tough economic times. Your ‘lock-up days’ is the number of days it takes to convert your debtors, stock, and work in progress into cash... Read more

Increasing Stock Turn In A Slow-moving Economy

(published 7.8.2020)

If you sell stock or inventory, it’s essential you understand stock turn and how to increase it. Obsolete, or ‘dead’ stock will harm your cash flow and your ability to increase profit, particularly in a slower-moving economy... Read more

6 Reasons To Look At Your Financial Reports

(published 4.8.2020)

If you are not taking the time to look over your financial reports either because you’re too busy, or perhaps you don’t really understand what you’re looking at and it doesn’t make sense to you, then here are 6 reasons we recommend that you should start to... Read more

Cash Is Not Profit And Vice Versa

(published 31.7.2020)

The purpose of a business is to make money, and that means you have to know the difference between profit and cashflow... Read more

The Fundamentals Of A Business Budget

(published 28.7.2020)

A business budget is one of the essential tools in managing your business finances and actively building your business... Read more

Understanding Your Working Capital To Maintain Business

(published 24.7.2020)

If cash-flow is the lifeblood of your business, then working capital is the health check you should regularly undertake to keep your business alive... Read more

Create A-One Page Business Plan

(published 21.7.2020)

To make a success of your business, you’re going to need a robust business plan - particularly as we face challenging times. With a one-page business plan behind you, the company has a real sense of strategic direction and a set of core goals to refer to and track against... Read more

Reinventing Your Product And Service Offering Post-Covid

(published 26.6.2020)

During times of crisis, we’re forced to reinvent the way we work and what we work on to remain sustainable. From technology adoption to product innovation and blowing up stale processes, a crisis forces us to start with a fresh page and plan for a better, more resilient business... Read more

Facing Challenges? Change Your Mindset

(published 23.6.2020)

The challenges you face provide opportunities to learn and grow and might give you the ability to set your business apart... Read more

Reduce Your Debtor Days And Improve Your Cashflow

(published 19.6.2020)

Managing the gap between receiving money into your business and paying money out of your business is vital for sustaining viability... Read more

Dealing With Uncertainty - Tips For Business Owners

(published 26.5.2020)

We’re trading in challenging times at present. And knowing what step to take next is a key worry... Read more

How To Create A Cash Flow Forecast For Your Business

(published 09.5.2020)

A cash flow forecast is an important tool for business planning. And right now, understanding the cash coming in and going out of your business is vital... Read more

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