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Big milestone in our company development!

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We are delighted to announce that d&t have been awarded ACCA Approved Employer Status - Gold Level. This is in recognition of our commitment to providing learning and development opportunities to our staff.

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Should you be VAT registered?

How long have you been running your business? No matter how long you have been in business, as you grow and progress it is always worthwhile being aware of the VAT registration threshold. Find out what it could mean for you and your business. Read More

Limited company or sole trader?

Regardless of size, all businesses must have a legal structure. Setting up your business in the right way can help keep costs down and your responsibilities in order. Choosing the best structure option for your business isn't always easy - we look at two of the most popular business structure options - Sole Trader and Limited Company: Read More

Exit strategy: why you need to start planning NOW

If you’ve grown your business, you’ll know the blood, sweat and tears that have no doubt gone into making it a success. Therefore, when you’re ready to sell up and exit the business, you’ll no doubt want to collect on all that time and effort you’ve invested. Read More
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The Self Assessment tax deadline is this Wednesday coming, so you'll need to make a payment - for info on how to do this, visit https://www.gov.uk/pay-self-assessment-tax-bill If you're not sure how much you need to pay, don't worry! If you're a client of ours, you can find out exactly how much you need to pay by checking your Iris Openspace. [caption id="attachment_8260" align="alignleft" width="300"]Tax Helen Warren, d&t Tax Senior[/caption]
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Self-assessment – are you ready?

With the January 31st deadline looming, it’s about now that many small businesses are starting to panic about their self-assessment. If you’re yet to submit your return, here’s a few top tips to help: Read More

5 business problems (and how to beat them)

We're all familiar with the business horror stories in the media. 4 in 10 small businesses don't make it past 5 years. But why is this? Every business is different of course, but there are 5 key business problems that crop up again and again. Read More

Is your business Christmas-ready?

How can you prepare your business for the holidays? Christmas is only around the corner. Decorations have been put up and the office Christmas parties have taken place. With all the fun and festive cheer, it can be difficult for businesses to fight their way through Christmas. Read More

Autumn Budget 2017 Commentary

Philip Hammond walks the tightrope

between Brexit and the problems of making big policy announcements with a minority government Comment on the Budget from our director Carl Reader (first published here on Startacus.com) Read More

Hiring staff: how to choose the best

Cultural fit is difficult to define, but very clear when it is missing.

To hire staff effectively, it's important to consider cultural fit. Our director, business expert Carl Reader, believes firmly in the concept of Hire For Culture, Train For Skills - check him out in the Daily Mail just last week talking about it! To put it simply, cultural fit is the likelihood that a person will be able to effortlessly fit with, share and indeed live your business core values and behaviors. Read More

Marriage Tax Allowance [infographic]

Could you save £230 a year?

HMRC have recently shared information that nearly half of the couples eligible to claim marriage tax allowance are still failing to do so. The tax allowance, worth up to £230 a year, can be claimed by married couples or those in a civil partnership if they meet certain conditions. However, since it was introduced in 2015, only 2.2 million couples have claimed it, from 4.4 million eligible. Read More

A Business Guide to Tax Planning

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." (Benjamin Franklin)

He's right, of course. However, if you prepare effectively and take care to ensure that your tax planning is smart, you can reduce the impact.

Whether you're a brand new start up or an established family business, failure to plan for business taxes can cost you and your business money.

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Scams currently in operation targeting businesses

We hear a lot these days about businesses being targeted by fraudsters. Phone calls or emails from scammers purporting to be someone they are not, in order to extract money from unwitting businesses are getting more and more common. There have been instances where communications are received that appear to be from a known and trusted email address, and recently even a case of a scammer calling up on the phone representing themselves as a debt collection agency demanding payment. Read More
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The small business guide to video marketing

There are millions of businesses in this world. Blogs are fantastic – but it’s important to mix it up and keep things fresh. In a world where YouTube (check out our Youtube channel!) is consistently one of the most popular websites online, video marketing is clearly a tool to be reckoned with. Read More

The Future of Business (EVENT INVITE)

The Future of Business

The business world is in a time of great change. You just need to look at the news to hear how self-driving cars and robots are progressing, and at our smartphones to see how increasingly clever technology is becoming. But how will all this affect businesses - especially in the not-to-distant future?

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Revitalise your business’s marketing plan

Variety is the spice of life – and marketing plans. The key to ensuring your marketing efforts are at their best is to mix it up regularly. There’s no point spending your budget on the same old things – diversify and try new things to increase your market reach and impact. Here’s our top 4 quick tips for sprucing up your SME’s marketing plan.

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Business leader holiday thoughts

It's the summer holidays!

We’re well into holiday season now, and I’m sure many of us will be taking a hard-earned break from business life. You could be reading this from your sun lounger by the pool, or a cosy little café in a European square, or high up amongst the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. Read More
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