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video marketing

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 thoughts

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
business plan

Why a good business plan is vital to your success

Have you ever tried rock climbing blindfolded? The path of running a business is rarely travelled without encountering a few bumps along the way. Without a clear vision, your chances of making it to the top are slim – and a lot more difficult than it needs to be! That's why a business plan is key. Read More
making tax digital

Making Tax Digital update today – our comments

HMRC today released an update on the Making Tax Digital regulations. (read our original Making Tax Digital blog post here.) The key point in the update is that the Making Tax Digital deadline has been delayed until "at least 2020". Under the new timetable: Read More
cloud accounting

Top 5 benefits of cloud accounting

Let’s be honest – nobody starts a business for the love of managing paperwork. Managing your business’s accounts is vital, but it doesn’t have to be take up too much of your business’s time and effort. There is a better way – and it’s much easier and cheaper than you might think. Cloud accounting software can save you and your business money, time and hassle. Today, there are a wide variety of accounting software packages to choose from – the top players being QuickBooks and Xero. These use the “cloud” – a virtual platform that means your data is stored safely online. Here’s 5 key reasons why cloud accounting can make a difference to YOUR business. Read More
Selling a business

Selling your business? Maximise its value first

Selling a business can be one of the most important and financially rewarding events in your working life. Understanding exactly what buyers are looking for in a company allows you to plan and execute the sale efficiently, making it more attractive to potential buyers and maximising its value. Prior planning is key. Selling a business isn’t a quick process – to achieve the right price and terms often takes a year or more. If you’re looking to sell your business, you should ideally begin to maximize the value of your business at least two, but preferably three or four years prior to the sale. The benefits of selling before you have to means you can take a deliberate approach to what is probably the most important deal of your life. The increased payoff can be enormous relative to the company’s current value. Read our tips for increasing value within this time frame. Read More

Using the trivial benefits exemption

The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) regime came into effect in April 2016. This statutory exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees or any other benefit in kind classed as 'trivial' that falls within the exemption. Read More
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How small businesses can save money on their tax bill

Running a small business often means money is tight, says Carl Reader, partner at d&t chartered accountants, author of The Start Up Coach and business expert. As with any business, money must be looked after carefully – there’s no room for wastage. Tax is always going to be an inevitable outgoing, but if you run a small business, there are plenty of ways that you can save some money on your tax bill – and do this legally. Read More

Why small businesses should use an accountant

When you’re running your own business, it’s inevitable that you will end up wearing a lot of different “hats” and taking on a range of different roles within the business. If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to ensure the continual success of your business, it’s worth considering an accountant for professional advice and assistance when it comes to your business’s finances. It could be the best investment you ever make for your business.
Staying on top of your small business’s finances is a big task, even if you aren’t expecting a huge income. Many businesses and entrepreneurs are operating on a limited budget, so it’s understandable that some may opt to try to do their accounts themselves. However, these people may be unaware of just what a difference having an accountant can make to your business. Read More
business strategy

Top Business Strategy Tips for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, it's vital to develop your strategy and business goals. By creating a clear strategy and plan, you can design your course of action and mark out a path to achieve specific outcomes, helping you gain an advantage over your competitors.
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Our PCIDSS Data Security Award

In any business, it is mandatory to comply with the customer data security regulations. Why? Because in any business, data security is critical, even in home computer uses. Data such as client information, payment information, personal files, and bank account details all need to be kept safe and secure in your business. All of this information can be hard to replace and could potentially be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. Losing this information to potential hackers or a malware infection can have huge consequences on the business but also on your customer. Read More

Making Digital Tax

As you may be aware HMRC are making significant changes to the tax system regarding Making Tax Digital, which is aimed at bringing businesses into the digital age. HMRC have now published further guidance following the 2017 budget and legislation will be introduced in Finance Bill 2017 to set out the changes.

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VAT flat rate changes

Download our VAT flat rate changes guide

New regulations for the VAT flat rate system came into effect on the 1st April 2017. Are you and your business up to speed? We've created a complete guide to keep you in the know.
Download our guide: VAT whitepaper

Carl Reader- Small Business Confidence Stats

Background scene setting At the beginning of 2016: 5.5m private sector businesses in the UK, up 97k from 2015, and up 2m since 2000. 99.9% of these are SMEs The majority of growth has been from non-employing (“micro”) businesses. They make up 89% of the increase since 2000, and 86% of the 2015 increase. Read More

Self Assessment

Do you know the deadlines for your self assessments? Do you know how to complete a self assessment form? This guide will answer the above questions in detail and will provide you with everything you need to know about self assessments. self-assessment


d&t teamed up with Intuit/QuickBooks (quickbooks.co.uk) to put on our annual d&t franchise Christmas social on Thursday 1st December 2016. And with the success of our franchise London boat trip, we needed to ensure this event was bigger and better! Read More

Autumn Statement 2016

Yesterday, Chancellor Phillip Hammond gave his first (and last) autumn statement for this year. See below for a detailed summary of all the changes that are going to be coming into effect autumn-statement-2016

Autumn Statement 2016 – Predictions

leaves-1784169_960_720Chancellor Phillip Hammond is all set to give his first autumn statement on the 23rd November 2016. It is set to be an intriguing one for all, as it will have important information regarding the economic fallout after the Brexit earlier this year. Earlier in October, Mr Hammond said that the government will prioritise spending on housing and business investments to boost the economy. So, what else can we expect to come out from the autumn statement 2016? Read More

Keep calm and carry on!

Now that the surprise of the Leave vote has died down, and we are dealing with the aftermath of the public choice to leave the European Union, many business owners have started wondering about the impact of Brexit on their business. It won’t affect all businesses; but I do feel that there are three key areas that every business owner needs to think about if applicable: Read More
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