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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

Autumn Budget 2017 – full report and at-a-glance

Download our full Budget report or view our quick summary

Yesterday, Philip Hammond shared his Autumn Budget 2017. Here's a full report from our tax experts, breaking down exactly what it all means. Click here to download the full D&T Autumn Budget Summary To hear more of what the Budget means for you and your business, read our director Carl Reader's commentary here. Just want a clear, at-a-glance summary? Here's the key points of the Budget: 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
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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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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
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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. Read More
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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.
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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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security

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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