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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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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

Franchise Dashboard

d&t’s franchise dashboard combines all your and your franchisees data. Then creates one complete network wide view. Real-time management and financial information in one place. Just like Google Analytics for a website, our free of charge tool provides franchisors with a detailed insight into the performance of each franchisee and the network as a whole. Not an approximate guess. Real data on real graphs on a dashboard that is simple to digest and drill into. Read More

The Bear Group

The Bear Group is founded by 4 entrepreneurs all combining their knowledge and experience they have gained through the years together to help other businesses. Read More

Franchisee of the Year Awards 2016

On Thursday 29th September, it was the annual bfa Franchisee of the Year Awards. The night consisted of all sectors of the franchise industry coming together in Birmingham Town Hall for a star-studded event, recognising the continuous success of their franchisees. The likes of Wilkins Chimney Sweep, Swimtime and Revive were all there to support their franchisees who were up for awards. Read More
goal setting

What sort of goals should you set yourself?

Typically, when people first think of goal setting they tend towards material items, or perhaps health-related (giving up smoking, giving up alcohol, going on a diet etc). I’d strongly suggest that you instead look at a more holistic approach, considering areas such as work-life balance, personal development, spiritual development, charitable aims. Having said that – always make sure that you only include goals that would truly motivate you! There is no point in setting goals that look good on paper, for someone else. Instead, make sure that you are fully committed to achieving the goals that you set out. Read More

End of the tax return

Time is moving forward, and so is the way that tax returns are being handled. What will be the benefits of moving online for individuals/businesses? Why is this new scheme committed to reducing the burden for taxpayers? Take a look for lots more information about the proposed move. Read More

Performa IT

“Performa IT are specialists in Sales & Marketing Automation for companies who want to grow their business & increase profit margins by automating & streamlining their processes. We are a Salesforce registered consulting partner and specialise in implementing their market leading products to deliver the automation & benefits required. Read More

Notes from The Franchising Handbook

Once you have narrowed down your shortlist, you will need to start approaching franchisors. It is important to remember that the franchisor has invested a lot of time, effort and money in building their brand, so they want to ensure that you will be the right partner for them to achieve mutual success. They will also not want to have a franchisee failure on their hands, as this will reflect badly on them insofar as a banks view on their network. It will also have a significant drain on head offices resources, as they will need to manage the situation pre-failure. Finally, the other franchisees will be affected by a fellow franchisee failing, and this will impact on the overall network morale. Read More

P11D – Cheat Sheet

When it comes to your business, paying your tax bills on time is one of the most important things that you can do. P11D is one of these tax forms that a lot of people will need to complete. We have, therefore, put together a whitepaper on P11D’s, how you can work out your benefit of a P11D, and some of the repercussions that could possibly happen if you don’t complete the P11D form. p11d-whitepaper

2020 Vision: Professional… Are you sure?

ONE OF MY biggest bugbears is the use of the phrase ‘professional’ when describing a member of the accounting, legal or medical professions. suit-673697_960_720-300x200A recent article in Management Today covered my views on the use of the word ‘professional’ pretty well. To summarise and quote: “Fifty years ago, the professional classes were revered by society. But long-held restrictive practices and a reluctance to accept reforms have contributed to a gradual loss of public trust and respect.” Read More

The British Accountancy Awards


The British Accountancy Awards will take place again on the 26th November 2016. This year due to previous achievements in the award and vast knowledge in the industry Carl Reader, director of d&t chartered accountants has been asked to judge the awards. We believe this is a great opportunity as Carl himself co-owns a multi-award winning accounting practice so knows what to look for in a winner and is excited to see the amazing entries.

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Choosing an Accountant

Franchisees looking for an accountant have a myriad of choices available, but which is the right one? The obvious choice is a firm that specialise in the franchise industry, such as d&t! However, where the franchisor has not provided guidance, some franchisees look to save a few pounds by paying a friend or relative, others… choose a local guy, some go for a purely online solution, whilst a few opt for one of the large national firms. Read More

Setting your targets appropriately

Everyone uses targets to some extent, but how many of you actually use them to suit your deadline, and more importantly meet that target for your deadline? Most businesses, including franchises, should have personal and company targets set to help them achieve a desired goal. So what can we do to make this easier? Read More
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