Gender pay

Gender pay gap reporting becomes law

Employers with more than 250 staff are now required by law to report gender pay gaps, following the introduction of new legislation. Employers must publish the following figures by April 2018: their median gender pay gap – difference between midpoints in the ranges of men’s and women’s pay their mean gender pay gap – difference[…]

Improving Cashflow

A guide to maintaining a healthy balance between money coming in and out of your business. If your business does not have a steady stream of money flowing into it, you will be unlikely to be a going concern in 12 months.  On the other hand, every business will have regular costs that they have[…]

Employee Benefits

A guide for employees on the tax implications of accepting common employee benefits. Most employers provide a range of benefits in kind to their employees. You may be able to choose which benefits to take up, so you should be aware of the different tax and national insurance (NI) implications of each benefit you pick.[…]

Interest Free Loans

It is common for owner managed businesses to receive loans either from the owner/director (Director’s Loan Accounts) or from related companies with common ownership. It is also normal for these loans to be provided “interest-free”. Although it may sound contradictory, under the new UK accounting standard for small companies, FRS102 (1A), there is a requirement[…]

Firms Prepare for Making Tax Digital…

Businesses will be given at least 12 months to prepare for the transition to digital tax accounts. Businesses, self-employed people and landlords will need to submit quarterly updates to HMRC. There records will need to be kept digitally by 2020, but this will be phased in. The current plan is to start quarterly reporting from[…]

Raising finance for small businesses

Raising finance is a crucial but challenging aspect of running a successful business, whether you’re launching a start-up or  looking to expand your operations. You can have the best product in the world, a solid business plan and a comprehensive marketing strategy, but if you can’t access the necessary finance success will be much harder[…]

Audits and accounts

A guide to keeping accounts and how an audit can benefit your business. An audit is an official inspection of a company or organisation’s accounts by an independent body. A company can choose to be audited in order to prove to its investors or shareholders that its accounts are sound. An external audit should also[…]