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Building a Business Development Culture

As the business world becomes ever more competitive, it has become increasingly important to create a business development culture within companies. To achieve this, the whole company must shift its focus from a culture of working “in” the business to also taking some time to work “on” the business.

Everyone has a role to play in business development

Managing the Gig Economy

The so-called “gig economy” is starting to change the way we think about our workforce. As the world of work becomes more flexible, an increasing number of professionals are opting to become independent contractors who market their skills to businesses, for as long as they are required.

Mobile Device Management

Bring your own device (BYOD) policies have become increasingly popular in the last number of years. However, this has meant that small and medium-sized businesses have faced new challenges in terms of how to manage company data held on the personal devices of employees.

Managing Your Strategic Objectives

Now that you are starting to settle into your stride in 2018, perhaps its time to revisit your list of goals and objectives.

Changes to National Minimum Wage (NMW) April 2018

On 1 April 2018 National Minimum Wage increase for all 5 rates will take effect.

Pension Funds can be Very Effective in Estate Planning

We have featured the tax efficiency of pension fund investment in a number of recent newsletters. As well as the increased flexibility in terms of drawdown arrangements that were introduced in April 2015 there were some important changes to what happens to the undrawn funds on death. These changes mean that your pension fund can be passed to survivors tax efficiently.

BBC Presenter Loses Landmark IR35 Case

The IR35 personal service company legislation has been on the statute book since 2000 and has never really worked as intended.

The main reason for this is that the interpretation of the legislation is based on the same employment status tests referred to above, which lack clarity and are open to interpretation by the courts.

Are You Sure You or Your Workers Are Self-Employed?

Last year we reported that the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published a report calling on the Government to close the loopholes that allow “bogus” self-employment practices, which burden the welfare state but reduce the tax contributions needed to sustain it.

Want to Join the Making Tax Digital VAT Pilot?

HMRC have announced that they are looking for suitable businesses to sign up for the pilot testing of the new system of digital reporting of VAT information. Turkeys voting for Christmas springs to mind?

Value your People

Making sure your people feel valued is vitally important. People who feel valued tend to be more committed to their employers and also tend to go the extra mile, when necessary. 

One of the most important duties of any manager is to ensure that their team members feel that their work is appreciated.