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Running Effective Virtual Meetings

Over the course of the past few months, we have all had to adapt to working remotely. Despite lockdown restrictions, many businesses have found ways to move their operations online, with all staff working remotely. This has given rise to an increased volume of virtual meetings on services such as Skype, Zoom, Teams, WebEx or […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

HMRC Changing Their Forms

HMRC is creating new versions of their forms that do not depend on Adobe Reader. Whilst this work is in progress the following methods can be used to make sure the form will download or open in Adobe Reader: whatever browser you use, review your settings to make Adobe Reader the default program for opening […]

Read more June 1st, 2020

Government Launches NHS Test And Trace Service

The Government launches its test and trace service today and has issued related guidance for England. There are equivalent arrangements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The new NHS Test and Trace service will launch today (Thursday 28 May) across England, the government announced. The service will help identify, contain, and control coronavirus, reduce the […]

Read more May 28th, 2020

QuickBooks Online Special Offer

How are you doing your bookkeeping? Are you online with your Bookkeeping? Can you access it anywhere? Why use QuickBooks Online? Now is a good time to move to the cloud. Our COVID-19 Offer – Available until 31 August 2020 At Shapcotts Accountants we are offering clients the Plus Version of QuickBooks Online for £12.00 […]

Read more May 21st, 2020

Increase In Fraud And Cybercrime

The Government has issued advice and guidance on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cybercrime. With all of the coronavirus support currently on offer to businesses, fraudsters are trying to exploit the uncertainty. The guidance suggests protecting yourself by: Stop Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your […]

Read more April 29th, 2020

Working From Home – Helping Employees Stay Mentally Strong

With the Government recommending those that can be working from home, should. It is important to note that for some people it’s not the perfect set up. There is the obvious advantage of no commuting and technology meaning we can have more autonomy over our time. However some people will need to monitor their mental […]

Read more March 19th, 2020

Key Business Trends For 2020

The environment, wellbeing, mental health and technology look set to be some of the big business trends in 2020. As we move into 2020, businesses will have to adapt to a world that places greater emphasis on sustainable business practices. People will want to work for firms that take care of their employees in terms […]

Read more December 19th, 2019

Data Protection Fees

Companies which are not registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are currently receiving a notice that their Data Protection Fee may be due by 17 January 2020. Many companies will already have received this notice. Under the GDPR regulations arising in 2018, any business that processes personal information is required to pay this fee […]

Read more December 19th, 2019

The Future Of Work

There is a lot of jargon out there around “the future of work”. What does it really mean for businesses? There is a lot of buzz around trends like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, blockchain, remote working, agile working, augmented reality (AR) and various other new concepts. As technology improves we have new opportunities to […]

Read more December 19th, 2019

Keeping Your Company’s Mobile Devices Safe From Malware

Industry reports from cybersecurity firms such as McAfee and Kaspersky Lab have identified that smartphone and tablet malware attacks are becoming increasingly widespread and more sophisticated. Most business professionals use smart devices these days. These electronic rectangles are basically small computers and can be infected with malware in the same way as a PC. Usually […]

Read more November 19th, 2019

Effective Internal Communication

Effective internal communication is key to creating an engaged workforce. Effective communication between a company and its employees enables businesses to fully tap into the unique knowledge, insights, and talents of its people. Having an effective internal communication strategy can help to avoid misunderstandings. For example, if your firm is working on multiple, complex projects, […]

Read more November 19th, 2019

Apply For More Time For MTD Digital Links

For VAT periods starting on or after 1 April 2020 (or 1 October 2020 for deferred businesses) your accounting systems must use digital links for any transfer or exchange of data between software programs, products or applications used as functional compatible software. That is the end of the current 12 month “soft landing” extension. Businesses […]

Read more November 11th, 2019

Connect Effectively In The Digital Age

It’s time to rethink how we connect with customers, suppliers, colleagues and the business community. The way we work is becoming increasingly digital. Today it’s pretty normal to work remotely at least one day per week and this is just the tip of the iceberg. As the future of work looks set to become more […]

Read more June 21st, 2019

Our New Smartphone App

Shapcotts Accountants are proud to announce the release of our new smartphone app. The app is available on both iTunes and the Google Play store, please find links at the end of the article. The App gives you easy access to the latest news and updates for you and your business, as well as help […]

Read more May 31st, 2019

Making Tax Digital (MTD) Is Finally Here. Are You Ready?

Now that the government is embracing the digital age, it seems businesses are having to adapt their long-standing approach to various aspects of their administration. In the recent past, we have had Real Time Information (RTI) for payroll. Last year we had GDPR. This year it is the turn of Making Tax Digital (MTD). After […]

Read more April 23rd, 2019