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The Chancellor's Winter Economic Plan

Last week, the Chancellor announced his Winter Economic Plan designed to support the UK economy ...

CJRS: October Furlough Scheme Changes

For October 2020, the government will contribute 60% of wages for the hours an employee is on furlough ...

SEISS: Last Chance To Make A Claim

If you haven't already made a claim under SEISS then the deadline is fast approaching. Are you going to claim?

Grants For Businesses Affected By Local Lockdowns

With more restrictions coming, the Treasury has offered grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns ...

Veteran's Relief: Seconday NIC Savings For Employers

To support personnel returning into the civilian working world, the Government is consulting on Veteran's Relief ...

Coronavirus Support: Have You Advertently Been Fraudulent?

You can't fault the Government for their help during the Coronavirus outbreak. But it has left them open to fraud ...

CJRS: September Furlough Changes

Businesses across the UK are expecting major changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme this month ...

COVID-19 Has Made Health And Safety Everyone’s Business

This week, I have a guest post from Amy and Priti of the SHE Community Hub talking about Health and Safety ...

Companies House To Resume The Compulsory Strike Off Process

Due to the pandemic, Companies House suspended both the voluntary and compulsory strike-off process ...

What's Important About Mental Health First Aid?

During August, I have been attending a superb online first aid course run by Dr AJ Yates from Mental Health First Aid England ...

Important Information About The Job Retention Bonus

HMRC recently published more information on the Job Retention Bonus which includes how to check eligibility ...

Furloughed Employees To Receive Full Redundancy Payments

Following on from CJRS, the Government is ensuring redundancy is based on normal wage rather than the 80% rate ...

COVID-19: Employees, Holidays And Quarantine Restricted Countries

Business owners are wondering what to do about employees going on holiday to quarantine restricted countries ...

The 5% VAT Rate Cut For Hospitality Businesses

After Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Summer Statement, HMRC issued new guidance on the 5% VAT rate cut he announced ...

HMRC: 90-Days To Notify Of Overclaimed COVID-19 Grants

Businesses that claimed the CJRS or SEISS grant schemes are urged to doublecheck entitlements ...

Brand Visibility Is More Important Than Ever!

This week, I've got a guest blog post from Terry Kendhammer of Bubble Creative talking about brand visibility ...

The Eat Out To Help Out Scheme And VAT

Many businesses are signing up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, but how does it work with VAT? HMRC explains ...

Self Assessment Taxpayers Can Defer Their July Payment On Account

HMRC is reminding self-assessment taxpayers that they can automatically defer their July payment on account ...

Government Announces Roadmap To Making Tax Digital

The Government set out its roadmap for a full Making Tax Digital rollout on the 21st July 2020 ...

A Temporary, But Welcome Change From Companies House

Companies House have announced they have temporarily changed the conditions for approving year-end accounts ...

Coronavirus: What’s The Upside?

This week I have a guest post from James Rowell who is talking about the upside to the Coronavirus pandemic ...

Cashflow Forecasting Bolt-on Free To Essendon Clients!

When we have an economic crisis it's even more important for a business to prepare cashflow forecasts ...

The Business Godparent Newsletter Summer 2020

As we come out of hibernation and the bustle returns, there's no doubt that many of us are now bracing for more stress ...

The Summer Economic Update From Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak presented a Summer Economic Update on Wednesday which detailed the Government's 3-point plan ...

Coronavirus: The Positives Of Lockdown

Lockdown was imposed across the United Kingdom in March 2020 and it hasn't been easy for any of us ...

Xero Projects: The All-in-one Tool To Track Profitability On Every Job

Projects is one of the many add-ons for Xero, and this one is particularly useful for project-based businesses ...

How To Protect Yourself From COVID-19 Scams

There are many scammers out there, and the COVID-19 outbreak has meant an upturn in phone calls, texts and emails ...

Xero Users: Want To Save Time And Reduce Errors Paying Bills?

To keep your business thriving you have to pay your bills, but that doesn't mean you need to spend hours doing it ...

Can You Claim The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme Grants?

There's new guidance for businesses on whether they can claim the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme grants ...

My Personal View Of The UK Property Market

We have all read the headlines about the UK property market dropping at the fastest rate since 2009 ...

Have You Seen The New Business Godparent Website Yet?

I'm excited to announce the launch of our new Business Godparent website! It's a hub for articles from our newsletters ...

Could Your Dog Be Your Perfect Work Colleague?

During this Covid-19 pandemic, a huge proportion of the population have found themselves working from home ...

A Summary Of Current Government Business Support

It's week 12 of lockdown, and I thought I would summarise what the Chancellor of the Exchequer has done so far ...

The Rules On Tax Relief For Employees Working From Home

The Coronavirus lockdown resulted in a great many employees working from home, but what tax reliefs are available?

Coronavirus: Update On CJRS And SEISS

On Friday, the Chancellor announced extensions to CJRS and SEISS. This is a very positive move from the Government ...

Tax Relief For The Self-Employed Working From Home

The COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in many self-employed individuals working from home a lot more ...

Red Sofa Interview: Rachel Brushfield, The Talent Liberator

Our Red Sofa interview was virtual, but gives us a great idea of who Rachel Brushfield is, and the work she does ...

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The Government announced the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme as a new support measure ...

Temporary Changes To Tax-Free Childcare

A recent announcement from the Government offers a temporary relaxation of the criteria to get tax-free childcare ...

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Has Been Extended

The Chancellor has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until October 2020 ...

COVID-19: Who Will Guide You Through The Coming Recession?

It's an astonishing fact, but thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Kingdom economy will undergo a 25% fall in Q2 ...

Understanding The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

HMRC are now contacting taxpayers eligible for support under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme ...

Small Business Owners: Staying Productive During Lockdown

Many businesses across the UK have seen a sudden drop in customers. Are you staying productive during lockdown?

COVID-19: Bounce Back Loans Announced

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that bounce back loans will be available from Monday 4th May 2020 ...

Be Careful! Fraudulent Sales Orders Are On The Rise

During the Coronavirus outbreak, many small businesses are desperate to keep the cash flowing ...

Furloughing: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Opens

This week has been dominated with the Furlough word! HMRC says that 140,000 firms applied for cash to pay workers ...

Don't Be Remote If You're Running A Team From Home

Thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak, many managers are now running a team from home for the first time ...

Getting Ready For The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opens on 20th April, so ensure you have all the information you need to hand ...

£750 Million Coronavirus Charity Funding Package Announced

Frontline charities will benefit from a newly announced £750 million Coronavirus charity funding package ...

Spring 2020: Welcome To The 6th Edition Of The Business Godparent!

Life regularly throws curveballs, and by Jove, the UK is tackling a few this year with Brexit, floods, and COVID-19 ...