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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 ...

COVID-19: The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Businesses are confused about how they can gain access to The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme ...

Capital Gains Tax: A Warning To All Those Selling Property!

From 6th April 2020, if you sell your house or flat you may have to file a CGT return and pay what's due within 30 days ...

COVID-19: HMRC VAT Payment Deferrals

On 20th March 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that VAT payments to HMRC will be deferred ...

COVID-19: What Help Is Available For Sole Directors?

What sort of assistance is on offer to sole directors of small limited companies to help with the COVID-19 outbreak?

COVID-19: Self-Employed Grants Announced By The Government

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced self-employed grants last week with help for self-employed and freelance workers ...

COVID-19: The UK's New Job Retention Scheme

Recently, the most common questions I've been getting from my clients have been about the Job Retention Scheme ...

COVID-19: Latest Government Announcements - 23rd March, 2020

Last Friday, Rishi Sunak unveiled the largest direct state intervention in the economy since World War 2 ...

Urgent COVID-19 Updates For Businesses - 19th March, 2020

During this very tricky time for business, we want all of our clients to know that we are here to help you ...

Coronavirus: Curveballs, Advice And Help For Businesses

Life regularly throws us a curveball, and by Jove, the UK is having a few this year; Brexit, floods and The Coronavirus ...

Budget 2020: What Did The New Chancellor Announce?

We've had a new Prime Minister and a General Election. We now have Budget 2020. Was it worth the wait?

Budget 2020: My Predictions For An Interesting Announcement

Rishi Sunak will announce Budget 2020 on Wednesday and we can expect some interesting announcements ...

Are Your HMRC Records Up To Date?

Have you ever thought about what happens if a letter from HMRC is returned to them as undelivered?

How To Manage Email Overload

A study showed office workers receive up to 126 emails a day, and that will rise. So, how to manage email overload?

Changing Your Company Year-End

Some business owners may wonder why they may want to consider changing their company year-end ...

Coronavirus: How Could It Affect Your Business?

Currently, the cases of Coronavirus are quite low in the United Kingdom, but there are risks of exposure ...

Did You File Your Tax Return On Time?

I am hoping that everyone reading this blog post who needed to file a tax return will have submitted it by 31 January ...

National Minimum Wage Increase Due In April 2020

The National Minimum Wage increases in April 2020 in what could be the biggest ever cash boost for UK workers ...

HMRC: Be Aware Of Self-Assessment Scams!

With the run-up to the 31st January filing deadline, HMRC has issued a reminder to be aware of self-assessment scams ...

Budget 2020: Don't Mention The B Word!

Where was the budget in 2019? Especially as last year saw two Chancellors housed in Number 11. Did I miss it? No ...

Winter 2020: Welcome To The 5th Edition Of The Business Godparent!

As another decade begins, the theme of this issue is looking forward. The Business Godparent approached four gurus ...

To Claim, Or Not To Claim ... That Is The Question!

When you're in business, it's essential to have your mindset focused correctly on your allowable business expenses ...

Keep Your Home Safe This Christmas

I always pay attention when I receive updates from the local police force. A few days ago, I got one about burglaries ...

2020 Predictions That Didn't Come True

It's hard to believe that we're at the end of another year. The world turns, we grow a little older and civilisation changes ...

Merry Christmas From Essendon Accounts And Tax!

As we enter the festive period, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas ...

Changes To Capital Gains Tax, PPRR And Letting Relief

For many, owning and selling their own home is thought to be tax-free, but with Capital Gains Tax, it's never that simple ...