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Sole Traders Exposed to Cash Crises

Sole Traders Exposed to Cash Crises

Nearly half (41%) of self-employed people struggle to save any money each month, leaving them exposed to financial problems. Insurer LV= surveyed 9,495 self-employed workers and found one in three could not survive for more than three months if they lost their income. Nearly two thirds (62%) of respondents said monthly bills eat up the … Continued

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Businesses urged to prepare for Data Protection Bill

Businesses urged to prepare for Data Protection Bill

Individuals will be able to legally ask businesses to delete certain personal data under new proposals outlined in the Data Protection Bill. The Bill forms part of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to come into effect on 25 May 2018. The legislation will allow individuals greater control over their personal … Continued

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Company car advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2017

Company car advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2017

HMRC has published revised advisory fuel rates for company cars, applying from 1 September 2017. The rates are to be used only where employers either reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars, or require employees to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. These rates apply from 1 September 2017. You … Continued

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Businesses approve Prompt Payment Code

Businesses approve Prompt Payment Code

Businesses have backed the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) to support SMEs who are dealing with late payments. The PPC sets the standards for best practice for businesses and suppliers chasing overdue payments and invoices, ensuring everyone is paid on time and offered clear guidance on procedures. Suppliers to the government have willingly committed to pay … Continued

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Important changes to PSC reporting

Important changes to PSC reporting

Changes to the people with significant control (PSC) register have come into force. All companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) are required to identify and record the people with ‘significant control’ over their company. Previously, a company or LLP would make any changes to the PSC register as part of its annual confirmation statement submitted … Continued

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Lack of funds holding back start-ups

Almost half (40%) of aspiring entrepreneurs cited lack of funds as the main barrier to starting a business, according to research. Out of 1,500 people surveyed by Yell Business, 51% thought about starting their own business but barriers such as risk of failure (25%) and not knowing where to start (23%) were preventing them from … Continued

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Businesses prepare for data protection changes

Businesses prepare for data protection changes

Businesses are preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force from 25 May 2018. All businesses holding personal data will need to ensure their procedures are fit for purpose and compliant when the new rules take effect next year. Those businesses found non-compliant may face fines of up to €20 million – … Continued

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Rejected contracts hit SMEs in the pocket

Rejected contracts hit SMEs in the pocket

47% of small businesses lost out on up to £10,000 in the last year due to turning down work contracts and orders, according to a study. Out of 501 companies surveyed by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance, 26% rejected contracts worth up to £5,000 while 21% snubbed deals worth between £5,001 and £10,000. Almost one in … Continued

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Change to Persons of Significant Control (PSC) Notifications

Change to Persons of Significant Control (PSC) Notifications

From April 2016, the vast majority of UK limited companies have been required to create and maintain a register of people with significant control. Commonly known as the PSC register, this includes details of who ultimately controls or exercises significant influence upon the company. From 30 June 2016, every company has also needed to submit … Continued

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Firms plan to offset rising costs

Firms plan to offset rising costs

More than half of businesses are planning to offset rising prices, according to a study by ICAEW. 53% of firms have seen input prices increase over the past year but less than half are willing to absorb the costs. Businesses cited the following reasons for rising prices: rise in raw materials (35%) cost of services … Continued