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2014 Budget Round-up

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a series of significant measures affecting businesses and individuals in his 2014 Budget. Here we outline some of the highlights from the Budget Statement. Business measures Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) The maximum amount of the...

UK ECONOMY PREDICTED TO EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revised its forecast for GDP growth from 2.7% to 2.8% in 2014. Excluding the impact of inflation, UK GDP is expected to reach £392.8 billion in the three months to July. The last comparable year was early 2008, in which the...

Could you save tax ahead of the year end?

This guide introduces a range of planning opportunities to consider ahead of the tax year end (5 April), with the aim of minimising your tax liability and maximising your wealth. It also looks ahead to some of the forthcoming changes which may affect your business and...

Small business group calls for ‘a Budget for enterprise’

As the 2014 Budget looms closer, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the Government to maintain its focus on enterprise and encouraging small business growth. According to the organisation, small businesses are increasingly seeking to expand, and the...

Survey suggests business optimism improving

A survey of retail chairmen, conducted by headhunting organisation Korn Ferry, has revealed that 73% are optimistic about the UK’s economic outlook. The survey of bosses of 39 high street retailers included Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. 76% also said...

Contingency planning: is your business prepared?

Extreme weather has hit the UK, and recent research has predicted that the UK economy could lose up to £900m a day due to adverse weather conditions this winter. There are many incidents that could cause significant damage and disruption to a small business, whether...

FREE AUTO ENROLMENT SEMINAR

Are you confused about how Auto enrolment will affect your Company? Christie Jolliffe will be participating in a seminar to help business owners understand: What information your payroll will need to provide Why your employment contracts need to be reviewed How...

Is your business adequately insured?

According to a recent study, over three quarters of small and medium-sized businesses in the UK would struggle if they lost a key member to illness, long-term incapacity or death.  Statistics from the report revealed that fewer than a fifth of firms had adequate...