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Taxing times

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Taxation is very much in the news at the moment! The so-called Panama Papers scandal has – via leaked documents – revealed years of money laundering, sanction dodging and tax evasion by rich and powerful clients of one of the world’s most secretive companies, a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca. Clients include current and […]

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A budget that backs businesses?

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So now the dust has settled on the March budget, what impact – if any – will it have on small businesses? Hailed by George Osborne as his long term economic plan, he described it as “‘a budget that backs businesses’”. The full measures are outlined on the Gov UK website but let’s take a […]

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Just pop into the branch

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Do you sometimes wonder if banks are on the same planet as the rest of us?! Small business owners work every hour they can and yet when they need to do essential banking that requires a visit to a branch the hours are usually 9:00-17:00! Yet recent research by Funding Xchange has found that 42% […]

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The rise of the micro-multinationals

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A decade ago, the global market place was dominated by larger corporations where bigger meant more and physical presence was needed to complete sales transactions across borders. Small to medium businesses found more success in local and domestic markets. However, global communication has changed all that. Video communication and other tools have made it easier […]

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What does the new National Living Wage mean for small businesses?

The new National Living Wage (NLW) comes into effect April 1st, 2016 and is the minimum wage for over 25s which is now £7.20 per hour. 1.3m workers across the UK are set to benefit, but this also affects costs to small businesses. Although small businesses only employ 35% of the adult workforce, they employ […]

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