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What is The Bribery Act 2010?

The Bribery Act 2010, which comes into force on 1st July 2011, puts the onus on businesses to ensure that they have adequate procedures in place to stop its representatives from bribing another person on behalf of the business.

Home broadband v business broadband

Most of us have used a broadband connection in one environment or the other – whether at home, at work or at school, the internet is now an important tool for people of all ages.

Bribery Act 2010 – Corporate gifts could come under tighter scrunity

New legislation is blowing the chill wind of austerity over corporate Christmas gifts, according to PwC Forensic Services. The Bribery Act 2010, due to come into force next April contains radical changes which could have a significant impact on corporate gifts to customers and clients, and which could lead to severe penalties for companies who […]

Mac vs. PC – which is best for small businesses?

Information technology is always a significant financial investment for a small business or start up – getting the right system in place has a massive impact on efficiency, productivity and the day to day running of a company. However, it can be difficult to get impartial advice on the system that is right for a […]

Tax investigation protection and IR35 insurance

Tax investigation insurance will protect you in the event that an enquiry is made into your tax return, or via a PAYE compliance visit. In some cases, this could result in a Tax Tribunal (formerly Commissioners’ Hearing).

Business angels use gut instinct when choosing investments

New research has shown that Angels Investors (high net worth individuals who invest money and knowledge into companies who require funding) mainly follow their intuition ahead of financial calculations when deciding whether to invest in a company.

Things for employers to watch out for during the World Cup

With the World Cup beginning on the 11 June, hopes and dreams will be placed upon the national team doing well and of course lifting the Cup on 11 July. Inevitably the talk around the water cooler will be centred on football but what other impact is this month of sport going to have on […]

What if someone copies your website content?

A leading web host says that 10% of businesses who responded to a recent survey had been the target of content theft over the past 12 months. What should you do if your website content has been stolen by a third party?

Self assessment – who needs to fill in a tax return?

Most normal ’employees’ have tax deducted at source via the PAYE system and are unlikely to have to fill in a tax return unless they receive other income. When you start a business, you will join the ranks of those that fall under the self assessment tax regime.

Virtual Offices for Small Businesses – What to look out for

A Virtual Office provides a business location and address for smaller businesses by accepting inbound communications on their behalf and forwarding them to other addresses/numbers. This enables smaller businesses to have many of the benefits of a permanent address and business presence, but with much lower costs and administration.

VAT accounting for mixed business and non-business purposes

The issue of VAT accounting when the goods involved are put to both business and non-business purposes is perhaps more widespread than many would first consider. Careful use of the so-called ‘Lennartz Accounting’ scheme can provide cash flow benefit for a number of organisations.