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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.

How many business enterprises are there in the UK?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest report on the number of registered businesses in the UK. There was a 3% rise in business enterprise numbers in the year to March 2008.

Turn your website into a deadly selling tool

The code that effectively created the world wide web, was put into the public domain by the Cern physics lab, based near Geneva back in 1993. Its creator, Tim Berners-Lee, believes that the web is still in its infancy. That seems very true – but what a difference it has made to the way businesses […]

How to Make Web Conferencing Work

Many businesses work on long-distance collaboration, and up until recently that meant lots of conference calls for some people. Now, however, the world is moving at a totally new pace, as internet technologies develop and broadband speeds increase.

Reviewing how your business is performing

It’s easy to focus on the day-to-day running of your business, especially when you have only just started-up. But once your business is established, it is actually time to start planning again. Here’s why you should review the performance of your business and how to get started.

Advice on succession planning for small business owners

Small business owners and managers are risking it all by having absolutely no plans in place for their business when they retire or if they were to suddenly become ill or die, according to the latest research from Bibby Financial Services.

Value Added Tax – The Basics

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax which is applied to transactions of most goods and services provided by VAT registered entities in the UK.