If you own a limited company, or you are self-employed, then you will usually have insurance cover in place.  This article will look at which business insurance expenses can be claimed against your company’s profits. If you want to claim back costs of insurance through your business then then the policy you are claiming for […]

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A shareholder is any person(s) who own at least one share of a company. A shareholders’ agreement, therefore, is a document outlining the legal agreements made between the shareholders of a company, regarding their rights and obligations as shareholders. This agreement is a private contract and can be kept confidential.  This differs from the companies […]

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IMPLICATIONS OF HUNG PARLIAMENT The result of the General Election has left Teresa May and the Conservative Party clinging on to power with support from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland. This leads to a period of significant uncertainty for the country as the BREXIT negotiations are just about to start. Following the […]

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If you are new to being an employer, are you aware of your legal duties and obligations to your staff?  As an employer, it is essential to have some form of employment contract between yourself and your employee.  Below we look at what an employment contract is and explain the necessary paperwork to be completed […]

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ELECTION ON 8TH JUNE – WHAT’S IN THE MANIFESTOS? The decision to call a snap General election on 8th June caught many of us by surprise. The various political parties have been rushing out their manifestos making all sorts of promises if elected. These documents are becoming increasingly important. Bringing in measures contrary to a […]

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If you are starting out as a new limited company, you will need an appropriate company name.  Here is a guide to choosing the right name, detailing the regulations put in place by Companies House. A guide to naming your limited company Choose a name that sounds professional and matches your type of business. Remember […]

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Are you part of a limited company distributing dividends to shareholders?  If so, there may come a time when one or more shareholders choose to wave their rights to their share.  Although this is perfectly acceptable, there are steps to follow so that HMRC does not view the waiver as tax avoidance. How does a […]

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Hiring your first employee is a huge step for a company.  You are not only sharing the responsibility of your business with another person, but you need to be aware of your duties and legal obligations as an employer. Here is a checklist to follow throughout the process: Applicant checks Does your new employee have […]

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U-TURN ON SELF-EMPLOYED NICs – FOR NOW In his first Budget on 8th March, the new Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced that he would level the playing field between employees and the self-employed by increasing Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from 9% to 10% from 6 April 2018 and then to 11% from 6 April […]

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Do you need cash to get your business off the ground?  Or are you seeking funds to support a growing business?  This article looks at where small business owners find the funds to get going, or to expand their existing business. Grants In the UK there are many grants available to small start-up businesses.  It’s […]

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