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Robotisation of accountancy

There’s been much talk in recent months about the threat to our jobs posed by robotisation. It’s not so much the fact that it will happen (it has been happening for years) that is the problem but the pace of change and the possibility that the economy will not be able to adapt quickly enough,…

Block Chain

There has been some talk in the press recently about HMRC’s desire to get us all to do more regular tax returns. It seems that this is part of a drive to make use of advanced database technology and, in particular, something called ‘Block Chain’. This is where blocks of data are linked together in…

Leaders becoming followers

The Wolff Olins Brand Consultancy produced a report in 2015 entitled ‘Impossible and Now : how leaders are creating the uncorporation‘. The gist of it is that business leaders are recognising that to create sustainable performance it is necessary to focus less on outputs like profit and sales and more on inputs like an ethical…

Tax Changes

The importance of planning

So many businesses regard planning as being a pointless exercise and in fact as a bit of a luxury. As we know, it is essential. I was looking for some quotes to inspire you people out there and found this. Thanks to BGC Consulting for pulling them together. Don’t know who some of the gurus…

Social Media Explained

Unless you are a young person – and therefore steeped in the ways of social media – you might be thoroughly confused about the purpose of all the different social media platforms. I saw this rough guide in the business section of a national newspaper recently and thought it deserves to be shared with my…

Dividend tax shock horror

Well, the party’s over for all you company directors. No more tax free dividends; no more avoiding National Insurance. It’s not quite as bad as that but it is going to mean you pay more a lot tax. Taking the example of a director who took £8000 in salary (and paid no tax or NI…

Strategies for Growth

I had a cracking day on Wednesday at the offices of HSBC on Team Valley. The speaker was Gavin Preston –  a management consultant (sorry Gavin) – who was talking to the gathered throng of HSBC customers (and friends) about how to grow your business and make more money! It’s fair to say the unanimous…

The Sharing Economy

There has been much talk of the sharing economy in recent months. Prime examples are AirBNB and Uber both of which purport to make better use of resources (in the case of AirBNB, accomodation, and in the case of Uber, taxis) and in so doing provide a cheaper and more responsive service to customers. So…

8 Website Mistakes

1)  No obvious place to contact your business: There needs to be an obvious link in the navigation bar and there needs to be various contact options on the Contacts page eg phone, skype, linkedin etc 2)  Not easy to simply send an email: There needs to be a clickable email address so that users…

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