What are the Penalties if I don't get my Auto Enrolment right?

Posted by Jean Armstrong 24 July 2017 08:47 AM

Auto enrolment is in full swing in the UK and by the end of February next year all businesses in the country will have to at least have looked into the process of setting up an auto enrolment pension scheme for their employees. The process can be as simple as completing a declaration to the Pensions Regulator in some cases, so there is no reason to delay or miss your scheduled date.

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Topics: Auto Enrolment

Good accounting advice can help build your business

Posted by Phil Murray 21 July 2017 09:50 AM

Small business owners who enlist the help of an accountant are far more likely to succeed, new research from Xero shows.

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner

Things are Really Hotting up for Alpine Air

Posted by Scott Carney 19 July 2017 09:15 AM

You might not believe it with the current weather, but summer is coming. As things heat up in offices, schools and properties across the UK, Alpine Air are there to help cool things down.

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Topics: Client Stories

Auto Enrolment and the small business

Posted by Hollie Ord 17 July 2017 09:54 AM

You may have seen the television adverts or heard people talking about auto enrolment. There are plenty of pointers to let you know that it is coming, but you may be in the dark about just what auto enrolment is and how it can affect your small business. By 1st February 2018, all businesses in the UK must have gone through the steps of auto enrolment. But what does that mean to you, the small business owner? Here is our quick guide to auto enrolment and the small business.

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Topics: Auto Enrolment

How you can receive a cash injection for something you are probably already doing

Posted by Joanne Warren 14 July 2017 09:57 AM

They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch. In business it can feel like you are running uphill all the time. You have a hundred balls to juggle at the same time and someone always wants something from you, whether it’s a supplier, a customer or the tax man.

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Topics: R&D Tax

Auto Enrolment in six easy steps

Posted by Jean Armstrong 10 July 2017 10:30 AM

Auto enrolment is coming. I guess you have heard. Small businesses need to be ready to enrol their team in a pension scheme. The larger companies in the UK have already been through the process, and soon every eligible business in the UK will have to make plans for their auto enrolment. It is enshrined in law and the end date is fast approaching. Are you ready? Do you know when your staging date is? Have you started to make plans? Don’t worry if you haven’t got everything in place yet. Here is our guide to auto enrolment in six easy steps that will help you understand what you have to do –

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Topics: Auto Enrolment

5 ways to make the most of starting a business from your home

Posted by Phil Murray 07 July 2017 09:32 AM

You’ve decided to take the plunge and start your own business – but you have no idea where to begin. From what business to start to how to raise the money for it, the sheer array of options can be daunting.

Home-based start-up businesses are a popular option for many businesses as generally the costs will be lower and you can avoid travel expenses. You also have the freedom and flexibility to work the hours you choose in an environment that you create yourself.

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Topics: Business Start Up

There is Something Nutty Happening at Harlands

Posted by Scott Carney 05 July 2017 10:07 AM

It has always been said that we are pretty nutty, well at least some of us. But we don't even compare to our new client, Manílife. If we asked you if you prefer smooth or crunchy you might understand what we are talking about. Of course it's Peanut Butter and none other than Manílife. 

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Topics: Client Stories

Why do I need to sort out the pensions for my employees?

Posted by Joanne Warren 03 July 2017 09:52 AM

The state pension has been there for years to give people an income when they retire. But it has come under increasing pressure as more people live longer than ever before. It has put successive governments under a lot of financial pressure and will continue to do so in the future as advances in medicine and a better understanding of health allows people to live longer. The state pension will not sustain people in anything like the standard of living they have been used to while at work. People are relying more and more on their private pension as the main source of income in retirement, but the sad fact is that far too few people have an adequate private pension, if one at all.

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Topics: Auto Enrolment

How to Grow your Business

Posted by Phil Murray 30 June 2017 10:05 AM

Deciding when or if to scale up your business can be nerve-wracking but there are a few tell tale signs that it may be time to take the plunge.
 
Get the timing wrong, however, and you could end up losing the momentum you’ve built up over your business’ life causing it to stagnate or fail. If you are seeing most of these signs, your business and customers may be telling you it’s time to grow. Knowing how to grow your business can be tricky but we have worked with many businesses in the North East and have created these 5 points to business growth :
 

How to Grow your Business

 

  1.        You’re making consistent profits

If your profits have levelled out, and you’re consistently making the same amount, your business might be ready for growth. Make sure that your cash flow and capital have increased to the point where you won’t have to look for loans to expand in order to fund your growth from a solid footing. However check with your accountant to see if borrowing might also be a valid strategy to fund your growth.

  1.        You’ve built a solid customer base

Your customers are one of your most important assets. If you’ve built up great relationships with them, are servicing their needs properly and have plenty of repeat business, it’s time to start targeting new customers. For example reaching into a different market, or adjusting your marketing plan to reach a new sector of potential customers.

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Topics: Business Start Up