COVID support schemes are ending, find out what is continuing

The SEISS fifth grant period ends today as does the furlough scheme, with employers having until 14 October to submit a claim for the latter – as does the VAT reduction for hospitality and tourism to 5%, which will see an increase to 12.5

The ICAEW have issued a handy timeline for the remaining schemes.

Two forms of data are shown in the chart: how much money has been spent or lent on each scheme so far, and each scheme’s end date.

The chart does not include all of the support measures provided by the government or the Bank of England to businesses and individuals, for example the £20 a week uplift in universal credit to those on low incomes that also comes to an end on 30 September or the corporate finance lending facilities provided by the Bank of England to very large businesses.

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7 Reasons why producing Management Accounts will help grow your business

Do you want to be in greater control of your business? Make decisions based on facts such as when you typically increase sales and, therefore, need to employ more sales people or to change tack and boost your marketing spend in a particular sector, for instance. The answer is a set of accounts that is not required by law and does not have to be filed with HMRC – known as management accounts, these are numbers that give you a true picture of your business and will put you in greater control of your business than ever before.

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How going green is good for your business

Turning your business green to become more environmentally-friendly is more than just a positive environmental choice. Customers and employers are deliberately seeking out businesses with ‘greener’ working practices as sustainable living and working grows in importance. We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of social media posts about it, for example, and our recent article about the tax and environmental benefits from driving an electric car was one of the most popular blogs ever. It’s clear that as well as being good for our planet, there are economic benefits of going green.

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How to start and run a limited company – free Companies House webinar

Did you know that Companies House offer free Webinars and podcasts to help you with your business? Take a look at their latest webinars and find out how to register, their next webinar Starting and Running a Limited Company looks to be a great free resource

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Act Now! Super-deduction – a very attractive £25m tax break on capex investment

Super-deduction, a new capital investment allowance, has been introduced to boost business investment and help economic recovery. It is a great incentive to encourage businesses to invest in plant and machinery and there are very few exclusions on what can be purchased. Available for two years from April 2021, the 130% capital allowance deduction will deliver 25p off company tax bills for every £1 of qualifying spend.

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Karen Robbins is celebrating 25 Years at HB Accountants – congratulations!

This month we are excited and delighted to be celebrating Karen’s 25 year anniversary at HB Accountants. Karen joined us on 13th May back in 1996 (the very same year that five bundles of trouble called The Spice Girls* were unleashed, Changing Rooms turned us into DIY lunatics and Take That decided to split**).

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Would you choose a Carbon Positive Accountant?

Would it make you feel great knowing that your accountant is actively striving to minimize their impact on the environment and by choosing to partner with them would help the planet just a tiny bit more by a tree being planted?

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UK Tax Rates for 2021/2022

HB Accountants have produced a Tax Card which summarises many of the rates and allowances fundamental to your business and personal lives. It’s a great point of reference throughout the coming tax year and contains lots of information on personal, business, employment, property and capital taxes, including any changes.

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What does the UK Budget announcements mean for you and your business?

Rishi Sunak has set out the UK Government’s plans for recovery. The Chancellor has promised to do “whatever it takes” to help the UK’s pandemic-damaged economy. HB Accountants are here to help you #BeInformed and our budget summary gives to you overview of the key announcements arising for the Chancellor’s speech.

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What happens when you change accountants?

Many businesses and individuals change accountants. Maybe your needs have changed as you’ve grown and you want to work with an accountant offering multiple services. Or maybe working with an accountant based nearer to your offices will give you the benefit of a more personal service? Whatever the reason, once you know what you need, you can begin the search for a new partner. But what happens when you find the accountancy practice that’s right for you? And what do you do next?  Here’s the answer.

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