Who can prepare financial projections?

Clearly a good knowledge of spreadsheets is required alongside a thorough understanding or accounting to create a working set of projections. This is because any change to say, sales levels needs to impact on profitability, debtor levels and also cash … Continue reading


The Top 5 benefits of confidential invoice discounting

Invoice financing, also known as confidential invoice discounting or factoring, is a genuine alternative to traditional bank funding and in many cases is a better option for businesses. Here are our top 5 reasons to consider this type of funding … Continue reading


IoD encouraging the claiming of EIS tax relief

The IoD (Institute of Directors) are calling on the government to help encourage more investment in small to medium sized businesses and start-ups. Many of their members are simply unaware of the tax relief available to incentivize an investor into … Continue reading


Expert View – Are EIS and SEIS tax breaks too complicated for most SMEs?

Accountancy Live have been discussing how the Institute of Directors (IoD) are calling on government to simplify the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) tax breaks for Continue reading


Top 5 Crowdfunding websites according to the internet…

Crowdfunding is an alternative means of funding that allows individuals to take their ideas forward and make them a reality with the power of other people, ‘The Crowd’. It is the practice of funding a project by raising monetary contributions … Continue reading


Is a merger of income tax & social security realistic?

As each tax year passes we hear more and more people calling for a simpler tax system in the UK. As it stands, the UK tax system is one of the most complex in the world. When the Chancellor announces … Continue reading


INFOGRAPHIC – R&D Tax relief comes in all shapes & sizes

Since its launch in 2000/01, 100,000 R&D tax relief claims have been made by UK businesses, accounting for around £9.5 billion in reclaimed relief and credits. Although this numbers are impressive, there are a number of businesses who undergo projects … Continue reading


Blind Installer | Vacancy

We’re looking for a new Blind Installer on behalf of a friend of the firm! The duties of the role include installing all types of blinds, including roller, venetian, motorised and cassetted and you will be installing window film internally … Continue reading


HMRC crack down on online businesses

An interesting article appeared on BBC News recently, further highlighting HMRC’s crackdown by targeting internet companies who may have to provide more information on people and businesses who sell goods and services online. As stated in the article, HMRC are … Continue reading


Marketing Executive | Vacancy

We are on the lookout for an experienced Marketing Executive on behalf of one of our clients, a fast-growing fashion brand based in Manchester. If you’ve had at least 2 years experience of working in a marketing role in a … Continue reading


INFOGRAPHIC – Why businesses are flocking to the Isle of Man

In recent years, the Isle of Man has developed into a hotbed for business, and it’s easy to see why. Factors such as their advantageous tax regimes along with a genuine focus on attracting companies in the digital and gaming … Continue reading


Marketing Assistant / Apprentice | Vacancy

We have an exciting opportunity for an individual with a creative mind to join our marketing team based in our Manchester city centre office. Reporting to the Marketing Manager and working directly with all other departments, your role will include, … Continue reading


How the Summer Budget 2015 affects business tax

Corporation Tax rate The CT rate will be cut to 19% in 2017 & 18% in 2020. This is great news for Limited Companies as this will be the lowest rate in the G20. The Government have estimated that this … Continue reading


Other factors covered in the Summer Budget 2015

National Living Wage From April 2016 a new National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour for the over 25’s will be introduced. One of George Osborne’s catchphrases during his budget speech was “The Government wants to move from a low … Continue reading


How the Summer Budget 2015 affects managing your wealth

Inheritance Tax (IHT) Currently IHT is charged at 40% on estates over £325,000. Any unused allowance can be transferred to your spouse, so a married couple has £650,000 between them before IHT is paid. From April 2017 the Government has … Continue reading


The Northern Powerhouse in the Summer Budget 2015

Devolved power to Manchester The Government is working on devolving more powers to Manchester following the deal agreed back in November 2014. Fire Services will be under the control of the Mayor, a new Greater Manchester Land Commission will be … Continue reading


How the Summer Budget 2015 affects personal tax

Personal Allowance and Higher Rate Threshold Typical taxpayers will be £905 per year better off as a result of the increases to the right. The Government have already announced they want to increase the personal allowance to £12,500 and the … Continue reading


VIDEO – How customer demand for wealth management is shifting & how the market is responding

“Where we’re going now with these new trends and the new story of what’s going to happen in the next couple of years is really all about people making demands of wealth managers that are different to the demands that … Continue reading


VIDEO – our view of the Great Manchester Run

As promised, we completed the Great Manchester Run with a GoPro camera strapped to our heads in exchange for your generous donations towards children’s respite charity, Once Upon A Smile. Here is the result, our view of the Morrisons Great … Continue reading

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Tweets to maximise the value of your business

We gave control of our Twitter to our Corporate Finance team last week and tasked them with coming up with some pearls of wisdom to maximise the value of your business, all within 140 characters. Here’s what they came up … Continue reading


David Evans swaps Howard Worth partnership for Sedulo

We have bolstered our tax offering with the appointment of David Evans who joins us from Cheshire based practice, Howard Worth. Evans, 29, was on the partner development programme at Howard Worth and had been at the firm for the … Continue reading


What is an Information Memorandum?

If you are looking into the possibility of selling your business, you will likely have been advised on the need to pull together an Information Memorandum. But what is it and what does it contain? An Information Memorandum is essentially … Continue reading


How Budget 2015 affects savers

Help to buy ISAs Help for those looking to save a deposit for a mortgage. This new offering comes with a boost from the government in the form of a tax free bonus. The bonus will be 25% of the … Continue reading


Bookkeeper | Vacancy

We need a bookkeeper with an eye for detail. Is it you? If so, we want to hear from you. If you’re eagle-eyed and have experience in using Sage Line 50, you might just be what we’re looking for. The … Continue reading


How Budget 2015 affects business tax

Update to the Annual Investment Allowance A welcome announcement from the Chancellor in relation to business investment in plant and machinery. We had a temporary “annual investment allowance”(AIA) of £250,000 due to expire on 31 December 2014 but this period … Continue reading


A tax give-away before Budget 2015’s even started

Of course everyone is waiting to see it there will be any last minute pre-election tax give-aways in his speech, but how many have forgotten one that was in last year’s speech but only comes into effect for 2015/16 i.e. … Continue reading


What are the tax advantages of EMI?

If the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) share options are granted at “market value” then there will be no liability to income tax or national insurance either at the time of the grant or the exercise of the options. If the … Continue reading


Do you need cash flow projections when selling your business?

The short answer to this question is yes, and let us explain why. For you to fully understand a business you’re looking to sell, and more importantly to demonstrate the potential of that business to an acquiring entity, you will … Continue reading


Should financial projections be optimistic or pessimistic?

If the projections are to be used for the purposes of internal budgeting then it can be demoralising for managers if the numbers are unachievable. In this instance a realistic approach should be adopted to challenge and motivate those responsible … Continue reading


Real life examples of tax enquiries

During 2013 almost 700 prosecutions were secured against tax and benefits cheats. There were 690 successful convictions as against 477 in the previous year. With prison sentences totaling 355 years it is clear that HMRC are serious about tackling evasion. … Continue reading

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