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Take 5 with Tom Dinwiddy

Take a coffee break getting to know our Business Advisory and Outsourcing Director Tom Dinwiddy. Tom’s knowledge of the fast moving tech and outsourcing market means he is able to adapt to clients’ needs and give the right advice at the right time. What three words describe you the best? Pragmatic, enthusiastic and committed. How do...

 

Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Mercer & Hole Media


Preparing to sell your business and realising its value

If the business owner feels the company is almost at its peak, and/or it needs investment to move it forward, then it may be that a decision is made to exit the entity. All business owners should consider their exit strategy in order to realise a company’s true value. Preparing a business for sale is one of the most important periods in a...

 

Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Mike Orton


A collaborative approach to managing technological changes

Mercer & Hole has been around for a long time, since 1905 in fact. I like to think of myself as a custodian, guiding a progressive business with a collaborative approach with my partners and teams. Here is my account of how we are growing and developing through an exciting time in our history. My predecessors weathered two World Wars so I am...

 

Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Paul Maberly


Developing your business and easing those growing pains

Transitioning a business from its launch phase into a sustainable period of growth is an area where we can offer full support and help avoid insufferable growing pains. A business plan incorporating forecasts and careful cost management should enable growth. An impartial review to ensure the growth is manageable and profitable, rather than...

 

Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Jolene Upshall


Startups – getting it right from the beginning

There are a number of key things you need to consider when starting up a business: what is the legal form of your business, how will you fund it, what reporting requirements need to be considered and, if needed, how will you attract and reward employees?  At the outset of any new business, the owner or owners should have a clear understanding...

 

Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Helen Cain


Employers’ newsletter - Employment allowance

This allows businesses and/or charities to claim up to £3,000 per year off your National Insurance bill, provided you are an employer. The allowance will reduce your employers’ secondary Class 1 National Insurance, each time you payroll until £3,000 has gone or the tax year ends, whichever occurs sooner. You can only claim...

 

Date: 27th March, 2019
Author: Cathy Corns


Employers’ newsletter - Student loan repayment thresholds

The amount of the repayment is dependent upon which plan the employee is on. If they are on plan 1, the following rates apply for 2018/19: £18,330 p/y, £1,527.50 p/m, £352.50 p/w If they are on plan 2, the following rates apply: £25,000 p/y, £2,083.33 p/m, £480.76 p/w The deduction is 9%, irrespective...

 

Date: 27th March, 2019
Author: David Hadley


Employers’ newsletter - Rates and allowances

The hourly rate for minimum wage depends on your age and whether or not you are an apprentice. For the 2018/19 and 2019/20 tax years, the following rates apply: Year 25 and over 21-24 18-20 Under 18 Apprentice 2018/19 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20...

 

Date: 27th March, 2019
Author: Jacqui Gudgion


Employers’ newsletter - Employment vs self-employment vs worker

Confusion abounds following the upholding of an earlier judgment by the Court of Appeal that two former Uber drivers should have been treated as permanent staff and were entitled to receive national minimum wage and holiday pay. The Court of Appeal ruling means that the drivers were workers, employed by Uber London Ltd; and so had the right to...

 

Date: 27th March, 2019
Author: Cathy Corns


Employers’ newsletter - Loan scheme charge – April 2019

HMRC is taking action against certain loan arrangements (‘disguised remuneration’ schemes) that were designed to avoid tax, leaving many people with significant tax to pay.  HMRC states that it appreciates not everyone entered into these arrangements knowingly to avoid tax. Indeed, some agency workers may have had little choice but...

 

Date: 27th March, 2019
Author: David Hadley


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