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Mental Health & Well-being at work

27th November 2018
27th November 2018

The impact of poor physical health in the workplace is plain for all to see – but the effect of poor mental health can be just as, if not more damaging.  A recent letter signed by industry leaders from across business and education highlighted that one in every six workers will experience mental ill health – which includes depression, anxiety, or stress-related issues.

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National Insurance for the Self Employed

9th November 2018
9th November 2018

Self employed people pay class 2 National Insurance if their taxable profit is over £6,205, at a flat rate of £2.95 per week – which equates to £153.40 per annum. They are also liable for class 4 National Insurance if their taxable profit is over £8,424 and the current rate for this is 9% for profits between £8,424 and £46,350. Profits over this threshold are chargeable at 2%.

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Budget 2018 – Key points

1st November 2018
1st November 2018

This week’s Budget 2018 has brought a few changes in to effect individuals and businesses. We will summarise a few of these now and will revisit some of these topics in our future pieces to give more detail.

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Cyber security: are your staff aware?

23rd October 2018
23rd October 2018

We recently came across some research conducted by Norton which got us thinking about just how much people know about some of the basics around cyber security and on-line fraud.  Try these simple 4 questions out (and we’ll give you the answers afterwards!):

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Is your Business on Google My Business?

15th October 2018
15th October 2018

We’re all looking for ways to get our websites higher up the Google rankings, but here is a way that helps for definite – use Google My Business (GMB).

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It’s time to think about self-assessment again…

29th September 2018
29th September 2018

With the new school year having started and everyone returning from summer holidays we are drawing our attention to the next six months and the requirements for self assessment returns that are looming.

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How small business impacts on the local community

13th September 2018
13th September 2018

We often write about small businesses because that’s what our clients are, what we are, and what our local economy is dominated by.  We’ve just come across a Small Business Community Impact study which is so interesting, we have to share more of it with you!

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Why bother with Keywords?

4th September 2018
4th September 2018

It’s a language thing:  the keywords on your website help people find your site through search engines like Google and Bing.  A website that is optimised for search engines effectively speaks the same language as the people searching for information.  Which is what SEO is – search engine optimisation.

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Customer Relationship Management systems…

24th August 2018
24th August 2018

What is a CRM

CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management system.  It helps manage data about your customers, supporting your sales and marketing efforts as well as potentially integrating with your other office systems.

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Why Buy Local?

20th August 2018
20th August 2018

The recent troubles at House of Fraser highlight once again the pressures faced by high street retailers.  But the pronouncement by their new owner Mike Ashley that he wants to turn HoF into the “Harrods of the High Street” makes us wonder – is that actually what we need?  Might it be better to encourage people to buy local, from smaller independent retailers?

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