Great feedback from our August business breakfast

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Thanks for all the positive feedback and testimonials from members and guests of our meeting on 16th. 25 of us enjoyed breakfast, banter, introductions and an interactive talk by this months guest speaker. Many thanks to Jon Yates for his engaging presentation on Dorset Community Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy. Links …

Paying mileage allowance to contractors

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Did you know that if you trade through a limited company, then you can pay yourself or your employees a mileage allowance for business journeys made in their own vehicle car using HMRC’s approved rates. If you use these rates then any mileage allowance payments made will be tax and NIC free for the employee and your company can claim a tax deduction. HOWEVER…

Be safe, be on top of Product Recalls

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Faulty products can put your health, safety and even your life at risk, but keeping up with product recalls usually entails continuously looking out for an easily missed announcement in the press, online, etc.  Product Recall is a new Government website that brings together new and past announcements about various product recalls….

Start your day with a shimmy

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Another great morning with our partners, members and friends at The Boardroom Network’s BBQ breakfast at the Italian Villa. Andy Edwards was being his usual introvert self demonstrating the burlesque method to start the day. You can read the whole story on this page.

Upping your spend on IT security?

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Following the spate of cyber attack on the NHS and UK businesses, there may be pressure on you to spend more on data protection and security. In reality, do you need to? Login to our members’ intranet to read this case study and the solution to the issue.

Addicted to your phone?

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Are you spending too much time on your smartphone? Smartphones are without a doubt, brilliant. What we are able to do with them today we could not have dreamt about even ten years ago. Our lives are on them, we rely on them for everything we do, everyone we know …

How to create “customers for life”

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We’ve just added a new guide to the library our member’s intranet on the various techniques and marketing strategies on how to attract and keep customers for life. The book looks at how successful companies give themselves a successful competitive advantage in the following ways:

Salary Sacrifice: New Guidance

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HMRC has clarified the transitional rules for salary sacrifice arrangements, which are less generous than they first seemed. Recap on the transitional rules Look out for the trap Variations Payroll implications Premium & Pro members: Login to your members intranet for the full rundown, comments and links to specialist guidance.

“No delay” in Rates Relief Scheme

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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has given assurance regarding the new discretionary business rates relief scheme n that it will not be delayed by the forthcoming general election. The £300 million relief scheme is designed to help businesses adversely affected by the recent revaluation of commercial properties. …

Making Tax Digital shelved

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) shelved! The Treasury has removed 72 of the 136 clauses from the Finance Bill so that they could get it through Parliament before it is dissolved ahead of the General Election. Amongst the key proposals that have been shelved are plans to ‘Make Tax Digital’ by forcing …