Dealing With Disaster

For those who haven’t experienced a disaster first hand it’s difficult to imagine, even from the graphic images fed to us by the media, the realities of the situation. What pictures cannot convey is the frustration of an owner watching their business suffer through the several days or weeks during which power is unavailable, transport…

Does Social Networking Pose A Threat To Your Business?

Currently there’s a lot of buzz in business circles about the value of using social networking services (SNS) as a channel to drive sales, promote brand and network for business opportunities. Much of it comes from marketers who are excited about the target marketing possibilities of these sites — they gather so much data about…

What Employees Want

The difference between working with engaged people and a group of alienated, uninterested ones isn’t just the difference in productivity you can expect from each – it gets right down to making the difference between feeling you want to go in to work or stay away to avoid becoming depressed by the unenthusiastic atmosphere. Managers…

Good Workplace Design Improves Productivity

Looked around your office lately? Familiarity can blind us to the obvious so you probably didn’t notice anything in particular. Try looking at it from an employee’s point of view. How do you think it makes them feel? It’s no surprise that surveys report a direct link between the quality of the working environment and…

Companies Act changes from 6 April 2008

If you are involved in the management of a limited company, you may like to make a note of the following changes which apply from 6 April 2008: 1. Filing Accounts —————— For all private companies the filing deadline for delivery of accounts to Companies House has been reduced from 10 to 9 months. The…

Construction Industry – automatic disqualification

One of the more draconian aspects of the new CIS regulations is the power of HMRC to withdraw gross payment status if they consider that a contractor’s circumstances have changed in a particular way.Under the pre-CIS rules status would generally be reviewed at renewal date. Under the new rules if an inspector is of the…

Revenue Powers and Penalties

Powers From the 1 April 2009 HMRC will be aligning its powers across all taxes and duties. In a nutshell they will be able to exercise the following powers: . a power to inspect records required under the record-keeping legislation – this restricts the existing VAT and PAYE inspections to statutory records and introduces a…