Peer to Peer lending

I have to confess, when I first heard about peer to peer lending, I thought it was a bit of a gimmick, not a real world solution which could be useful for our clients. What changed my mind was listening to the BBC money box programme on ‘Broken Banking’ It...

New rules at Companies House

If you are a company director, from the 1 October 2009 you can protect your home address from disclosure. Image via Wikipedia If you would like take advantage of this new concession you need to register a service address, which could be your registered office address,...

Paternity leave plans go on ice

Image by Photosbychristensen via Flickr The Government has bowed to pressure from business and proposals to extend paternity leave to six months from April 2010 have been put on hold as a result of the recession. The Work and Families Act 2006 allows for regulations...

Avoid the ‘new account’ fraudsters

In November 2008 the Business and Enterprise Committee made up of a number of MPs, published a report about Companies House. Like many people, the MPs were taken aback to find that data filed there by companies, accountants etc was not checked and validated. A strong...

Making people redundant

Many businesses are being forced to reduce costs, and make employees redundant.  As an employer what are the rules on making people redundant? The notes that follow highlight a few but not all of the considerations that affect redundancy pay outs: Q. Do we deduct tax...