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Wellbeing in lockdown

I’m writing this in the midst of lockdown 2, which seems quite a bit different to lockdown 1. More businesses are able to operate this time around, and are likely to be able to carry on successfully, having learned lessons from the last seven months. We, ‘Joe Public,’ have developed coping strategies as well. I…

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Zooms and books

Who’d heard of Zoom, Teams or GoToMeeting before March 2020? I think that most people in business have now heard of them and probably use them regularly. They’ve become a must have communication tool for a lot of organisations. A national club, of which I am a member, is using Zoom for committee meetings and…

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Tips for commentary writing

The first rule about writing commentaries is that there are no rules. There are right and wrong ways of doing it, of course. And, on hearing a commentary, you’ll immediately know whether the writer has got it right – or, more obviously, wrong. But, because we all have different writing styles and quirks of vocabulary,…

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Is now a good time to start a new business?

We’re now in the seventh month of the Coronavirus pandemic, and as we slip into autumn, am I the only one that thinks that time has passed really quickly? In years to come I wonder how we will look back at these few months; some of us with good memories, some bad and everything in…

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Coronavirus – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

We’re all struggling with coming out of lockdown, some more than others I suppose. Unfortunately, the travel industry seems to be the hardest hit, and it will no doubt take several years before we see anything like a pre-pandemic holiday industry. At least UK tourism should receive a boost from those not travelling abroad; let’s…

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Summer Economic Statement

As we continue in these strange and uncertain times, it certainly feels like ‘Groundhog Day’ for many of us still working from home. Holidays seem a distant memory, although I’m optimistic for a staycation, so I’ll be doing my bit for the UK economy. Many of the measures announced by The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in…

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Continuing life in lockdown

So, we are finally looking forward to the gradual process of easing the lockdown. We all probably need a bit of personal grooming and perhaps a pint down the pub, but I know the scientists are very concerned that we will experience a further peak in infections as a result. It was certainly concerning recently…

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Life in lockdown

Days of prudent financial management went out the window and we discovered a bottomless pit of money to try to save the wellbeing of the country, through investing in the fight against COVID-19.

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Coronavirus support for businesses

Well who would have thought that we would be living in such a difficult time, both personal and professionally, just a few weeks ago. It is of course, unprecedented in living memory. There have been comparisons that the last time anything like this happened was at the end of the First World War. I have…

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March 2020 Budget

What a lot has changed since I last commented on a Budget! That was back in November 2018 and it was Philip Hammond’s third budget as Chancellor and the second autumn one. At that time, the elephant in the room was Brexit, and whilst this was eventually achieved, in the current crisis it remains to…

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What expenses can I claim against my taxable income?

We’ve been eagerly awaiting a Budget for several months, but we hadn’t anticipated a change in Chancellor. You can’t predict anything in politics these days! However, I am anticipating many changes in the Budget, especially as the Government has a good majority and this is the first in the likely five-year life of this Government.…

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More on the 2020 Budget

Well, after a false start, we now know that Sajid Javid is going to deliver his first Budget on 11 March 2020. It will be the first, in more than four decades, as a country outside the EU. Based on the Conservative manifesto, there are key areas that the Chancellor is expected to target: Infrastructure…

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All you need to know about the Budget, except the detail!

The country has spoken and we have chosen Brexit and five years of Conservative government under Boris Johnson. We accountants are now starting to look forward to the next Budget although, at the time of writing, the date hasn’t been published. Oh, and we all need to file our 2019 tax returns before 31 January…

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Our political leaders promise spend, spend, spend!

When writing last month’s article, the political world was in a state of flux. I was looking forward to Sajid Javid’s Budget, an orderly Brexit and everything being rosy. At the time of writing, the Labour party has just published its manifesto and the Conservative manifesto is due to be published over the weekend. We’ve…

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To Leave or not to Leave? That is the question

By the time you read this you may well have the answer to this question! The EU agreed a deal, but at the time of writing, it seems Parliament is on a knife edge regarding voting for or against. Sajid Javid had intended to deliver his first Budget on 6 November 2019, but, with a…