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So far Paul Beare has created 86 blog entries.

Making Accessibility Count In The Digital World

2020-05-21T14:13:13+01:00May 19th, 2020|UK General|

This Thursday, May 21, marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), celebrated across the world to bring to light the importance of opening up work, education, and social opportunities to as many people as possible.    A large section of the population is disabled in some way; in the UK alone at least 11 million ...

COVID-19: Mental Health In The Workplace  

2020-05-18T10:47:56+01:00May 18th, 2020|UK General|

The emergence of COVID-19 has led to change, uncertainty, and new challenges. However, many employers are placing the mental health of their workforce at the top of their agenda.   Embracing technology   Companies across the UK have been embracing technology and keeping in contact with colleagues. There is certainly no substitute for seeing another person’s face ...

UK job retention scheme extended until October

2020-05-15T12:06:44+01:00May 15th, 2020|UK General|

As the Coronavirus pandemic grinds on, the UK government added to its commitment to supporting businesses and individuals by announcing it would extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) until October. The initial iteration of the scheme was scheduled to wind up in June. Now though, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that in order to ...

Small businesses: The fight against financial crime

2020-05-13T10:27:37+01:00May 11th, 2020|UK General|

The growing threat of financial crime was illustrated in 2019 by the publication of the UK’s first Economic Crime Plan. Sponsored by the Home Office, the plan outlines the growing list of threats to UK businesses of all types and sizes. It aims to bring together the various disparate bodies responsible for the detection, prevention, ...

UK VAT and the implications of Brexit

2020-05-11T11:03:25+01:00May 11th, 2020|UK General, UK Tax|

Among the many uncertain implications of Brexit, the impact on the UK’s VAT regime is still unclear. Domestic VAT rules remain the same following Brexit. However, how UK VAT is charged when importing and exporting to the EU will change. Although the government says VAT procedures will be “as close as possible to what they ...

UK Chancellor offers new bounce back loans

2020-04-28T13:08:54+01:00April 28th, 2020|UK General|

The UK government’s initial response to the coronavirus crisis was largely welcomed by business groups. By promising to support businesses through covering 80% of many workers’ salaries as well as introducing a series of loans and grants for companies, Chancellor Rishi Sunak garnered widespread praise for taking swift and decisive action.   However, since then the ...

Car allowance vs mileage allowance for UK employees

2020-04-24T10:23:53+01:00April 24th, 2020|Setting up in the UK, UK Payroll|

Providing your employees with a company car can be a worthwhile and valuable staff benefit. However, while it’s an attractive perk for employees, you need to make sure that you are running your company car allowance scheme correctly according to HMRC rules.   Under the current rule, there is a strict differentiator between a car allowance ...

UK VAT explained: Cash vs accrual accounting

2020-04-20T12:23:10+01:00April 20th, 2020|UK Accounting|

The chances are that as a growing business you will quickly encounter the UK’s Value Added Tax (VAT) system. There is a full VAT explainer here, but in brief, you must register for VAT if:  you expect your VAT taxable turnover to be more than £85,000 in the next 30-day period  your business had a ...

UK Invoicing: Getting It Right

2020-04-17T13:06:36+01:00April 17th, 2020|UK Accounting|

It may seem simple, but for many businesses, UK invoicing can be a tricky process, especially for those new to the UK’s tax and revenue system. But getting it right needn’t be difficult if you follow a few basic rules, as Glenda Tickle, relationship manager at Paul Beare Ltd explains:   It’s really important to make sure ...

COVID-19: Job retention scheme guidance for UK employers

2020-04-06T10:22:46+01:00April 6th, 2020|UK General|

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the UK Government has announced a number of relief packages to help companies survive. One of these options was the announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme is temporary and open to all UK employers starting from 1 March 2020. The scheme will last for at least three months ...