Author jason holden

In the words of Lord Clyde

Arctic Systems maybe another example of the aggressive nature of HMRC when pursuing taxpayers, however, Arctic Systems is certainly not the first case in history where the Revenue ‘HMRC’ has pursued a taxpayer for arranging their affairs in a more beneficial manner for taxation purposes. It brings to mind a case many years before I…

Victory for common sense

Today the case of a small husband and wife owned company ‘Arctic Systems’ was finally over. After many years battling against the HMRC attack Geoff and Diana Jones of Arctic Systems Ltd can finally move on, but at what cost? For the last four years, not only accountants and tax advisors, but also many other…

What can winweb do for you?

It struck me today what incredibly good value for money the winweb new pricing structure offers, don’t get me wrong it was well priced before, but now … For £119.88 per year for a single user licence you get a lot for your money, mind you always have, and that’s when I realised, you get…

Employment legislation headaches

In my posting ‘Barriers to growth’ I covered employment regulations being the second barrier to growth, second only to taxation. It’s true that many small businesses find it difficult, if not near impossible to comply with all the regulation that is placed on them when employing staff, and I dare say, most will fall foul…

Big Words for Small Business

At the moment you may have guessed from a recent posting that Stefan is in Australia, ah lucky for some. In his recent post he commented on the Australian government departments lack of understanding about the home based business, and no doubt the smaller owner managed business all together. Interesting, Australia may be a long…

Road pricing policy

You may have all seen in the news recently the petition to have the Prime Minister scrap the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy, and you may wonder why on a blog for small business I bring it up, well quite simply put, if this government gets its way then this will be yet…

Watch out, watch out, the taxman's about

According to recent reports tax inspectors are being offered financial incentives, of up to £2,000, to encourage them to collect more tax. According to a recent article in the Timesonline, tax compliance teams throughout the country have been told to increase the amount of tax that they recover, by one quarter in 2007. The fear…

New Year, New rules ….

Here's a new piece of regulation that will have passed most small business owners by. Having come in on the 1st January 2007, The E-commerce Regulations applies to limited companies with websites and those that use e-mail as a means of communications. The regulations say that every company now has to list its vat registration…

Wishing everyone a prosperous new year

Happy New Year to everyone, and wishing you all a very Prosperous 2007 from all at The Small Business Blog.Due to work/client commitments we at The Small Business Blog may have been quiet over the last month or so but we will be bringing you plenty of fresh views and ideas to help the small…

£8 billion in online sales, are you getting your share?

Online sales is a fast-growing area for businesses of all types, yet so many small businesses are missing the boat, why? Well those helpful people over at bytestart have done it again for the start up and small business, they have arranged a live Webchat with the head of merchant services at PayPal, Carl Olav.…

Who is right, and who is running things?

My post today is one that is close to home, and also follows on from the theme of running a small business here in the UK. This is a news item that has probably gone unnoticed by many, unless you happen to be one of the 26 staff members of Bowland Dairy. Bowland Dairy is…

The world has gone mad

I had to post this. Stuart over in the beautiful Lake District is finding it hard to get his best friend Bart a credit card with MBNA. Now you should know, that MBNA wrote to Stuart’s best friend offering him a credit card, but as Bart is Stuart’s dog it was necessary for Stuart to…

Staff advert …

Dennis over at AccMan has put an interesting twist on a job advertisement. The job advert is for accountancy firm Goodman Jones, who unfortunately use one of WinWeb’s competitors Twinfield, never mind you can’t always get it right (only kidding David, we all know it’s a nice product). Dennis has rewritten, and in my opinion,…

Accounts in real-time

An interesting article in AccountancyAge the other day about Warren Tayler, the chairman of AIM-listed direct marketing group, Themutual.net, he has blasted the accountancy profession. In a letter he wrote to the FT he said the group’s auditors had trebled the fee without explaining why. He goes on to say that ‘while many businesses are…

In keeping with the theme of employing staff

We all now know that from 1 October the National Minimum Wage ‘NMW’ is going up, so I thought I would share with you the top ten most commonly used reasons employers give for not paying the National Minimum Wage when caught by HM Revenue & Customs: 10. I only took him on as a…

1st October 2006, what a day!

Soon October will be upon us, and with it some important changes for those of you who employ staff. I know recent postings have mentioned employing staff, well here are a few more things to be aware of from 1st October 2006: National minimum wage increases Changes in statutory maternity and adoption leave New age…

Good customer service, not as we know it

I took my Honda car to a local dealer in Southport on Friday for its annual service. I phoned them well in advance and booked it in and at that same time went through with this firms representative what service was required. I explained the car was not my main car and therefore had limit…

Keeping with the theme of what next

My recent posting what next marked the end of my bite sized start up guides which means it’s now time to move your business ideas forward, and in this vain for all those budding Jamie Oliver’s out there here is a great site to help you find the restaurant of your dreams, go have a…

Barriers to growth

Martin Rushton made a comment on an earlier blog that if you are going to run a small business here in the UK then ‘Don’t employ anybody else’. It may seem like Martin was having a bad day, but he has a very valid point concerning the ‘red tape’ and ‘regulation’ that comes with the…

Why start a business

As you know for the last 3 months my postings have concentrated on giving some bite sized guidance to those thinking about going it alone. I hope I have at least given some assistance to a small number of you who found yourself reading the blog and thinking should I or shouldn’t I? A recent…

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