Preparing the Office for Spring/Summer

The ABC office is feeling a little bit giddy like so many other offices across the UK. Why? Because the sun is shining! And what does that mean? Absolutely everything to anyone with a sense of humour, a fun loving attitude and an appreciation for life/nature/tans/dry sunny joy filled days! Yes, we are beginning to sound flowery, girly and somewhat silly but there is just something about those first days of great weather in Spring that cannot help but lift the spirits. And, there might not be tons of scientific evidence (or there might, I haven’t checked) but on sunny
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IR35 Personal Service Companies: The Facts

HMRC are using their powers to crack down on those who break IR35 rules. The problem we are seeing with many clients is that those rules can be incredibly complex to unravel. So here is your walk-through of the legislation in place, who it applies to and what HMRC are trying to crack down on. What is it? HMRC have special IR35 rules which are designed to prevent the avoidance of tax and national insurance contributions through the use of personal service companies and partnerships. Note, individuals can still operate through either their own personal companies or a partnership, but
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Key Budget Takeaways 2015

George Osborne promised no giveaways or gimmicks in his 2015 Budget which is a bold statement given that this was his last chance to impress voters. Whether you believe his words or not matters little when you consider this simple fact: if you vote conservative in May you will wish to believe that this Budget shows no bias. If you vote for another party in May then you only stand to benefit from this Budget if it was intended as a sweetener. So either way the Budget before an election is often beneficial to the masses, delivered as unbiased by
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Business Woman of the Year Runner Up

We are immensely proud of Belinda for picking up a runner-up prize in the Angels Bring Business Business Woman of the Year Award category. She is our inspiration and despite how far she has already come we know she will soar higher and higher because her drive is just limitless. As a team we would like to say once again how deserving she is of this acknowledgement and have very proud we are to work by her side day in day out. ABC has a hell of a leader at its helm! Congratulations boss. http://www.angelsbringbusiness.com/night-to-remember/
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Why you need to take a break!

Sometimes we need to take a break but there are so many obstacles in our way: I won’t fit everything in People will think I am lazy I can’t afford to take time out People are relying on me Nobody else is taking a break Then ultimately, we put the idea out of our minds and soldier on. But, is that the healthy option here? Are we a nation of workaholics? Do we take enough breaks? And of course the answer is no we do not take enough breaks and this in itself can have detrimental effects on our health.
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Why you might need to change accountants

February is a great month to review your accountants and decide whether they have your best interests at heart. You have just gone through the self-assessment process so you can ask yourself some basic questions: did you understand everything they explained to you was the invoice what you expected/were told to expect did you find them approachable did they respond to communications quickly/efficiently do you get the feeling they are making every decision based on what is best for you and your business If you answered yes to most of them then you probably have an accountant you ought to
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What Animal Traits are needed in business?

The quick response to the question would be a fighting spirit that doesn’t show mercy and does exactly what it needs to survive. But, what about negotiating skills, building a rapport, understanding people’s needs and presenting a united front. There is so much more to business than meets the eye and a lot more to the animal kingdom than a single glance portrays. From the family orientated, resourceful ant, to the selfless journey of the penguin to provide food for its babies, black and white stereotypes are as ignorant as they are shortsighted. There are times when human spirit and
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Career Opportunities

We have two fantastic opportunities for anyone interested in joining the ABC team due to our continued expansion. We are looking for an accountancy junior who must be willing to undertake an AAT apprenticeship later in the year and a qualified/part qualified AAT accountant with practice experience. Academic achievements are obviously important but the right attitude, personality and ethos are what we are really looking for to build our already exceptional team. We will be holding trial days during February and will require submission of CV’s ASAP. This is an opportunity not to be missed! Email CV to belinda@abc-accounting-services.co.uk
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