XERO POINTER #4 Business Performance Review

October 29, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments

If you’re a regular visitor to our blog, you’ll know we’re always extolling the virtues of cloud accounting platform Xero.  Similarly, we’re big fans of measuring business success via the use of financial KPIs (key performance indicators).

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Passing on your home free of Inheritance Tax (IHT Free)

October 26, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments


As widely anticipated, in his summer 2015 Budget, the Chancellor announced measures that will eventually allow couples to pass on their family home to their children or grandchildren free of inheritance tax (IHT free) as long as the home is not worth more than £1 million.

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The Top Financial KPIs for Creative Agencies

October 23, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments

With creative work revolving increasingly around the digital space, the projects you work on are now more measurable than ever. Your clients want to see tangible return on their investment, and can use all manner of criteria (from website analytics to video views and social followers) to judge the success of a campaign.

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Business journeys in your own car- Get tax-free mileage allowances

October 20, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments

Employees frequently use their own cars for business journeys and it is common for employers to pay employees a mileage allowance each time that they do so.

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Hair and beauty salons: VAT for Rent-a-Chair models

October 16, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments

We promised more blog posts for hair and beauty salon owners, so today we’re looking at the financial implications of the popular ‘rent-a-chair’ model.

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Get in the know now- new rules for taxing dividends

October 13, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments

One of the surprises of the summer 2015 Budget was the Chancellor’s announcement that the dividends tax rules are to be radically reformed from 6 April 2016.

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Calling all creatives! 5 reasons to switch to a cloud accountant

October 07, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments

Creative agencies 5 reasons to switch to a cloud accountant

Working at a forward-thinking creative agency, there’s every chance you’re already using ‘the cloud’ to bring little rays of sunshine to your working day. Maybe you’re quickly and conveniently sharing hosted documents with clients via Dropbox or Google Docs, for instance?

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The big misconception about costs when a property is first let

October 06, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments

There is a common misconception among buy to let landlords – and some of their accountants – that the cost of repairs to a newly-purchased property cannot be claimed before it is first let out.

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Six habits of highly successful salons

October 01, 2015 | by Sian Kelly | No comments


With a number of our clients based in the hair and beauty industry, we think we’ve gained something of a unique insight into what makes a successful salon.

So in this blog post - the first of many to come for salon owners - weve highlightedsome of the common habits shared by successful hair and beauty businesses, and how you can follow in their footsteps…

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