What Do You Need To Know About Maternity Pay?

What Do You Need To Know About Maternity Pay?

When an employee (you) takes leave for pregnancy, you take maternity leave. Employees on maternity leave (or ‘maternity’ for short) are usually eligible for maternity pay--39 weeks of it in some cases. Now, there’s some great news for those of you on maternity leave:...

4 Tips on Getting Ready for the New Tax Year

4 Tips on Getting Ready for the New Tax Year

As a business owner, you have probably heard the saying that states the only two things in life that are certain are death and taxes. For businesses of every size, the end of the tax year is one of the busiest times, and according to a study carried out by the...

Government Hints That £100 Late Tax Return Fine Could Be Scrapped

Government Hints That £100 Late Tax Return Fine Could Be Scrapped

It's one of the biggest concerns for the self-employed: Fail to hand your tax returns in on time and you face a £100 fine. Now, according to insiders, the Government is looking at removing the fine. Last year, 840,000 people were automatically slapped with the £100...

Six Common Reasons for Business Loan Application Rejection

Six Common Reasons for Business Loan Application Rejection

There are no two ways about it – securing the required capital to finance or support a small business can be frustrating. You have total confidence in your company's long-term outlook, but getting any viable lender to take you seriously can be tricky to say the least....

Accounting Tips To Sort Your Finances This Summer

Accounting Tips To Sort Your Finances This Summer

With up to date accounts and a sound system in place, you're free to spend time building a business instead of worrying about day to day finances. Sorting out muddled accounts can seem like a huge challenge, but when approached systematically it's not too difficult....

The Gig Economy: What Is It and Is It Right For You?

The Gig Economy: What Is It and Is It Right For You?

The gig economy is booming. And you can thank the internet for its meteoric rise, making it easier for people to network, promote their services and, ultimately, be their own boss. That, in a nutshell, is what the gig economy is: Work based on short-term contracts and...

The Rise of Working While We’re Sick

The Rise of Working While We’re Sick

In what may seem like a boon for companies across the country, the number of sick days we're taking off work is falling. That's the word from insurer Aviva, in their latest Working Lives Report, which is designed to study the issues most affecting employers and...

Why the NIC U-Turn Isn’t Over for Self-Employed

Why the NIC U-Turn Isn’t Over for Self-Employed

The self-employed took a collective sigh of relief last week, when Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a dramatic U-turn on raising Class 4 national insurance contributions. But the news doesn't mean the self-employed are out of the woods yet.The Chancellor's...