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The 7 apps for highly effective start-ups in 2021

2021 is already flying by and festive celebrations are feeling a little more distant every day. As we get settle into a year of new opportunities, it’s time to ask the question: Did you set any resolutions and have you kept up with them? In 2018, fitness app, Strava, conducted...

A Guide To EMI Share Schemes

The time and effort that it takes to find and hire employees can be significant for high growth technology businesses. However, holding onto workers is even harder. The job for life no longer exists, and increasingly the millennial workforce seeks to move around in their career or in many instances...

Practical steps to protect against business fraud

Business fraud is real, common and becoming increasingly less obvious to spot. Below is an example of a fraudulent invoice I received a few years ago when I first started out in business. I did not make the payment as I quickly realised that the invoice was fake. Red flags...

Taking on your first employee

Taking on your first employee can be daunting, but is a task that must be overcome for businesses that have the ambition to grow. Hiring employees will allow you to be able to focus on what you are best at, as opposed to being a generalist covering all areas of...

R&D Tax Credits: How to claim them?

Research & Development (R&D) tax credits were first introduced in the UK in 2000 (for SMEs) and in 2002 for larger companies. The scheme is hugely popular (recent stats reveal that HMRC currently pays out £1.8bn of R&D tax credits to SMEs annually), due to being a generous and effective...

What Is Video Games Tax Relief?

Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) was introduced by the government in 2014, in recognition of the value it creates to the economy.  Data from HMRC released in 2018 shows that the scheme has paid out £230 million to claimants to date. The sector is worth around £3 bn to the economy...

The five stages of small business development

Back in 1983, the iconic Harvard Business Review published the five developmental stages that still apply to start-ups over 35 years later. Whether your company is launching a new app with minimal staff and infrastructure to consider, or a day-care nursery with over ten employees in a sprawling building, these...

Should I buy a Tesla?

This is a question I have been getting a lot from clients recently so I thought it would be worth looking at this in detail and mapping out some figures. The answer (as you would typically expect to receive from an accountant) is… MAYBE. Read below to find out more:

Don’t let Brexit distract you from Making Tax Digital

Two of the hottest topics for accountants in recent times have been Brexit and Making Tax Digital (MTD). Both have resulted in plenty of questions – and not a lot of answers. We’ve been asked quite often by our clients about the impact of Brexit on taxes – especially VAT. The truth is, we...

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