SME Health Check shows positive signs in the third-quarter of 2019

The latest small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Health Check Index has shown recovery from the second quarter of 2019, with business confidence increasing.

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Businesses urge Government to negotiate post Brexit trade deals

Businesses are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to begin negotiations on the terms of the UK’s future relationships with the European Union (EU) after Brexit.

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Around half of the UK’s SMEs admit to making errors on taxes

According to accounting software providers, QuickBooks, over 50 per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners have made a mistake when filing their VAT returns, while just a quarter (25 per cent) feel confident that they have filed their

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Late payments a huge drain on SMEs

Small firms are owed a staggering £23.4 billion in late payments, an issue that is continuing to cause greater problems for businesses each year. In the last year alone, the figure has increased by £10.4 billion According to one study

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The end of the help-to-buy ISA – What’s next?

Since 2015, banks and building societies have been offering help-to-buy ISAs to first-time buyers. To qualify, you had to be 16 or over and be a first-time buyer. However, as of the end of last month, the scheme has been

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HMRC urges taxpayers to be vigilant ahead of self-assessment deadline

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has urged taxpayers to be vigilant ahead of the self-assessment deadline on 31 January 2020, with a surge in fraudulent activity expected. HMRC has said that it has received 900,000 reports in the last 12

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Keeping workplace gifts tax-free this Christmas

Over the Christmas period, you may wish to treat your employees. This is a tried and trusted approach to building a strong relationship with your team. But are you aware that you may be breaking PAYE rules by doing so?

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Annual R&D spend in the UK reaches £25 billion

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) businesses in the UK spent £25 billion on research and development (R&D) during 2018. The figure represents a 5.8 per cent increase on the previous year when the

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A quarter of SMEs fear they will go bust within five years

According to research from accounting software platform Xero, a quarter of small business owners believe their company will go bust within the next five years.

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Late payments are significantly affecting UK SMEs

According to MarketFinance Business Insights, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are experiencing greater delays in receiving payments, with the average length of time doubling from 12 days to 23 days over the past year.

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