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HMRC increases scrutiny on suspected tax dodgers

The number of people on HMRC’s tax evasion watch list jumped 30% to 4,800 last year, up from 3,700 the year before, research from UHY Hacker Young has found. Individuals suspected of avoiding or evading tax can be placed on HMRC’s ‘Managing Serious Defaulters’ programme. The programme aims to stop serious tax evaders and avoiders by monitoring their tax affairs

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Slow broadband hampering home working

Poor broadband means millions of UK households are struggling with connectivity, according to new research by comparethemarket.com. Increased internet usage during the pandemic has meant one in three people have reported slower connectivity. That’s equivalent to 10 million homes. On the list of frequent complaints is connections that drop out regularly, broadband failing due to the number of people on

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Companies House urges firms to sign up for email reminders

UK firms should should sign up to Companies House’s email reminder service for annual accounts and confirmation statements as it is no longer sending paper reminders by post. It is now contacting all companies currently receiving paper reminders. The service is free and users can choose up to four people to receive a reminder, including an agent; and file documents

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Number of apprenticeship beginners plummets

The number of young people beginning an apprenticeship has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, according to new figures from the Department for Education. Despite cash incentives to try to boost take-up, apprenticeship starts fell by 18% in the academic year 2019-20, to 319,000. Many employers, uncertain of the future, have put their apprenticeship schemes on hold because

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The Wobbly Office Chair

You’re sitting at your desk and you start to notice that the chair doesn’t feel as stable as it once was. So, you get up off it and take a look around the chair to find that some of the screws have come loose. You can’t continue to sit on it because it will start falling apart and may cause

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Friday Roundup Podcast 6th November 2020

The news from the week ending 6th November 2020 Janet Jack – CEO Sarah Palmer – COO Simon Jordan – Marketing Below are the notes from the podcast On this week’s Friday Roundup we have… Simon Talks about our guest on this week’s coffee morning Ruby from AMLCC Fundamentals 2 – The Return Janet Invites offers for members to come forward and

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What can be done to improve sales?

Episode 15 of the IAB Podcast David Pritchard is Managing Director of Sandler Training, based in East London.  Sandler Training is a sales development company that works with business owners and senior professionals (lawyers, accountants, bookkeepers, IFAs and consultants) to increase sales, market share and profitability. The questions I ask David on this interview are Why is sales so often

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Janet Jacks Blog – Furlough Scheme Extended

As England entered a second lockdown, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak again appeared in the House of Commons to announce he would be extending the furlough scheme until March 2021 – which is well after the current lockdown is due to end at the start of December. He told the Commons that the government will review the policy in January. The scheme

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Extended Loan Schemes

The Prime Minister has spoken in the Commons ahead of a vote on Wednesday over his plan for a new four-week lockdown across England from Thursday. Many of you will have seen Boris Johnson’s speech on Saturday night where he said there was no alternative but to take this action. And, speaking to MPs the Prime Minister stressed that if

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