Archive for the ‘Business Services’ Category

Businesses call for more government support

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by Sarah Case No Comments

Four out of five entrepreneurs in the UK believe the government could do more to support their small business, research claims.

Aldermore surveyed 1,799 people, including 642 small business owners, and found 79% of respondents believed existing initiatives did not provide enough support to SMEs.

Apprenticeship levy funds go towards the training of apprentices, but only 36% of SMEs polled were aware of the funding and only 4% had accessed this form of government support. (more…)

GDPR & Sage Online Services Portal

Posted on: May 15th, 2018 by Judith Mallen No Comments

With GDPR on the horizon, Sage Online Services Portal is a secure online portal designed to share payslips, P60s and timesheets with employees for whom you run a Payroll service.

Sage Online Payslips/P60s keeps your payslips and P60s processes simple and straightforward, and is a great alternative way to produce your payslips and P60s.

The safe, secure online portal allows your employees to access their payslips and P60s online, 24/7 from any device. (more…)

Late payments affect almost half of small businesses

Posted on: May 10th, 2018 by Sarah Case No Comments

Almost half of small and medium-sized businesses have struggled with late payments in the last year, according to research by the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Of the 787 business leaders surveyed, 48% have faced issues with late payments since April 2017.

Almost a third (31%) said this was the result of an “excessively bureaucratic payments system” in the company being invoiced. (more…)

Smallest firms hit by higher pension costs

Posted on: May 10th, 2018 by Ian Thomas No Comments

Startups and the smallest businesses are having to absorb higher pension costs as the new tax year gets under way.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warned that the doubling of minimum employer contributions into workplace pensions from 6 April 2018 will “hit the very smallest firms and startups the hardest”.

Firms in labour-intensive industries – such as retail, childcare and construction – will reportedly feel the impact most acutely. (more…)

From Xero to Hero? Desktop to cloud accounting

Posted on: April 10th, 2018 by Judith Mallen No Comments

Business accounts often have a reputation for being complex and time consuming for anyone who isn’t an accountant. However, software that makes doing business a pleasure can only be a good thing: making money and seeing your business grow and develop should be fun. (more…)

Important changes in the Workplace Childcare Voucher Scheme

Posted on: March 20th, 2018 by Clive Headon No Comments

The Government launched a new Tax-Free Childcare scheme for working families from April 2017.

What does this mean for you as an employer?

If you currently have a voucher scheme in place, you can continue to join new members until October 2018 (or for as long as you keep the scheme open) although employees who wish to join after this date will be unable to. (more…)

Spring Statement 2018 – Upcoming changes

Posted on: March 14th, 2018 by Clive Headon No Comments

National living wage and national minimum wage

National minimum wage rates for all ages and apprentices are increasing from 1 April 2018. (more…)

One million firms comply with auto-enrolment

Posted on: March 1st, 2018 by Clive Headon No Comments

The number of employers that have complied with auto-enrolment passed one million for the first time in January 2018.

Data released by The Pensions Regulator showed the total number of employers to have completed their declaration of compliance stood at 1,032,567 in the first month of 2018. (more…)

Now Pensions – Important Information released from the Pensions Regulator

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by Sarah Curzon No Comments

On the 6th February 2018, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) announced that it has set NOW Pensions a deadline to resolve persistent administrative errors with the pension scheme.

Due to administrative errors carried out over a number of years, some scheme members savings have not been collected from employers and therefore not been invested.  As a result the TPR has fined the trustee (NOW: Pension Trustee Limited) a total of £70,000 for its failings.  (more…)

Workplace Pensions – Increase in Contributions

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by Clive Headon No Comments

Here are some changes that you need to be aware of that are coming soon to your workplace pension contributions obligations, under Auto Enrolment.

If your pension scheme is being used for automatic enrolment, as from the 6 April 2018, all employers by law will be required to increase the minimum contribution that they currently pay into their employee’s pension scheme to at least 2% and employees will have to increase their contributions to 3% to bring the total minimum contribution to 5%.  (more…)