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Chris Yarrow
26th September 2016 Labour Market Shortages

Lorry Driver Shortage: Will Government resolve crisis? The lack of HGV drivers has very much been the word on the street for a significant length of time and we have seen over the past few years this progress to what those who work in the industry perceive as a potential national crisis. The UK’s supply…

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19th August 2016 More Red Tape Legislation

Modern Slavery Act 2015: New disclosure requirements for large businesses. From accounting periods ending after 31 March 2016, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, commercial businesses with a turnover of at least £36m which are either incorporated in the UK or carry on a business in the UK are required to publish a statement, on…

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24th July 2016 Insurance Premium Tax

Lorry Insurance: costs set to rise from 1 November 2015. In this year’s Summer Budget the Chancellor announced a 58% increase to Insurance Premium Tax (IPT), raising the current rate of 6% to 9.5% with effect from 1 November 2015. The 2015 RHA cost tables detail the average insurance premium for a 44t lorry at £3,675,…

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14th July 2016 Remote Working

On the Road: And in the cloud? Road hauliers, both big and small, can enjoy the advantages of a cloud based accounting system. For the small operator, with say 4 or 5 vehicles, who is actively on the road, a cloud based system such as Xero or Quickbooks online will provide the ability to raise…

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15th June 2016 Acquisitive Client

Business Acquisition: Whitings help client buy-out a competitor. Whiting & Partners, the CFN’s representative in Suffolk, has successfully advised a pest control business on its acquisition of a key competitor. The owners of the acquisitive pest control business approached us. The company was contacted by a competitor, who wanted to retire and wondered if they…

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12th April 2016 Employment Status Anti-Avoidance

Self-Employed Lorry Drivers: Beware HMRC crackdown. HMRC have written to the RHA about the tax status of lorry drivers. The letter outlines the key points of HMRC rules in this area and suggests that a lorry driver is unlikely to be self-employed unless he is an owner driver. HMRC is particularly concerned about some ‘avoidance…

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23rd March 2016 Cost Management

Road Hauliers: Fuel optimisation ideas. A further freeze on fuel duty along with the rates of HGV VED and Road user Levies in the March 2016 Budget were welcome news for Road Hauliers. The government followed on by saying that over the last 6 years operators have on average saved a total of £14,400 on…

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21st March 2016 Not For Profit Funding

Community Business Fund Grants: Apply now. If you operate a community business or a trading not for profits organisation then there are grants being awarded between £50k – £300k to support and develop these activities.  Applications for grant funding opens on 26h April 2016 and you can register your interest from 5th April 2016. See the…

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8th March 2016 Advising Hauliers

Whiting & Partners: the ‘hub’ of East Anglia’s accounting services for Road Hauliers The Road Haulage team Whiting & Partners takes pride and enthusiasm in the services it provides to the transport industry.  Through our membership with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and depth of industry knowledge within the team, we have the scope and…

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17th February 2016 Expense Allowances

Meal Allowances for Road Hauliers: All change. The position regarding meal allowances in the haulage industry is changing. The RHA is meeting HMRC shortly to discuss aspects of the change (RHA briefing note).

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