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27th February 2014 Whitings SME Growth Index

Data Source: Whitings’ SME Growth Index The Whitings’ SME Growth Index is a barometer to measure and bench-mark how successful our clients are in being able to grow their businesses. It is constructed as follows: Year on year turnover (excluding exceptional income sources) is continually measured over the review period. Results are assigned to the year in which…

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17th December 2013 Cloud Award

Whitings Preferred Cloud Accounting Package Xero Wins Award. Cloud accounting software company Xero are to be congratulated on their success in having their product named Client Software Product of the Year in the British Accountancy Awards 2013. We have a number of clients who have obtained this software through us and are enjoying the benefits…

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10th December 2013 Worker Status

2013 Autumn Statement: HMRC attack construction worker status, AGAIN! Construction is a trade which continually has issues with worker status. The building main contractor wants the flexibility of hiring labour only sub-contractors as and when required, but it does not want the rights and costs that come with employment. A present day workaround to this…

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5th December 2013 HMRC Investigations

Health Professionals Targeted in New HMRC Campaign. People in the health and wellbeing professions who have taxable income that they have not told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about are being targeted in a new campaign. The Health and Wellbeing Tax Plan offers health professionals a time-limited opportunity to bring their tax affairs up to…

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3rd December 2013 International Tax

UK Tops World League Table of Business Tax Competitiveness. In Accountant KPMG’s 7th annual survey of where in the world is it best for a business to be based, the UK has scored highly, beating its usual rivals. When businesses were asked to name their top 3 most attractive countries from a tax perspective, the answers ranked: 65% –…

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21st October 2013 Cloud Accounting Update

Sage Update Cloud Hosted SageOne. Sage, the market leaders in providing locally and network hosted SME accounting software, launched their first serious cloud hosted variant, SageOne Cashbook, in January 2011. This product, aimed primarily at micro businesses, and costing just £5pm, was a newly written application with very basic functionality. Now, nearly 2 years later,…

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7th October 2013 MBO Exit

We have successfully advised the business owners of an engineering firm on its £1m buy out by the existing management team. Our team were initially approached by the business owners for exit planning advice.

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10th September 2013 Business Rates Relief

Higher Business Rates for Not for Profit Organisations within East Cambs District. Since March 2012, East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) has been reviewing it’s policy on granting Discretionary Relief on business rates to give assistance to charitable and not for profit organisations that may have difficulty in paying their rates and are of benefit to the…

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21st August 2013 Audit Benefits

Painless Audits! It is a common misconception that the purpose of an audit is to find errors or fraud within a company’s financial records. However, the real purpose is to give readers of financial statements confidence that they give a true and fair view of the actual trading performance. At Whiting & Partners our approach…

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6th August 2013 VAT Registration

Do I need to register for VAT? This is one of the many questions we hear from clients who have just started in business. The compulsory VAT registration threshold is currently £79,000. If you expect your annual turnover to exceed that threshold quickly, then you are probably best registering on day one. If not, and…

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