Refresh Your Business Goals for the New Financial Year

SMART Business Goals for the New Financial Year   The beginning of a new financial year is the SMART time to review your business goals and sharpen your focus on achieving them. But you’re really busy, aren’t you?  You don’t have time to spend noodling with business plans and goals.  Well, that’s an understandable position t...

Is Your Business Summer-Fit?

Is your business fit for Summer?     Summer is knocking on the door, but it’s not too late to make sure that it doesn’t cause disruption to your business.  We've collated 9 simple ideas to make sure you business is summer-fit!   Staff   1. Get a handle on staff and who you can afford to be away at the same time as you...

Election 2017 – What Does it Mean for Small Business?

    What Does It Mean for Small Business?     “Events, dear boy, events.”, is what Harold Macmillan is supposed to have replied to a journalist who asked him what a Prime Minister feared most.  He could hardly have imagined that a sitting Prime Minister would ever manipulate her own series of events, in such an explosi...

How to Reduce Inheritance Tax

      Ways to Reduce Inheritance Tax   The government may be planning to take everything you own to pay for your care home. But if there’s anything left, you could be hit with a massive Inheritance Tax bill. Don’t even want to think about it?  We don’t blame you, but if you ignore it, the chances are it cou...

Haven’t got a Disaster Recovery Plan? Here’s How.

How Create a DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan)   Wowser!  The ransomware attack that hit the NHS among other organisations and businesses late last week, wreaked potentially catastrophic results across the world.  It’s something that tends to go to the bottom of the priority list, but a DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan) is an essential item ...

5 Simple Rules for Working from Home

  5 Simple Rules for Working from Home     Our staff are quite a diverse bunch. We pride ourselves on that and our flexible working approach.  Working from home is common-place now, especially if you are running your own creative business. But keeping motivated and creative can be challenging, so we’ve gathered togethe...

Why Aren’t Architects Claiming R&D Tax Relief?

  Just Why Aren't Architects Claiming R&D Tax Relief?     According to Jack Tindale, manager of the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, only 6% of architectural and design firms, who could apply for R&D Tax Relief, do.  Even worse, SME’s are even less likely to apply for them.   Bri...

Artisan Accounts Spring Newsletter 2017

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7 Corporation Tax Reliefs (for the creative sector)

  Creative Tax Relief April 6th saw the beginning of a new tax year. Our blog last week detailed some of the changes that we could expect, amongst them was a small decrease in Corporation Tax.  But are you aware that there are a group of 7 Corporation Tax reliefs that apply specifically to the creative industries?  They are similar in ...

It’s a New Tax Year – Now What?

  Well they say that nothing ever stays the same, change is the only thing you can depend on (or is it death and taxes).  The new tax year 2017/2018, starting on April 5th, 2017, will be no exception.  Some of the changes may impact your business, so it’s  a good idea to keep abreast of them.  Of course, if you are one of our clients,...

How to Motivate Your Employees, Like a Boss

  How to Motivate Your Employees, Like a Boss.     Studies show that if your employees are happy they work harder, are more engaged and have a much stronger sense of attachment to the company they work for and are less likely to leave.  That’s gold dust for companies, especially in times of financial uncertainty when salaries...

Should You Incorporate Your Business?

  SHOULD YOU INCORPORATE YOUR BUSINESS?   Deciding what type of business to set up can seem like a complicated issue.  Fortunately, we love this stuff, so to help you decide we have listed some of the key factors to consider below.   It used to be the case that the move to incorporate your business would save you tax.  But rec...