• Posted March 14, 2019

From 6th April the minimum pension contributions are increasing

The minimum pension contributions that employers have to pay into their employees automatic enrolment pension scheme is increasing from 6 April 2019. The changes will also affect the amount employees have to contribute into their pensions. What are the changes? Until 5 April 2019 the total minimum combined contributions are 5% of an employees qualifying […]


  • Posted February 15, 2019

Does my business need an emergency fund?

Leeds accountant explains why every small business needs an emergency fund. When you run a business there are so many different things to think about, and financial decisions to make, having a savings buffer is easily forgotten about. Having some money set aside for emergencies is essential for when times get tough for both the […]


  • Posted January 23, 2019

SCAM! Is my call from HMRC a scam?

Is my call from HMRC a scam is a question we have been asked a number of times this year, and we want to warn all of our readers in the dramatic increase in the number of scammer pretending to be calling from HMRC. According to BBC Radio 5 Live’s’ “Wake up to Money” programme […]


  • Posted January 10, 2019

5 New Year’s Resolutions every business should make!!

At this time of year we are all used to making personal resolutions, whether it is to take more exercise, lose weight or even start a business, but have you ever thought about setting a New Years resolution for your business? I have set out 5 ideas you could consider for your 2019 resolutions. Create […]


  • Posted November 27, 2018

What to consider when starting your own business

As a business owner and accountant for over 30 years I have met a lot of people who have started their own business.  People start businesses for a variety of reasons, some in the hope of a better work-life balance, some because they have a great idea and others who just don’t know what else […]


  • Posted October 22, 2018

Cloud Software at Leeds Business Week

Leeds Accountants are joined by Sage at Leeds Business Week We were delighted to see so many people attending our event on using the new Sage Business Cloud Accounting software (a revamp of Sage One), and it was great to be joined by Kevin Brown from Sage who was able to demonstrate the new and […]


  • Posted February 7, 2018

VAT Returns using Sage

HMRC have confirmed that from 14 February 2018 the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI),  the current platform used to submit VAT Returns electronically, will be decommissioned and replaced with a new platform. From that date, all electronic Returns must be submitted via this new platform. Businesses that manually submit their VAT Returns using HMRC’s website and […]


  • Posted November 10, 2016

What’s the difference between the Living Wage and the Minimum Wage?

Does your business have employees? Are you paying them enough?  Not knowing the difference between the Living Wage, the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage could result in large penalties for failing to pay employees correctly. To help clarify, here is a summary of the three main terms relating to wages:   National […]


  • Posted November 1, 2016

What is a director’s loan account?

HMRC defines a director’s loan as when you (or other close family members) get money from your company that isn’t: A salary, dividend or expense related repayment Money you’ve previously paid into or loaned the company   A director’s loan account is a record of any money you borrow or pay into the company.   […]


  • Posted September 26, 2016

Shared Parental leave…..one year on

Shared parental leave was implemented just over a year ago, but new figures show a conflicting picture. Depending on what statistics you look at take-up has been quoted at anything between 1% and 30%. One thing that is clear, is that there is still a lack of knowledge, both from the employer and the employees […]