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Readers questions: As a limited company, can I put garden groundworks (path and patio) through the company? I am now working from a garden office and this work would provide access.

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There is light at the end of the tunnel. After more than a year of turbulence, there are signs to suggest that life may soon return to normal. The Government has outlined a roadmap out of lockdown, and if the current trends are maintained, then most British adults will have received a vaccination by Summer’s end. With restrictions on socialising and non-essential retail currently set to be lifted on the 21st of June, many are already looking forward to the return of ‘normal’ activities like eating at a restaurant, going to the gym, or spending a night on the town.

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Are you looking to start your own business and run it as a limited company? If you have, you will need to register your company and you can do this right now by clicking here.

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There is a range of expenses you can claim for whilst running your business. You will incur a wide number of limited company expenses during the course of your work, ranging from printing and postage costs to purchasing computer equipment.
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As climate change becomes a growing concern across the world, eco-friendly efforts have skyrocketed. According to HSBC’s Made for the Future Report, around 50% of UK businesses plan to invest more heavily in sustainability efforts during 2021. This should help them meet new regulations, keep up with their competitors and help the government reach current net-zero carbon emission targets.

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Perhaps your small business has had a rocky time during the pandemic. You might have realised that you’ll need to adapt in order to thrive in a changing world.

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The tax on dividends is paid at a set rate that is set by the HMRC. Every new tax year, as with other taxes, the rates change. The biggest change in the last couple of years is the tax-free dividend allowance being reduced from £5,000 to £2,000.

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With a new tax year come the new tax rates and allowances. Although there has not been a great significant change in the rates and allowances for 2021/22 compared to 2020/21, the government has announced that a lot of the tax rates will be frozen till 2026. This is due to the pandemic and the current state of the economy because of it.

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Instagram is a powerful platform for businesses to connect with customers and influencers to create empires. Over the past five years, this platform has evolved to add more features, variability, and complexity. 

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Readers questions: What happens to the bank account when a private limited company owner dies?

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Whether you’re starting your business from scratch, or your established company is experiencing rapid growth, maintaining control of your finances and your business expenses isn’t easy. It’s a difficult balance that requires careful consideration and a regular cull or overhaul of your biggest costs. It’s also important that any cuts you do make, don’t have a detrimental impact on your services.

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There are no limitations on how anyone can become a great entrepreneur. To start something that might become the next big success, you don’t need a college degree, a lot of money in the bank, or even business experience. Europe is a context of enormous potential. There are so many reasons why starting up a business in Europe is a good step, from the opportunity to extend your business to new areas of the world to low corporate tax ties. Thanks to new entrepreneurial ideas, profits can be made in Europe.

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As a limited company director, if you’re at the crossroads of determining the future of your business and wish to settle on a suitable exit route, there are multiple factors to take into consideration. If you wish to facilitate a time-sensitive exit, the estimated length of the process will influence your decision. If you would like to generate maximum returns from your investment, you may spend longer on the process to achieve this.

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A new survey of the UK’s SME workforce shows just what employees want from their employers.

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As anticipated, Rishi Sunak’s budget on 3 March 2021 was focused on protecting jobs and livelihoods, with a focus on extending and opening further access to COVID-19 support measures. This was a required move by the Government, particularly with lockdown restrictions prevailing until 21 June at the earliest.

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There are numerous reasons you may wish to close your limited company, from approaching retirement, switching operating structures due to IR35 reform or as your business has reached its natural end. Driving factors behind operating through a limited company may be the financial set-up and the associated credibility, however, as legislative measures change and employment opportunities vary, limited company contractors may switch structures.

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Types of Franchises

Franchising is a great way to become an owner of a small business. There are three different types of franchises which you can choose from, they vary in terms of your position, your input into the business and the amount of involvement of the franchisor. The three types of franchises are; the business format franchise, product distribution franchise and management franchise. Each franchise operates differently and in this guide you will find the differences between the three.

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During the natural lifecycle of your business, the financial health of your company may fluctuate to reflect seasons of high trade and low trade, industry trends and consumer demand. Your business may also encounter financial challenges due to changing tax legislation, such as IR35 reform. Trading uncertainty is also a major factor that has the power to decimate income streams, as demonstrated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty for many large and small businesses alike. While that may discourage some people from starting a new business during this unsteady time, those who embrace this moment as a unique opportunity for innovation and change may find incredible success.

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February is Random Acts of Kindness Month and top UK reward and incentives experts Appreciate, home of Love2shop, have developed a business tool for success that’s generated by goodwill.

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