April 2017 issue: (click to jump to section)
- The Budget 2017
- Optimising Your Google My Business Site
- The Wonders of Government Grants for Small Businesses
- 8 Fabulous Twitter Stats to help you get the most out of Twitter
- Getting the most out of a tradeshow
- Upcoming Events
April 2017 Newsletter
This month we have our Worthing lunch coming up on 13th April, Hastings on 20th April, and Uckfield on 27th April. Many thanks also to those who attended our Tunbridge Wells lunch at the beginning of this month!
We would like to thank everyone who came along to the lunch in January. The next Eastbourne lunch will be on 26th May at The Grand Hotel sponsored by Humphrey & Co. We hope you can join us!
Another great event coming up on 23rd May is Where Cricket Meets Ladies Day at Sussex CCC’s County Cricket Ground, with guest speaker Sally Kettle — Sally was the first woman to have rowed across the Atlantic east-west, twice! You can get a special rate of £45pp at lunch if you book a table of 10. See the event’s website for more information.
We are having a shake up of some of the features offered by the Ladies Lunch Clubs this month, allowing more opportunities for you to get the most out of your membership.
We will be re-launching our online members directory on our website – for a one-off payment of just £20, you will be able to gain lifetime access to a listing which includes your company name, hyperlink to your website and a company description.
This will be a great opportunity for you to raise awareness of your business amongst lunch members, improve your SEO, and more! For more information please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always we hope you can join us for one of our lunches this month! Please see below for a list of all our dates this year at the bottom of the newsletter.
The Budget 2017
The Spring Budget was held on 8th March here is a summary of the main announcements:
- Reduction in administrative burden for Research & Development (R&D) tax reliefs
- Businesses with a turnover below the VAT registration threshold will be able to delay digital tax reporting by one year
- From July tough penalties for tax professionals enabling tax avoidance
- Class 4 NIC to increase by 1% from April 2018 and by a further 1% from April 2019
- Income tax dividend allowance to be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018
We have produced these useful Budget documents. Please click on the links below to download our Budget Summary and Tax Data Card.
Please note the Chancellor has announced that the government will not now proceed with the proposed increase in Class 4 NICs rates.
End of the Tax Year
From the 5 April 2017 you should start receiving your end of year tax papers relating to 2016/17. Please remember to collate these ready for sending to your accountant.
Letting your accountant have your records early will:
- Let them advise you of your tax liability for 31 January 2018 well in advance and allow you to make the necessary provisions;
- Enable them to reduce your July 2017 tax payment should it be necessary to do so;
- Reduce the risk of penalties, interest and HM Revenue enquiries by ensuring your Tax Return is submitted on time.
Furthermore, if you are due a refund of tax, this will be payable to you as soon as your Tax Return has been submitted. Submitting your Tax Return early does not however accelerate the payment of tax. It is therefore in your interest to get the Tax Return prepared as soon as possible.
Payroll News – Apprenticeship Levy – are you ready?
In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.
The levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in apprenticeships.
Further information about the Apprenticeship Levy and how to access it can be found here.
We have a qualified and experienced payroll team who would be happy to assist you with any queries you may have.
Latest News & Blogs:
Optimising Your Google My Business Site
We know we should optimise our Google My Business page to help with Google rankings but how does it fit with the other Google products? Google created Google My Business to streamline all of its previous local marketing products i.e. Google Local and Google Places (your account will also be linked to your YouTube account too). [… Read more]
The Wonders of Government Grants for Small Businesses
Friday 24th March 2017, 06.20AM. As usual there it was again, the long winded sound of a broken siren going off in my ear, which of course could only be one thing, the dreaded alarm clock! Although I don’t mind getting up early anymore, I enjoy my job, so the noise of a broken siren was the pleasant sign of a new exciting day. [… Read more]
8 Fabulous Twitter Stats to help you get the most out of Twitter
When we were looking at our blog calendar this post was supposed to be about the measurements and KPIs you should be recording for your Twitter account and how to use them. However on doing some research we came across so many fabulous facts about Twitter. So we have chosen our favourite facts and plonked [… Read more]
Getting the most out of a tradeshow
Tradeshows are exhibitions, they are predominantly for and attended by businesses, and are usually specific to a certain industry. Tradeshows give companies the opportunity to show case their products and their services to other individuals across the same industry. For example, you could have a legal exhibition, most of the attendees will consist of Lawyers, [… Read more]
Get Ready For Summer Spa at The Grand Brighton
7th June 2017 – Book Here