Eastbourne Ladies Lunch Club – May 2017 Newsletter

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May 2017 Newsletter

Here at the Ladies Lunches we are looking forward to another busy month, with our Brighton & Hove lunch on 9th May and Eastbourne lunch on 26th May, both of which are almost fully booked. We are also looking ahead to next month where we will be hosting the Get Ready For Summer Spa at The Grand Brighton on 7th June.

At time of writing, we currently have 13 places left for the Eastbourne lunch, sponsored by Humphrey & Co. Be sure to book soon to ensure you get a place!

Elsewhere this month, we are getting excited for Where Cricket Meets Ladies Day at the Sussex CCC County Ground on 23rd May, featuring guest speaker Sally Kettle — the first woman to have rowed across the Atlantic east-west, twice!

Come along for a reception drink, two course lunch and afternoon tea followed by a charity auction. Ladies Lunch Club members get a special £5 discount on individual places. Head over to the County Ground’s website to book places.

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We have also just relaunched our online membership directory on our website. For a one-off payment of just £20 (excl. VAT), you will be able to gain lifetime access to a listing which includes your name, the name of your company, a hyperlink to your website and a company description. Head over to our website to view the directory.

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.

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As another new tax year begins, here are some important tax dates and changes to be aware of.

1 April

Auto-enrolment staging dates

Auto-enrolment staging date for employers who don’t have a PAYE scheme.

Business rates

Rate payers that occupy a single property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less will pay no business rates.

Corporation tax

Corporation tax reduces from 20% to 19%.


The VAT registration threshold will increase from £83,000 to £85,000. The deregistration threshold will increase from £81,000 to £83,000.

6 April

Income tax

The personal allowance increases from £11,000 to £11,500.

A £1,000 allowance for property income and a £1,000 allowance for trading income will come into effect from 6 April.

You won’t need to declare or pay tax if you have income from either source of less than £1,000.

If you have income above £1,000, you will be able to deduct expenses in the usual way or deduct the £1,000 allowance.

Inheritance tax

An additional nil-rate band of £100,000 will be introduced for property passed down to a direct descendant.


The annual investment limit will increase from £15,240 to £20,000. The limit for a Junior ISA will rise from £4,080 to £4,128.

A new type of ISA – the Lifetime ISA – will be available for adults under the age of 40.

Individuals will be able to contribute up to £4,000 a year and will receive a 25% bonus from the government.

These savings can be used to purchase a first home once the account has been open for a year.

Alternatively, savings can be withdrawn for any reason from the age of 60. Withdrawing the funds at other times may lead a withdrawal charge of 25%.

Talk to a member of our team today about your tax obligations.

 Latest News & Blogs:

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The Homepage is Dead: A Story of Website Personalization

A really interesting post about how in the B2B world we have been slow to adopt the personalised home page. Perhaps its time to have a rethink? In 1998, Jeff Bezos had a vision for the Internet. At that time he was four years into building Amazon. It was taking off as a humongous online [… Read more]

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Telemarketing – It doesn’t have to be a hard sell

Telemarketers are definitely viewed as the pests of today’s business world. From the moment you arrive to the second you leave work, there will always be at least three phone calls regarding telephone networks, recruitment and why the callers company is better than your current provider.  However, is it just because of the way that [… Read more]

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5 Modern Content Marketing Best Practices for Getting Found

We at Consortium Business Solutions are constantly reading and researching, looking for marketing tips that we can pass onto our clients and readers. We do the leg work so you don’t have to. Here is a great post from the Content Marketing Institute you might like to read more on….. You have a content calendar. [… Read more]

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84% of delegates rate Lara’s speaking seminars as ‘Excellent’

Lara Squires is a seasoned speaker at many local and national Marketing and Business Events, regularly called upon to speak at the annual Legal Ex show and by Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce. Speaking on specialist  subjects such as marketing strategy for the Legal Sector, to generalist topics to help any SME business grow. Lara [… Read more]

Upcoming Events:

Brighton & Hove
9th May 2017 – Book Here
11th July 2017 – Book Here
12th September 2017 – Book Here
28th November 2017 – Book Here

19th May 2017 – Book Here
21st July 2017 – Book Here
22nd September 2017 – Book Here
17th November 2017 – Book Here

15th June 2017 – Book Here
17th August 2017 – Book Here
19th October 2017 – Book Here
21st December 2017 – Book Here

Tunbridge Wells
6th June 2017 – Book Here
1st August 2017 – Book Here
3rd October 2017 – Book Here
5th December 2017 – Book Here

8th June 2017 – Book Here

Special Events
Get Ready For Summer Spa at The Grand Brighton
7th June 2017 – Book Here

Where Cricket Meets Ladies Day at the County Ground
23rd May 2017 – Book Here