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HMRC – VAT returns and Making Tax Digital

We have a variety of online VAT help for you. Choose from this selection of live webinars, video, online guide and forum. Join our live webinar…

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HMRC – Benefits – Government help with childcare costs for your employees

For many working parents, childcare costs can play a large role when planning a return to work, or considering their career options and working hours. Now…

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HMRC – Benefits – Payroll support for directors

If you’ve recently become a company director or you’re an experienced director and would like to refresh your knowledge, you’re welcome to join our live webinar:…

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HMRC – Benefits – barbecues and business mileage

Learn about the payroll implications of paying expenses and providing benefits to your employees with the following online help: Expenses and benefits – social functions and…

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HMRC – Annual Expenses & Benefits Form P11D

We have online support to help you complete your 2018-19 annual report of expenses and benefits by 6 J‌u‌ly deadline. PAYE: End of year expenses and…

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HMRC – Business Expenses – Get the facts

For help and guidance on business expenses, get clear advice with HMRC’s online support. From short online videos to live webinars, there’s something to suit everyone….

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HMRC – Self-employment and VAT – The Basics

If you’ve recently started a business and need some basic facts, our digital products can help. Self-employment and HMRC – let’s get started: Get going with…

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HMRC – VAT Schemes and Making Tax Digital

If you’re running a VAT-registered business, we have lots of online help, including live webinars, videos and online guides to support you. Don’t forget, you can…

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HMRC – PAYE – Key information, benefits and reports

Dear customer, Whether you’re new to payroll or need a refresher, get the support you need with our range of online support, including live webinars, short videos…

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HMRC – Regular Talking Points Webinars coming up

HMRC’s regular Talking Points provide ongoing information, guidance and tips to help you to understand tax issues. We have more Talking Points webinars coming up. There are a limited…

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HMRC – Limited companies – payroll and you

HMRC’s live, interactive webinar is ideal for new company directors or more experienced directors who want to refresh their knowledge. Company directors – payroll and you: This…

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Getting Efficient with Excel Spreadsheets – FREE to eligible SMEs – Weds 26th June   – (9.3am – 3.30pm)  

Getting Efficient with Excel Spreadsheets Weds 26th June   – (9.3am – 3.30pm)   FREE to eligible SMEs Do you want to learn the main features of using…

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HMRC – Expenses, benefits and company directors

HMRC’s live webinars can help you get to grips with the payroll implications of paying expenses and providing benefits to your employees. They include: Expenses and…

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HMRC – Reporting annual pay, deductions, expenses and benefits

The 31 M‌a‌y deadline for issuing P60’s is fast approaching and our useful video provides a quick reminder of how to issue a P60 to your…

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HMRC – Making Tax Digital and VAT

HMRC can help you with the changes affecting VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000. You can ask questions during the following live, interactive webinar…

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HMRC – Mobiles and motors – expenses for the self-employed

For help with business expenses, there’s online support for the self-employed from HMRC. From short ‘how to’ videos to live webinars and online guides – there’s…

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HMRC – Trivial expenses and benefits explained

Find out about expenses and benefits provided to employees, with help from HMRC. You can book a place on our live webinars and ask questions using…

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HMRC and HSE – supporting employers

Whether you’re a new or experienced employer, this live webinar offers you the latest guidance and you can ask questions using the on-screen text box. HMRC…

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HMRC – Statutory payments needn’t give you a headache

Whether you’re a new or experienced employer, get the latest information on statutory payments with this selection of online support. Join our live webinars where you…

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HMRC – Payroll information, benefits and reports

Becoming an employer, already an employer and running a payroll? We have a range of useful online help – including live webinars, short videos and an…

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HMRC – Problems with forms P11D and P60?

Find out about completing your end-of-year expenses and benefits report (P11D) and your employees’ form P60 with online support from HMRC. Here’s a selection we think…

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Intellectual Property Office – The Trade Mark Guide

The trade mark guide: A handbook for analysing and interpreting trade mark data. Details The Intellectual Property Office has produced this handbook to improve shared understanding…

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HMRC – Lets talk business expenses

There’s always guidance on expenses available from HMRC – whether you’re newly self-employed or you’ve been in business for a while. The following webinars are live…

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HMRC – Expenses and benefits – what employers should know

Find out about expenses and benefits provided to employees, with help from HMRC. You can book a place on our live webinars and ask questions using…

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HMRC – Building on the Construction Industry Scheme

HMRC has webinars and online guides to help you understand the Construction Industry Scheme and what you need to do. You can ask questions during the…

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HMRC – How to get payroll right

Just getting started as an employer? Or need a refresher? HMRC can help either way. Watch our short videos on HMRC’s YouTube channel to find out…

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HMRC – Record keeping and capital allowances

Keeping accurate records and understanding how capital allowances work will help you complete your Self Assessment, so whether you are new to self-employment, or have been…

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HMRC – Preparing for a no deal EU Exit

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the government’s top priority. In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK businesses, importing or…

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HMRC – Talking Points Webinars

HMRC’s regular Talking Points provide ongoing information, guidance and tips to help you to understand tax issues. We have more Talking Points webinars coming up. There are a limited…

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Startups – Starling Bank: Business banking with zero monthly fees

Sometimes at Startups.co.uk, we like to share tips to help you grow your business!   Expensive banking fees and endless admin can often be a grim…

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Startups – View Your Business Credit Score

If you’re unsure about your current business credit score, and therefore, don’t know how your business is being perceived, you can now view your Experian Business…

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Startups – The 13 Best Business Ideas For 2019

  Every year Startups reveal the top business ideas to start (read about the best business ideas of 2018 here), and this year is no different….

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Startups – How to get valuable small business advice

How to get valuable small business advice   Having too many ‘advisors’ risks slowing decision making and receiving conflicting information. Find advisors who are well qualified…

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The Start-Up Series Competition

Don’t miss your chance to win up to £150,000 funding to grow your start-up! The Start-up Series is looking for the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest…

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HMRC LIVE WEBINARS

Dear customer, When you’re self-employed, it’s important to know how to keep good business records, budget for a tax bill and claim your expenses. Join HMRC’s live…

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Pop In Shop – The Darwin & Pride Hill Shopping Centre

The Marches Growth Hub Shropshire is working with The Darwin and Pride Hill Shopping Centres to offer new and existing small independent businesses the opportunity to…

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START UPS GET YOUR FREE eBOOK

  When starting a business, one of the hardest obstacles to overcome is simply GETTING PEOPLE INTERESTED With more people turning to online shopping, creating organic…

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HMRC – Helping businesses prepare for the possibility of the UK leaving the EU

Today HMRC published an updated version of the Partnership Pack on GOV.UK to help businesses prepare for the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal…

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Theo Paphitis – My Tips

MY BUSINESS TIPS Our lives are ruled by rules. If you want to play the game, whether it’s football, cricket or even bridge, you have to…

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Eight lessons for anyone starting or growing their own business in 2018

Simon Willies from Currys PC World Business asked eight entrepreneurs for one piece of advice they wish they had known when starting their business. Read more…

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Dragons Den. Negotiating and when to stop.

Dragons’ Den series 15 episode three review: Knowing how to negotiate and when to stop. Enterprise Nation member Sandra Garlick, a former employment and business law solicitor,…

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Should your business be based in the cloud?

Here at Startups, we like sharing information with you that will help kick-start your business. Starting a business may seem daunting, but with nearly 600,000 companies…

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START-UP 101: SETTING UP A COMPANY

Complimentary eBook: How to set up a company!   LEARN MORE The first step is always the greatest when it comes to starting up your own…

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Smarter Growth

If you are an established business that has been trading for more than a year, you may qualify for support to help grow your business and…

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Get into the record keeping habit

A good record keeping routine is vital for your business. Without good records, it will be harder for you to keep track of which business expenses…

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£33m of grant funding available to small businesses

Businesses across the Marches are being invited to apply for a share of £33m of grant funding to help them grow their businesses and create jobs….

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Innovation Voucher Scheme

Funding BOOST for innovative West Midlands businesses Innovation Vouchers scheme offers up to £2,500 to help small to medium sized enterprises create innovation and growth Aston…

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Start-up Challenge Business Competition Offering £10,000 Investment to Young Entrepreneurs

The Start-up Challenge Business Competition has been established to support aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16-30 years old. It offers participants an opportunity to win up to £10,000…

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Top Tips Of The Week!

How my start-up cracked the international market: Appointed founder Leah Hutcheon shares the story of how saying ‘yes’ to a client’s difficult request propelled her business…

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Set up a business

What you need to do to set up depends on your type of business, where you work and whether you take people on to help. Register…

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The 6 things to find when starting a business

Business journalist and former Startups.co.uk colleague Jon Card on finally making the leap of setting up a company with wife Corinne I’ve been writing about business…

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Business plans

If you’re thinking about setting up your own company, getting your business plan right is crucial. Check out our top tips on how to write the…

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Network With Style Xmas Extravaganza Lunch

SYST are delighted to announce, In less than 1 week Network With Style who are celebrating their 10yr Anniversary will be supporting our charity at their…

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How to: know if the timing is right for your business idea

How to: know if the timing is right for your business idea Is right now the best time to launch your business? Or are you too…

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Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin wins national social enterprise award

National Social Enterprise Award for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin News from our partners Social Enterprise UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have won … Continue reading »…

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FSBConnect Events & News

Join local business owners at our regular networking events FSBConnect. FSBConnect offers high quality face to face networking that provides great opportunities to grow your business…

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Keep Your Small-Business Finances In Order

5 Simple Tips To Keep Your Small-Business Finances In Order After starting three small businesses, I’ve learned firsthand the headaches that accounting causes for most small…

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Tempted to start a business while still in a full time job? Here’s how

Finding time and budget to start watch brand Freedom to Exist has been difficult but co-founder Paul Tanner says the benefits outweigh the challenges My wife…

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Start-up business plan:Top 10 tips

Start-up business plan:Top 10 tips Writing a business plan can seem daunting if you’ve never done it before. However, it’s something you can’t afford to put…

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Create the perfect business plan

Create the perfect business plan How to create the perfect business plan in 10 steps Every business needs a plan. Your business plan will keep you…

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Write a business plan

Write a business plan Download free business plan templates and find help and advice on how to write your business plan. Business plan templates Download a…

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Accounting for startups

 If you’re in a startup, it can be an exciting world of creativity and innovation. But while it’s great to do something you love, you also…

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Make small business accounting fun

Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. But traditionally, small business accounting isn’t exciting. So how…

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When you should hire an accountant

Accountants can help out at various stages during the growth of your business. They can handle much more than just your payroll and tax returns. So…

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Marketing Your Small Business

How to Use Different Types of Content When Marketing Your Small Business Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 6 years, you’ve probably heard…

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How to register a company name

Ready to start business? Follow these 8 steps to set up a limited company Registering a business name is often the first step you’ll take when…

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How to save time by automating your social media activity

Social media lets you get your message out there and speak to customers one-on-one. But it can also be a huge time-sink. Just checking Facebook can…

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The SME health check

The SME health check: how to keep your business fighting fit… As a small business owner, it’s easy to get lost in the business challenges happening…

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Grants for food and drink businesses

Food and tourism businesses in the Marches are being urged to tap into grants of more than £35,000 to help them grow and diversify. A total…

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Counting Clicks

Counting clicks … a beginner’s guide to mastering Google Analytics How do people find your website? How long do they stay? What is the user experience…

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Hiring your first employee

Hiring your first employee: How to get it right Recruiting your first member of staff is an exciting step forward. But from a workplace pension to…

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Negotiating a Business Deal

Over the years I spent in the corporate world, I was fortunate enough to attend several different negotiation seminars and courses. Each had its own nomenclature…

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Avoid Sales Tax Surprises

Avoid Sales Tax Surprises: 9 Point Compliance Checklist There are now more than 11,000 sales tax jurisdictions across the U.S. Complying with this complex jurisdictional matrix,…

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Changes To Employment Law In April

Changes To Employment Law In April Your Small Business Needs To Know Alan Price, employment law and HR director of Peninsula, comments on the seven key…

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Virgin StartUp HEALTH FOOD BUSINESS

Virgin StartUp full article available to read here Wellness is a big industry, especially when it comes to food, and startups are at the forefront of…

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Ready for an investor?

Winning a big investment is the dream for many start-up founders. But is your business ready to take on the commitment? What does investment mean for…

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Grab our guide and grow your online business

You’ve launched your e-commerce business but you’re just getting started. This guide explains how you can build a loyal customer base and raise awareness of your…

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start a business despite not being business minded

Months after starting what they saw as a hobby, Kim Nguyen and Kofi Ansah realised they were running a business. The duo reflect on scaling K&K…

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Business plan, why it is essential for small businesses

Six reasons you need a business plan and how you can use it to achieve your goals, according to Virgin StartUp’s Sophie Mackintosh. A strong business…

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