Darwin’s tenner faces extinction from March 2018

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The paper £10 note which features the naturalist Charles Darwin on the back will be withdrawn from circulation on 1 March 2018. From that date only the new plastic £10 notes, with author Jane Austen […]

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End of surcharges is on the cards

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From 13 January 2018, businesses will no longer be able to add any surcharges where a customer pays by credit or debit card, following an EU directive banning surcharges on Visa and Mastercard payments. However the government has […]

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Care Quality Commission’s ratings programme extended

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The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) ratings programme, covering hospital care, social care and GPs, is extended to cover more than 800 additional providers. This includes independent doctors that offer primary care online. All healthcare organisations in England […]

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Business rates staircase tax scrapped

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The business rates staircase tax, which unfairly affects up to a thousand businesses, is being scrapped. Draft legislation has been published to ensure that the tax is abolished with retrospective effect. The step was first announced in […]

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Help with pension auto enrolment for new employers

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New employers setting up PAYE schemes since 1 October 2017 have also had pension auto enrolment duties beginning the moment they take on their first employee. The Pensions Regulator has published useful guidance on what […]

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New Commissioner helps small firms with slow payers

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Small firms struggling to deal with business customers who are slow payers have new help in the form of a small business commissioner. The government says that a third of payments to small firms across […]

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Workplace pensions for school leavers proposed

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The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) proposes that by the mid 2020s every worker aged 18 and over will be automatically enrolled in a workplace pension, unless they choose to opt out. The proposal […]

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Was the 2017 Autumn Budget good for business?

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Bishop Fleming Partner, Fleur Lewis, takes a look at what the 2017 Autumn Budget had to offer Small and Medium-Sized businesses. The Budget on 22 November 2017 left most business owners wondering what was in […]

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Where do you go when the bank says no?

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Bishop Fleming Partner, Chris Walklett, addresses the question of where do you go when the bank says no? It can be a major challenge for a business to raise funds to grow a business, invest in new […]

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Income tax and stamp duty changes for Wales

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Stamp Duty Land Tax will be replaced by a Land Transaction Tax in 2018, and a new income tax will be introduced in 2019 as part of important tax changes coming to the country of Wales. […]

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