Brexit from a European perspective

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As Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union (EU) reach a critical stage, International Tax Partner, Chris Walklett, spearheaded an informal Brexit survey of European Business leaders at a recent Kreston conference in […]

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Academies – increased expectation and demands for ‘high standards’ of governance

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On the same day that Damian Hinds MP delivered his speech with a “call to arms” for more governors, together with measures for supporting governors around the country, came the release of the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) update […]

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Apprenticeship Levy funds – something to share?

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Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy, but do not use up all the corresponding funds in their service account, can now share them with another employer, even if that employer does not itself pay the […]

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Academies – Budget forecast return

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The ESFA have now released their final guidance for academies and workbook to allow them to start on the Budget Forecast Return. The online form is due to go live on 21 June 2018 (not 1 June […]

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Winding up? HMRC has a loan to pick with you

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If you are winding up your solvent company and it contains an overdrawn director’s loan account that you are not repaying, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) may tax its distribution as income rather than capital. […]

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Taking Teacher Further programme launched

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The government wants experienced industry professionals to take up teaching in further education though its Taking Teacher Further programme, which will initially run for two years. The Department for Education-backed initiative, managed by the Education […]

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Bishop Fleming Strikes Gold for Client Services

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Leading professional services firm, Bishop Fleming, has been awarded Gold status by the independent customer services agency, Investor in Customers (IIC), in its latest survey of clients and people. The firm, which delivers accounting, tax […]

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Higher education – are students getting a good service?

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Are students who are planning for a higher education getting a good service? The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) doesn’t think so, as it finds no evidence that greater competition between providers has improved the quality of the education they […]

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Charity Commission Summit

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A summit was recently held between the Charity Commission and the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales (ICAEW) to discuss the emerging issues within the sector and identify areas where the ICAEW and […]

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Coming to the UK to start a business – new start-up visa

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In a change of policy, the Home Office will allow people from overseas who want to start a business in the UK to apply for a new “start-up” visa from Spring 2019, coinciding with Brexit. The […]

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