Monthly Archives: February 2018

Economy Finances – What would you like to know?

Economy finances – what would you like to know? For a start – what does it mean? In simple terms it’s about how decisions about money are made to make more money. The most critical factor is uncertainty, because financial markets are always changing. Or, to put it another way, it’s like your personal finances; you know you need to

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Changes to Dividend Tax

Changes to Dividend Tax From 6 April this year the tax-free allowance for people who receive income from dividends will be cut from £5,000 to £2,000. You will be affected if, for example, you receive dividends outside your individual savings account (ISA) allowance or pension. If you are a basic-rate taxpayer you will pay 7.5%. Higher-rate taxpayers will pay 32.5%

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Three lessons small business can learn from Carillion collapse

The collapse of the countries second largest construction company, Carillion, has caused panic amongst many SMEs in the UK who were exposed to this toxic company. The knock-on impact will likely take several months (or years) to fully be realised, as many smaller businesses take on additional debt to survive or tighten their expenses to respond to bad debts or

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Provocative Marketing at a local level – I don’t get it!

I was speaking to a reasonably well known local businessperson recently and he declared it a FACT that provocative marketing works. On further questioning it seems that they felt that by deliberately upsetting 50% of your potential audience then the other half will flock towards you and be desperate to pass business your way. In other words (to quote a

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Are you really ‘busy’?

I am writing this while watching my eldest son swim at a Leisure Centre on a Wednesday night. I usually use this time to either go to the gym or if I am trying to avoid that, do some work. Usually, this isn’t high intensity work but simple day to day tasks which don’t need to be done in working

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