Business Confidence 2019; Q2 Report

May 30, 2019

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales has recently published its Business Confidence Index for the second quarter of 2019.  And pretty grim reading it is.

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What is Entrepreneurs’ Relief?

March 21, 2019

Entrepreneurs’ Relief is an attractive relief for payers of capital gains tax, when disposing of qualifying business assets, commonly shares in a trading company. Normally this is when the business has been sold or is coming to an end for some other reason, such as retirement. It brings a reduction in the rate of tax payable to 10%, as opposed to the usual rate of up to 28%.

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Are CVA’s coming of age

March 14, 2019

Particularly for the retail and hospitality sectors, the last year or so has been pretty bleak.  Big names like Toys R Us, Maplins and Poundworld all disappeared from the high street, whilst a long list of others, including Prezzo, Carluccio’s, Marks & Spencer. Mothercare and New Look have shrunk.

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A small victory for Directors over HMRC

February 2, 2014

There is some – at least, anecdotal – evidence that HMRC have recently been making much greater use of their powers to make directors personally liable for the national insurance debts of their failed companies. The power derives from section 121C of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, which allows HMRC to issue personal liability notices (PLNs) when a company has failed to pay NI contributions and that failure is “attributable to the fraud or neglect of one or more individuals who were, at the time of the fraud or neglect, officers of the company” (known as “culpable officers”).

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Insolvency advice – should you trust an unqualified adviser?

September 13, 2013

Recent years have seen a growth in the number of unqualified, unregulated so-called “insolvency advisers”. Frequently the advice given is, to say the least, decidedly dodgy, and the Insolvency Service is conducting an ongoing operation looking at such businesses.

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Insolvency advice: don’t be an ostrich!

December 22, 2012

There’s no doubt that we are living in extraordinary – perhaps unprecedented – times. Scarcely a week seems to go by without news of another company failure – retail company failures seem to have been particularly in vogue, with Blockbuster Video, HMV, Jessops and Comet all falling into administration in the last few weeks.

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Insolvency advice is not just for SMEs, even Kodak has its moments!

March 22, 2012

Kodak may well have sought insolvency advice recently, the company has suffered financially over recent years, competitors have quickly over took the once market leader, as they have moved forward increasingly with the digital age. Kodak recently filed for bankruptcy protection, to allow it time to assess its position without having to face looming creditors and hopefully take the essential and necessary steps to allow it full corporate recovery.

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Corporate recovery, bankruptcy and the main reasons companies hit trouble

March 11, 2012

Corporate recovery and insolvency advice could benefit as many as 80% of UK businesses, this is the percentage of companies that face some form of financial difficulty in their life cycle. There are a million and one factors that can affect a company’s financial well being, which can include anything from the external issues of a poor economic climate, to a poor business strategy. Here are the top causes behind business bankruptcy.

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