Blog // 20/03/2018

Gaining R&D knowledge can bring rewards for your property business

Featured in Architects’ Datafile.  Relatively few architectural practices claim research and development (R&D) tax relief, despite the fact that some of their activities meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria, and the main reason is a lack of awareness. For many people, R&D programmes are regarded as an essentially ‘scientific’ activity that would normally take place in […]

Blog // 19/03/2018

The rise of the Alternative Finance Market

2017 saw the continued emergence of Alternative Finance as more new lenders entered the market. It is difficult to believe the rapid rise of Alternative Finance which, according to UK Finance’s September 2017 report, grew again in the year to September 2017 by 4% and shows no signs of slowing down and as the supply […]

Blog // 15/03/2018

HMRC tighten payroll rules for self-employed contractors

Have you taken reasonable care in deciding the status of the person providing their services to your business? Employers and engagers are under attack from all sides not least of all from the Employment Tribunals with very high profile businesses coming under scathing attacks from the Judges. In addition to any shortfall in tax and […]

Blog // 09/03/2018

SMEs set sights on global talent pool

With Brexit on the horizon, one of the main concerns for businesses is the availability of workers. With a dip in numbers of EU citizens coming to the UK, a growing number of small and medium-sized employers are setting their sights on the global talent pool. However, current restrictions intended to limit net UK migration […]

Blog // 02/03/2018

Brexit Survey: The results

Brexit is constantly in the headlines, with many polls and statistics, but what does the business community really think? Menzies teamed up with our international accountancy network, HLB International, during December 2017 to give the UK business community in the SME sector a chance to have their say in a national survey. The survey was […]

Blog // 27/02/2018

Time to consider transferring assets to Britain?

More SME manufacturers could consider following in the footsteps of major UK-based OEMs by strengthening their domestic supply chains ahead of Brexit. However, care is needed to weigh up the pros and cons before doing so. Uncertainty surrounding the reality of Brexit has made it difficult for businesses to plan ahead and for this reason, […]