After the success of previous events, this seminar is returning to Brownsover Hall Hotel, Rugby on the 5th of March.
Why do you need a Business Plan for your Start Up?
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Choosing to start up a new business is both an exciting and challenging endeavour.
It may come as no surprise that a large number of start-up businesses fail due to poor planning.
Rely on business through your website? What to do if your website goes down.
As a business owner, managing chaos could be one of your daily duties. For every business which relies on a website or app, though, this enters a new realm amidst the realisation that your website or app is down.
Beware calls or automated messages from HMRC saying you are under investigation!
At Cottons, we have noticed an increase in clients receiving cold calls, automated messages or voicemails from scammers impersonating HMRC.
Clients are told that they are under investigation for non-payment of taxes and that they are to call a number to discuss this matter further. On calling this number they are then instructed to pass over their bank details.
Please be assured that this is a scam. These scams are widely reported in the media and by HMRC. While HMRC occasionally uses phone calls or automated messages these generally use a recognisable reference number. HMRC are also unlikely to contact you about a matter such as this out of the blue.
If you do receive a cold call or are unable to verify the identity of the caller please end the call immediately.
To help HMRC investigations you should report full details of the scam by email to email@example.com, including the date of the call, phone number used and content of the call.
If you do have any concerns with regards to this please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this further.
Cottons London Impliment Better Accounting Solutions for Retailers
Famously, the retail sector is burdened with more administrative duties than many others. From the recording of transactions to managing inventories, when it comes to retail there’s a lot of data to be recorded
Budget Report 2018 – A Summary
Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his second Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October 2018. In his speech, he stated that ‘austerity is coming to an end – but discipline will remain’.
Are you being targeted by email scammers?
Despite all our best efforts, criminals are targeting SMEs with increasingly clever email scams. Businesses need to be incredibly cautious when making payments to suppliers and to be especially aware if they receive new bank details to pay to.
We have recently been contacted by several businesses who have fallen foul of an email invoice scam. We advise our clients to be vigilant to ensure their hard-earned money isn’t finding its way into a criminal’s bank account!
The article below highlights some of the key scams currently being used and the best ways to protect yourself and your business.
Tax Free Childcare – Last Chance……
Research and Development Cash Injection….
One of the benefits from the Research and Development (R&D) tax relief is that it provides support not only for profitable companies but also those companies who may also be struggling to make ends meet.
Understanding your business’s true potential.
As many businesses have discovered, growth not only takes a strong vision but also a clear business strategy. The difficulty in building this strategy occurs in navigating an ever-changing financial environment.
VAT: Flat Rate vs Standard Rate Schemes
VAT: Flat Rate vs Standard Rate Schemes
Value Added Tax is a sum of tax paid against the value of an item. The VAT figure is added to the cost of most commercial transactions and it’s become so familiar that it often gets overlooked.
Ignoring Auto-Enrolment? Read On…
Between fines and catch up bills, if you haven’t enrolled your staff yet but should have then you need to get moving. Here’s what you need to know.
The secret to getting an amazing accountant at a local rate…
When it comes to selecting an accountancy firm, businesses can feel a little overwhelmed by the range of choice presented on the local market. It is easy to be intimidated by approaching a larger accounting firm.
The importance of understanding technological advances for business
Why business owners need to face up to the challenge of Mobile and Smartphone growth
Why We’re All Moving to The Cloud
In Britain, where we are often subjected to four seasons in one day, we could all be forgiven for wanting to see the back of clouds for good. However, there’s a new cloud on the scene and it’s one that business owners need to embrace…
How Open Banking Can Empower Businesses To Grow
“Open banking” is a new directive which was introduced in the UK in January. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way companies manage their finances, access capital and make strategic decisions.