Small Firms Rely on Planning, Not Luck

Luck does not play a big role in a firm’s success according to nearly three quarters of small business owners, research by software provider Sage has found. In a survey of more than 1,000 UK small business owners, just 28% of respondents felt that luck had a

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Auto Enrolment Increases Pension Membership

The percentage of private sector employees in a workplace pension scheme increased from 26% in 2011 to 35% in 2013 according to research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions. The Employers Pension Provision survey shows that at the time of the research, 2% of private

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Company Cars Advisory Fuel Rates Update

HMRC has announced changes to the advisory fuel rates for company cars. The rates are to be used where employers either reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars, or require employees to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. The latest rates apply to

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Employment Law Update

A number of changes to employment rules and regulations came into force with the start of the new financial year on 6 April. These changes cover a number of areas, from employment tribunals and discrimination, to everyday areas such as auto-enrolment and maternity pay. The key changes

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Unemployment Falls to 6.9%

The unemployment rate fell by 77,000 to 2.4 million between December 2013 and February 2014, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The official unemployment rate now stands at 6.9%, the lowest since February 2009. Between December 2013 and February 2014, 30.39 million people

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SMEs Need Consumer Level Protection

Small and micro businesses need the same level of protection as consumers when buying utilities, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB argues that many small businesses are disadvantaged when choosing energy or water providers as they lack the resources and negotiating power of

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Champion Agrees Sponsorship Deal with Salford City FC

Champion Accountant’s sister company Champion Insurance Brokers has renewed its sponsorship deal with local Evo-Stik 1st Division North team Salford FC for the 2014/15 season. The sponsorship package will include Champion Insurance Broker’s branding on the team’s home shirts, plus various advertising opportunities online and at the

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Champion Helps Local Businesses to Secure Funding

Champion Accountants has been approved as an official provider of due diligence services to companies bidding for the Regional Growth Fund. The approval means Champion is now able to assist North West businesses in completing this crucial second step in the RGF application process. Under the application

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