Guest Post: Using outsourcing to improve performance

  Despite the fact that there has been some seriously good news about the outlook for the UK economy in the last few weeks, there’s no getting away from the fact that SME owners have had, and are likely to continue to have a tough time for a while yet.  Although the forecast for UK…


Have you filed your tax return yet?

You’ve got until midnight 31 January – ie tomorrow to get yours in online. I’ve just finished mine and now I’m off for a walk in the lovely sunshine with the equally lovely but rather smelly dog.  


SMEs and the General Election

 Microsoft hosted the latest quarterly SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Advisory Panel a couple of weeks ago, and the topic was – not unnaturally – the possible implications of the election on small businesses. Panellists included: Robert Epstein, Head of Small Business, Microsoft SMB UK Stephen Pegge, Communications Director, Lloyds TSB Commercial Stephen Alambritis, Head…


Brief budget breakdown

A news story on the #smallbiz website earlier today suggested that small firms were not particulary interested in the budget and weren’t factoring it into their plans Study reveals Budget 2010 is a minor issue for small firms. But now that the Chancellor has finished unveiling his plans there does seem to be some significant content…


Starting a business from home?

Redundancy, pre-school children, returning to work or can’t stand the boss…. There are lots of reasons for starting up a business from home – including of course, the excitement and challenge of taking a great business idea and running with it.  There are lots of resources out there on the web to help – here’s…


Two cheery (not) priorities for small businesses

I don’t wish to be miserable but listening to the radio on the way in to work this morning I heard two advertisements that are worth mentioning. Did you know that asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK? Apparently 4 plumbers a week die of asbestos poisoning. This isn’t of…


Reminder! Tax Return online deadline Sunday 31 January

If you haven’t sent your Tax Return to HM Revenue & Customs yet (editor’s note: yes, that includes me!), you’ll need to be quick, or you may get a £100 penalty. Make sure you visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa and file your 2008/09 Self Assessment Tax Return online by 31 January.   Why not do it today and get…


Budget summary at a glance

Quick post today – need to digest the budget properly before we can analyse the pros and cons for small businesses. Take a look a the BBC summary here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8011882.stm Drinkers and smokers are hard hit again – an obvious target. (Will it be chocolate next?) Drivers – of course – will also see an increase in fuel…


Beware new tax return phishing scam

A news story on the Small Business Centre this morning has flagged a new scam targetting those who haven’t yet filed their tax returns (end of this month btw). Self employed people and small business owners have been warned of a new phishing scam targeted at individuals who file their own tax returns. Thousands of…


The little brown envelope

Small Business Blog very recently received the little brown envelope in the post that says it’s time yet again to think about filling in a tax return. You may already be practised in the fine art and are comfortable with what you have to do. If, however, you need some help and advice on how to make…