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Spring Statement 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Spring Statement 2018, and on his promise to move away from two major iscal announcements every year. There was no red briefcase, no red book, and no tax changes as the chancellor announced updated … Continue reading

Kelly Cosgrove

Remaining compliant following the 4th Money Laundering Directive

Since the fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) came into force in June 2017, there has been some knock-on effects on the filing requirements for Limited Companies and LLPs. You may remember that back in June 2016, the Annual Return was … Continue reading

Solicitors could face hefty VAT bill for electronic property search fees

Solicitors are being warned they could face hefty VAT bills for electronic property searches after a landmark ruling deemed they should not be treated as a disbursement. The caution comes following the case of Brabners LLP Vs HM Revenues & … Continue reading

Lancashire firms warned about the dangers of preparing for school holidays

As the excitement among children for the six-week summer holiday builds, the enthusiasm may not be shared by parents and employers who are frantically trying to work out the logistics for childcare. According to research from Direct Line for Business … Continue reading

Business owners – are you ready for retirement?

Being a business owner, it’s likely that all your energy is expended on building a successful enterprise. You’ve provided for your family and created jobs, but have you protected your own future with a retirement plan? If the answer is … Continue reading

Exporting is great!

The UK witnessed a sharp fall in the value of the pound following the Brexit announcement, making goods and services priced in sterling more competitive in the global market. That makes it a great time for businesses to consider exporting. … Continue reading

Budget 2017

Following the Chancellor’s Spring Budget announcement and our successful Budget Breakfast event, we are pleased to provide the presentation slides from the event and our usual detailed Budget analysis. Download our detailed budget report (pdf). Download the event presentation slides … Continue reading

Tax Returns – Clock is Ticking

Don’t forget that the deadline for filing your 2015/16 self-assessment tax return is 31 January 2017.  If the return is filed between 1 day and 3 months late the penalty is £100.  If it is filed more than 3 months … Continue reading

Pierce Corporate Finance advise SG Aluminium deal

The purchase of Blackburn-based SG Aluminium has saved 34 jobs after the window and curtain wall fabricator and installer hit financial difficulties. The £4.5m-turnover company has been bought by Three Towers Group, neighbours on the Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn. Recent … Continue reading