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Autumn Budget 2017

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn 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. Presentation slides Budget Analysis Detailed Report

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

Started a new business? These tips will help you understand your auto-enrolment pension obligations and avoid a £50k fine

The new auto-enrolment pension obligations for UK companies now apply to start-up businesses from day one. If you’re setting up a new business and want to ensure compliance, here are eight things you need to know. Employers have a duty … Continue reading

Travel Grants available for Lancashire Companies

Lancashire companies can access an export grant of £1500 from the Chamber to help with costs associated with travelling to overseas markets and exhibiting internationally. Criteria: Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Less 250 employees Less than €50m turnover Support: Examples … Continue reading

Holiday pay ruling places Lancashire firms at risk of legal action

Following a landmark legal ruling, Pierce is warning employers that they must be prepared for changes to holiday pay calculations, which must now reflect voluntary overtime worked during the rest of the year. The warning follows an employment appeal tribunal … Continue reading

Quality is the key to success in care home provision

Ensuring the provision of quality care for the UK’s ageing demographic is a significant priority for society. We are living for longer but that does not mean that we will live our later lives independently of the support of others. … Continue reading

Pierce employees sweat mud and tears for local charities

Eight employees from Pierce Chartered Accountants have raised over £1,500 for local charities after conquering the ultimate obstacle course, Tough Mudder. The team, who completed the 10 mile course in 4 ½ hours, are still accepting sponsorships for two charities: … Continue reading

Uncertainty persists but corporate financial support IS available

  SOARING inflation combined with pre-Brexit uncertainty has dented confidence among Britain’s finance bosses, according to an article by prominent financial newspaper City AM. The continuing fallout from the June general election has only served to add to the air … 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