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What kind of Brexit do SMEs want?

Minimal barriers to trade and access to skilled talent must be high on the Brexit wish list for owners of small and medium-sized businesses. As Brexit negotiations continue, it is important that trading between the UK and Europe is kept as open as possible, and businesses need to make the politicians aware about the potential [...]

SMEs/Small Businesses are crucial to our economy

According to government statistics, in 2016 there were around 5.5m businesses in the UK, an increase of about 23pc since 2010. Of these, one million small businesses, 4,000 medium-sized businesses and 900 large businesses were new. Small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses. Total employment in SMEs was 15.7 million; 60% of all [...]

Could your business claim R&D tax relief?

In many business owners' minds, research and development conjures up images of laboratories with geeky men and women wearing white coats and believe R&D is the exclusive preserve of the world’s biggest companies involved in science, advanced technology and pharmaceuticals. Well, this is not true. In recent years, your everyday SMEs were responsible for more [...]

Askews Accountants acquires Flint & Thompson in Birmingham

Askews Accountants was established in 1997 in Coventry and has recently acquired Flint & Thompson in Birmingham. We have built a dedicated and loyal team of fully trained Chartered Certified accountants and bookkeepers. At Askews we put the Customers first. More news on the the new acquisition soon! Askews Accountants is expanding in the West Midlands [...]

What government support is available for local businesses in 2017?

Although the business environment is being disrupted by Brexit and Trump, there is still a lot of government help for businesses. Bearing the landscape is never static. So what Government help is out there today?  There are various grants available towards training and tax reliefs like R&D tax credits. These include: Investment There are regional [...]

How to Make Your Business a success in 2017, with the help of Askews Accountants

As 2016 year end approaches, we rush to get lodge our tax returns. However, we must also think of the future. We expect to finish 2016 with Britain set to leave the EU by 2019 and with Donald Trump elected as President of the US from 20th January 2017. But what does 2017 hold for [...]

What the Autumn Statement 2016 means for your business?

This was Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first major announcement and it included some key changes for businesses. This is what I believe business owners need to know about Hammond's speech. Tax The tax free personal allowance will rise to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to goes up to £50,000 by the end of the parliament. [...]

Digital revolution for the tax system to cut red tape for British business

Paying tax will become less burdensome for British businesses under plans for a 21st century tax system detailed by HMRC. Plans for the new, streamlined and efficient tax system were issued in a Press Release from the Government, with HMRC and the treasury promising more clarity and less red tape for small businesses. HMRC is [...]

Tough new sanctions announced for offshore tax evaders

Tax evaders are set to face tough new sanctions under plans detailed by HM Revenue and Customs as outlined in a Press Release from HMRC. The proposals will mean that those who do not come forward and pay outstanding taxes from offshore investments and accounts, could face even tougher penalties of up to three times [...]

Brexit Means Brexit – But How Will That Affect You?

Whether you voted ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ you and your business now have to deal with any changes in the way we do business in the UK. But what effect will Brexit mean for our businesses? The first thing we discovered was that it takes time to remove our nation from the EU. So we shouldn't [...]