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Leadership Development

It is the management team’s responsibility to invest in, develop and grow the company’s next generation of leaders.

In order to construct a solid framework with which you can develop the next generation of leaders in your business, it’s best to start by identifying the attributes and capabilities of the existing leadership team and work from there to develop a programme that builds on this foundation.

Effective Mid-Year Performance Reveiws

Conducting mid-year performance reviews gives managers the opportunity to check in with employees in order to ensure that their objectives, project work and general day-to-day jobs are aligned with the rest of the business.

Even if your business doesn’t have a formal system in place for conducting mid-year reviews, it is still worth taking the time to sit down and have a catch up with each of your team members. 

Marketing to Millennials

Born between 1980 and 2000, Millennials are now a key target market for businesses. So how do you market your products and services to this tech-savvy generation?

Millennials were the last generation to have witnessed the pre-digital era and they were also the first generation to fully experience the internet age. We have all read articles about how Millennials are difficult to manage, move jobs frequently and aren’t very compatible with traditional business or employment models.

Being Busy Versus Being Productive

In today's hyper-connected business environment, it seems we are all busier than ever. Whether we are responding to emails outside of office hours or taking a call while on the way to a meeting, there is so much going on in our work lives that it’s easy to lose focus on getting the most important work done.

Advisory Fuel Rate for Company Cars September 2018

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees' private mileage using their company car from 1 September 2018.

Note that for hybrid cars use the equivalent petrol or diesel scale charge. However, it may be more beneficial to compute the actual cost.

Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets.

Impact of First Year of Phased Reduction of Finance Cost

The first tax year that relief for finance costs will be restricted is 2017 to 2018. This example below shows the withdrawal of 25% of finance cost deduction and given as a basic rate tax reduction.

Jennifer has employment income of £25,000 and rental income from residential property of £11,000 per year. Her mortgage interest is £8,000 per year.

When Should I Set up a Property Company?

When you set up a limited company this starts the clock ticking on your statutory requirements i.e. the period for which you have to prepare accounts and the confirmation statement. We would tend to recommend that unless you need to make use of a company, that you do not set one up until you have reached that point i.e. when your offer has been accepted on your first property.

CIS - What is it and Will I Need to Register?

We have spoken to a number of clients and potential clients over the last couple of months who have been looking at developing or putting up a new build on the land of a property that has been purchased.

Digital Marketing Strategy

Over the last 10 years or so, marketing has moved more towards digital, thanks to the prevalence of fast wifi connections, smartphones, social media and data analysis. In today's hyper-connected world every business should have a digital marketing strategy.

Using Online Communities to Promote Your Business

The beauty of online marketing is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can even use online groups/communities to help promote your business for free. 

Online communities are groups of people who share advice, knowledge or stories related to a shared interest. They connect and share content on forums, on social media, or even on their own website or blog. 

If you want to engage with an online community in order to promote your business, you need to do a little bit of research.

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