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Avoiding Penalties

You may have suffered a penalty from HMRC due to late filing of a tax form, and no doubt you will have felt aggrieved but at the same time realised that ordinarily there is little or no scope to get the penalty reduced or withdrawn.

Writing a Press Release

Journalists receive hundreds of press releases on a daily basis and businesses often struggle to attract the attention of the media as a result. Consider the following tips to help you write a press release that catches the attention of journalists.

Eliminate Unnecessary Costs

In the current recessionary climate you need to focus on capping costs while still promoting your business and trying to increase sales/revenues.

New Apple Operating System - OSX Lion

For the ever increasing number of businesses who have switched from using windows based computers to Apple machines, the big news is the launch of the latest Apple operating system, OSX Lion.

Exciting new features for business users include the new “Auto-Save” feature which automatically saves your work every 5 minutes. The system can also be set up to create a new “version” of your document every hour.

Tips for a Killer Marketing Campaign

Learn from the mistakes and successes of your competitors - Watch what your competitors are doing and learn from it. They may be advertising everywhere but it may not be enough to win them new business. Your marketing does not necessarily have to centre on traditional advertising.  Sometimes, more subtle approaches such as email marketing, direct mail or even blogging via Twitter can prove more targeted and yield better results than buying expensive advertisements.

Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Staff

Regular feedback - Your employees need to know how they are doing and regular feedback is the key to keeping them motivated. Staff need to know how they are performing so that they can identify the areas where they need to improve, which contributes significantly to their job satisfaction. The more positive and objective the feedback you provide the better. People need recognition and encouragement. If you make your staff feel good about their work, they will reward you by performing better.

Working At Height

The health and safety executive (HSE) have recently released a new video which shows the application of the Work at Height Regulations of 2005. In this article we briefly outline the basics of what you should be aware of in relation to this legislation. For more detailed information we recommend reviewing the guidance available on the HSE website – www.hse.gov.uk.

Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011.  The Act repeals previous law creating new criminal offences for companies and individuals.

Businesses should review and update company policies and where necessary draft their own Anti - Bribery Policy.


The key offences

  • Accepting a bribe
  • Bribing another person (whether directly or indirectly)
  • Bribing a foreign public official
  • Commercial organisations failing to prevent bribe

Advisory Fuel Rates on Company Cars

Published guidelines are issued by HMRC with the aim being to save time for all concerned by setting out figures which they reckon can be used in the majority of cases

They are only advisory, and can apply where the employer reimburses the employee for fuel for business travel in a company car or where the employer requires the employee to repay the cost of fuel for private travel in a company car.

Outsourcing

In the current economic climate, many small and medium sized businesses face the same challenge – they want to expand, but their current level of turnover means that they may not be able to afford to take on personnel with the right qualifications to drive the business forward. As a result, many firms have decided to buy in these skills through outsourcing.

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