As we all know the national minimum wage is an hourly rate that an employee gets paid based upon their age and whether they are an apprentice or not. But like every year an important change is coming next month, and you as an employer need to know all about it. As of the 1st…

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birmingham common wealth games 2022

Back in 2018 we saw our beloved Birmingham be crowned the official host city partner of the Commonwealth Games set to be between the 27th July – 7th August 2022. Giving a chance for Birmingham to be showcased on a global scale, demonstrating how it’s evolved over centuries from the industrial revolution to a global…

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July in Birmingham marks the month of ‘Love Your Independents’, celebrating some of Birmingham’s best kept secrets. Honoring such businesses that bring something totally new to the city and have in recent years become the life and soul of Birmingham. Independents bring something unique, something different, a kind of spirit you don’t find in big…

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In just a few days’ time we see the return of one of Birmingham’s most popular and exclusive weekends in the annual calendar, that being the notorious cocktail weekend. So why don’t you indulge and dive straight into Birmingham’s spectacular cocktail scene? “its a highlight of the year, it introduces me to so many new…

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JQ Festival Birmingham

Birmingham’s Historic & Vibrant Gem The Jewellery Quarter is nestled in central Birmingham, where it thrives off a mixture of its rich history, pioneering Jewellery trade and the lively business and social hotspot that it is today. With a history spanning over 250 years it has been the mecca of Jewellery production since the 1800’s…

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By Juliette Peyraud, Senior Account Manager at Spotcap Short-term business loans are an important part of the funding mix. Many businesses use them to grow or pursue certain opportunities, such as hiring staff, renovating premises, bridging a cash flow gap or purchasing new inventory or equipment. Banks, but also non-traditional lenders offer short-term loans. However, …

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There comes a point in every business when the owner realises they need advice and asks the question, “Should I hire a consultant?” Whether you’re growing an existing business or starting a new company, hiring the right business consultant can be a cost-effective way for your small business to access specialised knowledge.   A business…

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There are many reasons why changing accountants could be good for your business. Your business may have changed and grown or maybe it’s your accountant’s business that has evolved and they are no longer servicing your needs effectively. Despite what you might think the actual process of changing accountants is a relatively simple one. Switching…

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How to tell it’s time to switch accountant The thought of switching accountants can be seen as ‘scary’. Despite making tough business decisions every day, many entrepreneurs and SME owners shy away from switching accountants even if deep down they know they should. There are also many who miss the obvious signs and have no…

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playing golf at dusk Tax Advisor

At some stage you will decide to leave your business; perhaps you have decided to sell, retire or do something else. Regardless of the reason, having a succession (or exit) plan in place will help you to smoothly transition out of your business. A good succession plan can not only secure a business owner’s retirement…

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