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New rules are coming into force with effect from 6 April 2017 that will have a significant impact on any company or business, including Personal Service Companies, that provides the services of workers into Public Sector organisations.

Public Sector includes; local and central government, universities, colleges, public health authorities, school academies and any organisation caught by the Freedom of Information Act.   

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Spring Budget 2017

9 March 2017

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

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Michael Roome, Director of Business Recovery and Insolvency at accountancy and business advisory firm Smith Cooper, has passed the Joint Insolvency Board examination to become a fully qualified Insolvency Practitioner.

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As the tax year draws to a close, now is an ideal time to consider tax year end planning and whether you have made full use of the reliefs and exemptions available to you.

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Corporate Finance

Where are we now?

20 February 2017

A really great question posed by David Bowie in his Black Star album…..and never more relevant to the business market than in these rapidly changing political times. I’m not sure the answer lies in the Black Star album but who knows?

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We would all like to think that our employment relationships will remain on an even keel, however, the truth is that sometimes even the closest of relationships can go sour. So what pathways are open to an employer in those instances?

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Building on the growth and success of 2016, Smith Cooper continue to expand their Birmingham team with the appointment of a new Tax Manager.

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Belper business, Arbo, was sold this week to Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for an undisclosed sum. Arbo is a leading manufacturer of sealants, coatings and membrane systems used by architects and contractors for waterproofing and sealing buildings and other structures.

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The Equality Act 2010 (which makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees because of certain protected characteristics, including disability) specifically prohibits prospective employers asking potential employees about their health other than for certain prescribed reasons.

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Four jobs have been saved at Chesterfield based FieldCandy after the company was sold out of administration by appointed Administrator, Dean Nelson of Smith Cooper.

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The laws which govern the correct procedures for the declaration and payment of dividends are full of pitfalls for directors.

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Corporate Finance

Midlands based accountancy and business advisory firm, Smith Cooper, have today announced further expansion of their specialist Corporate Finance team through the appointment of Christopher Campbell. 

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Corporate Finance

A stampede of deals

26 January 2017

Whilst there is significant political unrest and it feels like the world is at a significant point of change you may not have noticed but news on the global economy has almost disappeared.

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The calculation of holiday pay continues to be a contentious issue. Under EU law, every worker has the right to a minimum of four weeks paid annual leave, with a further 1.6 weeks paid leave under UK legislation.

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Corporate Finance

New Year – that time of year when the financial press is full of forecasts and predictions; so perhaps I should add mine as regards company values and the M&A market? Well, maybe not according to fool.com which comments “No one … has any idea what the stock market will do over 12 months”.  Apparently Warren Buffet has often said as much too.

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We are celebrating having three Audit Graduates pass their final ACA exams.

Nicola Whiting (Nottingham), Dean Stevens (Derby) and Alex Smith (Derby) passed their finals with flying colours, becoming fully fledged Chartered Accountants under the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

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You make a verbal job offer to someone, which is duly accepted, then, during the period of time between the offer being made and the date of start (due to the prospective new employee having to work notice at their current employers) things change within your business and what seemed like a good recruitment decision, no longer seems so wise.  You decide you can no longer proceed with the recruitment.

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Iceage Delivery Limited, Northern Ireland’s largest deliverer of frozen food to the home, has been sold to an entrepreneurial son and father who intend to significantly expand the operations.

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Wedding dress and men’s suit hire specialist Formal Affair Weddings Limited has ceased trading on 20th December, and is to enter Administration in the New Year, having closed all branches with 39 staff being made redundant.

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A national childcare Charity, Children’s Links, which provides support services to children, young people and families, has formally entered into Administration. 

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