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What the Autumn Statement means for small businesses


Following the Chancellor’s announcement of the Autumn Statement, Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent looks at the potential impact on small businesses. The good The Annual Investment Allowance is due to fall from £500,000 to £200,000 on 1st January 2016. Today’s announcement confirmed that after this date it will remain at £200,000 until the […]

Government to scrap tax credit cuts


The Government is to scrap tax credit cuts and increase spending on nurseries, but the doubling of free childcare for three and four year olds will be restricted to parents who work over 16 hours a week, the Chancellor announced in his Autumn statement today. George Osborne said higher than expected tax revenues and lower […]

How to claim tax relief

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If you are one of the thousands of self-employed mums currently trading in the UK, then you need to be aware of the tax reliefs you are entitled to claim. If you are self-employed then you can claim expenses against your tax bill. Thousands of pounds are sitting in HMRC’s coffers waiting to be reimbursed […]

Number of childcare places falls


The number of available childcare places has dropped since March, according to statistics released by Ofsted. Its report finds that since 31 March 2015, the number of childminders has decreased by 1,449 (3%), which is part of a continuing trend that has seen numbers decrease for the last three years. The number of providers of […]

Survey finds almost total support for benefits of remote working

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Remote working is increasing in popularity, with 98 percent stating that it is advantageous to their organisation and nearly two thirds predicting it will soon become the norm in most organisations, according to new research. The study commissioned of 500 IT decision makers in the UK and Germany by global data storage and information security […]

Make-up clinic


It’s been a party weekend. Daughter three spent much of Friday afternoon turning herself into Beyonce. This involved an intensive session in daughter two’s make-up clinic. Daughter two has managed to snaffle everyone else’s make-up and is now running a make-up emporium from her five star art workshop bedroom. On the floor was a half […]

The best songs ever


“If you like taking secret midnight rendezvoussss,” trills only son from the back of the car. He has gone One Direction crazy. I blame daughter one who, although she is now into much cooler things, retains a certain nostalgic interest in 1D, though not, sadly, Liam. Apologies to Liam. Only son is a bit of […]

Gender gap closes, but pay gap has stalled, says World Economic Forum report

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The gap between men and women in health, education and political representation has closed by 4% in the past 10 years, but the gender pay gap has stalled meaning it could take 118 more years to close it, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2015. The report shows that wage equality and […]

Returning to work in technology

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everywoman and techUK have recently joined forces to develop a free of charge Back to Work Programme for women returning to work in technology. Many businesses with a technology department, and certainly every technology business, are desperate to get more women working for them, but the prospect of returning to work in a technology business can seem daunting. There […]

Gender pay gap for full timers falls, but not by much, says ONS


The gender pay gap for full-time employees has fallen to its lowest level, but has changed very little in the last four years, according to a survey by the Office for National Statistics. It measures the gender pay gap based on hourly pay and says it has decreased to 9.4%, from 9.6% in 2014, the lowest […]

Generation gap

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‘Pensioners prosper, the young suffer’ shouted a headline in the paper recently. In the article the writer said that pensioners ‘are in a state of denial about what is happening across the generations’. What planet are they on? Us pensioners don’t exist in a parallel world separated from everyone else. We have younger friends and […]

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