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August Networking 2019 – Breaking the Rules

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In August Paul Wreaves of Achieve Business Coaching http://www.achievebusinesscoaching.com/ firstly had everyone getting creative making models out of pencils ( yes really) . Then we looked at our business on how we could break the rules to be different and stand out. it got everyone thinking about what they could do for their own businesses – and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Students Report

We also reported on some of the issues raised by the students from Trent University in their recent Report they kindly prepared for us. To help members contact each other more easily we are preparing a printed Contact List for each meeting and starting a Members Directory on this website.

Anyone wishing to join the Committee to help plan the future is most welcome.

A room of members sitting down looking at slides on a screen.

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March Networking – Tax Updates

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At our March meeting Leighton Sharp of APC- accountants brought us up to date with all those bits of information every small business needs to know.

In regards to the main summary points (Going to try and keep it brief!)

Making Tax Digital (MTD)

For VAT Registered Businesses above the VAT Threshold of £85,000 will start from April 2019.

VAT Registered Businesses below £85,000 can opt in from April 2019, if not plan is from April 2020.

  • Book-keeping must be kept on a digital accounting software, as the VAT submission will be through the software, not the government gateway.
  • Transactional Data must be made into the accounting software.
  • Will not be any free software for this. Software Providers are in the process of making software compliant, which will mean if businesses are on older versions, will need to upgrade.
  • Software will need to be able to send/receive information and alerts with HMRC

Auto Enrolment

For some businesses, may be coming to a three year anniversary. At this point all previously opted out employees will be automatically opted in again. Another statement of compliance will be required.

Contributions are set to increase for employees from 1% to 3% and employers 1% to 2%. (Not taking tax relief into account). This is an increase cost of employment.

  • Director only payrolls can be exempt. However if a new employee joins or someone resigns being a director the exemption will need to be reconsider as may be in breach of the auto enrolment rules.
  • Businesses should consider obtaining independent financial advice in respect of what pension provider would suit their business.

Company Accounts

Ensure your financial accounts are appropriate to your size of business.

  • Some lenders may require more information due to changes in disclosure made in accounts.

Other topical points

From April 2018 Tax Free Dividends to fall from £5k to £2k, therefore for a basic rate tax payer costing £225, higher rate tax payers (Above £45,000) would have an extra tax bill of £975.

  • Research and Development claims – For every £1 spent, gain tax relief as if spent £2.30 for small businesses


Given the detail that these areas can go into and keeping it brief can be difficult Leighton is more than happy to discuss them with people. Contact details

ApC, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers

7 St. John Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1QH


Tel: 01623-657111  Fax: 01623-654885



March Newsletter

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March Morning Networking- Thursday 8th March  7.30 am

Stop avoiding a difficult but essential subject – Tax.  Leighton Sharp of Apc accountants will take us through the latest Essential Tax updates.Free event with tea and coffee provided. All welcome at this friendly event .
Next month 12 April 2018 –  GDPR
You will know by now of the major changes to what you can do with personal information on others that are coming in May 2018. Large fines can be imposed so come and listen to what you need to do to keep safe and secure.
GDPR and your Privacy Policy
Much has been made of the changes GDPR will bring to the rules on collecting personal data and using it for marketing purposes. Another aspect is that every business will need a Privacy Policy covering how they deal with data. This is more than the statement many now have on their website which only refers to data collected on that website.
For help and more details contact Barkley Business Services http://www.barkleybusinessservices.co.uk
The Ingenuity Centre at University of Nottingham run morning networking and some very good free training courses. http://www.ingenuitygateway.com/
Digital Growth Programme

Excellent Free Training

Creating Video Content for the Web 14 March 2018 at Newstead Centre Newstead NG15 0BS 

Using Digital PR to Grow Your Business  22 March 2018 at Edwinstowe House Centre NG21 9PR

Small Business Sunday
Have you heard about this. Put a tweet using #SBS every Sunday between 5pm and 7.30pm about your business. Run by Theo Paphitis of Dragons Den. Tweet about your business. Theo then chooses the best six tweets and retweets them to his 500,000 followers.

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Networking February 2018 – Keep Healthy

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Jurga Proudlove from JP Health and Fitness spoke about the importance of keeping healthy and being ‘the Champion of your own health’ . This did not involve lots of running or eating just lettuce but being aware of what you do and eat and making sensible choices. Walking where possible is good. Running can badly affect your joints. Good food and regular sleep are essential to keep your brain in good order. This has been reinforced by recent press articles about how bad processed foods are for you and are believed to increase your chance of cancer.  At least if you prepare food from scratch you know what you are eating. The way forward is to avoid becoming ill in the first place as far as you can.






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January Networking with D2N2

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January Networking with D2N2 Growth Hub

Paul Humphreys an adviser with D2N2 Growth Hub cam along and spoke to us about the help that the Growth Hub can offer the small business, He spoke about the grants and loans that are available and mentioned that more loans are available to the start up and small business than people are generally aware f. The Growth Hub is offering meetings with small business owners to discuss their plans and see how they can provide help . These meetings are taking place in Arnold and various other venues throughout Nottinghamshire.

Copies of the slides are available please just contact us.

For more information http://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk   

Or contact  paul.humphreys@d2n2growthhub.co.uk

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Linkedin with Beryl Petit of Ridgeway Marketing

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Beryl explained the usefulness of LinkedIn to the small business especially ones trading B2B. she ran through a range of hints and tips bringing us up to date with current developments.

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Gedling Borough Council attend Morning Networking 12th October 2017

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We were visited by John Clarke the Leader of Gedling Borough Council and John Robinson the Chief Executive and are grateful for their time.

A quick tour through what the Council has planned for the next few years followed. Some 7500 new homes are to be built in the Borough although the proportion of Affordable Housing varies according to the developer involved. Gedling Country Park is proving very popular especially now it has toilets and a newly opened Cafe. A Heritage Centre is planned to follow.

Improvements are planned for the Colwick area and they are very conscious of the need to improve traffic links to the area both into Nottingham City and across the Borough. We were assured of the commitment of the Council to assist and develop small businesses in the area.

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Morning Networking September 2017- Legal Essentials for Business

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We had  a taste of the legal issues that all small businesses need to consider . The wisdom of looking at these from the outset rather than waiting for something to go wrong and the try to fix it. Anne Phillips from Barkley Business Services www.barkleybusinessservices.co.uk took us through Terms and Conditions. Contracts and the potential pitfalls of commercial Leases.

Morning Networking July 2017 Apprenticeships

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The rules have changed from April with the aim of widening those who can take advantage of the scheme and giving the Employer control over the training provider they wish to use. Anne Phillips from Barkley Business Services www.barkleybusinessservices.co.uk outlined the basic changes in the procedure.

Rebecca Ogden from Enable a training provider then explained the service they can provide to the Employer www.enable.uk.net.

Julie Beresford from the Economic Development Department at Gedling Borough Council provided details on the Council’s Erasmus programme designed to help employers in the Gedling area at every stage of the apprenticeship procedure so they are not deterred from proceeding with an apprentice by the level of paperwork and administration involved . For more details please contact Julie on julie.beresford@gedling.gov.uk


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