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A complete guide to Capital Gains Tax on property and how to pay it

Have you recently sold a UK property; either a rental, holiday home, land or inherited property? Somewhere that wasn’t your principle private residence? You may now have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) if you made a profit (‘gain’) when you sold (or ‘disposed of’) said property. For UK property disposals made on or after 6 April 2020, you have thirty days after the property’s completion date to report and pay any CGT due on your gains. Stuck where to start and how to report your Capit...

June 16, 2021

Will and Trust: Why you need a good plan in place

Did you know that over 70% of people do not have a simple Will and Trust provision in place, which for some can have devastating effects on their families, after they are gone.Here at Valued we had the enormous pleasure of hosting Brenda Beveridge, an Estate Planner, in our Facebook Community recently. We wanted to share her insights with you, because in the sobering thought of what comes after, we want you and your family to be taken care of....

October 19, 2020

Starling Bank – How they are changing the game for SME banking

We were thrilled on Wednesday to be joined on our live broadcast by Oliver Krishnan of Starling Bank who shared with us some insights on Starling Bank and how they are changing the game for SME banking....

August 3, 2020

Should you hire remote overseas workers?

The rise of the global workforce has opened up exciting possibilities for small business owners whose growing companies could use an extra set of hands.If you’re wondering whether it’s worthwhile to hire overseas workers for virtual admin support or other business services, cost considerations alone can make the prospect quite attractive.Before you decide to hire an overseas worker for your next project, keep these important considerations in mind....

May 3, 2018

Creating an Effective Performance Target: 7 Key Questions to Ask

It’s essential for any business to have a robust set of performance targets for its workforce. These will drive employees to achieve in the areas that are critical for success. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the targets are calibrated correctly in order to realise the desired results. Before introducing any new target, make sure you’ve answered the following seven key questions:...

April 9, 2018

How to Create a Personal Brand

The words ‘personal brand’ is still somewhat controversial, and carry an unfortunate cast of self-promotion and vanity. The truth is that personal branding is more important than ever in the job market, and those without a clear personal brand or mission to create one are lagging behind the competition....

March 12, 2018

Presentations – Saying It Without Words

It’s easy to believe that the key skill in giving a presentation is making sure you say the right thing, but studies have shown that 55% of your message comes from non-verbal cues and people remember more if they see something than if they just hear it. This article looks at the eight areas you need to focus on to make the most of that 55%....

February 1, 2018

Credit and Debit Card Fees To Be Banned

From the 13 January 2018, the government are banning all credit and debit card fees. The current rule, which came into practice in 2013 states that companies can only charge what it costs them to process the credit or debit payment, this means they should not make a profit on these surcharges.The new rules will apply to any UK company selling goods and services to UK consumers. This law is following an EU directive, therefore all EU countries will also be banned from charging these fees. However...

January 30, 2018

Enjoying a stress-free holiday

As a business owner, it’s important to take time away from work.But worrying about whether staff are meeting deadlines and suppliers are happy translates to more stress and less time enjoying your holiday.With a little staff communication and planning beforehand, you needn’t worry that your business won’t be able to cope in your absence.If you really can’t switch off from work mode or something urgent pops up, technology can be a great way to check in and make sure things are ticking alo...

January 22, 2018

The importance of documenting processes and systems

Many entrepreneurs operate with their business processes and systems in their heads. They know what they need to do each day and the way they want to get things done.Unfortunately when a business grows and staff need to be hired – or the owner needs to take time away from the business – it’s a real liability not having processes and systems documented in one place.Read on to learn the top five reasons to record your company processes and systems, so your business can run more efficiently a...

January 11, 2018

7 Common Health and Safety Risks in the Office and How to Mitigate Them

Offices are often thought of as relatively benign places, compared to more manual environments, such as factory floors or construction sites. But they hold many risks of their own to employees’ health and safety. Be sure of keeping your most valuable asset safe and well by ensuring you don’t overlook these seven common office-based risks....

January 9, 2018

Growth hacks for your small business

Deciding on an online marketing plan can be overwhelming for small business owners looking for affordable ways to nurture steady, sustainable growth. With time in short supply, the key is to find one or two growth strategies that will get results at minimal cost.These proven growth hacks offer business owners a few simple, cost-effective ideas for attracting new customers, increasing brand awareness, and ultimately, getting more sales....

January 5, 2018

Email Etiquette: How to Respond to a Rude Email

The worst thing about a rude message is the author presuming you’ll respond to a complaint or request when his communication lacks any hint of civility.When confronted with an obvious violation of good manners, you can easily delete the email without upsetting anyone who is aware of politeness standards. You can also punt the request to a co-worker, but that would make you the bad guy. It’s best to respond but take certain steps to ensure your response is a solicitous one, and then move on t...

January 4, 2018

Helping you prepare for GDPR

This week sees many businesses returning from the festive break eager to clear down the backlog of emails and achieve ‘inbox zero’. While some businesses are commencing new financial years, others are busy preparing themselves for upcoming year-ends as well as completing tax returns for the 31st January deadline. But looming on the horizon is another important deadline, one which a significant number of businesses have yet to realise; this will be one of the most significant pieces of legisl...

January 2, 2018

Main Causes of Stress for Business Owners & How to Conquer Them

Many entrepreneurs believe that hard work and dogged determination are all it takes to build and sustain a successful business. But when you consider the pressures of running a company, it seems wise to add effective stress-management to the list. Left unchecked, stress can erode your passion and undermine performance – not to mention, take a serious toll on your health.Research compiled by Office Vibe reveals that over 70% of professionals regularly experience the physical and menta...

January 1, 2018

How to write subject lines that zing

Email marketing is one of the best ways to develop a relationship with your customers. It’s also a proven way to increase sales with subscribers who are interested, qualified buyers.The key to maintaining high open rates with your email campaigns is to craft catchy subject lines for every email you send out to your customers.These ten proven tips will show you how to quickly grab attention with compelling subject lines that get results....

December 11, 2017

Tax tips for new business owners

Do you want to avoid paying more than you should come tax time? Or a frantic last minute search for missing financial records?New business owners have a lot on their plate, and can easily lose track of an approaching tax deadline or financial data needed to submit their return.Being well organised is key when preparing for tax time. As is taking advantage of the many tools and resources out there to support new entrepreneurs.Set yourself up for success by following these four pillars of painless...

December 5, 2017

8 Ways to Engage People Better

Great people management comes through experience. Courses will teach you all of the theory, but there is no substitute for day ­to­ day managing staff within your business. Giving yourself a head start with a common­ sense approach and a healthy respect for everyone you come into contact with can help to develop a happy and productive workforce. We were fortunate enough as a practice to be part of a 2,000 + crowd at Xerocon 2017 in London recently, where amongst the many amazing keynote speak...

December 4, 2017

HMRC stops use of personal credit cards to pay tax bills

Back in November 2017, we posted an update regarding HMRC and its decision to withdraw the option for payments to be made via a personal credit card.With the submission deadline of 31st January fast approaching, what options do you have for making your tax payments online?...

December 1, 2017

Budget 2017 Update

Yesterday, the Chancellor announced the Autumn Budget 2017. Whilst there has been mixed reactions by the wider media, with some feeling that the Chancellor “delivered a shrewd but optimistic budget” this year and others suggesting little to lift the gloom of further uncertainty...

November 23, 2017

Xerocon 2017 – A Valued Perspective

Back in 2012, we were among the few firms that attended the very first Xerocon in the UK held at ICAEW’s Chartered Accountants Hall or as was described on the day the ‘Hogwarts of Accountancy’.We say few, but back in 2012, the first Xerocon in London was maxed out at around 230 delegates and a handful of add-on partners, some of which are still very much active in the space today....

October 10, 2017

3 ways an accountant can save you money

Many small business owners think they’re saving money by handling their financials themselves. While it’s a real asset to learn bookkeeping basics, cash flow management and your tax obligations, hiring an accountant to oversee your finances has many benefits. Leaving your books to a pro will free up time so you can focus on serving your clients and implementing plans for growth. Here are a few ways an accounting professional can help you save money that you can reinvest back in your business...

September 28, 2017

Tips for proofreading your business writing

For small businesses, nothing reduces credibility faster than careless typos and sloppy spelling, we know, we’ve made a few in our time.The trouble is, business owners are often so busy they neglect to notice the errors that can creep into their work, in spite of the latest word processing spelling and grammar tools.Taking the time to carefully edit your newsletters, reports, emails, blog posts and marketing collateral – following these simple tips – will make all the difference.Here’s h...

September 20, 2017

Mastering tone for business emails

Research suggests that as much as 93% of communication is non-verbal, so it’s not surprising that the tone and meaning of emails are misinterpreted as much as half the time.For small businesses, email is frequently the preferred way to communicate with new leads, customers and employees – but if haven’t mastered your tone, the meaning of your message may be lost. In the worst case scenario, you may even unintentionally offend your audience.Follow these tips to improve your t...

September 17, 2017

Avoid these 5 costly accounting mistakes

A Canadian bank recently surveyed over 500 small business owners about what they love and hate most about owning their own business. Unsurprisingly, flexibility and feeling in control ranked first in the “love” category. Meanwhile, almost 60% said bookkeeping was hands-down their most hated task. Most business owners understand that effective financial management is key to their success. But lack of knowledge, frustration, and even avoidance can add up to accounting mistakes that derail futu...

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