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Phoenix companies rising from the ashes
It’s a sad fact of life that businesses can and do fail and the fallout can impact upon many – owners, shareholders, employees, customers and suppliers alike, writes Sarah Carlton. 12 Oct 2017 - Boating Business
Know your fire safety facts
Fire safety is often not the first thing on an owner’s mind in the day-to-day running of a business. But when fire strikes it’s utterly destructive because of the very nature of the materials involved writes Adam Bernstein. 27 Sep 2017 - Boating Business
What your business needs to know about illegal workers
As we approach Brexit, employers now more than ever before need to ensure their employees have the right to work in their business. In 2016, both the offences and penalties relating to the employment of illegal workers broadened significantly, meaning mistakes can be extremely costly. 04 Sep 2017 - Boating Business
A new debt collection process
A customer is not paying their bill and despite several polite requests you find yourself in position where you’re getting nowhere and the debt remains outstanding writes Adam Bernstein. 31 Jul 2017 - Boating Business
What to do when you receive an employment tribunal claim
If you receive an employment tribunal claim - an ET1 form - Mark Stevens, a solicitor at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, says the priority is to check the initial action required: “Employers have 28 days from receipt of the ET1 to respond to the claim by filing form ET3 with the appropriate employment tribunal. If you do not comply with the deadline, the employment tribunal may enter a default judgment against you,” writes Adam Bernstein. 01 Jun 2017 - Boating Business
The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy
The long-awaited Apprenticeship Levy for UK employers came into effect from 6 April 2017. It’s designed to significantly increase the number of apprenticeships in the UK and is an obligation on all qualifying UK employers to fund new apprenticeships from May 2017, writes Mark Stevens. 07 May 2017 - Boating Business
Help make VAT simpler
VAT is a tax that, from the government’s point of view, is very successful. It raised some £117bn last year – 22% of government revenues. And it’s cheap to collect – the VAT-registered trader does most of the work and HMRC just polices it, writes Adam Bernstein. 29 Mar 2017 - Boating Business
Rent, lease or buy?
Acquiring equipment - how should you pay for it? Cash will deplete reserves and could affect cashflow; renting or leasing will have inbuilt charges added on by the supplier, writes Adam Bernstein. 24 Mar 2017 - Boating Business
Brexit negotiations: Protection of rights
As Parliament debates the Bill to leave the European Union, Equality and Human Rights Commission Chairman, David Isaac, has called for equality and human rights impact assessments to be included. “As negotiations begin over the terms of Brexit, any deals reached must be assessed for their impact on people’s rights. 03 Mar 2017 - Boating Business
Extending the life of a family business
Just like people, businesses don’t really die of old age – they die because of accident, disease or deliberate actions. Unlike people though, the majority of family run businesses are disposed of deliberately, because the owners fancy a change or can’t find a family member to take them on, writes Adam Bernstein. 28 Feb 2017 - Boating Business
Brexit – the finale
In the final instalment of the three-part planning for Brexit special feature, Adam Bernstein considers how employers should handle related staffing issues while also outlining where firms can go for advice. 24 Jan 2017 - Boating Business
Brexit, contracts and intellectual property
So now that we’re more than seven months past the referendum that decided that the UK is to leave the European Union, and in the midst of the lull before the storm, companies ought to be planning for their futures. In the second of a three-part feature, Adam Bernstein turns his attention to the next stage in the planning process – dealing with contracts and intellectual property. 06 Dec 2016 - Boating Business
Brexit and finance
On June 23 the electorate spoke and declared, albeit with a small majority, that it wanted the UK to leave Europe. The problem is that while we’re engaged in a ‘phoney war’ with Europe we still need to prepare for change – even if the High Court ruled at the start of November that Parliament, and not the Prime Minister, needs to trigger Article 50. In the first of a three-part guide on preparing for Brexit, Adam Bernstein offers advice on financial matters. 04 Nov 2016 - Boating Business
All change on business rates
The last two years have brought challenging times for ratepayers and there is little respite on the horizon. With the 2017 revaluation looming, rateable values are likely to increase substantially throughout large swathes of the country writes Adam Bernstein. 10 Oct 2016 - Boating Business
Don’t pay for discrimination in the workplace
An allegation of discrimination in the workplace can create significant problems for employers and while the total overall number of employment tribunal claims are falling, employers continue to face discrimination complaints on a regular basis, especially in retail, writes Adam Bernstein. 26 Sep 2016 - Boating Business
Credit information: Locking the door before the horse bolts
From winning clients to servicing their needs, as well as having to meet compliance obligations, there’s often too much for management to do in too little time. But while running a business is just one part of the commercial equation, getting paid is the other, writes Adam Bernstein. 25 Jul 2016 - Boating Business
The UK files for divorce
BREXIT: The electorate has spoken and in a stunning victory for the Brexit campaign, the UK is to leave the European Union, writes Adam Bernstein. 27 Jun 2016 - Boating Business
Costly hidden liabilities in leases
Taking on leased premises is one of the biggest fixed costs a business will face. While headline costs are a major focus, firms taking on leased premises need to be aware of the many hidden liabilities when acquiring commercial leased premises, writes lawyer Stuart Darlington. 26 May 2016 - Boating Business
Disciplining staff
Having employees will mean that at some point their behaviour will fall below what is expected of them, and you will be faced with considering how to deal with an awkward situation. So what are the rules? says Lee Ashwood. 27 Apr 2016 - Boating Business
Green is good, says Adam Bernstein
The Earth is not coping very well with the impact of mankind, says Adam Bernstein. Our ever increasing carbon footprint, population growth and resource consumption is causing real concern. 16 Mar 2016 - Boating Business