Business Matters – Page 8

  • Gareth Matthews is an associate at Eversheds LLP

    Criminal Records – what can employers ask for?


    It’s sad that society looks for the worst in people and it’s a necessity now for employers to know everything about employees, says Gareth Matthews. Including any criminal history...

  • Mark Stevens is a solicitor at Veale Wasbrough Vizards

    Cutting pay for employees


    Cashflow and the creation of a reliable income stream may lead employers to difficult decisions, says Mark Stevens. Faced with raising costs, it’s common for employers to put in place pay cuts for staff.

  • Anthony Young is a partner at healthcare law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards

    The email chain game


    Email offers a quick and easy method of communication and is now almost universally used by all types of organisations, says Anthony Young. But it’s important to realise that a seemingly informal communication can enter a company into legally binding arrangements.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Please Mr Postman...


    Imagine a boat designed by a committee, where each member is responsible for a different part of it and everyone is invited to make alterations to anyone else''s part. Heath Robinson would have a field day!

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Corporate fraud and identity theft


    A quick scan of, a government website backed by organisations and companies with an interest in reducing fraud, is enough to put the frighteners on any law abiding reader, says Adam Bernstein.

  • Jason Piper is a technical manager at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

    10 ways to avoid a tax investigation


    Tax investigations are bad news – they take time and can be expensive, and that’s the case even if they don’t find any extra tax due, says Jason Piper. But, sadly, there’s no way you can guarantee not getting one.

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    We’re not out of the woods yet


    George Osborne presented his fourth budget to Parliament at the end of March, says Eric Kench, and surprisingly, it seemed to offer little bits of good news for businesses...

  • Adam Youatt is a partner in the Real Estate department of law firm Gateley.

    Landlord service charges: a fair deal?


    The costs of premises are a major expenditure for any business but unlike rent and rates, which tend to be fairly predictable, Adam Youatt says service charges can be an unexpectedly expensive item.

  • Mark Stevens is a solicitor at Veale Wasbrough Vizards

    Your first employee – what you need to know


    Taking on a new employee can be one of the most significant steps that a small business can take, says Mark Stevens. Understanding the legal issues can make a huge difference to the experience, and costs, for all involved.

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    Avoiding the ‘curse of the zombie company’


    As Britain continues to struggle to get out of recession, an ever increasing number of finance directors are being faced with the same dilemma, says Paul Taylor. A key customer wants extra time to pay its invoices.

  • Gareth Matthews is an associate at Eversheds LLP

    Christmas cheer could get you down


    It’s approaching that time of the year again when thoughts turn to Christmas and to the celebrations and parties to come, says Gareth Matthews.

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    Is your business over rated?


    Business rates, along with rent and employees, form a large part of the fixed costs that businesses and organisations have to pay, says Louise Hebborn. And that’s irrespective of whatever they earn.

  • Jason Piper is a technical officer at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

    National minimum wage errors


    Love it or hate it, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a fact of life for all employers, and one which carries some potentially expensive and inconvenient consequences, says Jason Piper.

  • Mark Stevens is a solicitor at Veale Wasbrough Vizards

    Wish you weren't here? Sickness and annual leave


    Employers could be forgiven for lacking sympathy with an employee who returns from a holiday complaining they were sick during their annual leave and couldn''t properly enjoy it, says Mark Stevens.

  • Jason Piper is technical manager for tax and business law at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

    HMRC, your PAYE and real time


    Soon to be compulsory, says Jason Piper, you need to know about Real Time Information (RTI), a project launched by the government to overhaul the way Pay As You Earn (PAYE) works in the UK.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Is your company financially secure?


    Every business needs finance, says Adam Bernstein. A lucky few are cash positive and have no borrowings. However, the vast majority need to utilise monies from external sources.

  • Allison Cook is an associate in the employment department of law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards

    Changes on the way in employment law


    The coalition has concentrated on examining and reforming existing employment legislation as part of its efforts to encourage business growth and economic recovery, says Allison Cook.

  • Stephen Sidkin is a partner in law firm Fox Williams

    The euro fallout – will it affect you?


    Has your business taken adequate steps to protect it from any future eurozone currency changes, asks Stephen Sidkin? For many, the question on their lips is which country will be the first to exit the eurozone.

  • Jeff Webber is a Tax Director with BDO LLP

    2012 Budget – sticking to the course


    Delivering his budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated: “We must stick to the course. So there will be no deficit funded giveaways today.” So, says Jeff Webber, he presented a Budget that is “fiscally neutral over the five year period”.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Switch providers and save on energy bills


    In June 2011, energy industry regulator Ofgem said it wanted to ‘radically overhaul’ the market, says Adam Bernstein. The big six power companies are on notice their incredibly complex tariffs are under the microscope.