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Archive: February 2012

Guest blog - Why public speaking is an essential skill for women in business

From Karen Hands, Thought into Action Ltd Have you ever noticed how rarely women are included in the programme to speak at events and conferences? Or how few women feature in regional business magazines or the business pages of the press?

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28 Feb 12
Karen Hands, Thought Into Action Ltd

Guest blog: Public speaking mastery – learning from Sir Ken Robinson

Anyone who’s met me or read any of my musings will know of my enormous respect for Sir Ken Robinson. A professor and thought-leader on educational reform (or rather ‘transformation’), Sir Ken’s most famous speech is his 2006 TED Talk on how school...

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14 Feb 12
Andrew Thorp, Co-Founder of MojoLife

Using Companies to Avoid Tax – What’s the Real Story?

According to the Daily Telegraph, it appears that many top executives at the Department of Health have arrangements to use their own companies to provide their services, potentially avoiding PAYE tax and National Insurance. It also seems likely th...

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22 Feb 12
Lee Sharpe

Workplace pensions - staging date update

Following the Government's announcement late last year, that small businesses would be given extra time to prepare for auto-enrolment, a new timetable has now been released. Companies employing 250+ individuals will not see any change to their sta...

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1 Feb 12
John Davenport, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Guest blog: Empty property business rates

From Phil Kelly, Director, Petty Chartered Surveyors From April 2011, the empty property Business Rates threshold reverted to rateable value of 2,600 from the previous level of 18,000. This is of great concern for SMEs and commercial property ow...

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9 Feb 12
Phil Kelly, Petty CS

Sage 50 Accounts Mobile overview

The release of Sage 50 Accounts 2012 saw Sage take its first steps into mobile accounting with its smartphone app that allows users to view and enter date directly via iPhone, iPad and Blackberry devices. An Android application is currently under...

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9 Feb 12
Joanne Halsall

Cassons are awarded Sage 50 Platinum Partner status

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded Sage 50 Platinum Partner status by Sage UK! This is a huge achievement for us, as Platinum Partner status has been awarded to only 44 businesses across the country. The criteria for selection...

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1 Feb 12
Joanne Halsall