ELECTION TAX PROPOSALS – MORE MONEY FOR NHS?

The various political parties have all made bold promises in the run up to the General Election about increased spending if elected, particularly extra money for the NHS. Although many of the spending pledges will be funded out of increased borrowing, the parties have assumed that they can persuade voters that extra spending on the[…]

THE FUTURE OF WORK

There is a lot of jargon out there around “the future of work”. What does it really mean for businesses?   There is a lot of buzz around trends like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, blockchain, remote working, agile working, augmented reality (AR) and various other new concepts. As technology improves we have new opportunities[…]

HOW TO AVOID BURNOUT

In today’s “always-on” society, business owners and managers are under more pressure than ever.   Stress related workplace burnout is now recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an official medical diagnosis. Here are some tips to help to avoid burnout.   Manage your time It’s impossible to sustain long-term happiness without appropriately balancing[…]

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Thought leadership can be a very effective marketing tool but successfully implementing a thought leadership strategy is a lot harder that it sounds.   A thought leader is someone who, based on their expertise and perspective of an industry, offers unique guidance, inspires innovation and influences others. Their views on a subject are taken to[…]

HOW TO MEASURE RETURN ON MARKETING INVESTMENT

  Calculating return on investment (ROI) on marketing activity has been a longstanding challenge for businesses. Next year MMGA celebrates its 100th anniversary, so I have been contemplating our marketing budget. I thought it useful to share my thoughts with you:   Return on marketing investment is a metric used to measure the overall effectiveness[…]

WHY SHOULD I TAKE FEE PROTECTION INSURANCE?

This is a question that I get asked a lot at this time of year. One reason for this is because we issue our insurance renewals, but another is because clients are unsure if they are covered by other insurance products that they take out and whether they actually need the protection that we offer.[…]

TRUST ME, I’M THE BOSS

In order to manage an effective team of people you need to win their trust. If employees don’t have trust in their company and their managers, they can become disengaged. This can lead to high rates of staff turnover and those who stay are likely to be de-motivated.   Transparency Honesty is the best policy.[…]

MORE COMPLICATED PENSION RULES

We recently highlighted the restricted annual pension allowance for those with high income, such as doctors. Note that the deadline for requesting the additional tax to be paid out of the fund for 2017/18 is 31 July 2019.   There is a further complication for those individuals who have started drawing income from certain money[…]