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[…]

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ALUMINI NETWORK

Whether it’s your University classmates or the colleagues you trained with at your first firm, we all have an alumni network.   Your alumni network is an immense network of professional contacts – all with whom you already have one thing in common. That one thing could be a University that you attended, a previous[…]

MANAGING A REDUNDANCY PROCESS

In the current economic climate, it is increasingly likely that at some stage, you could have to manage a redundancy process.   In today’s uncertain business climate many firms face the possibility of having to reduce their operating costs. This means that many managers will have to run a redundancy process. Apart from being an[…]

KEEP DETAILS OF YOUR DIRECTOR’S LOAN ACCOUNT

In a recent Tax Tribunal case the judge agreed with HMRC that a detailed breakdown of directors loan account transactions is required, including dates.   The significance is that where the loan account is overdrawn (debit balance) there may be a possible P11d benefit on the director and also a tax charge on the company.[…]

WHEN WILL BUDGET DAY BE NOW?

It was announced on 14 October that Sajid Javed’s first budget would be on 6 November but with a general election in December when will it be now?   The current political uncertainty makes it difficult to give clear tax advice as a number of key proposals in the draft Finance Bill scheduled to take[…]

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[…]

TIME FOR AN ELECTRIC COMPANY CAR?

The government has announced that there will be a zero P11d benefit for the drivers of electric cars from 2020/21. This is instead of the 2% scale charge that was originally included in Finance Act 2017 to apply for 2020/21. The legislation for the change will be included in Finance Bill 2020 and it is[…]

GET READY FOR THE “OFF-PAYROLL” WORKING RULES

Where large or medium-sized organisations are paying workers via personal service companies or agencies they will need to operate new procedures from 6 April 2020. The new rules will apply to partnerships, LLPs and larger charities as well as limited companies. Only those organisations that would be classed as “small” under the Companies Act criteria[…]

OUR DAY AT THE RACES

I put a bet on a horse to come in at 10 to 1 – and it did! Unfortunately, all the others came in at 12.30.   Sorry! But that about sums up my success at our recent day at the races. In late September, the MMGA team ventured to Perth Race Day. Despite the[…]

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[…]