Make more of social media

Your business can use social media to deliver great customer experiences and develop deeper relationships.   Creating good content and distributing it through social media can be a very effective way to grow your business. That’s why businesses like PWC, Amazon, and McKinsey invest huge amounts of resources into producing great content that people want[…]

Innovation – One Step At A Time

Innovation in business doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make great leaps forward. Sometimes little steps can be just as transformative.   Innovation doesn’t necessarily have to involve massive change programmes and unsustainable levels of activity. Not every business needs a revolution.   Your business doesn’t necessarily need to be the next Google.   What[…]

Leadership Development

It is the management team’s responsibility to invest in, develop and grow the firm’s next generation of leaders.   In order to construct a solid framework with which you can develop the next generation of leaders in your firm, it’s best to start by identifying the attributes and capabilities of the existing leadership team and[…]

Augmented Reality Tech

Along with artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition, Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the big technology trends this year.    Mobile point of sale, using a smart-phone or tablet to take payment for goods and services, is now pretty well established. AR is the next step on from this.   AR technology arguably broke[…]

Ask Alexa to contact HMRC for help

HMRC has launched new and innovative technology to help more than 3 million customers renew their tax credits.   HMRC has developed a customer-focused service through Amazon Alexa specifically for those seeking help with their tax credits renewals.   Customers with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can ask Alexa to ‘open HMRC’ and ask for help and[…]

CGT on property sales due with 30 days from 2020

Draft legislation in the next Finance Bill will introduce significant changes to the reporting of residential property disposals and the payment of CGT from 6 April 2020.   Currently, non-UK resident taxpayers disposing of UK residential property are required to report the disposal to HMRC within 30 days. The new legislation extends this reporting obligation[…]

Spreading the 2019 Loan Charge

HMRC require you to register with them by 30 September 2018 to settle taxes due under the new rules for loan charges, on preferential terms, before the outstanding loan charge arises on 5 April 2019.   This new tax charge applies to any outstanding employment loans that exist as a result of a disguised remuneration tax[…]

Making Tax Digital For VAT Guidance Issue

HMRC have now issued their detailed guidance on the digital record keeping and return requirements for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT.    VAT Notice 700/22 clarifies that spreadsheets may still be used to keep business records provided that there is bridging software that links to the Government gateway.   There will however be a[…]

Eddie the Guide Dog

Dogs that make a difference

For the past year, the MMGCA team in Forfar has been supporting Eddie, a very special black Labrador who is training to become a Guide Dog.   Every hour another person in the UK goes blind. There are around 5,000 Guide Dog owners in the UK, which means 5,000 blind or partially sighted people are[…]