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How to spot signs of customer or supplier insolvency

How to spot signs of customer or supplier insolvency Despite the total number of corporate insolvencies in Q1 2021 (January to March) decreasing by 22 per cent from Q4 2020, the withdrawal of Government support schemes in the next few months will likely lead to an increase of pressure on struggling businesses. The knock-on effects of suppliers or customers entering insolvency procedures can be potentially disastrous for any business. If issues are not addressed quickly with a business plan swiftly [...]

June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

New powers to tackle unfit directors of dissolved companies announced

Under a new bill “Ratings ( Coronavirus ) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies ) Bill”,  the Insolvency Service will have retrospective powers to investigate Directors who have abused the Government support Schemes.

May 14th, 2021|Categories: Advice, Creditors, Current Affairs, Uncategorized|

All you need to know about the Recovery Loan Scheme

All you need to know about the Recovery Loan Scheme The government has revealed new statistics to show how the Government-backed loans have supported businesses through the pandemic - including the Bounce Back Loan scheme, which provided a loan roughly every 20 seconds since its launch last May. The recent announcement from HM Treasury stated that: Three Bounce Back Loans were issued every minute since May 2020 launch Emergency loans provided almost £180 billion in total since March 2020 The [...]

March 30th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Alternative business funding – what to consider?

Alternative business funding – what to consider? A number of the Government stimulus come to an end in March 2021 including deferred payments to HMRC for VAT, and Corporation Tax etc. which will fall due for payment in March albeit these can be spread over 11 months.  These measures coincide with the winding down of the Furlough Scheme in April 2021, placing a further financial burden on many businesses. We will shortly enter a phase where traditional bank funding will [...]

February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Remember Brexit?

Remember Brexit? Comments from Charles Brook, Partner at Poppleton & Appleby. For most of the UK population, Brexit will seem like last year’s big deal in the swell and the wake created by COVID-19. Indeed, with all of the economic and social damage created by Coronavirus and the impact that will be experienced for potentially years to come, some may wonder why we should get all heated up again over Brexit which you might be forgiven for thinking cannot possibly [...]

November 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

What are accelerated payment notices?

What are accelerated payment notices and when are they used? If you find yourself on the receiving end of an accelerated payment notice (APN) from HMRC, it can seem daunting. First things first, do not panic. Below, we have put together some answers to frequently asked questions that may help. So, what is an APN (accelerated tax payment notice)?  An accelerated payment notice (APN) is a notice that a taxpayer with an ongoing tax or National Insurance contributions (NICs) issue [...]

November 16th, 2020|Categories: Advice|

Connection:20 Business resilience in a COVID world

This week we will be hosting our Connection:20 online webinar, Business resilience in a COVID world. As businesses continue to navigate through the challenges and changing environment imposed by COVID19, Sheards Accountants are hosting a series of Connection:20 events online, to share experiences and offer support. Our Partner, Charles Brook, will be hosting this week's session, which will be taking place on Wednesday 11th November from 12 pm-1 pm. The session will cover: Business confidence pre-COVID Can we rely on [...]

November 10th, 2020|Categories: Advice, Company News|

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to March 2021

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to March 2021 The latest update from Rishi Sunak confirms the government has chosen to extend the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021 as the second wave of the pandemic and increase in lockdown measures threaten to drive business uncertainty and unemployment. On Saturday 31 October, it was announced that the government were extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support businesses and individuals through the next phase of response to the pandemic. [...]

November 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) On Saturday 31 October 2020, a second lockdown for England was announced. To support businesses and individuals through this, the government is providing additional financial support as part of the plan for the next phase of response to the pandemic. It has been confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the furlough scheme - which was due to end on 31 October, will remain open until December.  [...]

November 5th, 2020|Categories: Advice, Current Affairs|

Protect and preserve your business

Protect and preserve your business The pandemic continues.  Comments from Allan Cadman, Partner at Poppleton & Appleby and North West Chair at R3. Seven months in and just a few weeks after a brief sense of light relief, we are now plunged back into an as yet, unknown period of severe restrictions on the fundamental freedoms that we ordinarily take for granted. A total of 7.8 million people and rising across the north of England are now in the highest [...]

October 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|