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Strategyzer – A Timely Guide To Their Business Model Canvas

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To say that COVID has taken the wind out of lots of business owner’s sails is an understatement.  It’s quite fair to say that SMEs in 2021 have and are continuing to face challenges that we wouldn’t have imagined possible only a year or so ago.  There’s lots of doom and gloom in the economy,…

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Pivoting Your Business To Adapt To Change

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People run their own businesses for a whole host of reasons.  Some are instinctively entrepreneurial and were always meant to be their own boss.  Others have spotted a gap in the market and timidly taken their first business steps.  And then there are those people who have their hands forced somewhat by the likes of…

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How To Deal With Managing Teams At A Distance

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Working from home is slowly becoming the new way of working for many. Some love it. Some loathe it. Whether your team members love it or loathe it, there are things you can do as a manager to make their, and your experience of working at a distance a whole lot better. In this post,…

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How To Work From Home Successfully

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2020 will undoubtedly go down in the history books as one of the most memorable years of our time. And, apart from COVID itself, one of the biggest changes we’ve all faced is working from home. For some of us, working from home is a dream come true, for others it’s a nightmare. While we’ve…

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Perks to Attract and Retain the Best Staff

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Most employers accept that their workforce plays a really important part in their success. For anyone reading this article who isn’t an employer, you could be forgiven for thinking that finding the right staff is easy. However, ask any employer about their experience in recruiting the right staff and they’ll soon tell you what a…

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A Guide to Payroll Giving

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You only need to walk down the street or turn on your television to experience a demand for your cash by either a large charitable organisation or a homeless person. As time goes by, there are more and more charities competing for our attention and appealing to our generosity. Sometimes making the decision which charities…

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National Minimum and Living Wage

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What is the National Minimum Wage? The National Minimum Wage or NMW, as the name suggests is the minimum amount of pay that workers in the UK aged 16 to 24 are required to get paid. The minimum wage for workers 25 and over is now called the National Living Wage (NLW). Both are a…

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Whistleblowing And Why It Matters For Your Business

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What is whistleblowing? Whistleblowing is when a worker reports wrongdoing, it’s when they come forward and share their knowledge on something that’s not right in an organisation or a department they’re working in. Whistleblowing mainly applies to the workplace, but it can also relate to things that happen outside of the workplace. Whistleblowing is intended…

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Are You Up To Date With Your Workplace Pension Obligations?

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What is a Workplace Pension? Pensions are a hot topic in the UK and most of Europe. With an ageing population and fewer instances where people are reported as having sufficient income in retirement, making sure people have at least some income when they stop work is high priority. One of the solutions put forward…

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Why Outsourcing Payroll Makes Great Sense

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Running a business is hard work – ask virtually any business owner and they’ll tell you that. When most people start their business, they do it to follow a passion or as an alternative to paid employment. They imagine themselves having more time to do what they love, which is a great reason for taking…

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Tax Implications of Employee Expenses

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Employee expenses are complicated. There’s no getting away from that. The way they are handled also often differs from company to company – which can add to the complication. Whether it’s business travel, subsistence, client entertainment, staff entertainment or using company vehicles for private use, there are rules that have to be respected if you’re…

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All About Payrolling Benefits In Kind

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Benefits in Kind (BIKs) are a notoriously complex area for payroll experts, employees and employers alike. The good news is that there are moves afoot to help with payrolling benefits-in-kind. However, the not so good news is, for now, it’s not all plain sailing. If you’re a business owner who’s concerned by BIKs and would…

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Right to Work Guidelines

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Before employing someone, you must check that they are allowed to work for you in the UK. While discriminating against a worker for their nationality or their origin is not allowed, as an employer, you have an obligation to check that all of your employees have the right to work in the UK. While there…

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Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

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Money laundering is big business and something that’s constantly hitting the headlines. However, when we read about it in the newspaper, we tend to think of it as something that doesn’t affect us. Until we open a bank account…then we feel the pressure of anti-money laundering compliance and legislation. Despite that, many of our clients…

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Scottish Income Tax

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What is Scottish Income Tax and how did it come about? The Scottish Rate of Income Tax came into effect on 6th April 2016 and became Scottish Income Tax in 2017. Born out of The Scotland Act 2012, it gives Scotland a certain amount of autonomy regarding its income tax rates. As its name suggests,…

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In Year Adjustments to Tax Codes

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We recently wrote a post about Tax Codes and How They Work. If you haven’t already read it and would like to know more, you can read it here. You won’t need us to remind you if you work in payroll, that tax codes are at the core of everything you do. Getting them wrong…

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All about Statutory Maternity Pay

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When an employee announces that she is pregnant, it is a time of real joy for the employee but a time that sometimes fills employers with fear and worry. Who will do her job when she’s not here? What if she doesn’t come back? What are my obligations? While these concerns can’t be expressed openly,…

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A guide to student loan deductions

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More and more students are availing of student loans to fund their education. With scary headlines in the newspapers about the amount of student debt people are facing, many people are wary. But for some, it’s the only way, and for others, it makes great sense. With repayments fixed at less than 10% of income…

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What is the future of payroll?

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Payroll has changed enormously over the past few years, is still changing and will probably continue to do so forever. In terms of what comes next, it’s impossible to say exactly, but at Payplus we’ve been looking around at some of the predictions being made by payroll experts. Generally speaking, most of the leaders in…

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Real-time paydays

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The world of work is changing The days of a ‘job for life’ have more or less gone. For some this is good news, for others, it’s not so good. That said, the people who have interesting and successful portfolio careers will tell you we should celebrate the freedom that today’s job market gives employees,…

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Payroll penalties – Don’t get it wrong

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Having to do payroll for some business owners is a punishment in itself, but what many don’t realise is that getting payroll wrong can lead to significant penalties. So, if you’re a small or medium sized business owner who does payroll yourself, our message is quite simple – do all you can to make sure…

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Starters and leavers – What is needed?

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Why starters and leavers are a big deal for your business When you’re an employer, it’s inevitable that you’ll have starters and leavers. You’ll always have had them and you’re probably (more or less) aware of what you need to do. However, the legislation around starters and leavers is forever changing, so it’s important that…

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How does Statutory Sick Pay work?

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What is Statutory Sick Pay? Statutory Sick Pay or SSP is the payment that is made by employers to employees who, after a defined period, are too sick to work. The current amount paid is £92.05, and this payment can be made for a period of up to 28 weeks. Who is affected by Statutory…

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Tax Codes – how do they work?

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As a business owner, payroll is highly likely on your agenda. If you have employees, irrespective of whether you manage your payroll in-house or outsource it, it’s something you need to look after on a regular basis. An important part of any payroll activity is making sure that you’re applying the right tax codes for…

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Gender Pay Gap – what is it and where is it going?

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The Gender Pay Gap – what is it? The Gender Pay Gap came into force on 5th April 2017 and is concerned with the difference between the average hourly wage of men and women in the workplace. As an employer, it will highlight the difference in the average hourly wage you pay all men and…

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Blockchain payments and payroll

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Blockchain payments is a topic that’s high on the agenda for those at the leading edge of the financial world. If you’re involved in making payments in your business it may well be a term you’ve heard of and are curious about. While it’s not a topic that appears to be on the immediate agenda…

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What is the Scottish Rate of Income Tax?

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The Scottish Rate of Income Tax or SRIT, born out of The Scotland Act, 2012 is the successor to the Scottish Variable Rate or SVR. Announced on 16th December 2015, the SRIT rate, which came into effect from 6th April of this year is 10% for the current tax year. Set by the Scottish Parliament,…

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Make the most of Childcare Vouchers

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Paying for childcare using Childcare Vouchers is a great way for parents to potentially save thousands of pounds a year in tax. A system that is scheduled to be phased out in 2017, there’s certainly an argument as an employer to buy into this opportunity ‘while stocks last’. A cost saving employee benefit, Childcare Vouchers…

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What are Bacs service user numbers (SUNs)?

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It is the way, thanks to this unique six-digit number, that banks are able to identify which businesses are able to make payments in this way. The number that’s found on the bank statement of anyone who has received such payments allows the banks to track back to the originator of the payment should there…

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Pitfalls to avoid when processing payroll

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Payroll processing is an extremely important task for employers. Getting wages and salaries spot on isn’t only essential from the employee’s point of view errors can end up costing employers dearly too. Add to this, the recent addition of Real Time Information (RTI) to the payroll equation and you begin to see that having your…

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