In line with Government guidelines for safe working during the COVID pandemic, access to our office is strictly by a pre-arranged appointment only, and only where absolutely necessary. We are open for business with some staff working in the office and others from home, they can still be contacted in the usual way either by telephone or email.
In respect of your pre-arranged appointment, if you develop symptoms of COVID, or have in the last 14 days come into contact with someone with COVID or symptoms of, we ask that you contact the office by telephone/email to arrange a new appointment or discuss if there is an appropriate alternative to your meeting.
The safety of our staff and clients is of paramount importance to us and so thank you for your continued co-operation during these unprecedented times.
The budget, proclaimed as helping people out in tough times by the CBI, has been announced in parliament. A wide range of measures which will affect you as a consumer, as a business and as an employer have been revealed. But what does it all mean?
First of all, the Budget was different than what we expected. The last week or so has been filled with Business owners concerned that Entrepreneurs relief was about to be scrapped entirely which has not happened. Instead, the cap has been lowered to £1 million from £10 million. For those of you unaware of what entrepreneurs relief is, it is a relief on Capital Gains Tax payable on the sale of shares; which, if you qualify for it, results in the tax rate payable being a lower percentage than the one usually payable.
The Government also revealed other measures as part of their plans to combat the impact of Coronavirus on both businesses and people. Our employment solicitor will be writing about the effects the budget has on employment in the UK soon.
Small businesses and shops will be benefitting from a change in the rules concerning business rates receiving a discount of up to £1000 whilst Pubs will be receiving a discount of £5000 (which combined with freezing the duty payable on alcohol means that beer garden in the summer months is still going to be full).
Finally investment of up to £30 Billion has been promised in infrastructure across the UK as well as the creation of Carbon Neutral jobs in England and Scotland. Opportunities to expand into making your business carbon neutral may arise.