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Case Study: A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned

October 2018

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Our recently appointed Client Services Manager, Scott Herd has been busy helping our clients make savings on their business’s overheads. In this blog, we’ll show you how Scott was able to save members of The Bodyshop Fellowship significant sums of money. The Bodyshop Fellowship is an organisation that supports Bodyshop’s across the UK. Having heard […]


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Digital Agencies and the Potential for R&D Tax Relief

September 2018

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In previous blogs and in our downloadable jargon-free guide to R&D, we have commented on how often businesses miss out on claiming Research & Development (R&D) tax credits. From our experience of working with clients, the digital sector is certainly no exception. Digital agencies often make leaps into the unknown to stay ahead of their […]


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Case Study: A Multi-million Pound Deal

September 2018

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We love to help our client’s businesses succeed and thrive. Our Corporate Finance team headed up by Justin Lavery, a professional with almost 30 years’ experience in the field, has recently secured the necessary funding to make a large-scale construction project possible. Our client is a Property Development Company of executive homes in East Anglia, who […]


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Increase in HMRC Interest Rates

August 2018

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The interest charged to those making late tax payments has increased from 3% to 3.25%. Interestingly, the amount of interest that HMRC pays on top of refunds owed to taxpayers remains the same at 0.5%. The interest rate for repayments has been at 0.5% since 2009. The accountancy body ACCA says it is “simply unfair” that […]


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Why You Should Embrace Making Tax Digital

August 2018

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In our opinion, Making Tax Digital (or for brevity’s sake, MTD) is something to be embraced rather than feared. As with any legislative change, the new MTD reporting rules have forced businesses to reflect on whether they are compliant and what they need to do to ensure they stay on the right side of the […]


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Case Study: Making Business Loans Personal

August 2018

Aston Shaw's Corporate Finance Team

We’re passionate about helping our clients achieve their business goals. Recently, our friendly corporate finance team helped one of our clients, a manufacturer of premium food and supplements for dogs and cats to achieve theirs. Anne, the owner of this thriving business prides herself on only using natural ingredients in her products. Thanks to the […]


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What Is Corporate Finance and How Can It Help My Business?

August 2018

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We’re extremely fortunate to have an in-house corporate finance team here at Aston Shaw. Since the department was formed just over two years ago they have helped many of our clients to achieve their business goals, having already looked at and assisted with applications in excess of £80M. But what exactly is corporate finance? It’s […]


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Making Tax Digital for VAT

August 2018

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Changes to Record Keeping and Procedure Introduction On the 13th of July 2017, the government announced the Making Tax Digital (MTD) timetable, revealing that businesses over the VAT threshold will be the first to qualify for keeping digital records. Under the schedule, businesses with VAT taxable turnover over £85,000 will have to keep digital records […]


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When do you Pay VAT on Gift Cards?

August 2018

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In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about selling gift cards and/or vouchers as a business. The law surrounding VAT on gift cards has recently been tweaked to align legislation with that of the EU. Hearing of this news, one of our clients posed an interesting question. This client owns a very […]


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Don’t Listen to the Bloke Down the Pub

August 2018

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One of the great difficulties we face as accountants is providing clarity to our clients amongst all the misinformation, rumours and hearsay floating around out there. The issue of misinformation is particularly prevalent in the accounting industry, this is because there are so many rules and regulations that businesses must abide by that are constantly […]


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