Category Archives: Blog

Is it still possible to retire at 55?

when can i retire?

Typically, when we speak to younger clients, to retire at 55 feels like a good plan.  Perhaps this is because their work is demanding, and they can’t imagine “keeping going” at that sort of pace for years on end.   Last week the Government confirmed that the normal minimum pension […]

Moving Home? Beware of a possible tax trap

moving house tax

The sale of your home is not always exempt from capital gains tax.  There are many quirks to the capital gains tax rules and we would recommend always contacting us for a quick chat if you are selling a property – or any other investment asset – even if it […]

Do you know what your financial goals are?

Financial Planning Goals

As financial planners, we ask a lot of questions about goals – you might think we are being nosy?! The reason for asking so many questions is to try and establish what’s most important to you.  It’s not as simple as just asking you what your goals are.  If you […]

Starting a new business?

Starting a new business

Mainstream media is highlighting the ravages of Covid-19 on our society and economy but in fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that it is not all gloom and doom: some people are even starting a new business.  And, if the expected slew of redundancies does indeed happen once the furlough scheme ends, […]

Cash reserves – the “Goldilocks” theory

Wealth management

Our sister company Robson Laidler Accountants and Tax Advisers have scheduled a Webinar Wednesday 9 September on “Cashflow Management”.  This event is for business owners and you can contact ggraham@robson-laidler.co.uk if you would like to attend. But what about our own, personal cash reserves? Whilst the last 6 months have […]

Furlough Explained

Furlough

Over recent months the government has announced a number of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more commonly referred to as ‘furlough’.   From September the government contribution towards wages is reducing from 80% to 70% up to a maximum of £2,187.50 per month; in October this reduces […]

A deluge of debt awaits North East SMEs unless the Government does more

Robson Laidler believes the Government has done a good job supporting many businesses throughout the Covid-19 crisis, but we now need greater clarity on measures put in place to help SMEs survive the deluge of debt so many will face in early 2021. One of the biggest issues facing the […]

Robson Laidler secures £11m for businesses

Graham Purvis Robson Laidler

We’ve helped businesses across the region secure £11 million in financial support during the Coronavirus pandemic, saving 600 jobs to date. With a ‘business as usual’ approach our team has worked continuously throughout lockdown giving expert advice to business owners to claim Government grants and loans as well as advice […]

Claiming R&D Tax Relief? Be careful how you use Coronavirus financial support

R&D tax relief

R&D tax relief for SMEs is so generous that it is considered to be a Notified State Aid by the European Commission.   The problem is that much of the financial support brought in by the Government for businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic is also considered to be Notified State […]

Company cars and private use

company car

A benefit in kind tax charge arises where a company car is available for private use by an employee. The charge is reduced proportionately for any period of unavailability of at least 30 days. This period can span two tax years. H M Revenue & Customs’ reading of the legislation […]