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Pension planning – a few things to consider

Pension planning - a few things to consider

Pension Awareness Week is back and this year it’s celebrating 10 years of making a positive difference. Now is the time to get to know your pension better than ever and prepare for the future you want. Our financial planning team Robson Laidler Wealth are on hand to guide and steer […]

We smashed the Yorkshire Three Peaks and raised over £1k for charities!

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Our staff and clients have conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge whilst raising over £1000 for our Community Fund, which supports charitable projects across the North East.   A total of 10 staff plus 6 clients embarked upon the formidable challenge (on 2nd September), taking on the three highest peaks […]

The top five errors people make with payroll

The Top 5 Errors People Make With Payroll

Getting staff paid accurately and on time, every time, should be the minimum expectation of a payroll team. Getting it wrong can lead to emotive and financial issues for both the employee and employer, as well as relations with the payroll team. Payroll teams are human, so mistakes will occur […]

Starting a career in Payroll – Nadine Morrison

Payroll assistant, Nadine Morrison

Last year, Nadine Morrison took a career change, and is now undergoing her qualifications in payroll! For National Payroll Week 2023, we’ve asked Nadine some questions to see how she’s finding her new career.   What did you do before working in payroll? I was an Administration Assistant.   What […]

YouTubers and Influencer tax


Tax On Social Media Earnings Increasingly more and more people are turning to YouTube and other social media platforms to supplement their existing income, or to start a new career. There are many considerations you need to make when moving into this field, such as what type of content will […]

eXtortion / Extortion – ransom payments


The question is:  Are ransom payments made by a business to access its IT systems tax deductible? Everyday more and more news reports highlight the threat ransomware and cyber terrorism impose on our institutions and businesses.  Workplaces are increasingly dependent upon IT systems and infrastructure and data breaches have a […]

Multi million management buyout of NE&C Windows & Doors

NE&C Windows and Doors

We are proud to have assisted our client NE&C (North East and Cumbria) Windows & Doors who have led their management board to complete a buyout of the £6million turnover double-glazing business they set up in 2003.   The management team has bought the business from current owners Ed and […]

Ladies take leading roles as associate directors

Georgina and Vicky Robson Laidler

Robson Laidler has promoted a duo of new associate directors at our Jesmond and Chester le Street offices. Georgina Rutter joined us in November 2017 where she progressed along our career pathway to become a senior client manager in the audit and assurance team.  She is promoted alongside longstanding employee […]

What is National Insurance?

National Insurance pound

National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are payable by almost every worker and employer throughout the UK. They are an important deduction from your salary as the amount of Class 1 NICs you’ve paid throughout your lifetime affects your rights to the state pension. Likewise, those who are self-employed need to pay […]