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We use cookies to enhance your experience using our website, as almost all websites do today. Cookies are small text files that store information on your computer for a variety of functions.

We use cookies to:

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  • Remember which pages you like the best, so we can show you personalised content.
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  • Store some of your details, such as your log in details (but only if you want us to!)

Cookies also help us evaluate our website. Knowing visitor levels, what device our visitors are using, which pages people like the best, social networks shares and how people have found us (search engines and links for example) helps us to make the website better for us and for you!

We will never use cookies to:

  • Store your personal information (unless you want us to, for example your login details so you don't have to re-enter them each time you visit the site.)
  • Pass on your information to third parties.

Types of cookies and what we each one for:

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If you still don't want us to use cookies, that's fine. Here's some information on how to disable them:

  • Mozilla Firefox: Click 'Tools' at the top left of your Firefox window. Then click 'Options' and a smaller window should pop up. Click the 'Privacy' tab, and choose 'use custom settings for history' from the drop down box. Then you can uncheck the 'Accept cookies from sites' box to remove all cookies, or 'Accept third-party cookies' to just remove third party cookies. You can also choose to delete cookies every time you close firefox, or make it so you approve every cookie as they are about to be used by a site by keeping the 'accept cookies' box checked and choosing 'I close firefox' or 'ask me every time' in the 'Keep until:' drop down box.
  • Safari: In Safari 5.0 or earlier, click 'Preferences', 'Security' and then 'Accept cookies'. There you will get the option to block all cookies, accept all cookies, or accept cookies just from sites you go to regularly. In Safari 5.1 or later, click 'Preferences' and 'Privacy', where you can choose to allow or block all cookies, or to block cookies from third parties and advertisers.
  • Internet Explorer: Click 'Tools' at the top left of your Explorer window. Then Click 'Internet Options' and a smaller window should pop up. Click the 'Privacy' tab at the top, and the settings slider allows you to choose the level of privacy you want. Clicking at the various intervals tells you what that level of privacy does for you. For example, the highest level of protection will block all cookies.
  • Google Chrome: Click the spanner icon on the main toolbar, then choose 'options' and then 'under the hood'. Click on the 'Privacy' option, and then 'content settings'. Clicking on 'cookies' will give you options to; delete all cookies, block all cookies, allow all cookies or to set preferences for different websites.

13th March 2018

What Did The Spring Statement Actually Teach Us?


Philip Hammond technically made history this week by breaking convention and hosting the first ever Spring Statement in place of an official Budget.


There was no iconic photograph of the Chancellor dangling his red briefcase for the cameras outside 11 Downing Street, and this ...

23rd of February 2018

Choosing The Right VAT Scheme For You

If your business sells goods or services, there’s a strong chance you’ll need to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) at some point. Even if you’re not hitting the £85,000 threshold that makes VAT registration compulsory, there are still some benefits to signing up. Namely, claim back the VAT ...

5th of February 2018

Accounting Tips For New Hospitality Ventures


Some hospitality brands shoot for the stars and enjoy years of tremendous success. Some fall flat on their face from the moment they set off. So, what’s the secret? Why do certain start-ups experience greater longevity than others?

Ultimately, a lot of it comes down to being financially prepared. If ...

14th of January 2018

Building A Business Strategy For 2018


For many business owners, the New Year often feels like a welcome breath of fresh air. You’re back at work rejuvenated after an extended break, and there’s a strong whiff of optimism and expectancy in the office atmosphere. Anything could happen over these next 12 months – and ...

5th of January 2018

The Big Pension Changes For 2018

We’ll all be paying more into the pension pot next year. From April 2018, employers’ contributions will rise from 1% to 2%, whilst employee contributions will increase from 1% to 3%.

In the long term, the rise will have a positive effect on pensioners, but it comes with increased costs in the medium ...

15th of December 2017

Is Your Business Financially Ready For 2018?


The New Year is invariably an exciting time for business owners.


For those who’ve enjoyed a prosperous previous twelve months, January is the perfect point to launch fresh plans and kick on even harder. For others who’ve endured a more difficult time, the new year promises renewed ...

23rs November 2017

The Autumn Budget 2017: What Does It Mean For Me?

Philip Hammond officially announced the Autumn Budget 2017 on November 22nd, adding a final shake to what has been another eventful year for the United Kingdom. 

True to form, the most recent Budget contained information pertinent to the entire population. However, the areas that stood out most ...