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Archive for: February 2010

Business Update with Terry Gilbert

33% of bosses are unaware of their obligations with over 50 legal regulations controlling them – I am not that surprised!! I still talk to clients who ask why they need an accident book or first aid kit.

End of the tax year looming up – have you looked at your savings, have you read the new ISA rules? Tax-free returns of up to 5.5 on this year’s ISA’s could be yours

New sick note introduced on 6 April. The new note will allow doctors to give an employer a more detailed account of the employee’s capabilities whilst ill.

UK car production rises 65%.

PAYE for less than 50 employees must now be done online.

UK consumers spent £38 billion online in 209 – almost 10% of total retail sales in the UK.

And finally:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, ALL progress depends on the unreasonable man” – George Bernard Shaw

Terry Gilbert is Business Support Manager for the North Somerset Enterprise Agency www.northsomersetenterpriseagency.co.uk as well as being the director for the Weston Town Centre Partnership and Chair for Weston 200 and Weston Arts Social Enterprise.

Tax doesn’t have to be taxing

I am sure you have all completed your online self-assessment and you wondered why you had not done it sooner (well I did).

Business rates are next – some clients are experiencing a 300% increase which needs challenging. Talk to your local Chamber of Commerce and ask for the forms to appeal. We need to get them sorted by April when you will be asked to start paying.

Diary dates:

Wednesday 24 February​-​7.00 pm Oak & Glass – Pudding Club

Thursday 25 February​-​8.00 am Rookery Manor – Business Breakfast

Friday 5 March​-​7.30 pm The Cove – RNLI Charity Dinner

Saturday 13 March​-​7.00 pm Winter Gardens – The Mayor’s Ball

Terry Gilbert will be at all of them and will see you there!!!

And finally:

If a quiz is quizzical – what is a test??!!

Terry Gilbert is Business Support Manager for the North Somerset Enterprise Agency www.northsomersetenterpriseagency.co.uk as well as being the director for the Weston Town Centre Partnership and Chair for Weston 200 and Weston Arts Social Enterprise.

Cow turns into field, recession finally over?

Well, more figures show the recession is over! Which is good news – they are even predicting a slight run on the Stock Market.

Good news shows some support to SME’s for Research and Development. Tax credits could help small businesses to carry out R & D spending.

Hero’s welcome in the UK. We are asking all of our businesses in North Somerset to consider displaying the logo on the shop door and to offer a value added service eg small discount on products or services. Plus Armed Forces day 26 June is an event that has grown. There is no charge for this and will be of interest to children and adults. Lots of events across the town – look out for the publicity and get involved – show your support to our armed forces.

On 1st January a number of measures were introduced that will affect almost all businesses and organisations that supply or receive services from overseas – VAT complications.

And finally:

As legislation is increasing in every section, will I need to join the Magic Circle – as I helped a farmer turn a cow into a field on Sunday!

Terry Gilbert is Business Support Manager for the North Somerset Enterprise Agency www.northsomersetenterpriseagency.co.uk as well as being the director for the Weston Town Centre Partnership and Chair for Weston 200 and Weston Arts Social Enterprise.

Commercial Development for St Georges

The start of the commercial development on land off Pastures Avenue in St Georges has seen the first stage completed with the imminent opening of a temporary doctors surgery.

The remaining land at the Ridings which currently has 46 new houses under construction will also see 9 more commercial units, which are set to become Weston’s latest office development and provide much needed office space to attract new business to our town.

Local Business in February

Tax codes are a changing – HM Revenue has recently introduced a new National Insurance and PAYE system and is using it to issue notices of tax coding for the first time. This should lead to a more accurate result. If you are concerned your code is wrong, ring 0845 3000 627. It needs to be correct for 6 April 2010.

New rates are still filtering through. Some surprises have been experienced which may need help to rectify. However, some businesses may experience a reduction ie workshops and factories.

There is a lot of reasonably priced and subsidised training to be had across North Somerset – call 01934 418118 for details and dates.

BUY LOCAL – We are being urged to support our local shops. Buying on line is a novelty, but when all the shops are shut down it will be too late to support them, so think about them now, give them your support – use your STAR card for discounts.

Banks are opening up a bit – good business plans and budgets will get a fair hearing on loans and overdrafts, which is progress and good news.

“A problem shared etc” is just as important now as it ever was and proprietors should consider talking to the Enterprise Agency, their bank manager or their accountant.

For the business people who like to gamble – take a look at Penny Sleuth – Google will find it. Some of the shares floated there make 300% profit in two months – of course, some also make big losses.

Lots of good causes coming up:

RNLI Charity Auction and Dinner. To be held on Friday 5 March at The Cove Restaurant, Weston-super-Mare. Tickets £30 per head to include 3-course dinner

Charity Football match for the Children’s Hospice South West. To be held on Sunday 21 March at Clevedon’s Hand Stadium

New business directory being released through North Somerset Council next month. Also business support link on the Council website coming up soon

And finally:

Senior Citizens are officially the nations leading carriers of AIDS:

Hearing aids
Band aids
Walking aids
Medical aids
And finally – monetary aids to their kids!!

Terry Gilbert is Business Support Manager for the North Somerset Enterprise Agency www.northsomersetenterpriseagency.co.uk as well as being the director for the Weston Town Centre Partnership and Chair for Weston 200 and Weston Arts Social Enterprise.