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Business Rates and Late Payments — What Small Businesses Are Looking for from the Next Government

It’s only a few weeks until the election and, whoever ends up forming the next government, most of us have hopes about what their policies will be. Small business owners are no exception, and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has released the results of a poll of its members. This suggests strongly what small business owners are looking for from the next government. Cracking Down on Late Payments Late pa
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Buy Now Pay Later — An Opportunity or a Trap?

In difficult times like these, resorting to Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) can seem like a lifesaver. Used carefully and with full understanding, it can be a good way of spreading costs for items you can’t immediately afford. The problem is that many consumers don’t fully understand the terms and, as recent research by TotallyMoney shows, repayments can very quickly build up. What Is Buy Now Pay Later? BNPL is
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Director’s Loan Account — What Happens if the Company Is Liquidated

In my last post, I talked about the effect of liquidation on a company’s directors, mentioning that one potential problem arises if a director has a Director’s Loan Account with the company. So, what exactly is a Director’s Loan Account, and what are the dangers if the company is liquidated? What Is a Director’s Loan Account? A director is entitled to draw funds from the company as a loan, and
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Do You Need to Pay HMRC First if You’re Insolvent?

If a company enters into any form of insolvency, whether it’s a company voluntary arrangement, a pre-pack administration or a restructuring plan, it’s likely that one of the major creditors will be HMRC. It’s often believed that any taxes owed have to be paid first, before any other debts have to be considered. However, the situation is far from simple. Some recent cases have supported HMRC’s claims, while others hav
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Are We Producing a Financially Illiterate Generation?

While the current economic problems in the UK can’t really be laid at the feet of consumers, there’s no doubt that widespread poor financial management isn’t helping matters. This ranges from naivety in investment to a general “have it now, pay tomorrow” culture that’s fuelling debt. A recent survey suggests that this isn’t set to improve. The study, by Compare the Market and MyBnk, found that only 41% of young adult
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SMEs and Open Banking — A Booming Combination

One of the major financial innovations of the past decade has been the rise of open banking. This term describes the use of open APIs (application programming interfaces) to allow users more control over their banking. While uptake has been limited among consumers, it’s proved popular with SMEs. Recent research has shown more than 750,000 SMEs using it in the UK. What Is Open Banking? Open banking is the general term
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Are Your Properties Mould-Free?

If you rent out residential properties, you must be aware of the tragic case of Awaab Ishak, the Rotherham toddler who died in 2020 from exposure to mould in a rented home. In this case, the property was owned by a housing association, but if you let your property privately, you could be personally responsible for such an incident. So, what do you need to know about mould and how to prevent it? What Are the Dangers f
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Do You Need to Close Your Business? How to Do It Properly

When we set up a business, we’re not thinking of having to close it eventually. The reality is, though, that most businesses do eventually close, even if it’s after a good run. However, there are right and wrong ways of going about it. Why Might You Need to Close Your Business? It’s a sad statistic that a fifth of all businesses close within a year of being launched. There are various possible reasons. Maybe they hav
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Cryptocurrency and Insolvency — What’s the Future?

Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and many others, have being growing in popularity for several years, but have posed a challenge in several legal areas. This has included insolvency laws. After all, how can you include as an asset something that’s not only non-physical, but also anonymous? However, English law has recently started trying to define cryptocurrencies as assets, so what does that mean for insolvency law? T
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Insolvency Service Raising Petition Deposits

If you’re applying to the Insolvency Service for either a Creditors’ bankruptcy or a Company liquidation against someone who owes you money, a deposit is charged. This may or may not be returned, depending on the assets available. The charge for deposits has been stable since 2016, but next month it will be rising substantially. So what does this mean, if you’re considering applying? What Are Petition Deposits? If al
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