Credit Management

Good credit management is always crucial to the profitability of your business, but during an economic downturn it can become a matter of life or death. With traditional sources of credit tightening, businesses are currently forced to manage their cash as effectively as possible. But if customers delay or default on payments the flow of cash becomes tighter and the very survival of the business is threatened. Currently three fifths of UK businesses are experiencing cash-flow problems due to late payments and defaults. How effective is y...

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Chartered Tax Advisers

One of the features of our work with clients has always been the strength of our tax team. Many of our partners and senior staff are tax specialists who can bring a wide range of tax expertise to bear in supporting our clients. In recognition of this we have recently established a link up with the Chartered Institute of Tax. From this point on we are one of the few leading firms of Chartered Accountants who are also entitled to call themselves Chartered Tax Advisers. This initiative is part of our com...

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Going Green

An increasing number of businesses are introducing measures to reduce their impact on the environment. They are driven in part by pressure from customers, shareholders, employees, and local communities concerned about the state of the planet we are passing onto the next generation, and in part by the need to comply with a raft of environmental legislation. But there are also sound business reasons for adopting green measures. Businesses can benefit from significant cost savings, greater efficiency, and possible reduced insurance premiums by int...

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Wessex Charity Awards 2010

Entries will soon be open for what have been described as the ‘Charity Oscars’. The Wessex Charity Awards (WCA) are one of the region’s most prestigious events, where individuals and charities are honoured for their achievements and dedication, and for 2010 Rothmans is pleased to be sponsoring the Trustee Board of the Year category. “It’s great to have Rothmans on board this year as it works with and advises a considerable number of charities,” comments Jenny Warner of PAS Charity Recruitment, lead organis...

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Planning for Higher Tax Rates

Individuals with annual incomes over £150,000 will be subject to the new top rate of income tax of 50% from 6 April 2010. In addition for those earning over £100,000 the basic personal allowance is being withdrawn, with the affect that those earning between £100,000 and £112,950 can be taxed at up to 60%. The top rate on dividend income has also been increased to 42.5% from 32.5%. Now is the time to start planning for those high earners whose top slice of income will be affected. What can be done to delay or avoid th...

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The lasting power of attorney

From time to time circumstances may arise when an individual either no longer wishes to make decisions concerning their affairs (including their property) or their personal welfare. In these situations the individual (the donor) can complete a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) whereby he or she chooses someone (the attorney) who is empowered to make decisions for the donor. The donor must have the mental capacity to complete the LPA. In order for an LPA to be used it must first be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Howev...

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