New Year, New Tax Return


Happy New Year one and all! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break and is looking forward to what’s in store for 2017!

I remember reading an article years ago claiming that January was the most depressing month of the year; post-Christmas blues, back to work and the holiday bills and debts coming in are all factors in this statement. Another factor could also be that for those of us in charge of our own businesses, January 31st marks the deadline for your Self Assessment!

While last year’s HMRC Press Release shows a record breaking number of assessments being completed – 89% alone completed online – there are still a number of people that miss the deadline and begin to rack up fines and penalties. Even if you are 1 day late, you’re looking at a £100 penalty just to start off with!

I recently helped one of my clients with their very first Self Assessment and they were thrilled with how easy the process was and how much time and money they ended up saving. Obviously it helps to be organised with your record keeping or, if you prefer focusing on your business and want someone else to deal with the numbers, get yourself a bookkeeper!

Whether you’re a seasoned SA veteran or in need of a bookkeeper and guidance for your tax return, please get in touch here!


Cub Scout Joe’s Mile Swimming Challenge

As many of you may (or may not) know, when I’m not sat behind a desk doing my full-time job, or doing Bookkeeping work, I volunteer as a Cub Scout Leader. I’ve been doing this for nearly two years and have met and helped developed some amazing young kids.

One such kid is Joe. He is such a kind, selfless and entertaining young man and he wants to raise money for charity. Earlier this year, Joe achieved his 600 metre swimming badge – that’s a little over a third of a mile – and he wants to challenge himself by swimming a mile in January! However he would like people like you and I to support him by donating to two brilliant charities: the 50th Northampton Scout Group and Cancer Research UK.

When asked why these specific charities, Joe said: “I chose Cancer Research because I think it is a horrible disease and I want to help them find a cure. I chose my Cub Scout Group as they would like to purchase parade flags and this will help go towards that.”

Now, bearing in mind that Joe is only 8 years old, I think this is a fantastic request.

So I ask you to please donate what you can by visiting his Crowdfunding page and spread the word to help him smash his target!

Happy Earth Day 2015


Morning all and Happy World Earth Day! (Although why is it called ‘World Earth’ Day when they are essentially the same thing? Anyway…)

April 22nd marks Earth Day and everyone around the world will make a more conscious effort to do ‘Acts of Green’. Whether this be recycling more of their trash, planting some trees or being a part of petition or movement to exact change, people will do something to begin saving our planet. And why shouldn’t they?


Oklahoma City Bombing 20th Anniversary

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Not sure how many of my followers are American or others that even remembered the events that happened on April 19th 1995; 168 unfortunate souls lost their lives when two national extremists decided to bomb the Oklahoma City Federal building.

Former President Bill Clinton gave a moving memorial speech earlier today and many people have pondered over the acts of violence that have occurred over the years, both national and international.

While I don’t want to turn this into a big debate, I think everyone can agree that from time to time, when we see these sorts of tragedies occur, it makes us appreciate and value our lives and the lives of our loved ones. At any moment in time we can lose them….

Sombre thoughts but important ones nonetheless.

Future Female President?


So I’m sure you’ve all heard the news regardless if you’re American or not: Hillary Clinton will be campaigning for President in 2016.

I’ve not read up on many reactions and reviews so I’m curious to hear yours? From what we know via the media – because let’s face it, there’s not many of us on here that know her personally – she seems like an alright gal. Her work during the Obama administration has been of such a great benefit in my opinion.

While I don’t feel she would’ve been suitable for the 2008 election and Obama being voted in was the right decision, I feel like now is her time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying my views are 100% or that I would even class myself as a strong political supporter but it’s interesting to see these sort of potential developments.

America has had her first Black President, how about its first Female President? What are your views and reactions? Please leave a comment below.

End of Term


So it’s coming to the end of the Easter term and for some this means kiddies go back to school! And with some it also means they’re adding the finishing touches to some Home DIY (or mourning over the fact they have lost the time to do so).

Those of us in the UK Business world might also be preparing end of year accounts or starting the prep work ready for for when the letters come from HMRC. It’s always good practise to keep on top of your books throughout the year and larger businesses tend to have no problems with this. However, smaller businesses are usually run by family people that may have other commitments and worries, and then when it comes to the end of their tax year or doing their self-assessments, it’s normally a rush and very stressful.

If I was running a non-accountancy business I would most definitely have someone separate to keep my books and sort that side of things out – it would allow me to focus purely on my business and my family.

Did you know I offer free first-time consultations? Drop me a message or email for further information and advice!