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Blue Spire
Blue Spire

Advantages of being a sole trader

Starting your own business is an exciting journey, and one of the first decisions you’ll make is how to structure it. Many entrepreneurs choose the sole trader route, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s like setting off on a road trip in your car – straightforward, flexible, and you’re in the driver’s seat.

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Business Advice
Blue Spire

Self-Employed guide to efficient record-keeping

As a self-employed professional, your financial health doesn’t just rely on how much you earn, but also on how well you manage your records. Effective record-keeping is the cornerstone of a thriving business, enabling you to track growth, plan for the future, and simplify the tax filing process. Let’s take a look at why it’s

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Business Advice
Blue Spire

Changing Accountants? It’s Easier Than You Think…

Thinking about changing accountants might bring you out in a cold sweat. But, let’s face it, if you’re reading this, something’s not quite right, right? Whether it’s the constant back-and-forth, unclear fees, or just a gut feeling that things could be better, it’s worth exploring your options. And here’s the good news: At Blue Spire,

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Blue Spire
Bridget

Our Blue Spire Core Values

At Blue Spire, we believe our core values help to guide and shape our approach to everything we do, from our company culture to ensuring our client’s needs are met and exceeded. Our company core values were developed and created around three years ago when we carried out a branding exercise process within our company.

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Management accounts
Business Advice
Blue Spire

Why Your Business Needs Management Accounts

In the world of business, staying informed about your financial situation is not just good practice—it’s crucial for survival and growth. Management Accounts stand at the core of this principle, offering a lens through which business owners can view their financial performance and make informed decisions. What Are Management Accounts? Management accounts are detailed reports

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Tax Matters
Blue Spire

Time to Pay Arrangements: Your Lifeline for Self-Assessment Tax Filing

As we wave goodbye to January, a significant deadline looms over us – it’s Self-Assessment Filing Day. If you haven’t filed your return yet, remember that the clock is ticking towards midnight. Missing this deadline invites a £100 penalty, and it’s not where the consequences end. For returns that are filed over three months late,

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Tax Matters
Blue Spire

Who Needs to File a Self-Assessment Tax Return in the UK?

Navigating the UK tax system might seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to determining if you need to file a self-assessment tax return. This is a key question for many individuals, from those running their own businesses to freelancers and people with multiple income sources. Criteria for Filing Not everyone has to file a self-assessment

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Employee financial support
Business Advice
Blue Spire

Ways you can support your employees through the cost-of-living crisis

As we embrace a new year full of opportunities and growth, it’s important to acknowledge the ongoing challenges brought by the cost-of-living crisis. In these uncertain economic times, there are several ways for businesses to offer support to their employees, ensuring they feel valued and secure amidst financial pressures. Businesses are dealing with their own

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xero
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Blue Spire

Why Xero is our preferred choice of Bookkeeping software

While the market offers a variety of cloud-based accounting solutions, at Blue Spire, we’ve found our match in Xero. This preference isn’t just a casual choice; it’s based on Xero’s seamless integration, user-friendly interface, and robust features that align perfectly with our commitment to providing top-notch accounting services. By choosing Xero, we ensure that our

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Blue Spire

Kickstarting 2024 with confidence as a small business owner

As 2024 draws near, small businesses throughout the UK are starting to focus on readying themselves for the upcoming challenges and opportunities that the new year will bring. In this blog, we’ll explore ten key areas that small businesses should focus on to help their business succeed in 2024. 1. Embrace Digital Transformation Digital transformation

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Tax-efficient Christmas gifts for employees
Hot Topics
Blue Spire

Tax-efficient ways to spread festive cheer at your workplace

As we wave goodbye to another year and the festive season fast approaches, it offers the perfect opportunity to infuse some holiday spirit into your workplace and express your appreciation towards your devoted staff for their input throughout the year. Gladly, some merry options can benefit both you and your employees. So, let’s delve into

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