not-for-profit accountants director chichester
Staff Spotlight
Bridget

Geoff Frost – Director

What does your job as Director involve? I head up the Not-for-Profit Department covering pensions, charities, and other not-for-profit organisations. I am one of three Directors at Blue Spire and I am based in our Chichester office. What does a typical working day look like for you? I start the day with a strong coffee

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Fifth SEISS Grant
Coronavirus Business Support
Blue Spire

5th SEISS grant explained

The fifth and final grant of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) covering May 2021 to September 2021 will be open to claims from late July 2021. This is a taxable grant and if eligible, the grant will be paid in a single instalment. Full guidance for claiming the grant is due to be

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Accountants in Chichester working from home tax relief
Business Advice
Blue Spire

Working from home tax relief for your job expenses

If you have to work from home on a regular basis, either for all or part of a week, you may be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs. From 6 April 2020, employers have been able to pay employees up to £6 a week tax-free to cover additional costs if they have

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Kickstart scheme
Coronavirus Business Support
Blue Spire

Kickstart Scheme grant explained

If you’re an employer looking to create jobs for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. Previously employers could only apply to the scheme directly where they were offering a minimum of 30 job placements, but rules have changed meaning that employers have the option of applying directly for

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Coronavirus Business Support
Blue Spire

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 May

From 1 May, the Government has made a number of changes to how the Job Retention Scheme works for furloughed workers. This scheme was put into place to try and minimise staff redundancies due to COVID-19. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended several times but is currently due to close at the end

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Payroll Manager Accountants Chichester
Staff Spotlight
Bridget

Gemma Crick – Payroll Manager

What does your job as Payroll Manager involve? I run the payroll department and take care of managing and processing weekly, monthly, and annual payrolls as well as auto-enrolment pension scheme management. What does a typical working day look like for you? At the moment my time is split between the office and home, but

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Coronavirus Business Support
Blue Spire

Fourth SEISS grant now open for online applications

HMRC has confirmed that the online service for applications for the self-employment income support scheme grant (SEISS) is now open for online claims. The Government has estimated that due to the new criteria, over 600,000 individuals may be newly eligible for the fourth and fifth SEISS grants, including many newly self-employed. Fourth SEISS Grant The fourth

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Tax Manager Chichester Accountants
Staff Spotlight
Bridget

Lisa Carter – Tax Manager

What does your job as Tax Manager involve? I mainly deal with personal tax and my job involves completing and submitting the annual self-assessment tax returns for all our clients which include a mixture of Company Directors, Partnerships, sole traders and Landlords.  I also work with our Directors on tax planning to ensure our clients

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Business Advice
Blue Spire

P11D Forms

Do you provide benefits to your staff or Directors? If so, then you need to make sure you complete your P11D Forms. What is a P11D? The P11D form is used to report benefits in kind. These are items or services which are considered to be of personal benefit to an employee or Director in

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Chichester accountants restart loan
Coronavirus Business Support
Blue Spire

The ‘Restart Grant’ for small businesses

Businesses across England can now apply for a Government Restart grant of up to £18,000 designed to help businesses that are in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors that have had to close due to lockdown restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. This scheme will replace the Local

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Business Advice
Blue Spire

Government apprenticeship incentive scheme

Last month during the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that the Government were increasing the incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice. Employers will now receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. There will be no limit on the number of incentive

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