Auto enrollment are you prepared?

What it means Companies are legally obliged to deal with auto-enrolment and may face large fines if they don’t. Each company has their own staging date, by which time they must comply. 3 different categories of employees, for which different rules apply! Eligible Non-eligible Entitled Employees have the right to opt out but if they do, employers must re-enrol them …

The Ultimate Human Race – update

I have been deeply touched by supporters generosity in sponsoring my attempt to complete one of the toughest road ultra marathons in the World, The Comrades marathon on 31st May, to raise funds for The Childrens Adventure Farm an amazing charity doing great work for disadvantaged and under-privileged children from all over the North West. To date I have had …

The heat is on for CAFT supporters

Plucky participants, who underwent a two hour training session at CAFT’s sports facilities on their incredible farm site near Knutsford, took to walking over red hot embers for the charity late last month. A scorching £5,500 was raised, as 32 braved their soles to raise money for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. Friends and family cheered on the fire walkers …

Director of over 40 years retires

Clients, friends and colleagues past and present helped Geoff celebrate his retirement after 40 years of service. Where best to hold the event for such a well-loved gentleman then, the Etihad Stadium, as Geoff has followed them since being a young boy and been a season ticket holder for many years. Guests met in the Exhibition area of the stadium …

Helping clients to plan their future strategies

More and more often we are being asked to help clients plan their future strategies and, in particular, their exit strategies. I had a great day yesterday facilitating a client’s senior management teams away day in North Wales and helping them brainstorm in key areas:-   Systemisation of their business so that it works without them “in it” Recognising that …

Freedom of Altrincham

At Milner Boardman we have always been very aware of our social responsibilities and have invested in many key areas such as development of youth, environmental awareness, staff development and training. We have also been committed to supporting charities including our main charity Partner the Childrens Adventure Farm Trust and contributing to the local community that we operate in. We …

National Insurance: £2,000 Employment Allowance

The Government has announced that from 6 April 2014 a new “Employment Allowance” of £2,000 per year is available to many UK businesses to reduce their liability for Class 1 secondary NICs. An employer can claim the employment allowance if it is a business or charity (or community amateur sports club) that pays employer Class 1 NICs on employees’ or …

World Majors completed

Sunday 13th April saw me complete my quest to run the 6 World Marathon Majors. The journey has been an amazing roller coaster ride punctuated by events like the Boston bombings (over a year ago now), Hurricane Sandy not to mention numerous injury scares and visits to the treatment couch. Everybody told me that London would be amazing and it …

Hot Topic – Capital Allowances

Capital Allowances (“CAs”) are a very important tax benefit for commercial property owners.   Changes to the rules came into force on 1 April 2014 and introduced the ‘pooling requirement’ for any commercial property bought or sold after this date.  This means that the expenditure on assets qualifying for CAs within the property has to be identified and pooled/ documented. …

Final race

When, in the summer of 2011, I starting training for that October’s Chicago marathon I hadn’t really given any thought to attempting to complete all 6 World Marathon Majors in the following 2 ½ years! Then however, jealousy kicked in when I saw my running friend Andy’s World Marathon Majors certificate for completing all 5 and I wanted one! Little …