Finance For Your Business

In these difficult economic times (even though the government tells us that we have turned a corner!) businesses are still struggling to raise finance to keep their businesses going and invest in the growth of their business. The traditional banks seem to only lend to businesses that do not require lending but are hesitant in…

Super Connected Derby

Some of you may not be aware of a scheme currently being run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is aiming to help businesses meet the upfront capital costs of connecting to a better broadband service, and is currently available to Derby businesses.  The ‘Super Connected Cities Programme’ aims to support economic…

Virgin Start-up Scheme

Here at Sibbalds, we are big believers in the importance of grants and start-up loans for entrepreneurs and new businesses, who may be struggling to get funding from the more traditional avenues. Recent weeks have seen us blog about the success of Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund, and we today turn our attention to the Virgin…

Being Pursued by HMRC

You may be aware of a story which was published yesterday on the This is Money website, regarding a small Caribbean cafe in North London which was being pursued by HMRC for over £500,000. The business, Tanya’s Takeaway, was opened in 1988 by Mrs Icilda Newell, and although it has not made much profit throughout…

Late Tax Returns

Following on from our blog post earlier last week regarding the amount of Christmas Day online submissions of tax returns, we now turn our attention some of the most bizarre, farfetched and downright strange excuses people have genuinely given in the past for sending in late tax returns.  1. My pet goldfish died (self-employed builder); 2.…