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.…

Tips on Trading Abroad

As some of you will be aware from our announcement last month, we have recently joined forces with UKTI to offer businesses valuable help and advice when looking to start trading abroad. UKTI work with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK…

Christmas Party Dos & Don’ts Seminar

Employees abusing the communal photocopier, disgruntled workers peeing in the boss’s pot plants, the office secretary taking pity on the person who’s been sending her flirty emails about stationery all year round! We’ve all heard the stories about Christmas Parties gone wrong, but what about those who want their Christmas Parties to run smoothly, without…