We are expanding!

Come and see us at our new and improved office in Bellshill!

We have been supporting businesses and individuals across the region for many years – now we are taking the next big step in our story.

Our new, larger office will be located in a Central Lanarkshire position, with links just off M8, M73, M80 and M74 motorways.

This means plenty of parking and great amenities for all of you who visit our office, as well as access to the latest technology to support you as you grow your business in new and exciting ways.

With large, modern and innovative board and meeting rooms, we can continue to keep in touch and share the latest insights with you.

There will be no disruption to the services and support you receive whilst we move. We will be holding an open night for you to come and see the new premises in the near future.

We appreciate that you may have questions about our move, so please feel free to contact us.


Think about the support you need for your business

Your business may be sailing along quite nicely, or it may be struggling with the effects of shortages, rising prices and an energy crisis.

In both cases could be time to step back and reflect on where you are, develop what has worked and abandon methods that don’t.

It is time to plan out a strategy for the long term. It could be a one-year or five-year plan that considers:

  • Where the company is heading
  • What you hope to achieve
  • The challenges you anticipate along the way
  • What investment will be necessary
  • The people, technology and skills required to achieve your goals.

Within this plan, you will need to consider commercial guidance and tailored business planning, including funding, financial management, advice on succession planning, your business structure and strategy and of course financial reporting.

You make take pride in how you run your business, but it makes sense to enlist professional support. That advice can save you money and help plan for future growth.

Taxation planning should be an ongoing process, not just pre-Budget

With the Spring Budget looming in March, it is easy to be tempted to delay tax planning until afterwards in hopes of favourable tax cuts.

However, the Chancellor has made it clear that significant cuts to taxation aren’t likely to be in his speech and so businesses should be taking steps now to prepare for the changes already being introduced in the months ahead.

Tax planning for businesses doesn’t have to be complicated. Small business owners can take advantage of certain deductions, credits and other tax benefits to help reduce the amount of tax they owe.

Corporation tax is a major tax for companies and tax planning allows businesses to reduce liabilities by taking advantage of capital allowances, R&D tax relief or other initiatives that encourage investment by offsetting expenditure against profits.

Effective tax planning can enable you to bring forward expenses or defer income, so as to delay tax payments into future years.

Your taxation planning should be part of a wider business plan helps you to:

  • Outline your business’s goals
  • Plan for investments and expenditure
  • Identify and be prepared for potential problems
  • Have the ability to measure your progress

A robust and well-prepared corporate tax plan can help you to make the most of the money and investments within your company.

How can you achieve taxation ‘quick wins’ before the end of the tax year

With the end of the tax year fast approaching on 5 April, it makes sense to assess your tax situation and make use of the reliefs and allowances available to you.

Here are a few quick wins you can consider to help reduce your liabilities now and in the future:

Inheritance Tax (IHT)

Each tax year individuals are allowed to give away up to £3,000 worth of assets or cash without it being added to the value of their estate, referred to as your ‘annual exemption’.

If you have any unused annual exemption, this can be carried over to the next tax year.

Capital Gains Tax Allowances

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is charged when you sell or dispose of an asset and make a profit. You are only taxed on the amount you gain from the sale or disposal.

UK residents can make a certain amount of gains each tax year before being charged CGT, this is known as the Capital Gains Tax Exemption.

The figure for 2022/23 is £12,300 but this will fall to £6,000 for 2023/24, before being reduced to £3,000 for 2024/25.

You should ensure that you are using your CGT Exemption before the end of the tax year and plan disposals to take advantage of the current higher rate.

Personal Allowance (PA)

Each individual is entitled to their own personal allowance (PA), which is set at £12,570 for 2022/23.

Part of the PA can be transferred between spouses and civil partners. The Marriage Allowance of £1,260 can be transferred, but only where neither spouse/civil partner pays tax at the higher rate.

Annual Pension Allowance

Ensuring you have made full use of your annual pension allowance is an important way to save tax. The current allowance allows most individuals to invest up to £40,000 a year before tax is applied. This allowance can be carried over several years if it has previously been unused.

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs)

You pay no Income Tax on the interest or dividends you receive from an ISA and any profits from investments are free of Capital Gains Tax. You can pay your whole allowance of £20,000 (for 2022/23) into a Stocks and Shares ISA, a Cash ISA or any combination of these.

Taking advantage of these allowances will save you and your business money. It is good practice to repeat the process every tax year.

MTD for ITSA is delayed. Should you still go ahead with cloud accounting?

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self-Assessment (MTD for ITSA) will now come into effect in April 2026 for businesses, self-employed individuals, and landlords with gross business and/or property income over £50,000.

This will be followed in April 2027 for those with similar incomes over £30,000. The question is, how soon should your business start using cloud-based compatible software before that deadline?

The answer – the sooner the better.

Beyond compliance, the benefits of MTD cloud accounting software include:

  • Reduce human error by keeping digital records and submitting tax information digitally
  • Easily capture and digitise receipts using associated apps
  • Making important decisions faster with a real-time overview of your financial position and performance
  • Automate important financial functions, like cashflow forecasting
  • Reduce your costs and saves you time by remaining constantly connected to your business through secure, remote servers
  • Enjoy up-to-date software, with all the latest functions and legislative compliance
  • Your work is saved automatically as you go, so you save both time and money on backup procedures
  • Collaborate with your accountant anywhere in the world, at any time.

MTD-compliant cloud accounting software will generate the summary updates, which must be sent to HMRC every quarter via your HMRC digital account under Making Tax Digital.

You will be able to see how much tax you owe based on the information you have provided, so you can be better prepared for future tax bills.

Being prepared for MTD and having the correct software in place and ready to use will ensure a smooth transition to the new system, but, as you can see, the benefits go far beyond compliance.