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CORPORATION TAX

Finance Act 2019 - what’s new?

The draft Finance Act 2019 contains a number of tax measures affecting business finances. Which are most likely to impact your company?
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PURCHASING

Can you use incremental analysis to make a choice?

Your factory manager wants to buy a replacement machine for the production line. It’s an expensive piece of equipment and the existing machine still functions well. How can you help the directors decide on the best course of action?
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CREDIT CONTROL

Getting invoices paid before Christmas

With many businesses shutting down for the Christmas holidays, there’s only a small window of opportunity for your customers to pay you. How can you ensure that you don’t start the new year with a poor cash flow forecast?
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KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

How can you improve the company’s debtor days?

Following a review of debtor days with the bank manager, the MD has asked you for a plan to improve the efficiency of the accounts receivable department. Where should you start and what should you consider?
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UTILITIES

Water switch savings greater than expected

In April 2017 the retail water market changed. New research suggests the money SMEs could save by shopping around is more than predicted. But how much more and should you bother switching?
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TRAINING COSTS

Tax breaks for trainees

You accept the need to invest in training your staff. But though the costs can quickly mount up, there are some little-known tax savings that could help you out. What might you save?
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OFFICE COSTS

Rising food costs - check the fridge

The long hot and dry summer is pushing up the price of some essential foods this winter. If you supply free food, drinks, etc. to your staff what can you do to manage the increased cost?
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ENERGY

A bright idea - change the light bulbs

Another ban on light bulbs has now come into effect. Which ones are affected this time around and could the change to lower energy replacements actually save your business money?
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CONTRACTS

Getting indemnities right

You’re likely to be involved in setting contract terms with customers. One area that is usually heavily negotiated is indemnities. What should you be looking out for when reviewing them?
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PURCHASE LEDGER

Is it time to clean up the purchase ledger master file?

During the last audit, the auditors noted that there were a number of errors emanating from input into the purchase ledger. They recommended that the purchase ledger be cleaned up. How should you do this and why is it important?
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SPREADSHEETS

New SORT and SORTBY functions in Excel

A new set of powerful array functions is being rolled out to Office 365 subscribers. Three useful ones are SORT, SORTBY and FILTER. What’s the advantage of using these and how do they work?
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Last updated: 14.12.2018

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