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Driver complaints about car park fine policies hit unprecedented levels image
.... However, many firms try to blur the difference by calling them Parking Charge Notices (PCNs), similar to local authority Penalty Charge Notices (also known as PCNs), apeing the yellow windscreen tickets issued by local authorities and employing debt collection agencies to chase for non-payment. In fact, debt collectors have no power to enforce payment or seize goods and many are unregulated sole traders. ...
UK workers are cheated out of at least £1.5bn a year in holiday pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 03:07:12 PM
.... In August 2016 Newmark was once again disqualified from acting as director or managing a limited company, this time along with his son Brett, for a combined eight and a half years. It is not illegal for disqualified people to continue to operate as sole traders. ...
Ofcom opens investigation into the cost of 118 calls image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 11:44:13 AM
.... . Small businesses and sole traders often use them to make it easier to manage calls. ...
The Crusader: Trader falls victim to debt collector trying to get back money owed image
....In some situations the consumer-focused Financial Ombudsman can also look at complaints on behalf of small traders. This is when the business bringing the complaint is a sole trader or a partnership (but not a limited company) and the defendant is classed as a micro enterprise so  has fewer than 10 employees and an annual turnover of less than two million euros (£1. ...
Amazon expands into UK's £96bn business-to-business market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 05:30:43 AM
....The products the service will sell range from laptops to thermal imaging cameras and cleaning products. Bill Burkland, head of Amazon Business UK, said: “Whether you are a sole trader, a buyer in a mid-size company or a chief procurement officer in a large multinational organisation, Amazon Business has the products and capabilities to serve your needs. ...
PM backs plans to overhaul workers' rights to reflect gig ecomomy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:25:37 AM
.... “People want it to be that robots create the possibility for human beings to have fulfilled work, not that we end up serving the machines,” he said. Taylor’s review has found evidence of companies asking employees to incorporate themselves as sole traders, rather than go on the company payroll, enabling them to avoid benefits such as statutory maternity pay or sick pay, according to the Times. ...
Hammond went where Osborne feared to tread with tax on self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:41:03 PM
.... That’s the news. Dipping into the pockets of sole traders would have been bad enough, without the fact that the policy appeared to contradict a clear promise in the Tory general election manifesto – not to raise national insurance rates. ...
The shameless Tories have betrayed the self-employed – and themselves | John Harris image
....Superficially it looks like the rightwing press falling into yet another fit of specious morality. The morning after the budget, newspaper pages brimmed with testimony from sole traders and small-business owners, as if Philip Hammond’s budget pushed them to the brink of destitution. ...
Hammond was a picture of relaxed swagger – because he was in the ring alone image
.... True, Hammond was being hounded within minutes for breaking a pledge not to raise national insurance contributions that had featured in the Conservative manifesto of 2015. And the Daily Mail wasted no time in slamming the chancellor for his “brazen tax raid” on sole traders earning more than £16,000. ...
Budget 2017: Tax-free dividend allowance slashed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 06:04:27 PM
....Many small traders set up businesses by forming a company and paying themselves through dividends as well as a salary. Chris Bryce, chief executive of IPSE, which represents self-employed workers, said: "The reduction in dividend tax allowance, whether you work as a sole trader or through a limited company [will mean] you will be facing higher bills. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
....The chancellor said he would increase class four national insurance contributions (NICs) by one percentage point to 10% in April 2018, rising again to 11% in 2019. A Labour spokesman condemned what he called a “sole traders tax” – though the Treasury pointed out that the changes would only hit those whose profits exceeded £8,000, and many of those were due to benefit from a separate change due to take effect in April, which will see class two NICs, also paid by the self-employed, abolished. ...
Jeanette Winterson to close London shop due to business rates surge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 07:01:42 PM
.... It’s a generational mistake because we’ll never get back in. Once you get the little guys out of the little shops, those premises will never again come back into the hands of sole traders. ...
Risks and rewards image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:21:34 AM
....Yet despite the risks, large companies such as Benefit and Nissan now have entire teams at their disposal to run their live streams. An increasing number of sole traders and small firms are also trying their luck, without many overheads - often they just need to buy a tripod to keep their smartphone steady, and an external microphone. ...
We need to rethink workers’ rights in today’s gig economy | Matthew Taylor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:28:58 AM
....Another important issue is the way our employment and tax system interact. Arrangements such as self-employment and sole trader incorporation can provide flexibility for all parties but there is also a strong financial incentive at play. ...
Care homes in crisis as revised figures reveal surge in insolvencies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 05:51:54 PM
....FRP Advisory, the consultancy firm which uncovered the revision in the government data, said the surge in the number of insolvencies only revealed part of the financial problems in the industry. Chris Stevens, partner at FRP, said: “Corporate insolvencies only tell part of the picture as many care home closures or business failures occur via receiverships – processes where lenders can often take control of premises owned by sole traders or partnerships in financial difficulty. ...
Small businesses may end up paying the price for digital tax system image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 12:00:32 PM
....On Monday night, the curtain came down on the government’s consultation on plans to fully digitise taxation in the UK by 2020. This will create significant challenges for many micro businesses and sole traders, some experts warn. ...
Your own boss?  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of October 2016 05:31:39 PM
.... . Nine years on Mr Smith - although earning less - says his decision to become a sole trader was the right one. ...
No money image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of October 2016 11:09:43 PM
....But it was in January of that year that his wife, a sunglasses importer, returned from a trade fair and complained that she'd lost out on business because she couldn't accept debit cards from her customers. Mr de Geer says this was because, at the time, most sole traders and small firms couldn't afford the expensive mobile card processors available from banks. ...
Born to sell image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 4th of September 2016 11:29:39 PM
...."I didn't really understand profit and loss, VAT and payroll. And was I a limited company, or a sole trader? I didn't know. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 06:00:18 AM
.... Make more to check it wasn’t a one-off. Next, set up as a sole trader and get a website going. ...
Pension advice for the self-employed - how to plan for retirement image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of May 2016 06:15:00 AM
....”. The challenge many sole traders and small business owners face early on is finding cash from within the business to invest in a pension on a regular basis. ...
'Facial scans that can calculate risk': new tools that will transform your finances image
.... • Nutmeg cuts fees amid arrival of cheaper 'roboadvisers' • Risks emerge in the age of robot advisers • Could Britain's next runaway tech success be one of these? . iZettle has helped sole traders and small businesses that normally can’t afford to accept debit cards to accept card payments through a mobile phone. ...
Startup of the Year 2015-2016 competition entry: Danielle's Made For You image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 05:14:42 PM
. Danielle Legg, sole trader at Danielle’s Made For You, explains why the business should win the Startup of the Year category of the Guardian Small Business Showcase competition:. ...
Home business innovation 2015-16 competition entry: The Authentic Branding Company image
....I use my branding knowledge and coaching skills to help them clarify their unique brand so they stand out from the competition, market effectively (and cost-effectively) to the right target market, and my communications and copywriting skills to write professional marketing communications for them, that will do their job and get them the leads and sales they want. I work with other sole traders and small businesses, web and graphic designers, business coaches and printers, to offer a full agency service but because of our low overheads we can charge affordable rates. ...
Dream of being your own boss? Join the sole traders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of January 2016 07:15:05 AM
. Chasing invoices, juggling family life and dealing with clients who expect the world for a pittance – all these are part of the daily grind for a sole trader. ...
Making a to-do list that does the business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of November 2015 07:56:59 AM
.... Running a business, and pursuing that elusive “work-life balance”, can be overwhelming due to the variety of roles and responsibilities you take on. As a sole trader, you’re passionate about your goods or services but also need time to deal with admin, planning, research, marketing and perhaps managing other people. ...
Dashboard cameras: Crusader's all you need to know guide image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of November 2015 03:44:00 PM
The tough world of Australian fitness image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of November 2015 12:04:38 AM
....Her firm has an annual turnover of around 120,000 Australian dollars, while outgoings include equipment, and a fee to the local council of 1,500 Australian dollars that allows her to use the beaches and parks. "As a sole trader it is not a huge amount of money," says Ms Turner. ...
My 'sharing economy' business helped me to buy my own flat image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 8th of October 2015 06:27:27 AM
.... . She said: “Because I was going through PAYE as an employee, my earnings as a ‘sole trader’ from the ceramic sales attracted a high rate of tax – everything I was earning was halved. ...
Don't trust your financial adviser the way you trust your doctor  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 4th of October 2015 06:22:42 AM
.... The advisers’ customers were persuaded to invest, say, £40,000 and then borrow a six-figure sum to make a total “investment” of about £200,000. The customers then became “partners” or sole traders in a “business” and were supposed to be able to claim tax relief on the entire sum. ...
Marketing and PR 2015-16 competition entry: Ma Baker image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of September 2015 10:41:35 AM
....Liz Wilson, owner of London-based Ma Baker, explains why the business should win the marketing and PR category of the Guardian Small Business Showcase competition. As a sole trader with a micro bakery, I have had little money to spend on marketing and PR. ...
Marketing and PR 2015-16: Clare Macnaughton image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of September 2015 10:19:53 AM
....My subject matter is controversial and against the grain – it has met with great opposition within the military community but I soldier on and stick to my guns. Author Clare Macnaughton is a sole trader. ...
Business owners' dangerous work-life balance puts wellbeing at risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of September 2015 06:00:11 AM
....“Setting up and running your own business demands a huge commitment that many employees would never want to undertake,” says Jason Stockwood, chief executive of Simply Business. “Microbusiness owners and sole traders have to be more than the CEO of their company – they have to play every important role from finance director to chief marketing officer. ...
Is your business affected by Libor? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of August 2015 06:00:08 AM
.... Most recently, the UK operations of Deutsche Bank was fined £227m by the FCA for Libor and Euribor failings, and for misleading the regulator. SMEs, partnerships and sole traders may be affected where they have used financial products that are benchmarked to Libor. ...
Small business owners – how much holiday are you taking this year? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of August 2015 06:15:11 AM
....It’s that time of year when social media feeds are bursting with images of sandy beaches and poolside cocktails. But when you’re a sole trader or small business owner, the thought of leaving your enterprise unattended can turn the Algarve or Cornish coastline into a distant dream. ...
Master SEO and rise up the Google rankings image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of July 2015 06:00:06 AM
....2tn searches per year worldwide. On the web, sole traders can in theory compete with the corporate big boys, so being able to be found – and found easily – among those searches is essential for any firm. ...
Small Talk: Equity crowdfunding has seen big success but it shouldn't be part of the Isa regime image
....Funding Options, which works with small businesses trying to raise finance, points out that 1,080 small businesses were subject to HM Revenue & Customs’ powers of “distraint” last year, which allow the authority to seize and auction off the assets of a business that has not settled its tax bill. This Friday is the deadline for sole traders and unincorporated businesses to make their second payment on account for the 2014-15 financial year, with 50 per  cent of the total  annual bill now  falling due. ...
Life through a lens: how to start a successful photography business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of July 2015 11:32:00 AM
....But that is only part of it. You will need to decide whether you are going to operate as a limited company, in partnership or as a sole trader. ...
Little Shoreditch cafe becomes first shop to trial Apple Pay image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of July 2015 08:19:48 AM
.... . Founder Tom Reaney, who launched the burger bar in June, said: "To compete with bigger businesses it is important that SMEs and sole traders can accept all payment types and move with innovation - so accepting Apple Pay is going to be vital. ...
Buy-to-let: How landlords can cut their shock new tax bill  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 10th of July 2015 06:50:22 PM
Budget 2015: Small businesses bear brunt of living wage image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of July 2015 06:06:04 PM
.... On the one hand, they will have corporation tax cut again in the next few years to 19 per cent, but they will also have money taken away from them by a new tax on dividends. Indeed, if you are a small business owner with a company making about £50,000 a year profit, you will be paying more tax than before but about the same as if you were a sole trader. ...
Self-employed workers are the future. We need a fair deal for them image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of July 2015 11:29:00 AM
....5 million individuals working in this way, accounting for an incredible two-thirds of new jobs since 2008. A recent study from the RSA demonstrated how microbusinesses, including sole traders, help to spur productivity, innovation and economic growth. ...
Driving a wedge between small and big businesses is not helpful image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of July 2015 09:23:41 AM
....The new government is hitting the legislative ground running, looking to use its Enterprise Bill to reduce regulation and create a business environment that encourages entrepreneurship. These are objectives welcomed by firms from sole traders to multinationals. ...
Third-party sellers and Amazon - a double-edged sword in e-commerce image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of June 2015 01:31:36 PM
....He said: “Many of the small businesses that trade on Marketplace are using the facility as an additional form of exposure – and they would have been in business anyway without Amazon. “Of the other businesses using Marketplace, many represent part-time employment for a sole trader, often taking the form of a second job. ...
HMRC demands £1m from scaffolder – over £11,000 unpaid tax image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of June 2015 12:15:10 PM
.... . But Mr Hodges, a sole trader from Downe in Kent, actually owed just £11,153 in unpaid VAT from his business, Aqua Blue Scaffolding, according to a tax tribunal held in May. ...
....R3’s data, based on tracking how many companies are exhibiting one of five potential distress signals for businesses – lower profits, lower sales, regular use of maximum overdraft, falling market share, and redundancies – shows that businesses are less likely to be in trouble than at any time since the Business Distress Index began in 2010. Small businesses are seeing distress levels come down particularly quickly – for example, just one in five sole traders is now exhibiting one or more signs of distress, compared to one in two last November, when the research was last published. ...
Mapped: Where in the UK has been getting richer since the financial crisis image
...." . "The sector also includes sole trader enterprises (the self-employed) and non-profit institutions serving households," such as charities and most universities, the ONS said. ...
I sent my iPhone for repair. But the store won't give it back image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of May 2015 11:00:06 PM
....“We didn’t let the bailiffs in because we hadn’t done anything wrong,” says a spokesman who describes himself as the manager. For the same reason, he says, the company, which operates as a sole trader, did not defend itself in the small claims proceedings. ...
Virtual PAs can cure entrepreneurs' paranoia image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of May 2015 07:41:04 AM
. A difficulty with being an owner of a micro business or a sole trader is that it’s easy to become paranoid – paranoid that a new customer who’s just found you on Google is going to go elsewhere if you don’t answer the phone immediately. ...
.... The hike is manageable for nationwide retailers, which can balance the extra fees they will pay in London with savings in parts of the country where high streets are struggling. But the quirky sole traders don’t get the same trade-off. ...
Greek exit fears shake confidence in UK growth image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 10th of April 2015 04:00:54 AM
.... . The entrepreneurs questioned ranged from sole traders to the owners of firms turning over millions of pounds. ...
Small businesses welcome 'encouraging' Budget changes  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 19th of March 2015 02:15:00 PM
.... . The plan for a single digital tax account, doing away with the annual return and saving valuable time for micro firms and sole traders especially, was also hailed by the FSB which had called for it in its latest manifesto. ...
Silver entrepreneurs behind Britain’s self-employment boom, says Bank of England image
.... . The most common forms of self-employment are sole traders, partnerships and limited liability companies, the Bank said. ...
Rio's small firms getting a helping hand image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of March 2015 12:37:04 AM
....To try to earn a higher income Ms Xavier hopes to move into the world of fashion, and start designing, making and selling artisan clothes. To help her successfully launch and run the business, Ms Xavier is taking advantage of free classes offered by Sebrae, a Brazil-wide not-for-profit support service for sole traders and small businesses. ...
Lending to small businesses rises sharply as confidence improves image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 8th of March 2015 09:07:03 PM
.... John Allan, FSB national chairman, said:. “These are promising signs… But there are still large numbers of businesses, especially sole traders and micro businesses, that are not aware of their finance options and as a consequence don’t get the finance they need. ...
Trustworthy estate agents are coming to a high street near you (and they're American) image
.... . The franchise business, which also operates in Turkey, South Africa, Spain and south east Asia, has signed up 40 sole traders and independent estate agents in the capital after a soft launch last year. ...
The local grocer returns to UK high streets image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 19th of February 2015 12:01:46 AM
.... “The high street has adapted over the years to meet changing consumer needs, offering a number of new opportunities for microbusiness owners to make the most of. I am however disheartened to see the fall in certain sectors which reaffirms our campaign to create more support for our nation’s microbusinesses and sole traders who form a vital part of our society and economy. ...
Tech City is spreading outside of London as number of technology businesses increases, report finds image
....The first ever Tech Nation report reveals there are over 47,000 digital technology companies in the UK, with 74 per cent of those based outside of London. Half of the total, which don’t include sole traders, have been set up since the recession, with a digital technology companies accounting for 15% of all new companies founded since 2008. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 5th of February 2015 01:20:42 AM
....The first ever Tech Nation report reveals that there are more than 47,000 digital technology companies in the UK, with 74 per cent of those based outside London. Half of the total, which does not include sole traders, have been set up since the recession and account for 15 per cent of companies founded since 2008. ...
Expert's view of The Apprentice:  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:35:58 AM
.... . Katie was one candidate who had impressed, largely thanks to her can-do, no-nonsense attitude, which had seen her take some of the skills of being a sole trader - self-motivation and an outgoing nature - and applying them to the tasks. ...
Victory for UK micro firms as HMRC tweaks EU VAT MOSS rule image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of December 2014 06:00:29 PM
.... "We were being held to the same corporate compliance procedures as giants like Amazon," said Ms Watkins. “It’s still not perfect, as sole traders and tiny companies will still have to shoulder an admin burden from the first £1 of digital product sold into the EU, however keeping our UK threshold is definitely a start. ...
Sole trader or limited company: the best choice for freelances image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 1st of December 2014 02:25:00 PM
....However, Stewart says there are benefits to operating under a limited company. "First and foremost, it grants access to the many clients who will not engage with sole traders," she added. ...
Cyber Monday 2014 explained: retail frenzy continues image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 29th of November 2014 04:57:07 PM
.... . Its figures show that as many as 2m sole traders and small companies are missing out on an estimated £164bn in sales because they have no online presence. ...
Juncker will have a difficult job waking Europe from its torpor image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 27th of November 2014 07:00:53 AM
.... However, the collateral victims of this policy will be those micro firms selling digital products, such as e-books and e-courses, which are currently VAT exempt by dint of their size. These small enterprises, often operating as sole traders, may grow and become employers - but not if they are knocked off course by yet another regulatory requirement imposed by the EU. ...
New EU VAT rules threaten to kill UK micro firms image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of November 2014 09:41:59 AM
.... . The new law won’t apply to downloads from app-stores or other portals but will affect thousands of sole traders. ...
Holiday pay ruling means 300,000 workers may lose overtime image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of November 2014 05:00:30 AM
....9 million small companies in the UK, but that includes 3. 7 million sole traders, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. ...
Quiz: who earns more - builders or shop owners? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of October 2014 04:00:58 AM
.... . AXA, which surveyed 1,150 sole traders or business owners with fewer than nine employees, said 28pc of owners do not pay themselves a regular salary, but take lump sums as and when cash flows in. ...
Could an old business bankruptcy affect a building insurance quote today? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of September 2014 05:59:05 AM
....A limited company’s failure does not mean bankruptcy or financial penalty for a director, nor would it affect a credit rating. Could your partner have been declared bankrupt while operating as a sole trader? The Insolvency Service says that a director disqualification could also have an effect. ...
Alternative funding remains a mystery for smaller firms image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 06:03:00 PM
.... . Awareness levels were lowest among sole traders. ...
How do freelancers get a mortgage? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of September 2014 11:36:54 AM
....Changes in the mortgage market have made things even harder for freelancers whose income may well fluctuate month to month. In theory, self-employed workers should have access to the same mortgage deals as anyone else, provided they can produce two to three years’ worth of accounts (if they’re registered as a limited company) or SA302s (HMRC forms proving tax payments, for sole traders who compete an annual self-assessment return). ...
Small firms making big claims for Scottish independence image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:10:57 AM
.... The Yes side’s 200, not all of whom are declared members of BfS, include just three identified as active directors of public limited companies. The vast majority are small businesspeople such as guesthouse and shopkeepers, or sole traders such as consultants, designers and accountants. ...
Weaving a pattern of success: Sales are up thanks to a new way of paying image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of August 2014 08:13:00 AM
. Since allowing customers to pay with Barclaycard’s Anywhere app a few months ago, sole trader Kate Williams has seen a 33 per cent rise in sales of her hand-woven products. ...
.... One reason for the dramatic fall in unemployment over the past year or so has been the large number of people moving into self-employment. Most of these people will be operating as sole traders with no employees at all. ...
The artisan’s friend crafting big profit from bespoke goods  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 18th of April 2014 11:19:37 AM
.... . One man trumpeting the community of 23,000 small studios and sole traders producing handmade, luxury goods is Mark Henderson, the chairman of Savile row tailor, Gieves & Hawkes. ...
50 side businesses to set up from home image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of September 2010 11:01:50 PM

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