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EMI given go-ahead with EU State Aid approval

On 4 April this year, HMRC announced that the tax benefits of options granted under an EMI scheme would be put on hold temporarily as the necessary EU State Aid had expired.  Under this guidance, any EMI options granted after 6 April 2018 could not be guaranteed to… read more


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Annual charity conference date confirmed

Rawlinsons is once again hosting the highly successful annual Charity Conference at Kingsgate Conference Centre in Peterborough on June 12. This popular, free full-day event – now in its eighth year – is one of the biggest in the region with over 120 delegates attending each year. This… read more


Annual P11D returns explained

If you’re reading this article, then chances are you have at one time or another either received a P11D form from your employer, been responsible for preparing P11D’s for employees – or both. What are they? The P11D forms are formally described as covering the Return of Expenses… read more


EMI share options await EU state approval

EU State Aid approval for the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) scheme, expired on 6 April 2018. While the consensus is that it will be reinstated at some stage, businesses can not currently use the EMI scheme to issue share options to employees. Often used by smaller companies, EMI… read more


Generating Additional Income for Academy Schools

Academy trusts are facing a number of the same challenges as schools still under local authority control, with press reports of 60% of trusts warning that funding cuts and cost increases are driving cashflow and budget issues. Larger deficits are, in turn, putting pressure on pay, staffing and… read more


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City business confidence bucks the national trend, according to annual survey

Business confidence in the local economy is up according to the findings of the 2018 Greater Peterborough Business Survey, produced by Rawlinsons in association with Opportunity Peterborough. Over half of the businesses responding to the annual survey reported increased performance over the last 12 months with 64% confident… read more


Is incorporation right for your business?

Whether to run your business as a sole trader, partnership or as a limited company is a dilemma that business owners have been wrestling with for years. While a range of factors can impact a decision on structuring a business, finance is often key. Here we consider the… read more


The Rise of the Silver Supporters

Financial support from grandparents to their families is increasingly needed just to keep them afloat according to recent research by The Scottish Widow’s Centre for the Modern Family: Individual grandparents give around £2,200 a year to support their families 85% did not make provision for these outgoings More… read more


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Turning customers into fans is our objective, Metro Bank boss addresses Rawlinsons’ conference

Metro Bank is changing the face of high street banking, according to CEO Craig Donaldson, who was speaking at the annual Rawlinsons Business Conference on Thursday. The retail bank, which is entirely customer focused, opened a Peterborough branch last year. Speaking at Rawlinsons Annual Business Conference at the… read more


Employers – are you ready for the new Auto Enrolment rate changes from April 2018?

Under auto enrolment rate changes beginning on 6 April 2018, employers may be required to increase the amount of their contributions into their automatic enrolment pension. From 6 April employers will have to contribute a minimum of 2% and staff members will have to make up the total to 5%.… read more