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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

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Rawlinsons joins forces with Baldwins Accountants

Baldwins, one of the UK’s fastest growing business advisory firms, is expanding into Cambridgeshire for the first time after joining forces with Rawlinsons. Rawlinsons, which has offices on Lincoln Road in Peterborough and Bar Road in Lolworth, has joined the Baldwins Group on 1st March. Baldwins, a CogitalGroup… read more

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HMRC considering plans for new points-based penalty system

HMRC has announced its intention to reform the current penalty system for late or missing tax returns, as part of its review of tax administration and compliance. Under the proposed new system, taxpayers who miss the self assessment filing deadline could receive driving licence-style points instead of an… read more

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Abolition of Class 2 NICs is delayed

The government has delayed the abolition of Class 2 national insurance contributions (NICs) by a year, to 6 April 2019. Under the reforms, which had been due to take effect in April 2018, Class 2 NICs will be abolished and Class 4 contributions will be reformed to include… read more

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Are you prepared for the new data protection regulation?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into effect on 25 May 2018, and will require all organisations that deal with individuals living in an EU member state to protect the personal information belonging to those individuals, and have verified proof of such protection.… read more

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New National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

In the 2017 Autumn Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced increases in both the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage (NLW). The new rates will apply from April 2018, and are as follows: Apprentices* 16 and 17 18 – 20 21 – 24 25 and over… read more

Property Tax Changes

Getting on the housing ladder used to be a realistic aspiration for young people, but growing affordability problems in the housing market are fast becoming a political hot potato, driving policy changes around property tax changes. Philip Hammond’s removal of stamp duty for first time buyers on properties… read more

What is the Trusts Registration Service?

The Trust Registration Service (TRS) provides an online route for trusts and complex estates, to comply with their registration obligations and to obtain their Self Assessment Unique Tax Reference. It replaces the current paper 41G(Trust) form and the ad hoc process for trustees to notify H M Revenue… read more

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2018 Greater Peterborough Business Survey

Measuring Peterborough’s economic health The 2018 Greater Peterborough Business Survey has been launched to measure economic progress in the city over the last 12 months and look ahead to future prospects. This survey, introduced five years ago by city accountancy firm Rawlinsons and supported by economic development company… read more