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New Tax-Free Childcare scheme introduced

The government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme is currently being rolled out, starting with parents of the youngest children. The scheme, which is intended to help parents with the cost of childcare, is worth a maximum of £2,000 per child (£4,000 for a disabled child). Tax relief of up… read more


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New rules on inheritance tax take effect

From 6 April 2017, a new Residence Nil-Rate Band (RNRB) for inheritance tax (IHT) has been introduced. The band enables a ‘family home’ to be passed wholly or partially tax-free on death to direct descendants, such as children or grandchildren. The RNRB is in addition to an individual’s… read more


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Rawlinsons staff support Volunteering Week for local charities

The team from city accountancy firm Rawlinsons is being given the opportunity to take a paid day out of the office to help local charities as part of the company’s commitment to community volunteering. A number of projects at chosen charities have been earmarked for assistance including sorting… 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 13. This popular, free full-day event – now in its sixth year – is one of the biggest in the region with over 120 delegates attending each year. One delegate… read more


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High street business guru turned theory on its head

ONE of the UK’s leading businessmen broke all the obvious rules when growing his huge retail empire. Speaking at Rawlinsons Annual Business Conference, high street retail guru John Timpson said his senior management team existed only to support the front line delivery of the very best customer service.… read more


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City business survey highlights cautious optimism

THE city’s business community remains cautiously optimistic about economic conditions over the next 12 months. That is the main conclusion of The Greater Peterborough Business Survey 2017, produced by Rawlinsons in association with Opportunity Peterborough. Over 120 local businesses took part in the annual survey, designed to test… read more


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2017 Budget – Chancellor defends NIC increase for the self-employed

Chancellor Philip Hammond has defended the increase in national insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed, as announced in yesterday’s Spring Budget, on the grounds of the ‘new challenges’ being faced by the government. In his first ever Budget to the House of Commons, the Chancellor announced that the… read more


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2017 Spring Budget – the economic picture

Within his first Budget speech, Chancellor Philip Hammond reported on ‘an economy that has continued to confound commentators with robust growth’. In its report prepared for the Budget, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now predicts that the UK economy will grow by 2% this year, as opposed… read more


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2017 Spring Budget – the political reaction

Presenting his first Budget to the House of Commons, Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged ‘to build a stronger, fairer, better Britain’. Leaders of the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party commented on a selection of the key announcements made by Mr Hammond in the speech. Labour… read more


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2017 Spring Budget: the business reaction

Business groups have responded to the key announcements made in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget speech. Commenting on the controversial issue of the upcoming changes to business rates, Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: ‘FSB welcomes the fact that the Chancellor has… read more