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On Thursday 16 February, Kingston Smith held a debate on ‘Trump, the UK and International trade’. The debate was chaired by former Kingston Smith Senior Partner, Sir Michael Snyder. He was joined by a distinguished panel of guests: Vernon Hill, Chairman and Founder of Metro Bank, British Conservative Party politician, Professor Mark Hoban, and Richard… Read more

VAT and Tax for the Charity Accountant – a practical update

Starts: March 21, 2017 | Ends: March 21, 2017

Kingston Smith is delighted to invite you to a seminar which will explore the recent updates and developments in VAT and direct taxes.  Our speakers will take you through the potential impact for charities and provide practical examples which will include: Looking at scenarios, based on actual experience, which you need to consider when looking… Read more

If employers want to avoid completing P11Ds and payroll their benefits for 2017/18, they need to apply to do so before 5 April 2017. Since 6 April 2016 employers have had the option to process benefits in kind through the payroll. So long as the relevant tax is collected through the payroll, there will be… Read more

Does Newcastle University have to account for VAT under the reverse charge procedure Newcastle University entered into standard contractual arrangements with more than 100 agents worldwide, and paid commission to those agents for recruitment of students for the university. There was no obligation under the agreements for the agents to provide services to students. Further,… Read more

Exhibitions are becoming increasingly popular as they can really get you noticed and generate plenty of leads. But if you are attending an event with hundreds of other eager businesses, how do you stand out from the crowd? Here are some tips to get the most out of your time at an event. Grab their… Read more

60-Second Property Poll

13.02.17 / Insight posted in

This is the first summary of the results of our new quarterly 60-second Property Poll. The Poll is designed to be a quick ‘pulse check’ on property matters relevant to our clients and contacts. We hope you find this short update insightful and would welcome any comments or suggestions for questions for our next Poll… Read more

More than just a destination, London is a global brand and Europe’s number one location for technology, financial, business and creative services. The UK’s capital is one of the very few places on the globe that can boast of world-class technical expertise, creative talent and investors working together. It has a business-friendly tax environment with… Read more

Charity Update with Metro Bank

Starts: March 1, 2017 | Ends: March 1, 2017

Join Kingston Smith and Metro Bank, as we look back on a year of significant headlines, regulatory and fundraising changes and financial reporting developments. Luke Holt and Mahmood Ramji, Partners in Kingston Smith’s Not for Profit department will cover a raft of changes in the last twelve months – practical implementation of the FRS 102… Read more

AS writes: We recently developed some internal technology to enhance our customer offering. The total cost was £150,000. How should we account for this expense and is there any tax relief available? Internally developed technology is becoming increasingly common as businesses move towards a more digital world, writes Jamie Sherman, partner at Kingston Smith LLP. Companies… Read more

BPRA was introduced in April 2007. It is a 100% tax allowance for certain spending for businesses converting or renovating unused qualifying business premises in a disadvantaged area. Spending that qualifies for relief includes: building work, for example, the cost of labour and materials; architectural and design services, for example, the detailed design of the… Read more

Kingston Smith hosts ‘Trump, the UK and International trade debate’

17.02.17 / Insight posted in ,

On Thursday 16 February, Kingston Smith held a debate on ‘Trump, the UK and International trade’. The debate was chaired by former Kingston Smith Senior Partner, Sir Michael Snyder. He was joined by a distinguished panel of guests: Vernon Hill, Chairman and Founder of Metro Bank, British Conservative Party politician, Professor Mark Hoban, and Richard… Read more

Payrolling benefits – action needed before 5 April 2017 if your clients want to payroll benefits instead of completing P11Ds

17.02.17 / Insight posted in

If employers want to avoid completing P11Ds and payroll their benefits for 2017/18, they need to apply to do so before 5 April 2017. Since 6 April 2016 employers have had the option to process benefits in kind through the payroll. So long as the relevant tax is collected through the payroll, there will be… Read more

Weekly VAT Update – 15 February 2017

15.02.17 / Insight posted in ,

Does Newcastle University have to account for VAT under the reverse charge procedure Newcastle University entered into standard contractual arrangements with more than 100 agents worldwide, and paid commission to those agents for recruitment of students for the university. There was no obligation under the agreements for the agents to provide services to students. Further,… Read more

How to make the most of your time at exhibitions

14.02.17 / Insight posted in

Exhibitions are becoming increasingly popular as they can really get you noticed and generate plenty of leads. But if you are attending an event with hundreds of other eager businesses, how do you stand out from the crowd? Here are some tips to get the most out of your time at an event. Grab their… Read more

60-Second Property Poll

13.02.17 / Insight posted in

This is the first summary of the results of our new quarterly 60-second Property Poll. The Poll is designed to be a quick ‘pulse check’ on property matters relevant to our clients and contacts. We hope you find this short update insightful and would welcome any comments or suggestions for questions for our next Poll… Read more

Kingston Smith to promote London as a Catalyst for Growth in India

13.02.17 / Insight posted in

More than just a destination, London is a global brand and Europe’s number one location for technology, financial, business and creative services. The UK’s capital is one of the very few places on the globe that can boast of world-class technical expertise, creative talent and investors working together. It has a business-friendly tax environment with… Read more

Business Doctor: Can we claim tax relief on R&D?

13.02.17 / Insight posted in

AS writes: We recently developed some internal technology to enhance our customer offering. The total cost was £150,000. How should we account for this expense and is there any tax relief available? Internally developed technology is becoming increasingly common as businesses move towards a more digital world, writes Jamie Sherman, partner at Kingston Smith LLP. Companies… Read more

Final call for Business Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA)

10.02.17 / Insight posted in

BPRA was introduced in April 2007. It is a 100% tax allowance for certain spending for businesses converting or renovating unused qualifying business premises in a disadvantaged area. Spending that qualifies for relief includes: building work, for example, the cost of labour and materials; architectural and design services, for example, the detailed design of the… Read more

Residential Developments – Zero-rated VAT & Planning permission

10.02.17 / Insight posted in

Zero-rating denied It will be common knowledge to residential developers that a new dwelling can be built with the construction costs being zero-rated for VAT. However, in a recent case – Nigel Williams vs HMRC – HMRC successfully denied zero-rating of a new dwelling, despite on the face of it, having met all the “normal”… Read more

Please leave a message… I’ve disconnected

10.02.17 / Insight posted in

How often have we called a colleague after business hours?  Do we expect them to answer?  Do we at least expect them to return the call?  Similarly with emails, are we all guilty of sending messages after 5pm?  How many of us check our emails when we get home or while on holiday? Do you… Read more

Doing business in the USA

Starts: February 22, 2017 | Ends: February 22, 2017

Expansion into the US often becomes a key feature of a UK company’s growth strategy when they reach a certain stage. A new market offers countless opportunities – a new potential customer base, access to talent and sources of capital, and a chance to develop your offering. However, with a new country comes a distinctive… Read more

Charity Impact Measurement

Starts: February 28, 2017 | Ends: February 28, 2017

Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management are delighted to be offering a seminar which explores the following: How charities and non-profits understand and communicate their impact Examples of the best impact frameworks including Social Return on Investment (SROI) Practical ways to help you present your charity’s impact and fundraising messages Participants will leave with: A better… Read more

Charity Update with Metro Bank

Starts: March 1, 2017 | Ends: March 1, 2017

Join Kingston Smith and Metro Bank, as we look back on a year of significant headlines, regulatory and fundraising changes and financial reporting developments. Luke Holt and Mahmood Ramji, Partners in Kingston Smith’s Not for Profit department will cover a raft of changes in the last twelve months – practical implementation of the FRS 102… Read more

Will ‘Hard’ Brexit mean a ‘Hard’ Budget for the Property sector?

Starts: March 9, 2017 | Ends: March 9, 2017

The Chancellor will present the Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March. With recent optimism following the Prime Minister’s speech on her party’s Brexit strategy, should we expect a Budget which is going to prepare the country for the storm ahead? In his Autumn Statement in October Mr Hammond was keen to herald and encourage a fast-growing,… Read more

Spring Budget 2017: City Seminar

Starts: March 10, 2017 | Ends: March 10, 2017

Will ‘Hard’ Brexit mean a ‘Hard’ Budget? The Chancellor will present the Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March. With recent optimism following the Prime Minister’s speech on her party’s Brexit strategy, should we expect a Budget which is going to prepare the country for the storm ahead? In his Autumn Statement in October, Mr Hammond… Read more

Budget 2017: The media sector

Starts: March 14, 2017 | Ends: March 14, 2017

On 8 March, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond will deliver the new Budget. With the UK going through such formative times, Mike Hayes, tax partner at Kingston Smith, will review what the changes put forward mean within the context of your business in the media sector, whilst also looking at how these will impact… Read more

Will ‘Hard’ Brexit mean a ‘Hard’ Budget?

Starts: March 14, 2017 | Ends: March 14, 2017

The Chancellor will present the Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March. With recent optimism following the Prime Minister’s speech on her party’s Brexit strategy, should we expect a Budget which is going to prepare the country for the storm ahead? In his Autumn Statement in October, Mr Hammond was keen to herald and support the… Read more

Education Conference 2017

Starts: March 14, 2017 | Ends: March 14, 2017

Where is the education sector heading? If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that plenty of change is likely to be on the cards. Brexit was a big shock and there are concerns that fewer EU students will come to study in the UK. The Government’s U-turn over forcing all state schools to become academies was… Read more

Workshop: Maximising value for sale. Part 2

Starts: March 16, 2017 | Ends: March 16, 2017

If you are planning to sell your business in the future you should be thinking now about who might buy it and how to excite their interest and so maximise value. Quite often, the day to day running and expansion of a business can mean that all the components that make a business an attractive… Read more

VAT and Tax for the Charity Accountant – a practical update

Starts: March 21, 2017 | Ends: March 21, 2017

Kingston Smith is delighted to invite you to a seminar which will explore the recent updates and developments in VAT and direct taxes.  Our speakers will take you through the potential impact for charities and provide practical examples which will include: Looking at scenarios, based on actual experience, which you need to consider when looking… Read more

Nick Winters on supporting technology entrepreneurs in the UK

Nick Winters, Head of Technology sector group, talks about the importance of technology entrepreneurs for UK’s economy

Growth Capital series: Jonathan Garbett discusses the Growth Capital Forum and the market drivers

Jonathan talks about the reasons for launching the Growth Capital Forum and future plans. He also discusses the latest findings on the growth capital market.

Growth Capital series: Amer Hasan on setting up and raising funds to support minicabit’s expansion

Amer Hasan, founder and CEO of minicabit, highlights top three challenges in growing minicabit. Amer offers his experience-based advice on starting up a technology/online business.

Growth Capital series: Nick Winters discusses funding in different stages of the business lifecycle

Nick Winters explains the types of funding available to entrepreneurs in different stages of business lifecycle and top challenges most companies face when raising finance.

Jonathan Garbett on raising institutional equity

Jonathan defines institutional equity, approaches to raising it and what investors normally look for. He addresses the size of the institutional equity market and how current macroeconomic factors are affecting it.

Maximising value for sale’ part 1

If you are thinking of selling your business in the future, it takes careful planning to ensure that your offering is optimised.

Hindsight: The viewpoint of the seller

In this video, Chris Matthews of Sutherlands PSBD looks back at what they did right during their sales process and what they would do differently now with the benefit of hindsight

Key considerations when planning to sell

Mandy Merron, Partner at Kingston Smith Corporate finance, focuses on the key attributes that a buyer looks for in a potential acquisition

What a buyer looks for in terms of an agency’s team

Mark Slattery, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses how to secure your talent-base to ensure its longevity once the agency is sold.

Top tips for maximising the value of your client portfolio

In this video, Courtland Clarkson, Managing Director at Magis Partners, focuses on what you need to have in place when it comes to your client portfolio.

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