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After you’ve gone

We enter the world with nothing and depart as we were born, leaving our earthly possessions behind. This harsh circle of life becomes grimmer for those left behind, especially where there is no will to determine how a deceased’s assets are to be distributed.

Get happy

We have a problem with productivity in the UK. Quite simply, we’re not as productive as many other developed nations.

Tax-savvy property management

There’s an oft used phrase among those in the accountancy profession: that no one should ‘let the tax tail wag the investment dog’, meaning, investment decisions shouldn’t be made solely for tax reasons.

New territories

It can be brutal out there. Arguably, it’s never been tougher to thrive in the print sector. Low margins are the order of the day and some markets are being eroded by stiff competition from new media. Businesses in the print sector simply can’t afford to stand still.

Can print blaze a trail to close the succession gap?

The old-fashioned printer is something of an endangered species. Following the financial crisis hundreds of skilled print jobs were lost in the industry as companies consolidated or fell by the wayside.

Concentrate on contracts to make debtors pay up

According to risk manager Atradius in its October 2018 Payment Practices Barometer, the UK has the highest proportion of overdue invoices in Europe at a staggering 48.7%. The next worst is France at 47.45% followed by Switzerland at 46.5%.

Calling in the cavalry

Woody Allen wrote in his screenplay for the film Annie Hall, that “those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym.” While there may be an element of truth in his thinking, there has to be a compromise.

Set up your own champions’ league

Ink is in the blood,” says Essential Print Services founder and owner Yvonne Gorman.

HMRC always gets its share

It’s bad enough that failed firms leave a wake of upset and financially hurt creditors. But when the taxman steams in, takes preference over unsecured creditors, saving little for anyone else, it can leave a particularly nasty taste in the mouth.

Any which way but lose?

In spite of the latest zany political shenanigans – Boris threatening to break the law (or actually breaking the law), opposition MPs sitting on Speaker John Bercow in an attempt to, physically, prevent prorogation, a government wilfully throwing its majority away – it looks very much like the UK could, one way or another, finally leave the EU on 31 October – and on a no-deal basis too.

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