What's been in the news

If you follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, you will know that we regularly publish news that we think you find interesting, of use or insightful. Below are direct links to recent news that we've posted:

May 2022

HRD Connect


So many of us are familiar with formal organisational structures but as Global HR analyst Josh Bersin reports in this HRD Connect article, 'Change from org chart hierarchies that don’t help to something that does: Work design' this type of structure restricts business growth. 

April 2022



Xero has recently released its new App Launcher which integrates the Xero App Store’s apps into the My Xero dashboard via a single dropdown tab. 

There’s now no need to leave Xero! 

Xero’s new App Launcher: Bringing apps closer to Xero small businesses and their advisors


Danny Palmer reports on how phishing emails targeting LinkedIn accounts are on the rise. Danny details what to watch out for and help you spot a phishing attack

Phishing emails targeting LinkedIn accounts are on the rise

March 2022



The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his Spring Statement on 23 March. Faced with the task of creating a ‘strong economy’ for the UK, against the challenging background of high inflation, rising costs and the threat of conflict in Europe, he announced a raft of new measures.

Here's a full breakdown of the Spring Statement from BBC News

And here's our blog Spring Statement 2022 - good news for business?


This article from Croner-i reports on the mixed response to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement last week from various industry bodies including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), CIPD, Federation of Master Builders IFMB), Institute of Directors (IoD) and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Mixed response to Chancellor's Spring Statement


Are you up to date with the changes to the national minimum and living wage and statutory payments? With the new tax year 2022/23 heralding various increases, as a business owner, you will want to know the impact on your business costs. 

Here are details of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage (NMW/NLW)

December 2021



Do you know the extent of your digital carbon footprint within your business’ operations?
This article by Max Starr gives some useful advice for businesses looking to implement quick and effective emission savings in the face of their digital carbon footprint.

Your carbon footprint hidden in plain sight

November 2021

Sky News


According to Jon Craig, chief political correspondent at Sky News, Rishi Sunak's budget last week ‘can be summed up as the good, the bad and the bubbly’.

Budget 2021: Chancellor Rishi Sunak's address a case of the good, the bad and the bubbly

Recovery Loan Scheme

With most of the Government’s Covid financial support schemes now closed, the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) has been a last route to funding for many Covid-impacted businesses.

In the Autumn Budget & Spending Review 2021, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced an extension of 6 months to the RLS, making it possible to apply for a recovery loan until 30 June 2022.

Is your business eligible for this funding?

October 2021



The deadline for HMRC Self Assessment is 31 Jan 2022 but there's no need to wait until then - it can be submitted online at any time.

File your Self Assessment tax return online


Thought provoking article from management accountant, Makbul Patel on AccountingWEB.co.uk who gives his insight into England's health and social issues ahead of the upcoming Budget.

The 2021 Autumn Budget: Health and social funding predictions


If you’re thinking of recruiting, this short guide from Xero will help you get the ball rolling and remember, we’re always on hand to help and provide the technical know-how. 

Guide to hiring


For those of you who have a canine friend to amuse whilst you WFH, here’s some advice for dog owners to help keep your dog — or other distractions — from eating into your work day.

A Survival Guide For Dog Parents Who Work At Home


How many of us would love to work a 4 day week but don't think it's realistic or indeed, possible? Don't let things get to burnout before deciding to make the change - this is worth a watch from the guys at Xero.

How does a 4 day work week sound?