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Blog Post Round-up: GDPR Regulation

January 8th, 2018 | Comments Off | Posted in Business

With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to be implemented in May 2018 small business owners will be expected to comply with the regulation. The new regulation seeks to punish business owners who infringe their customer’s data by selling on their personal information.

Small Business Blog Round-up: What is GDPR?

What is GDPR and how will it affect my company?
Customers across the globe have become increasingly wary about the way in which companies are using and sharing their personal data. That’s why the European Union has stepped in with sweeping legislature designed to empower consumers and punish companies for infringing on people’s privacy. It’s called GDPR, and if you handle any data whatsoever, it will affect the way you do business.

Source: https://www.qualitycompanyformations.co.uk/blog/gdpr-will-affect-company/

How SMEs can prepare for GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union directive that will come into force in May 2018. It aims to create stronger and more unified protections of EU citizens’ data – and for businesses of all sizes, this means complying with certain rules around consumer data. However, not every firm is up-to-date.

This article looks at improvements your business can make for when GDPR is implemented.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/cyber-security/how-to-prepare-for-gdpr/

UK businesses must conduct sensitive information audit before new GDPR legislation arrives

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in May 2018, private information that isn’t destroyed correctly, or stored securely, could lead to UK businesses being fined a substantial £20 million per breach.

Source: http://smallbusiness.co.uk/uk-businesses-must-conduct-sensitive-information-audit-new-gdpr-legislation-arrives-2542028/

Qualities of a Professional Accountant

October 1st, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Business

Whether you are a professional who needs an accountant for business purposes or an individual who wants to make life a bit easier when it comes to finances, choosing a qualified accounting professional is a big decision. When it comes to selecting a qualified accountant, there are a number of characteristics that you should look for.

Professional accountants offer excellent communication skills. When choosing someone who will do your finances, it is important that you can communicate with this person. Choose someone with whom you feel comfortable and someone who explains things to you in a manner that is easy to understand. You also want to be certain that your accountant has knowledge of the finance and tax industry and can assist you in every way needed.

Always check to ensure that the person you hire for your financial needs is licensed. A certified accountant will be up to date on the latest tax laws and should be able to explain these laws to you. If you find that your accountant is having difficulty in understanding certain laws and regulations, it may be time to find another. It is important that you choose someone you can trust. Not paying your taxes on time can cause you to incur fees and penalties and your accountant should always ensure that these things are taken care of promptly. You are going to be entrusting this person with your money so be certain that you are getting someone you can trust.

Selecting a qualified accountant to handle your finances is not a decision to be taken lightly. You should take your time and interview a few people before you make your choice. Find someone who is knowledgeable, friendly and who shows professionalism. A reliable accountant is not hard to find; you simply have to know where to look.

Smart Space Steel Buildings

September 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Industrial Goods and Services

Nowadays, more and more businesses are choosing to take the steel building route, rather than the traditional bricks and mortar route. The reasons for this are fairly simple. First of all, the cost is substantially lower. Secondly, the difference in the modern day appearance is not too far apart. Essentially, people no longer look favourably on the appearance of a standard bricks and mortar building, so why pay the extra cash?

The purpose of Smart Space steel buildings can vary a great deal. It used to be that the appearance was extremely poor and therefore, only owners of factories and warehouses would use them. Nowadays, the quality of the aesthetics means that all kinds of industries and businesses are now using these products. Car show rooms, retail facilities, workshops, warehouses, factories and even supermarkets are now using these buildings as their main working premise.

Here is the thing; the original purpose of the buildings was to save business owners cash, something that they are still doing. Smart space steel buildings have been known to save the consumer up to 78% in comparison to a brick and mortar build. This can turn a project from being completely not financially viable, to being the best investment of the decade for a business. For many businesses this extra space is essential and being able to create it at such a low cost is extremely important.

The basis of every building is usually the same. For instance, all buildings will have steel beams and each wall and roof will be panels. This is essentially a huge puzzle that needs putting together. The labour involved with putting it together is not necessarily skilled, which is one of the main points of the build where people really start to save money in comparison to a bricks and mortar build.

Facts About Secured Credit Cards

August 8th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Financial Services

What is your credit rating like? For many people it tends to be quite poor and some – especially students or those who have never had a credit card – do not even have a credit rating at all however there is a way in which you can increase your credit status and we are going to look at them here.

Essentially a secured credit card works just like any other credit card. You pay for things on it and then you pay them off either at the end of the month when you are paid or you can pay a minimum amount each month and pay it off over a longer period of time. Both ways can help to improve your credit rating if it is poor however how can you even get a card in the first place if your rating is poor? Well a secured card is the way around this.

Think of it in the same way as you would putting down a security deposit when you rent a property. This is there so you do not take advantage of the property or the rent payments and it is the same with a secured card; rather than just being given the card free and with a spending limit attached to  it you have to put down a deposit which can be anywhere between 25-50% of the spending limit. This is the only difference between a normal card and a secured one and it means that you can use the card at will (only you and your card issuer know that it is a secured card) and see your credit rating rise as you use the card more and more and in an age when your credit rating is vitally important then this is a great idea in order to improve it.

How to Create a Life Budget

July 2nd, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted in Business

Constantly find yourself living in your overdraft? Try to save for things but rarely achieve it? Go to the cashpoint only to find you’ve underestimated what you’ve paid out?

It’s a common problem. Many of us struggle to keep control of our finances, ensure all our commitments are met and still have some left over at the end of the month.  Whatever you earn, following some key rules can really help improve the way you manage your money.

The first rule?  Be honest with how much you’re spending and on what.  Most of us keep a mental track of what we are spending, but many of us vastly underestimate just how much we spend and when, then when we go to the cashpoint find our balance is not quite what we expected.

Making a note of what you spend each day can be very useful, if a little cumbersome.  The best place to start is by setting out a life budget to help you manage the commitments in your life and a more positive financial outcome.

Make a list of all of your outgoings and how much you need to budget each month, such as:
Mortgage/rent – probably your most significant expense.
Car and travel – if you are struggling to meet expenses, give some careful thought to your needs.  Do you really need to own and maintain a car?
Utilities –this is a critical expense, but make sure you get the cheapest gas and electricity to minimise your regular payments.
Insurance – whatever insurance you have and need, make sure you regularly review your cover and payment terms.
Mobile phone – again, critical for most of us, but make sure you shop around for the right deal to suit your needs.
Food/housekeeping – be honest, how much do you really spend and can you be more economical? Many of us eat out very often and have excessive supermarket bills, try buying what you need as you go, you could save a third off your shopping bill.
Clothes/social – think about what you spent last month (actually) and budget appropriately.
Savings – no matter how much, it is important to try and contribute to saving regularly.

Setting up an Excel spread sheet with a monthly planner listing all your outgoings can really help focus your mind on your money and actual commitments.  More importantly, it can help you forecast for the year including planning for major expenses and savings goals.
Always keep an eye on your bills and make sure you seek out the best deals on everything you purchase.