SMEs urged to consider flexible working

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being urged to consider flexible working options, after a new study found that absenteeism is hitting business’ profitability. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the average UK employee takes off approximately 4.3 sick days a year – yet a new study suggests that 14 per cent of Read more…

VAT on overseas roaming outside the EU

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has recently released guidance on a change to VAT rules to telecoms services, known as ‘roaming’, used outside the European Union by UK customers. The changes, announced in this year’s Budget, will affect suppliers of mobile telecommunications services, private consumers and non-business users who consume telecommunication services outside the EU. Read more…

An account with a blink of the eye

As of this September, the TSB will become the first bank in the UK to add iris recognition to its online banking app along with fingerprint security. However, it will only be available to customers using Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphones. Biometrics have been regularly suggested as the solution to customers remembering complex passwords. Read more…

Three million small businesses to benefit from Making Tax Digital plan changes

Government-led Making Tax Digital plans have recently been revised to benefit three million small businesses and landlords. The initial proposal had previously faced criticism from both MPs and business and professional bodies, including the National Landlords Association (NLA), as concerns were raised over how smaller businesses obtained and managed workable software and IT systems. Since Read more…