High Street lending to SME businesses has fallen

Bank lending to SMEs in the property sector has fallen by 9% in the last year from £13.9bn to £12.7bn, according to commercial lender Ortus Secured Finance.

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The Industrial Revolution... in Accounting

As an audit and assurance partner, based in the Yorkshire region for the top 30 practice Armstrong Watson, I can certainly say that I have seen some significant changes in the profession over the last 25 years.

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An Interview with William Whitaker, Whitaker's Chocolates Limited

We recently asked William Whitaker, the Managing Director of Whitakers Chocolates 5 questions about the current issues facing his business. Find out what he said below.

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Have you been asked to move your Bank Account to another bank by Royal Bank of Scotland?

RBS have recently written to their Business Banking clients with a turnover of less than £25 million to find another bank.  These businesses were previously due to transfer to Williams & Glyn.

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How much tax free lump sum can be taken from a pension?

The concept of a pension and the arrangement itself is relatively straightforward in most instances, but the rules surrounding pensions can be very complex.

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Armstrong Watson Celebrates 4 Years of Platinum Partnership

Armstrong Watson are celebrating four years as a Xero Platinum Partner and the first anniversary of their making business digital client conversion project.

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'Having the right people in the business’ is the biggest challenge to Family Businesses

Armstrong Watson have published their 3rd annual Family Business Insight Report, delving into the current issues dominating the agenda for UK Family firms.

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Spotlight on Manufacturing: Is servitisation the future and what is the Internet of Things?

I recently bought a pair of running shoes.  It occurred to me that there was a time when I would have simply wandered around the shop to check that they were comfortable and, if they were, I’d have bought them.

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What happens if you breach the Lifetime Allowance limit?

Are you aware of the Lifetime Allowance on pension, and what can happen if you breach it? Matthew Slessor, Financial Planning Consultant, fills you in with everything you need to gets your finances in check for the future. 

Are Charities missing out on accessing the higher interest rates possible?

Recent research has found that 85% of UK charities are missing out on funds that could help them progress further in their efforts and carry out more of their vital work. Are you sure you are taking advantage of the high interest rates available to you?

Armstrong Watson's Payroll Professionals included in the exclusive 'The Reward 300' index

Armstrong Watson's very own Karen Thomson, Director of Group Payroll Services, and Suzanne Gallagher, Head of Payroll Operations, have both been included in the exclusive 'The Reward 300' index of the Pauroll profession's most influential leaders, Hear how to felt about this amazing accolade.

Success in defending Law Firm under HMRC Investigation following the Brabners VAT on disbursements case

As a result of the Brabner's case, we have seen HMRC targeting this area of HMRC inspections more closely. We at Armstrong Watson were able to intervene at an early stage in a similar case, and gave sound advice which resulted in a positive outcome. Stepehen Ferrie, VAT consultant, explains more...