Business Link: Checklist of April Regulation Changes

Small businesses can check how to comply with regulation changes coming in on 6 April, following the publication of an online guide by Business Link. Most laws that affect businesses are implemented on one of two common commencement dates (CCDs) — 6 April and 1 October. The April 2011 CCD will bring with it several reforms that small firms must comply with, and Business Link has published a summary. The changes will include: A lower rate of corporation tax — the main rate will fall from 28 to 27 per cent, and the small business rate from 21 to 20 per cent. Payment of corporation tax must be made electronically from 1 April 2011. Additional paternity leave and pay — eligible partners of those due to give birth or adopt on or after 3 April will gain the right to additional paternity leave an... »

What Will You be Doing in 10 Years Time?

Easy-to-follow checklist designed to make the next decade your best yet. The start of the New Year is traditionally the time to take stock and review how our lives are going, but it is all too easy to have forgotten our resolutions by the time February comes. So the Careers Advice Service has joined forces with expert careers and life coach Carole Ann Rice to develop checklists of things to do before you reach the landmark birthdays of 30, 40 and 50. The easy–to-follow tips are designed to encourage people to think about how they can realise their dreams and keep their lives on track, whatever age they turn in 2010. Things to do before you are 30. Carole Ann says: “In your 20s you have your whole life ahead of you, but it is still important to make the most of your opportunitie... »

Business Self-Assessment

Your markets Which markets, or market segments, are most profitable? What plans do you need to attack new markets? Are existing markets saturated? Who makes up your markets Your products and services Do they meet customer requirements? Which are the most profitable? What about price, service and quality issues? Your marketing effort Are your existing marketing methods right? How much do they cost? How do you target potential new customers? Your competition Who are they? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do customers compare you and your competitors? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Your suppliers What are relationships like? Do you work with them to improve their quality of supply to your business – and thus to your customers? Finance and cashflow How does your cash... »