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Press Release: Farming's safety culture has to change, health and safety expert to tell farmers' meeting
By: Marketing Date: 04 February 2016

The culture of safety in farming has to change, for financial, legal and moral reasons – that is the hard-hitting message which will be conveyed by one of the industry’s leading health and safety experts at a farmers’ meeting in...

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Press Release: Lovewell Blake announces two new managers
By: Marketing Team Date: 03 February 2016

Two new managers have been announced at Lovewell Blake, following internal promotions.

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Alert: Higher rate pension tax relief
By: Andrew Morley Date: 29 January 2016

Major pension providers and the media are reporting possible further changes to pensions in the forthcoming Budget on 16 March 2016.

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Future50: Why a focus on brand adds real value to your business
By: Murray Graham Date: 27 January 2016

To give you an idea of just how much real financial value a brand can bring, you only need to look at the actual values of some of the world’s biggest brands – these are actual numbers, equal in status...

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Auto-enrolment: Are you ready?
By: Lovewell Blake Financial Planning Date: 26 January 2016

According to the National Audit Office, 5.4 million eligible workers were enrolled in pension schemes by their employers between October 2013 and August 2015. This is a staggering number, but only really accounts for the employees of larger UK companies....

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Press Release: Lovewell Blake expands network with acquisition of Cambridgeshire accountancy firm
By: Marketing Team Date: 20 January 2016

East Anglian-based accountancy firm Lovewell Blake has signalled further expansion with the acquisition of a longstanding firm in Ely, Youngman & Co. The move, the firm’s first into Cambridgeshire, will add a tenth office to its network.

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The death of abbreviated accounts?
By: Philip Bartram Date: 07 January 2016

Along with the vast majority of owner-managed companies, the chances are that you currently file abbreviated accounts with Companies House. It has been our normal practice for decades as it limits the amount of information that is placed on public record.

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VAT Alert: Energy saving materials consultation
By: Liz Hill Date: 18 December 2015

At present, the supply and installation of energy saving materials in a residential property is only subject to the reduced rate of VAT at 5%. Energy saving materials includes the following: Solar panelsWind or water turbinesGround or air...

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Credit where it is due.
By: Justin Wright Date: 14 December 2015

Of the many things being examined by Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon, the issue of payment terms to food and drink producers from supermarkets is one which many in the industry will be keeping a close eye on.

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VAT Alert: Christmas VAT issues
By: Liz Hill Date: 11 December 2015

On the first day of Christmas, Lovewell Blake gave to me, a primer on Christmas VAT recovery.

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Top five tips to help you prepare to start your career.
By: Vicky Webber Date: 09 December 2015

Now that you have reached the final year of your studies, whether you are at school, college or university, you are probably thinking about your celebratory summer holiday and all the free time you will have once exams and assignments...

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VAT Alert: Transfer of a business as a going concern
By: Liz Hill Date: 07 December 2015

A transfer of a going concern (TOGC) is a VAT free transaction providing certain criteria are met. The main criterion being that the seller and buyer are both VAT registered at the time of completion.

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VAT Alert: Crowd funding
By: Liz Hill Date: 04 December 2015

The European Commission’s VAT Committee has agreed some VAT guidelines in regard to crowd funding. Payments made by donors in reward for future goods or services can be seen as payments in advance and subject to VAT. However, if the...

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Closure of the Business Growth Service
By: James Banham Date: 03 December 2015

Following the Autumn Statement on 25 November, the government has decided to wind down the national delivery of the Business Growth Service; in fact what they actually mean is stop with immediate effect.

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VAT Alert: VAT for non-profit making sporting bodies
By: Rob Geary Date: 02 December 2015

HMRC have issued a new briefing for non-profit making sporting bodies. The information sheet is predominantly aimed at golf clubs, but other non-profit making sporting bodies may be affected.

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Autumn Statement 2015: A summary
By: Marketing Team Date: 26 November 2015

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement on Wednesday 25 November.

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Awards success - Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards
By: Andrew Turner Date: 25 November 2015

The 2015 Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards took place at Ivy House Country Hotel in Lowestoft on Friday 20 November.

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Future50 Launch event 18 November 2015
By: Marketing Team Date: 20 November 2015

We are proud to be supporting Future50 again this year, and the class of 2015 was announced on Wednesday 18 November at an event held at the Redwell Brewery in Norwich.

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Press Release: Top award for Lovewell Blake’s James following outstanding exams success
By: Marketing Team Date: 18 November 2015

Lovewell Blake employee James Cooper has picked up a prestigious national award after scoring the highest marks in the country in his professional exams.

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Changes to Gift Aid declaration for charities and community sports groups
By: Stef Smith Date: 16 November 2015

HMRC have recently updated their model Gift Aid Declaration for charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASC’s) in order to reflect the current legislation. It should also make it clearer for donors to understand the way in which gift aid works.

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Alert: Holiday parks - Helping you preserve the family asset for the next generation
By: Andy Miller Date: 12 November 2015

Front of mind for many family-run holiday parks is how to ensure a smooth succession to the next generation, whilst preserving the value of your business – and inevitably inheritance tax (IHT) planning will be a big part of this...

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Bury Free Press article: Fears over changes to Business Rates
By: Brian Floringer Date: 06 November 2015

The Enterprise Bill is currently going through Parliament. Part of the Bill reforms the business rates appeals system. The government’s changes have been criticised by rates experts and business groups, amid concerns that the changes will act as a ‘barrier...

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Flavours of Norfolk article: The food business - Here's to a challenging but happy New Year!
By: Justin Wright Date: 06 November 2015

Justin Wright, gazes into his crystal ball to assess the opportunities and the challenges facing the food and drink industry in 2016.

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From waste to taste
By: Justin Wright Date: 06 November 2015

Apologies in advance for any pork based puns. As the Pig Idea continues to gains support (an initiative to raise the ban on feeding food waste to pigs), it’s got me thinking a little bit more about how much waste...

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Press Release: Lovewell Blake staff strike it lucky with charity bowling night
By: Marketing Team Date: 06 November 2015

Staff at Lovewell Blake’s Halesworth office have again raised a substantial amount for local good causes after organising another successful charity tenpin bowling evening.

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Trainee intake at Lovewell Blake
By: Vicky Webber Date: 02 November 2015

It’s that time of year again – we’re recruiting for trainee accountants. Our AAT and graduate positions will start in the summer of 2016 and the application process is open now and closes on 15 January. Make...

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Norfolk Magazine: Evaluating market sell-offs
By: Graham Walker Date: 29 October 2015

Markets may have regained a degree of balance since what has been dubbed ‘Black Monday’ but sell-offs of the magnitude seen since mid-August undoubtedly unnerve investors. No matter how often investors are reminded that investing is a long-term...

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Press Release: Succession planning for farmers
By: Chris Solt Date: 28 October 2015

Writing for the Farmers Weekly recently, Lord Donald Curry the cross-bench peer who himself farms near Hexham in Northumberland, expressed the opinion that a failure to successfully pass on the family farm to the younger generation is one of the...

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State pension top-up
By: Graham Walker Date: 27 October 2015

The Government is offering an opportunity for those reaching their state pension age before 6 April 2016 to top-up their state pension income, even if they are deferring taking income benefits. This opportunity is only available from 12 October...

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The food and drink sector set to pay for the Chancellor’s generosity to workers
By: Justin Wright Date: 22 October 2015

George Osborne’s Budget announcement of a new ‘National Living Wage’ (NLW) to replace the National Minimum Wage (NMW)– and the news that it will rise steadily towards £9 an hour by 2020 – will be good news for low-paid...

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Press Release: Drone technology the focus of Lovewell Blake farmers evening
By: Marketing Team Date: 20 October 2015

Drone technology and the ways it can be used to benefit the agricultural sector will be discussed at the next Farmers Evening, held by Suffolk Coastal NFU and Lovewell Blake later this month.

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Budget update for medical professionals
By: Graham Walker Date: 16 October 2015

Lifetime allowance reducing to £1 million As stated in our last alert, the lifetime allowance is reducing to £1million as at 6 April 2016. If you are a member of the 1995 section of the NHS pension scheme this equates...

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Tax inversion – what could it mean for the SMEs in the UK?
By: Simon Watson Date: 16 October 2015

The US is experiencing a growing tax-driven exodus as Corporate America continues to merge with or buy foreign companies so as to shift their domicile abroad. Despite President Obama historically stating that he plans to get tough on...

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Auto-enrolment exam success!
By: Graham Walker Date: 07 October 2015

We are please to pass on our congratulations to Hayley Sharman from Lovewell Blake Financial Planning Limited who has successfully obtained her Certificate in Pensions Auto-enrolment through the Pensions Management Institution.

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Land and buildings: VAT implications when selling your farm business
By: Liz Hill Date: 02 October 2015

In October's Anglia Farmer's article, Liz Hill writes about the VAT implications of selling your farm business.

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September E-Tax News
By: Marketing Team Date: 28 September 2015

In this month’s E-Tax news we report on HM Revenue and Customs time to pay arrangements, the launch of Tax-Free Childcare, the latest National Minimum Wage campaign and changes to the rules for farmers averaging of profits. We also report...

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Next generation – the importance of external experience
By: Steven Scarlett Date: 23 September 2015

One of the challenges facing family businesses on succession, is ensuring that the next generation have the appropriate skills and experience to take the business forward successfully.

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Future50...Where ambitious minds meet
By: Murray Graham Date: 22 September 2015

Lovewell Blake is pleased to once again be supporting Future50.

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Compulsory charge for single-use carrier bags
By: Liz Hill Date: 18 September 2015

The Government is to introduce a compulsory charge for single-use carrier bags from 5 October 2015.

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Press Release: Lovewell Blake welcomes its 2015 intake of new recruits
By: Marketing Team Date: 15 September 2015

Lovewell Blake, one of the region’s leading financial planning and accountancy firms, has taken on 18 new accountancy, tax and business administration trainees.

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Press Release: More new talent bolsters Lovewell Blake team
By: Marketing Team Date: 11 September 2015

Regional accountants, business advisers and financial planners, Lovewell Blake, have continued their local expansion by welcoming four new staff to their Great Yarmouth office.

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Press Release: Russell retiring after years of loyal service
By: Marketing Team Date: 11 September 2015

Senior partner Russell Leggett retires at the end of the month after a Lovewell Blake career spanning five decades. Russell, the firm’s Great Yarmouth partner responsible for the energy and agricultural sectors, joined the firm in 1972, becoming a partner...

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Press Release: Backing local business across the town
By: Marketing Team Date: 11 September 2015

Lovewell Blake has underlined its commitment to local businesses by sponsoring the Business of the Year category at this year’s Spirit of Enterprise Awards.

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Auto-enrolment: Businesses at risk of financial penalties
By: Lovewell Blake Financial Planning Limited Date: 10 September 2015

Are you one of the thousands of small and medium-sized businesses about to reach your auto-enrolment staging dates? Recent research by The Pensions Regulator has found that around two thirds of businesses have yet to start their preparations, and many...

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Flavours of Norfolk article: Knowledge is power
By: Justin Wright Date: 04 September 2015

Food producers are often driven by a passion for their product, and they understand that achieving the very best quality means knowing all there is to know about their ingredients, suppliers, production process and recipes.

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Not sure you can pay your tax on time?
By: Philip Bartram Date: 03 September 2015

If you are concerned that you might not be able to pay your tax on time our general advice is that you communicate with HMRC before the due date. HMRC have discretionary powers to allow companies and individuals time...

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Press Release: Leadership change signals new era at Lovewell Blake
By: Marketing Team Date: 02 September 2015

Regional accountants, business advisers and financial planners Lovewell Blake are proud to announce the appointment of a new senior partner and managing partner to lead their new-look senior management team.

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China and its falling stock market
By: Chris Carter, Lovewell Blake Financial Planning Limited Date: 26 August 2015

Before looking at the reasons and immediate effects of the fall in value of the China stock market it is worth stating that when share prices are low there is a great buying opportunity. The idea of selling shares when...

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VAT Alert: Update to energy saving material VAT rate
By: Liz Hill Date: 17 August 2015

Back in June we wrote about the outcome of the European Commission (EC) investigation into the UK’s treatment of VAT for companies installing energy saving materials.

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More pension changes afoot
Date: 13 August 2015

The Chancellor has begun further consultation looking at the way you save for your retirement. The way that pensions are looked at has changed drastically over the last few years, which means that this consultation hasn’t been welcomed by everyone.

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Client Alert: No more 'tax free' dividends
Date: 12 August 2015

As a shareholder of an owner managed company, it is likely you benefit from tax and NI efficient remuneration by drawing a low salary and then dividend to utilise the basic rate band of tax.

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Summer Budget Summary 2015
Date: 13 July 2015

On Wednesday 8 July 2015 the Chancellor delivered his first Budget of this Parliament.

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VAT Alert: Energy Saving Materials to Change from 5% to 20% VAT Rate
Date: 19 June 2015

The last Labour government introduced a 5% VAT rate on the supply and installation of energy saving materials for residential property. The European Commission (EC) disagreed with the decision to charge the reduced rate of VAT and instigated proceedings against...

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Revised Charity Reporting and Accounting Guidance (CC15)
Date: 10 June 2015

The Charity Commission has updated its ‘Guidance on Charity Reporting and Accounting’ (CC15) documentation to reflect the recent increases in external scrutiny thresholds.

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Changes to VAT for search and rescue charities
By: Liz Hill Date: 30 May 2015

If a charity operates as a search and rescue organisation, the following changes which come into effect on 1 April 2015, may affect it and the way it handles/incurs VAT. The 2015 Finance Act will give these organisations “Section...

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Company car - Is it really a benefit worth having?
Date: 15 May 2015

If your employer provides a company car as part of your benefits package you will pay tax on the deemed monetary value of that benefit. The cash equivalent is essentially treated as additional salary. The cash value is...

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Could your family pay the price if you die intestate?
Date: 07 May 2015

If you die intestate (without a will) there are certain rules about how your estate should be treated. On 1 October 2014 these rules were changed and if you don’t have a will in place this could jeopardise the inheritance...

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