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Business Taxation Survey 2018: West Midlands Regional Data Pt2

By Daniel Clarke | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

From the 11 to 25 April 2018, the British Chambers of Commerce conducted their 2018 Business Taxation Survey. The survey focused on four key areas for businesses’, recording their views on: the admin/compliance burdens of business taxes, the impact of corporation tax and business rates, satisfaction of HMRC & awareness/preparation for Making Tax Digital and general business conditions (cash flow, investment and access to finance). With this in mind, the GBCC has taken a closer look at the West Midlands regional data, summarising the four key areas. This blog post is the second part of our analysis of the results which will focus on HMRC, Making Tax Digital and general business conditions. Satisfaction...

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Business Taxation Survey 2018: West Midlands Regional Data Pt1

By Daniel Clarke | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

From the 11 to 25 April 2018, the British Chambers of Commerce conducted their 2018 Business Taxation Survey. The survey focused on four key areas for businesses’, recording their views on: the admin/compliance burdens of business taxes, the impact of corporation tax and business rates, satisfaction of HMRC & awareness/preparation for Making Tax Digital and general business conditions (cash flow, investment and access to finance). With this in mind, the GBCC has taken a closer look at the West Midlands regional data, summarising the four key areas. This blog post is the first part of our analysis of the results which will focus on the burden of business taxation and the impact of Corporation...

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Seven steps to reducing financial worry

By Prithpal Saimbi | Close Brothers Asset Management

What does “financial wellness” mean to your business and your staff? Is it about supporting individuals who are struggling with debt or encouraging them to put more aside for retirement? Do you want to help employees better manage their tax or make sure they are saving into the right financial products for their needs? Are you focused on creating a more productive workplace where individuals are in control of their finances and are not distracted by money worries and stress? It could be all, or any, of the above - or a completely different interpretation based on your workforce’s needs. Whatever your priorities for financial wellness, building a strategy that really resonates with your employees...

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Chamber Council: Your chance to support local business

By Steve Brittan | BSA Technologies

With the application process now open for Chamber Council elections, the GBCC has decided to shine a spotlight on some of our long-serving members. This time we will be taking a look at long serving member Steve Brittan.       Back when I joined the Chamber Council is lost in the mists of time. Then we were just the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, what a difference it is today as the GBCC which now includes six regional Chambers and four themed Chambers the latest being the Commonwealth Chamber, we continue to grow at an amazing pace. The benefits of being a member of the Chamber make it the "go to" organisation for anybody and everybody in business in the private sector. What...

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How to not get distracted by your competitors

By Clare Whalley | Meta4 Business Coaching

Which camp are you in? There are usually two camps when it comes to how small business owners see their competition. There are those small business owners who view their competition as the enemy. They don’t want to connect and engage at all with one another. Then there are the successful business owners who welcome collaborations. Collaborations work well in many situations: passing work that fits better with how a competitor delivers, becoming a bigger market force to be able to deliver against larger projects and sharing knowledge and expertise in a healthier way. Ultimately, it’s always useful to connect with those who are seemingly in the same marketplace as the right clients will choose...

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Seeing the invisible - your hidden powers

By Alexander Rowley | Mindsways Limited

It is when you start using mystery, in business, coaching, networking, self-improvement and more, that you really begin to make a difference. There is a deep human need for us to have our imaginations stimulated. We have a need for us to go beyond the everyday and experience the satisfaction that we get from imagining what it would be like to possess real magical powers, to demonstrate our hidden powers. The world is full of an infinite variety of the unexplained, the obscure, the absurd and the strange. Our imagination delights in the idea that we have hidden powers and can pull on tremendous reserves of unsuspected strength. Mind magic, mentalism and the mimicking of the paranormal help...

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Evaluation of Compliance

By Diane Rainsford | SQE Assurance Ltd

If your company has an ISO Management System regardless of the type you will now, to some extent have to evidence evaluation of compliance, but the requirement is predominately within ISO 14001 Environmental Management, OHSAS 18001 or the new ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management. What is Compliance? As ISO consultants, we use this term a lot and we are frequently asked what it means. If as a business you are following the guidelines of applicable industry standards, fulfilling legal obligations and meeting the requirements of your customers you are compliant. Managing compliance is ensuring that you have identified all of those industry standards, legal and customer requirements...

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What does wellbeing mean to you?

By Chantall Herbert | Hands On At Work Ltd

What does wellbeing mean to you? One definition of wellbeing is… 'well-being the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy' Every aspect of your life has an influence on your wellbeing. In recent years researchers investigating happiness found that the below list will affect your wellbeing; - An enjoyable career - Regular exercise - Enough money - A network of friends - Balanced diet - Adequate sleep - A sense of belonging - Intimate relationship with a loved one How about in the workplace? What does wellbeing mean to you in the workplace? The World Health Organisation defines wellbeing as “an individual’s experience of their life, as well as a comparison of life circumstances with social...

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Chamber Council: Your chance to support local businesses

By Bridget Blow | Chamber Council

With the application process now open for Chamber Council elections, the GBCC has decided to shine a spotlight on some of our long-serving members. This time we will be taking a look at former Chamber president Bridget Blow CBE.       I am very proud to have been the first female president of the Birmingham Chamber in 2009 and chaired the inaugural Local Enterprise Development Board. I have continued to serve on the Chamber Council since standing down from being President, being active in a number of ways including supporting the recruitment of the current Chief Executive and Finance Director, chairing events and mentoring. I enjoy being involved in the work of the Chamber helping businesses...

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Ignoring rights to light can cost developers dear

By Akim Kamangira | KWB Commercial Property Consultants

Ignoring a neighbouring property’s rights to light can be very expensive for developers, from paying compensation, to losing planning permission, and even having to take down parts of a new building. There are so many issues to deal with on new developments that developers can easily overlook the impact their planned new building will have on the light enjoyed by nearby properties. Neighbouring buildings can have a claim if they have been standing for more than 20 years and have acquired a right to light. Even if the light in only one room is impacted, there is a case for compensation, or removal of the new building. It’s all set out in the 1832 Rights to Light Act,” explains Mr Kamangira...

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