Dear <<First Name>>,
Autumn is now well and truly here. Summer is becoming a distant memory, with darker mornings and leaves falling from the trees but the air has that wonderful dry freshness that autumn brings.
Also falling this autumn is the value of the pound. The British currency has been on a downward trend since the Brexit vote. The gradual decrease is expected to continue as the UK's economy struggles to cope with Brexit uncertainty, which will have knock-on effects on import costs. This in turn affects consumer prices, and some retailers have already warned of rising prices at the tills. For exporters, the news is brighter. A weaker pound makes their goods more competitive, boosting growth.
If you're worried about how the value of the pound might affect your business, you can speak to one of our friendly and helpful accountants about your finances.
Call us on 01788 577 613 (Rugby) or 01908 564 701 (Stony Stratford) or just reply to this email to set-up a time to chat.
Article Spotlight: 'Having fun at work' by guest blogger Kate Russell
This month, Kate Russell, Managing Director of Russell HR Consulting, writes for us about how having fun at work is good for business. Kate and her team have provided support to Clifford Towers and some of their clients on a range of HR issues over a number of years. During that time they’ve provided general HR advice on employees’ rights and employers’ responsibilities, helped with restructuring and performance management and dealt with flexible working requests.
"When I first started running my own business I did some temping to make sure I got up in the morning and saw a few faces during the day. In one placement I worked with a man who was a grumpy old s*d most of the time but on a good day he could be hysterically funny. We both had the humour and the rest of the unit kept wandering across to our area to find out what was entertaining us.
The maddest day was the one after I’d been to see Gladiator. Pete said to me: “When we were getting a b***ocking in a meeting, one person after another would stand up and say “I’m Spartacus” (you know, from the Kirk Douglas film). But it came out “Oym Sparrrtacus” as though he was a refugee from The Archers. All I could manage was: “I didn’t know Spartacus came from Gloucestershire”, before the pair of us collapsed into uncontrollable giggles. Just writing about it now makes me laugh at the absurdity of it.
About Kate Russell:
After studying for a degree in business law, Kate qualified as a barrister. She gained several years’ experience in operations, moved into human resources and later became a training specialist working in the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors.
She started Russell HR Consulting in 1998 and now divides her time between advising businesses of all sizes on HR issues and delivering a range of highly practical employment law awareness training to line managers. She is the author of several practical employment handbooks and e-books.
Russell HR Consulting provides expert knowledge in HR solutions, employment law training and HR tools and resources to businesses across the UK. Subscribe here for free resources and weekly tips and call 01908 262628 if you need any HR support.
Client Spotlight: Glenelly Infrastructure Solutions Ltd
Glenelly Infrastructure Solutions Ltd offers turnkey services for their clients in power, rail and telecommunications.
Specialising in LV & HV jointing with associated civils, substation build and installation and facility maintenance.
Their expertise is not limited to the UK. They also have strong links in Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa and Australia.
They understand that no site is the same, and that their clients have different approaches to utilities. The difference between them and others, is that they tailor their approach and offering to individual situations, and understand that each site brings its own challenges. By working closely with client teams early on, they are able to understand the constraints on site and on deadlines. In this way they can offer flexible solutions that enable them to meet a client’s needs.
Clifford Towers provided advice and assistance to help set up Glenelly’s as a company and we continue to offer our accountancy services. Managing Director Sean Conway said: “I have used Clifford Towers’ services since 2004, both personally and business accounts. I have never had a bad experience with them and the service has always been exemplary. When G.I.S. was set up we had no hesitation in contacting Simon, for registration, payroll and returns.”
Glenelly follows the highest standards for health, safety, quality and the environment providing innovative solutions to client requirements. You can find out more at www.glenellyis.com or call 01788 860 793.
Deadline Dates to Remember:
31 October – Self Assessment paper filing with HMRC.
31 October – Accounts to be filed at Companies House if your company year end is 31st Jan 2016.
1 November – Corporation Tax payment due to HMRC if your company year end is 31 Jan 2016.