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July 2022

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UK Tax Thresholds

July 22nd, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Frozen tax thresholds pull more Britons into higher rates As the global recession rumbles on, the UK Government has effectively utilised stealth to increase the group subject to its highest rate of Income Tax, being 45%. The retention of the frozen tax thresholds has led to a 50% increase in Read More

June 2022

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UK talent visas

June 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

High Potential Individual visa scheme to import new talent to the UK May 2022 saw the introduction of the High Potential Individual visa to the UK.  This new route into the UK is a small part of a broader set of global mobility schemes, designed to attract overseas talent.  The Read More

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Globalaw European Conference 2022

June 6th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Globalaw European Conference 2022 This month, Briars brought a taste of Scotland to Luxembourg for the Globalaw European Conference (GLERM 2022).  Globalaw’s regional meetings are opportunities to exchange expertise, educate one another, and improve what we deliver to clients.  They are also essential for building relationships and allowing lawyers and Read More

March 2022

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Tax reform for unincorporated businesses

March 28th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Tax Reform for all Unincorporated Businesses An HMRC tax reform that will change the basis period for all unincorporated businesses to 5th April is delayed but still due. The changes will mean that businesses will be taxed on the profit or loss for the year ended 5th April regardless of the Read More

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Founder Supporter

March 1st, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Briars Group recognised as Founder Supporter of The Company of Entrepreneurs The Company of Entrepreneurs of the City of London has commemorated role played by The Briars Group as a Founder Supporter.  The Company (formerly the Guild) of Entrepreneurs seeks to promote entrepreneurship within the City of London and beyond Read More

February 2022

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Making Tax Digital Extension

February 3rd, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Making Tax Digital extended to all VAT-registered businesses HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that Making Tax Digital (MTD) will be extended to all VAT-registered businesses from April 2022.  Changes will apply to the approximately 1.1m VAT-registered businesses with taxable turnover below the current VAT threshold. The move comes Read More

November 2021

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Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) Schemes

November 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

How UK companies are using Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) Schemes to grow their business Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) schemes are allowing innovative businesses to reward success in a tax-efficient manner by offering key people in the business a share in the company’s success. EMI schemes have surged in popularity in Read More

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The Briars Group at 30

November 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Happy Birthday to Briars This year The Briars Group turned 30. The moment was marked with a small party and, over the year, other events will take place to say “thank you” to all those who have been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone. Timing is everything, they say. Read More

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The Use of Holding Companies

November 11th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

International Tax Reforms Challenge the Use of Holding Companies Proposals under Base Erosion and Profit Sharing 2.0 (BEPS 2.0) and the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 3 (ATAD 3) challenge the use of holding companies. BEPS 2.0 may re-introduce withholding taxes while ATAD 3 brings in prescriptive requirements.   Beneficial Ownership from Read More

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Tax Authorities Target Tax Avoidance

November 4th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Tax Authorities Across the World are Coordinating to Reduce Opportunities for Tax Avoidance   Transfer pricing continues to be a focus for tax authorities around the world. In order to reduce tax avoidance, changes are being proposed around the world that will impact businesses global tax compliance. Many of these Read More

October 2021

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National Insurance Contribution Increase

October 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

UK Government announces plans to increase National Insurance Contributions to reduce strain on health and social care National Insurance Contribution [NIC] rates are being increased to support the NHS and social care services. The Government has announced plans to raise National Insurance by 1.25% for one year only for employees, Read More

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OECD Tax Accord

October 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

OECD accord imposes global minimum corporate tax of 15% Over 130 countries have signed an OECD accord that enables them to raise tax on sales made by multinational enterprises within their borders.  The two-pillar package aims to ensure that large Multinationals pay tax where they operate and earn profits, while Read More

September 2021

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UK Start-Up Boom

September 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Increase in Registered Companies Indicates a UK Wide Start-Up Boom The largest start-up boom in the UK for the past decade has been one of the unexpected results of the coronavirus pandemic.  New businesses have been created in response to necessity, the changes to work and lifestyle, and the opportunity Read More

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Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

September 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Winding Down: Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme   The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021 while simultaneously being wound down. The level of grant available to employers under the scheme stayed the same until 30 June 2021 but has now started to reduce. Read More

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Understanding the ETIAS

September 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Starting in 2022, travellers to the EU will need to apply to the ETIAS The European Commission has declared plans to introduce the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) by the end of 2022. The ETIAS will be an electronic system that authorizes and keeps track of people entering EU borders. Read More

July 2021

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Employees Working Abroad

July 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

National Insurance Contributions for Employees Working Abroad UK businesses whose employees are working abroad may now apply to HMRC to find out if they need to continue paying National Insurance Contributions.  The service was updated in January 2021 and applies if you’re sending one or more employees to work temporarily Read More

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Extended Loss Carry Back

July 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Extended Loss Carry Back – help for businesses In an effort to provide further aid for businesses struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, the government has extended the period in which trading losses can be carried back for tax relief purposes. The Extended Loss Carry Back measure announced at Budget 2021 Read More

June 2021

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National Insurance contributions relief

June 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans From April 2022 onwards, employers will be able to apply for National Insurance contributions relief if they hire veterans.  The relief will be available in real time through PAYE for 12 consecutive months from the veteran’s first day of civilian employment. Read More

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Deferred VAT

June 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Deferred VAT Deadline Looms Businesses that deferred their VAT payments last year have less than a month left to join an online payment scheme.  Payments deferred from the early stages of the pandemic which remain outstanding need to be paid by the end of June in order to avoid penalties.  Read More

May 2021

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Global Business Tax

May 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Biden’s global business tax plan President Joe Biden’s plan for a 21 per cent minimum global business tax rate has been met with resistance from the UK chancellor Rishi Sunak.  Though there is considerable opposition pressure on the chancellor to endorse the US plan, Sunak said he would consider a Read More

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COVID-19 Litigation

May 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

COVID-19 litigation surge awaits UK companies A surge in contract disputes and employment-related litigation may be about to hit UK companies, according to Insurance broker Gallagher.  Possible allegations include workplace-related safety violations and negligence, as well as unfair dismissal and discrimination following job losses. The survey, which was conducted last Read More

April 2021

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Off-Payroll Working IR35

April 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Changes to off-payroll working (IR35) rules The new off-payroll working (IR35) rules came into force on the 6 April 2021.  Though payments relating to work or payments made before 6 April 2021 are not affected, the new rules need to be considered for all payments made on or after 6 Read More

March 2021

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US Stimulus Package

March 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Biden’s $1.9tn stimulus set to boost global economy President Biden’s Covid-19 Relief Bill has been sold as a tool to boost the US recovery, but the wider world will also welcome the stimulus package.  We know that when America sneezes the world catches a cold, and America has indeed been Read More

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UK Corporation Tax

March 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

What will the UK Corporation Tax rise mean for my business? The corporation tax rise was one of the most talked about aspects of the UK Spring Budget 2021.  The measure is the UK Chancellor’s first step in repairing some of the damage done to the public purse by the Read More

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UK Budget 2021

March 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

UK Budget 2021: A summary of key announcements Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced his Spring 2021 Budget promising further support for Covid-hit businesses and workers.  As well as supporting and boosting industries ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, the announcement also looked ahead to the difficult process of repairing the public Read More

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Uber Supreme Court Ruling

March 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Disrupting a disruptor: The implications of the Supreme Court’s Uber ruling The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Uber must classify its drivers as workers rather than self-employed contractors. The decision could threaten the position of an already unprofitable company and will have far-reaching HR and tax consequences for the Read More

February 2021

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Working From Home

February 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Tax relief for working from home Working from home has become the new normal for much of the UK workforce.  During the first national lockdown in 2020, the Office for National Statistics recorded that nearly half of those in employment (46.6%[i]) performed some work at home.  Not all of that Read More

January 2021

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UK Banking

January 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Banking in the UK If you are considering a UK corporate or personal account in the UK, there are a plethora of banking options available. Starting with the ‘retail’ likes of Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and NatWest, then there are the challenger banks which are digital such as Revolut or Monzo Read More

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Business Funding Strategy

January 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Funding the journey to ‘the promised land’                Over the course of my twenty-year career as a business school academic, and the co-founder of Cambridge’s largest technology accelerator, I have been fortunate enough to mentor over 250 high growth ventures. I’ve witnessed spectacular success in the form of IPOs and nine-digit Read More

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Covid Leadership

January 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Knee Jerk v Big Picture I don’t think I’m the first person to suggest we are living in ‘interesting’ times. What has been described as an old Chinese Curse, has sadly become a daily challenge. After almost a year of the Covid Pandemic around the globe every life has been Read More

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Overseas Banking

January 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Land and Expand Part VI - Overseas BankingBrilliantly ebullient, basically brazen – how to open your overseas bank account and remain rationalWe are often asked: what is the most common complaint when setting up in new territories?Setting up overseas banking facilities.With the ability to make international payments from the comfort Read More

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Filing an FBAR

January 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Filing an FBAR Are you a US Corporate operating non-US resident bank accounts? Are your key people compliant with FBAR? Have you advised your US signatories of their risks? Briars has a simple solution…. Your favourite subject – filing tax returns!  What can go wrong?? In 1789, Benjamin Franklin uttered Read More

December 2020

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Insurance policies to protect us all

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

In Utmost Good Faith In these challenging times, we are all looking for surety and stability and of course financial security. The principle of an Insurance policy, be it for your car, your home, your business remains the same in that it can be relied upon to provide financial protection Read More

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Resilience and leadership success

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Resilience is critical to leadership success “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” ― Steve Maraboli Resilience is foundational to success. One constant in life is the inevitable flow of perpetual changes. In a turbulent environment, including this incredibly challenging year, it becomes challenging Read More

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Insurances

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Land and Expand part V - Insurances As we walk through the Land & Expand journey, we reach the fifth stage, being Insurances.  Often overlooked in the process but necessary to ensure that your overseas trading entity, your board of directors, your employees, your customers and your supply chain are Read More

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Risk Management in New York

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

A Risk Management primer, for a new company landing and expanding in New York Historically a melting pot, New York is a diverse metropolitan area, which translates well for entrepreneurs of all ethnic backgrounds. Of the approximately 8.5 million people living in the city, more than one-third are foreign-born, the Read More

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A Scotsman in New York

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

The city that never sleeps will awaken again Downtown Anyone visiting New York City for the first time is overwhelmed by the sheer size of the skyline and immediately feels the frenetic energy of people living their lives and business getting done. I’m a Brit, having moved to the US Read More

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Insurance UK – Companies and Directors

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

At risk – Companies and Directors The most likely entity that a foreign company establishing itself in the UK will form is a limited liability company. A. Limited Liability company and its shareholders A limited liability company will create a barrier of protection between risk and its shareholders.  Shareholders cannot Read More

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Business as usual at meetings – I think not!

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Virtual Meeting Expert Jon Hammond offers Six Tips to Online Meeting Success I hope you agree, we are all in a new world when it comes to business meetings. The leadership challenge of how to influencing/persuade teams that are likely to be remote has taken on a new dimension. Some Read More

November 2020

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Brace for Brexit

November 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Are you really ready for Brexit? Join The Company of Entrepreneurs' sponsors as they host an online Brexit briefing at the end of this week's Global Entrepreneurship Week. Friday 20th at 11am - One Hour, Three Experts and hosted by the talented Jon Hammond. If you've got Brexit questions then Read More

California’s Proposition 22

November 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

California’s Proposition 22: It Passed, Now What? Paul Mello and William D. Taylor* California, for better or worse, has long been on the leading edge of labor and employment law developments that have broadly impacted business in general and the transportation industry in particular.  Often California’s courts are quick to Read More

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UK Company Secretaries

November 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Corporate Compliance, Best Practice and Company Secretaries The role and duties of the UK Company Secretary are often overlooked by a board of directors focussed on managing an SME, especially in the current climate.  This is heightened by the fact that said SMEs are not required to appoint a company Read More

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Expand or Contract

November 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Expand or Contract – Flex or Commit? The global commercial real estate market is reeling. For a market that operates on precedents, a respiratory disease on a global scale has literally ripped the bottom out of the home of many commercial trading entities. Feeling the effects Commercial real estate be Read More

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Incorporating in California

November 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Setting up business in California When I was asked to write an article about the practicalities and pitfalls of setting up and doing business in California, I had an immediate negative reaction to the state I have called home for a decade.  As a long-time Board Member, COO, CFO and Read More

U.S. Visas: Working in California

November 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

California Dreamin’? What to Know About Living and Working in California The U.S. immigration process has become a high-stakes undertaking for many professionals, entrepreneurs, and employers. Still, coming to California to live the life of your dreams remains possible. The key to achieving your dreams is identifying your long-term goals, Read More

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Make your online conversations count

November 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Avoiding the new plague: ‘International Zoomitis’! – make your online conversations count Do you remember the days when you could have a chat around the water cooler and exchange stories with colleagues, without having to be two metres apart? When you didn’t have to try and understand what people were Read More

October 2020

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Global Mobility and UK Tax

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Global Mobility and UK Tax Global mobility remains restrained today. However, despite the current pandemic, some businesses are taking those first tentative steps to place key players overseas, driven by the need to ensure business survival. From the perspective of those on the move, what does this mean to employer Read More

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Relocation during COVID

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Case Study: Relocation from Germany to Richmond, London during COVID times We were referred these VVIP clients and asked to support their relocation to the UK at what was a very tricky time, both domestically and internationally, due to the COVID outbreak. The UK had recently imposed quarantine measures for Read More

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Key currencies at a glance

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Key currencies at a glance Since the outbreak of COVID-19, currency market participants have paid less attention to economic data. However, in the wake of several important central bank decisions, we could see a return back to traditional fundamentals moving the market.  OFXperts expect the key drivers to be: Central Read More

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Global Mobility

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Land and Expand part III – Global Mobility – GEO/PEO/EOR Welcome to our 3rd Land and Expand article! So far, we have touched upon planning and good governance as you expand.  Today, let’s tackle the confusion that appears to exist when discussing: PEO                Professional Employer Organisation GEO               Global Employer Organisation Read More

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COVID-19 and Foreign national workers

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

COVID-19 and foreign national workers in The United States Over the last three months, stay-at-home orders have become commonplace around the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For foreign national workers who are employed by multinational corporations and businesses, these orders have practically broadened into “stay-in-country” directives. The visa Read More

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How reputations are created, lost, protected and enhanced

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

What’s in a reputation? The Billionaire and Founder of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos once said, ‘Your Reputation is what people talk about when you leave the room’. They are very difficult to quantify and measure, but we all have one, and hopefully yours is positive and one to be proud of. Read More

International HR management

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

International HR management There is an increasing move for organisations to go global, particularly today with international trade considered to be the norm and not the exception. This change may be driven by the need to reach out to new territories to increase sales, or to reduce operating costs, or Read More

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Corporate Criminal Offence investigations in 2020

October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Corporate Criminal Offence investigations continue despite pandemic HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has 10 live corporate criminal offence (CCO) investigations according to new statistics.  The UK government department also has a further 22 live opportunities currently under review.  It has opened one new investigation since December 2019. Wide ranging investigations Read More

August 2020

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Work-based UK visas

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Investors, innovators, start-ups and talent – UK work-based visas There are currently four UK work-based visas available for investors, business development and talent.  Having the correct Visa in place is essential if you are looking to expand your business to the UK. Understanding which is the most appropriate is the Read More

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Global leadership and French law

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Global leadership: an overview of the qualities French employment law expects from directors and top executives In global companies, as business grows, boards of directors wish to include the most-qualified members to define strategy, nurture innovation, promote sustainability, define scalability and capability as well as lead people. What better place Read More

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Business as unusual

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Why manufacturing and tourism fare badly during economic crises Manufacturing and tourism are two key drivers in some of the world’s major economies. They are also sectors hit disproportionately hard during an economic crisis, when discretionary spending declines. During a crisis caused by a pandemic, both supply and demand are Read More

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Enhance your online reputation

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Are you one of them? (a global Leader who unknowingly may be risking their reputation?) Reputation Coach Jon Hammond spoke to the Briars Group, about how virtual meetings can be enhanced, and business reputations boosted by taking some simple measures. I was talking to a group of influential leaders on Read More

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Longer term business plans

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Weekly progression toward longer term achievements We are encouraged to produce longer term business plans by orthodox thinking. I used to set business goals based on the long term and agonised over projections virtually all of which turned out to be useless.  Any short-term accuracy was soon lost to external Read More

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What is a company board for now?

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

What is a company board for now? By Professor Bob Garratt Published online by the Royal Society of Arts Building Bridges To the Future Post-Covid series. This essay is a provocation to all involved in corporate governance, and a practical response triggered by Bob’s clients, students and colleagues asking him Read More

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Redundancy pay for furloughed workers

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Redundancy pay paid to furloughed workers based on normal wages From Friday 31st July 2020, furloughed workers losing their jobs became eligible for redundancy pay based on their normal wages and not their furlough rate.  The new law ensured that workers now receive their full pay-off, said Business Secretary Alok Read More

July 2020

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Reduced Costs of Hiring in Belgium

July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Could your business benefit from reduced employer costs for a first employee in Belgium this year? According to Briars’ Belgium partner Pro-Pay, it is distinctly possible.  For a company that has never hired an employee in Belgium before, the cost of labour is reduced due to lower employer social security Read More

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Global responses to the Covid 19 crisis

July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Getting economies back on their feet whilst trying to control the spread of an invisible killer.  Those are the general aims of responding to Covid-19 - the world’s most unwelcome recent visitor.  All economies that have the resources are more or less following similar practices such as social distancing (at Read More

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Temporary Changes to Companies House Filing Requirements

July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

A Companies House publication has been released explaining how filing requirements will change as a result of the UK government’s coronavirus (Covid-19) support measures.  The document has been produced to provide guidance on how the measures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act and The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) Read More

June 2020

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Options to Help Plan for Currency Exposure

June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Currency markets don’t like uncertainty. Few of us do. That’s why we want to give you options on how to plan for currency exposure with some level of certainty. Because even in the middle of all this, businesses still need to move money globally. Currency markets have seen some violent Read More

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What Do You Need to Consider When Relocating?

June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

If you are considering relocating to the UK, there will always be some apprehension, as well as excitement for the journey ahead.  This is true whether you are considering moving yourself or relocating an assignee, and especially if the move involves the whole family - as there will be more Read More

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Business as usual – is there a higher opportunity?

June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

No matter where you are in the world, the recent Covid crisis has given us an opportunity. It has given us the time and need to reflect on effectiveness and skillsets of our organisations, our people and indeed ourselves. So what conclusions have you come to? Many of the clients Read More

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Bring your business to Italy

June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Why Italy? Italy has a history of businesses being tied up by bureaucracy and with high cost of employment, these issues are still prevalent, but times are changing…. The government realises that it needs to create the right type of environment to stimulate both business and the employment of skilled Read More

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HMRC update guidance on deferral of VAT payments due to Covid-19

June 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

All UK VAT registered businesses are eligible to defer payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020.  Business may, should they choose to, continue to pay as usual but have the option of delaying until March 2021. VAT payments you can defer These are the only payments a Read More

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HMRC’s crackdown on overseas tax evasion

June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

In a single year, HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) crackdown on overseas tax evasion has seen a massive increase in the number of people admitting to not paying tax. According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, 867 British expats declared they failed to pay the amount they owed in Read More

May 2020

April 2020

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Changes to government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme expected to have an immediate impact.

April 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The UK government’s loan scheme to assist businesses hit by the coronavirus outbreak has been overhauled.  Initial measures, including government guaranteed loans amounting to £330 bn were announced in response to the disruption caused by COVID-19.  However, several problems with the scheme have since been identified and changes have been Read More

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Summary of government support available for businesses

April 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Government have issued a range of measures to assist businesses in the UK following the coronavirus outbreak here.  We have produced an initial report and a more detailed look at CBILS, but what follows is a brief summary of the measures being offered: Job Retention Scheme to reduce the Read More

March 2020

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Business Support during the COVID-19 disruption

March 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

The UK Government has set out a package of temporary interventions to support people and businesses during the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This package, which has been published in full on the gov.uk website, includes: a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme deferring VAT and Income Tax payments a Statutory Read More

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Covid-19 emergency postpones tax reforms

March 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

The UK government has delayed proposed changes to the IR35 tax rules until 2021 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  MP Steve Barclay, the chief secretary to the treasury, unexpectedly announced the move on the evening of March 17th and was keen to stress that it was merely a postponement. Read More

Coronavirus Update

March 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Dear Briars clients, friends and supporters Coronavirus We continue to monitor the spread of this virus across the globe and our thoughts are with all those affected: we hope that they come through and are soon able to put it behind them. We will continue to support and advise our Read More

February 2020

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News – Briars Racing – BRKC Report

February 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Briars Racing drivers: Anwar Beroual-Smith, Ed White and Sean Brierley Briars Racing National and international kart racing has been a passion here at Briars Group for a long time.  For over 7 years we have sponsored a Briars Racing team and you may recall our medal-filled report from the Kart Read More

December 2019

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

December 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

The Raleigh Lecture 2019 Adapting to a New Business Landscape The Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4) has changed the way we live and work.  It has altered the workplace around us and forced us to adapt.  In a business landscape increasingly dominated by technology, we have had to re-evaluate which attributes Read More

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News – The Raleigh Lecture 2019

December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Entrepreneurs look to the future, but they also learn from the past.  At times, the past, present, and future seem strung out from one another, but at key moments in time they feel incredibly condensed.  We are living through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a time which Historian Dr. D. Harrup Read More

November 2019

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Eastern European Countries Look to Shed Reputation

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A Remarkable Transformation Real minimum wages have increased across Europe this year.  The increases have been highest in the Southern and Eastern European countries where minimum wages are the lowest.  The only exception has been Latvia and perhaps only temporarily, as the three-year agreement between employers, employees and the government Read More

October 2019

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The End of Freedom of Movement

October 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

A no-deal scenario Freedom of Movement is due to end in the United Kingdom on 31st October 2019.  As with everything Brexit related, this is not certain.  At the time of writing, no Brexit deal has been reached between the UK and the European Union.  The UK’s deadline may be Read More

September 2019

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Communicating The New Capital Gains Tax Rules

September 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Through a Time Window, Darkly In April 2020, new rules will be taking effect regarding Capital Gains Tax (CGT).  The policy change from HMRC aims ‘to improve collection of CGT by reducing error and increasing compliance; customers will have 30 days following property disposal to file their return and make Read More

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Making Tax Digital for VAT

September 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

MTD has landed We first examined Making Tax Digital (MTD), and the arguments surrounding it, back in 2017.  Now that the dust has settled and MTD has come into force, it seems a good time for another look.   From VAT periods commencing 1st April, MTD now applies for most companies Read More

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Confirmation of Payee delayed to end of March 2020

September 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Identity and security In March 2019 a Lithuanian man was convicted for stealing over $100 million from Google and Facebook through a wire fraud scam. Evaldas Rimasauskas impersonated an Asian hardware vendor and, over a three-year period, sent fraudulent invoices for items that had never been sold or provided.  The Read More

August 2019

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Medal Haul for Briars Racing

August 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Briars Racing The screech of tyres, the smell of burning rubber, and the sight of the world’s best indoor racing drivers battling for international glory.  These sensations may seem a world away from the business of international expansion, but are still familiar for Briars Group.  You may or may not Read More

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Ending sexual harassment at work

August 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Shining a spotlight The #MeToo movement has put sexual harassment in the spotlight, initially driven by a surge of allegations against high profile and celebrity figures and the subsequent injunctions that aim to keep allegations out of the public eye.  However, the movement has grown beyond Hollywood, found widespread support Read More

July 2019

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UK open for business

July 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Open All Seasons The sun never stops shining.  Businesses that have expanded to the UK will be familiar with the local unpredictable weather.  They will also understand that, though you can’t always see it, the sun rises every day.  Whether obscured by Atlantic cloud or London fog, the sun still Read More

May 2017

Storing Personal Data Under GDPR

May 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

There is now less than a year to go before the UK's Data Protection Act (DPA) is replaced by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will have huge implications for any business that stores personal data online. The new regulation will take effect on 25 May Read More

April 2017

Auto-enrolment and the Workforce

April 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Although the groundwork for auto-enrolment was laid in the 2008 Pensions Act, it wasn't officially launched until October 2012 and not all employers have started the process yet, although more than 7.5 million people have already been enrolled. The government's plan is to turn this figure into 10 Read More

March 2017

Not Making Tax Digital

March 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Back in January, we urged readers to prepare for the implementation of Making Tax Digital (MTD), the Government's attempt to digitise tax returns for all business owners and the self-employed. This was due to come into effect for large businesses from next April and for small businesses the Read More

February 2017

Mind the Gender Pay Gap

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

From April 2017, private and voluntary sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland with 250 or more employees will have to publish the differences between what they pay men and women in salaries and bonuses. Failure to comply with the new legislation will constitute an "unlawful act", meaning Read More

January 2017

Are you prepared for Making Tax Digital?

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Although there has been widespread criticism of the Government's Making Tax Digital (MTD) proposals, business and political groups agree that the only way forward for taxation is for it to go online, so it looks as though, whether next year or by 2020, businesses will have to get Read More

December 2016

How will your business be affected by the apprenticeship levy?

December 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

When it was first announced, the apprenticeship levy came under heavy fire from organisations representing British businesses. There were plenty of arguments against its introduction. The CBI warned that the levy would impose huge costs on employers with no improvement in training given. After a period of consultation Read More

November 2016

Watermoo’s Journey

November 4th, 2016|Categories: Surrey Cow Parade|Tags: |

We have really enjoyed sponsoring Watermoo this year, seeing her evolve from a blank canvas to a bright and colourful heifer has been amazing. Watermoo's time in the public eye is coming to an end soon, she will be auctioned on the 17th November at Hampton Court Palace Read More

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Keep Calm, EU’re Still With Us!

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

A view on Brexit from CEO Kate Jolly They say that change is one of the few certainties in life. On Friday we all woke up to a change on a scale that is unprecedented - at least in my lifetime. At Briars we have built a reputation upon Read More

Tax Implications after ruling on bank fines

June 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

UK Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that payments made by banks to regulators are viewed as "a routine cost of doing business," and are therefore "generally deductible for corporation tax purposes." However, fines are not tax deductible. This ruling has consequences for all UK organisations. Read More

Briars Group CEO Kate Jolly addresses Serbian Enterprise Conference

June 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Briars Group CEO Kate Jolly is no stranger to the world of entrepreneurial enterprise. As co-founder of the Company, she is an entrepreneur herself. Briars offers extensive services to entrepreneurial businesses of all sizes, across many countries. Speaking on behalf of the Guild of Read More

May 2016

March 2016

Data Protection Law Changes to Impact UK Organisations

March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|

The era of the stable data protection enjoyed by UK companies that has lasted for two decades is set to change. The EU will address the changes in the technological environment by condensing three drafts of the General Data Protection Regulation into one by Read More

January 2016

Are you making annual returns of employer share schemes?

January 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Employers need to be aware and prepared for the additional UK compliance burden that now exists in relation to annual returns in respect of the above. Employers have always been required to make a return to HMRC of all shares or options either granted or awarded Read More

November 2015

How to Find the Best Provider for Your HR functions

November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|

In my last article I discussed the many and varied benefits of outsourcing HR functions. For the majority of businesses, it's not a question of whether they would benefit from outsourcing non-core functions but which they would benefit from most. Many organisations begin by 'dipping their toes in the water Read More

September 2015

Create a Communication Strategy to Build Real Outsourcing Success

September 21st, 2015|Categories: Blog|

For an outsourcing project to yield maximum benefits, you'll need to ensure that effective processes and procedures of communication between your organisation and the service provider are in place. According to Grant Thornton's International Business Report, communication is the key to outsourcing success with 98% of UK respondents saying Read More

Reaping the Benefits of Support Services for IT in a World of Innovation

September 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

In 2013, an Ernst & Young survey examining outsourcing in eight major European countries concluded that the outsourcing of IT services was an underutilised area with the potential for large growth during the coming years. It also found that nearly three quarters of respondents who use outsourcing services insist Read More

August 2015

10 Steps to Develop a Clear and Effective Outsourcing Strategy

August 31st, 2015|Categories: Blog|

When working with an outsourcing partner, an organisation must have a clear and effective outsourcing strategy. This is particularly important if the outsourcing partner is based abroad. There are certain targets that an outsourcing strategy will identify and detail, and these should be understood by all involved in the outsourcing Read More

July 2015

Deutsche Bank’s Outsourcing Picks Up Pace with Opening of Three Innovation Labs

July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Shortly after announcing a deal with HP to outsource its data storage, platform, and hosting requirements, Deutsche Bank has announced plans to open three innovation abs and outsource their technology needs.Germany, June 3rd 2015Coming shortly after its announcement of a ten-year outsourcing deal with HP, Deutsche Bank has today announced Read More

Elstead Marathon July 2015

July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Dan Eley Foundation|

In order to raise money for our corporate charity The Dan Eley Foundation, Briars have managed to once again put together a team for the local fun run. Elstead is a small village about 5 miles from Godalming in Surrey and every year they host the Elstead Marathon. whilst it Read More

June 2015

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