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July 2020

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Covid-19 Policy

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter, partners|Tags: , , |

Passport, face-mask, Covid-19 policy – tick! With the constantly changing picture, and uncertainty surrounding travel plans, quarantine rules and home viewings, relocation support has become even more invaluable to ensure clients are properly looked after and kept safe during the pandemic. New Normal As relocation support services recommence, a new

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Post Pandemic Plans

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: news, Newsletter, partners|Tags: , , |

Do you have the right talent to execute your post pandemic recovery plans? Plan for Recovery There are a lot of articles and resources dedicated to helping businesses think differently and adjust post Covid-19. Changing your strategy and business model is inevitable for many businesses, BUT the question as to

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FBAR signature authority

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter|Tags: , , |

The Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) – do you need to file? Filing US tax returns is a well-known responsibility of American ex-pats, but the Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) is often forgotten. This can be costly, as failing to file the FBAR can draw the attention of the IRS,

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Investor responses in times of extreme volatility

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter, partners|Tags: , , , |

How investor responses impact currency in times of extreme volatility Crises that affect world markets tend to hit with little warning and major impacts, leaving everyone from traders and investors rushing to find ways to limit their losses while the catastrophe unfolds. The various crises we have seen in the

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Global Responses to Covid 19

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter, partners|Tags: , |

Global responses to the Covid 19 crisis 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

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Temporary VAT cut

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter|Tags: , , , , |

A temporary reduction in VAT from 20% to 5% for worst hit sectors Chancellor's Summer statement A temporary cut in the sales tax from 20% to 5% has been announced by the UK government for attractions, meals and accommodation.  Chancellor Rishi Sunak proposed the measure during his Summer Statement in

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Companies House Filing Requirements

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Temporary changes to Companies House filing requirements 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

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CJRS – Flexible Furlough

By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog, news|Tags: , , |

Flexible Furlough: How the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing The government has proposed a flexible way out of furlough for the millions affected.  As of the 14th June, approximately 9.1 million jobs from 1.1 million employers were furloughed in the UK.  However, the sheer cost of the Coronavirus Job

June 2020

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Currency Exposure

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, partners|

Options to help plan for currency exposure 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

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Relocating to the UK

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, partners|

What do you need to consider when relocating? 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

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Business As Usual?

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, partners|

Business as usual – is there a higher opportunity? 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

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Bring your business to Italy

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, partners|

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

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Deferral of VAT payments

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news|

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

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Unpaid Expat Tax

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

HMRC’s crackdown on overseas tax evasion 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

May 2020

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Working Time Regulations

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) Changes to regulations mean that workers will now be able to carry over untaken annual leave into the next two leave years.  This applies where they have been unable to take leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this article Andrew Brierley, Briars

April 2020

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Duties of a director during Covid-19

By |April 28th, 2020|Categories: news|Tags: , , |

In an unprecedented and dynamic situation, company directors need to be mindful of the law Company directors, along with everyone else, are living in a new world.  The global response to the coronavirus outbreak has reshaped the business landscape.  Even once the immediate Covid-19 crisis has passed, no-one can be

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April 2020 Employment Law Changes

By |April 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news|Tags: , , |

New legislation introduced stipulating what needs to be included in a contract of employment. What has changed? From 6 April 2020, the requirement to provide a written statement of terms and conditions extends to workers, not just employees. This now includes casual and zero hours workers.  Employers must provide their workers and employees

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Coronavirus Business Support

By |April 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news|Tags: , , , |

Summary of government support available for businesses 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

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Regulatory fee concessions

By |April 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news|Tags: , , , |

FCA propose concessions for smaller firms as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic  Under new Financial Conduct Authority proposals published this week, nine out of ten firms will have until the end of 2020 to pay their regulatory fees and levies.  The concessions have been made to smaller advice firms

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Coronavirus Business Loan Revamp

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

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

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Coronavirus Business Support

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

Summary of government support available for businesses 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

March 2020

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COVID-19: Support for Businesses

By |March 24th, 2020|Categories: news|Tags: , , |

Business Support during the COVID-19 disruption 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

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IR35 changes delayed until 2021

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

Covid-19 emergency postpones tax reforms 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

Coronavirus Update

By |March 17th, 2020|Categories: news|

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

February 2020

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News – Briars Racing – BRKC Report

By |February 26th, 2020|Categories: news|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

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IR35 Changes

By |February 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

IR35 Changes: Risk and Responsibility in the Private Sector The planned changes to the UK’s Inland Revenue 35 (IR35) Laws are intended to create a clear distinction between independent contractors and full-time employees.  By determining employment status, HMRC hopes to ensure that proper tax contributions are obtained.  In order to

December 2019

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

By |December 17th, 2019|Categories: news|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

November 2019

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Eastern European Countries Look to Shed Reputation

By |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

October 2019

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Blog – The End of Freedom of Movement

By |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

September 2019

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Communicating The New Capital Gains Tax Rules

By |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

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Blog – Making Tax Digital for VAT

By |September 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|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

August 2019

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Medal Haul for Briars Racing

By |August 9th, 2019|Categories: news|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

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Blog – Ending sexual harassment at work

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, news|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

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CEO’s Charity Parachute Jump

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: news|Tags: , , |

Briars Group CEO's Charity Parachute Jump This Summer, Kate Jolly jumped out of a perfectly good aeroplane.  The CEO of Briars Group had not taken leave of her senses, though.  In fact, there were two very good reasons for this act.  Firstly, to raise money for the Guild of Entrepreneurs

July 2019

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UK open for business

By |July 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog, news|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

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March 2017

Blog – Not Making Tax Digital

By |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

February 2017

Blog – Mind the Gender Pay Gap

By |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

January 2017

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October 2016

Briars Group Partners with the OFX Group

By |October 25th, 2016|Categories: news|

Briars Group partners with the OFX Group to offer clients great foreign exchange rates on international payments. Commencing October 2016, Briars is delighted to announce its new partnership with UKForex, (USForex and the entire OFX Group) to be the preferred choice for Briars' clients currency

September 2016

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June 2016

Tax Implications after ruling on bank fines

By |June 26th, 2016|Categories: news|

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.

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November 2015

How to Find the Best Provider for Your HR functions

By |November 3rd, 2015|Categories: news|

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

September 2015

Create a Communication Strategy to Build Real Outsourcing Success

By |September 21st, 2015|Categories: news|

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'sInternational Business Report, communication is the key to outsourcing success with 98% of UK respondents saying so.

August 2015

10 Steps to Develop a Clear and Effective Outsourcing Strategy

By |August 31st, 2015|Categories: news|

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

July 2015

Elstead Marathon July 2015

By |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

June 2015

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