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December 2020

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Insurance policies to protect us all

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: Newsletter, partners|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

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Resilience and leadership success

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: Newsletter, partners|

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

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A Scotsman in New York

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: Newsletter, partners|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

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Business as usual at meetings – I think not!

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: Newsletter, partners|

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

November 2020

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Brace for Brexit

By |November 18th, 2020|Categories: news|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

California’s Proposition 22

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

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UK Company Secretaries

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Newsletter|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

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Expand or Contract

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

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Incorporating in California

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

U.S. Visas: Working in California

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

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,

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Make your online conversations count

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

October 2020

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Global Mobility and UK Tax

By |October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Newsletter|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

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Relocation during COVID

By |October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Newsletter|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

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Key currencies at a glance

By |October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter|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

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Global Mobility

By |October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog, news, Newsletter|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

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COVID-19 and Foreign national workers

By |October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Newsletter|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

International HR management

By |October 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Newsletter|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

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Corporate Criminal Offence investigations in 2020

By |October 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|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

August 2020

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Work-based UK visas

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

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Global leadership and French law

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

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Business as unusual

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

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Enhance your online reputation

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

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

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Longer term business plans

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

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What is a company board for now?

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|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

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Redundancy pay for furloughed workers

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

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

July 2020

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Passport, face-mask, Covid-19 policy – tick!

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

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 way of working needs be taken

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How investor responses impact currency in times of extreme volatility

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

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 last 50 years have happened for many different reasons, but

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How best to land and expand? A common question.

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

Is there a straightforward answer? Irrespective of where in the world you want to open that next office, adherence to a tried and tested roadmap to guide you through the underlying requirements will be essential. This generic map is subsequently anchored by local laws, tailoring your solution to ensure ongoing

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Temporary Changes to Companies House Filing Requirements

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

June 2020

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Options to Help Plan for Currency Exposure

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

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

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What Do You Need to Consider When Relocating?

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

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

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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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HMRC’s crackdown on overseas tax evasion

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

May 2020

April 2020

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

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

March 2020

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Business Support during the COVID-19 disruption

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

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Covid-19 emergency postpones tax reforms

By |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.

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

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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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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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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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

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

May 2017

Storing Personal Data Under GDPR

By |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

April 2017

Auto-enrolment and the Workforce

By |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

March 2017

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

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

December 2016

November 2016

Watermoo’s Journey

By |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

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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. For

May 2016

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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's International 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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