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Obesity, Employment and Discrimination - Porter Dodson

Somerset County Gazette: Alan Sarhan.

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Obesity, Employment and Discrimination THE Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination in the workplace.

'Tax - straightforward it isn't' says Paul Aplin of A.C. Mole & Sons

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

PERHAPS the most surreal experience I have had recently was doing an interview for BBC Radio 5 Live sitting in a campervan in Norfolk with a collie pup sitting on my lap. Fortunately she refrained from playing with her squeaky toy until we had finished recording.

'Avoid shocks from the taxman' says Paul Aplin, of A. C. Mole & Son

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

3:49pm Friday 11th April 2014

I WANT to look at a few things that have passed across my desk in recent weeks.

Family run businesses - Everys.

Somerset County Gazette: Family run businesses - Everys.

1:27pm Thursday 10th April 2014

DID you know that some of the world’s leading businesses are family run businesses?

Act early to avoid bad debt

3:06pm Monday 31st March 2014

By Rob Carwallader, of BJ Dixon Walsh

Ben Hingley appointed associate in Porter Dodson commercial property team

Somerset County Gazette: BenHingley, commercial property associate, Bruce Weir, head of commercial in Taunton, and Stephen Wray, office head at Porter Dodson’s Taunton office.

10:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

BEN Hingley has been appointed as associate in the commercial property team of Top 200 UK law firm Porter Dodson LLP.

Are you looking for alternative ways to finance your business? -Sally Taylor, of Everys

Somerset County Gazette: Sally Taylor

9:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

SMALL and medium-sized businesses need access to finance to grow and access to working capital to survive.

Pre-nuptial agreements - Porter Dodson comments

1:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

THE Law Commission are to recommend that the law be changed to make prenuptial agreements legally binding.

Will your business boom or bust in 2014? asks Emma Davy, of Everys.

Somerset County Gazette: Emma Davey.

12:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

By Emma Davey, of Everys.

Change to buy to let rules - BJ Dixon Walsh

Somerset County Gazette: Change to buy to let rules - BJ Dixon Walsh

10:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

BUY to let landlords need to be aware of a potential change to the rules regarding the tax deductibility of replacement expenses, such as buying a new washing machine for their tenanted property.

Keep it simple - Paul Aplin, of A.C. Mole & Sons

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

9:00am Thursday 13th February 2014

A FEW weeks ago I was asked to deliver a short talk on saving tax. I was given just ten minutes, so I knew I had to keep it simple.

Harris Fowler in Taunton celebrates 20-year anniversary

Somerset County Gazette: Harris Fowler's offices in Hammett Street, Taunton.

3:46pm Friday 17th January 2014

THIS week marks the 20th anniversary of Harris Fowler solicitors, who are based in Taunton.

'Important to plan for growth' says BJ Dixon Walsh's Rob Cadwallader

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader.

10:30am Thursday 16th January 2014

SMALL businesses in the UK are increasingly optimistic about the future according to the 'Voice of Small Business Index' from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Don't blame the goldfish - Paul Aplin of AC Mole on tax returns

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

8:30am Thursday 16th January 2014

MILLIONS of people have yet to file their 2012/13 tax returns.

Capital gains on house sales

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader

10:30am Thursday 19th December 2013

by Rob Cadwallader, BJ Dixon Walsh.

Any Christmas cheer from the Chancellor asks Paul Aplin of A C Mole & Sons

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

8:30am Thursday 19th December 2013

Any Christmas Cheer from the Chancellor?

Paul Aplin wins Outstanding Industry Contribution gong at British Accountancy Awards

Somerset County Gazette: Comedian Miles Jupp who hosted the evening, Paul Aplin, Kevin Reed editor of Accountancy Age.

8:34am Monday 25th November 2013

Somerset chartered accountant Paul Aplin has won a top industry award in recognition of his influential work on taxation issues.

Porter Dodson advice for 2014 resolutions

Somerset County Gazette: Evelyn Adfield.

10:30am Thursday 21st November 2013

WITH the end of 2013 in sight, many of us will be considering our New Year’s resolutions for 2014 (to be adhered to for at least the first two weeks of the New Year).

Victoria House and Viney Court 'proving popular for business relocations'

Somerset County Gazette: Victoria House and Viney Court 'proving popular for business relocations'

8:20am Thursday 21st November 2013

A NUMBER of businesses have recently moved in to the refurbished office premises within Taunton’s Victoria House and Viney Court and the developer, Summerfield, is urging businesses to get in touch to view the remaining office suites.

Tell me what you want - AC Mole & Sons Spice Girls advice

Somerset County Gazette: TAX expert Paul Aplin.

7:30am Thursday 21st November 2013

I’M not generally in the habit of quoting Spice Girls songs but it seems appropriate for this piece, writes Paul Aplin.

Tips on copyright from Porter Dodson

Somerset County Gazette: Evelyn Adfield.

1:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013

Copyright Copyright is an intellectual property right that arises automatically on the creation of a work.

Jayne Turner joins Taunton-based Amicus as head of family law.

Somerset County Gazette: Jayne Turner.

1:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013

JAYNE Turner has joined Taunton-based solicitors AmicusLaw as a partner and head of family law.

Tips on how to grow your profits and pay less tax

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader

10:50am Thursday 17th October 2013

By Rob Cadwallader, of BJ DixonWalsh.

AWO out, auto enrolment pensions in. What do you need to do and when?

Somerset County Gazette: Kate Gardner

9:20am Thursday 17th October 2013

By Kate Gardner, of Clarke Willmott.

Trouble & Strife - AC Mole & Sons' Paul Aplin

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

8:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

Trouble and Strife POLITICIANS have once again been talking about incentivising marriage through the tax system. This has made me reflect on the sometimes conflicting signals the tax system can generate. While there are already many ways in which a married couple or civil partners can save tax, there are other ways in which the tax system actively penalises them.

Award for worker at Taunton solicitor firm Clarke Willmott

Somerset County Gazette: Hannah Dyke

10:10am Thursday 3rd October 2013

A WORKER at a Taunton firm of solicitors has been honoured for her performance on a law course.

Victoria House £1million development - offices to rent

Somerset County Gazette: Victoria House

12:10pm Thursday 19th September 2013

NEW and existing businesses in Somerset are encouraged to look at the range of high quality and affordable offices being offered at Victoria House, in Taunton.

Raising finance for small business - BJ Dixon Walsh

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader.

9:20am Thursday 19th September 2013

by Rob Cadwallader, BJ Dixon Walsh.

The Draft Consumer Rights Bill - What’s in Store? - Clarke Willmott

Somerset County Gazette: Hermione Coutts

8:10am Thursday 19th September 2013

THE recently published draft Consumer Rights Bill ("Bill") introduces a major overhaul and consolidation of consumer law in the UK.

Access to capital - AC Mole

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

7:00am Thursday 19th September 2013

ONE of the most common and persistent issues for small businesses seems to be access to capital. Despite government backed lending schemes, some businesses still struggle to raise the capital they need.

Cash is still king - BJ Dixon Walsh

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader.

10:20am Thursday 15th August 2013

WE have seen a lot of positive data recently indicating that the UK economy is starting to recover.

Partnership problems? AC Mole & Sons

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

6:00am Thursday 15th August 2013

Partnership problems?

'Lifting the Corporate Veil in Divorce Cases' - Clarke Willmott LLP

Somerset County Gazette: Stuart Parker

11:20am Thursday 18th July 2013

By STUART PARKER, corporate partner with Clarke Willmott LLP and a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, who can be contacted on 0845-2091423.

Taking advantage of Entrepreneurs’ Relief - advice from BJ Dixon Walsh

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader.

10:30am Thursday 18th July 2013

ENTREPRENEURS’ Relief is a valuable tax relief available to individuals who are selling or winding up their business whether they are sole traders, partnerships or trading through a limited company.

'Put your feet up' advises Paul Aplin of A.C. Mole

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

8:00am Thursday 18th July 2013

PUT your feet up.

South West Solar and Renewable Systems solar panel competition - Terms and Conditions

Somerset County Gazette: Here comes the sun: Solar panels.

10:00pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

NEWSQUEST Somerset is running a competition in conjunction with South West Solar and Renewable Systems. Terms and conditions apply as below:

Taking advantage of Entrepreneurs’ Relief

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader

5:19pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

Entrepreneurs’ Relief is a valuable tax relief available to individuals who are selling or winding up their business whether they are sole traders, partnerships or trading through a limited company.

Attention All Farmer and Grower Employers in the South West

11:10am Thursday 20th June 2013

AS many agricultural and horticultural employers will already be aware, the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) is about to be abolished.

New campaign to target second home sales

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader.

8:40am Thursday 20th June 2013

HMRC recently launched a new campaign to recoup undeclared profits on the sale of second homes. The Property Sales campaign is designed to claw back any unpaid Capital Gains Tax from people selling property that is not their main residence. This includes buy-to-let and holiday homes in the UK and abroad.

Trouble with bonds - by Paul Aplin

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

6:20am Thursday 20th June 2013

INVESTMENT bonds are a popular form of investment for many people.

Morrisons cashback customer loses her money

Somerset County Gazette: Morrisons cashback customer loses her money

11:39am Monday 17th June 2013

A CUSTOMER is believed to have picked up another shopper’s cash back money at the check-out in Morrisons, Taunton.

Landmark tax case 'great result' for Somerset farming families, says Moore Scarrott accountants

Somerset County Gazette: CANNABIS: The farmhouse at the centre of the court case

10:10am Thursday 23rd May 2013

A LANDMARK tax case has been won by the taxpayer concerning the Inheritance Tax relief available on farmhouses, advises Simon Tapp of Somerset-based chartered accountants Moore Scarrott.

Full range of office suites now offered in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: Full range of office quites now offered in Taunton

12:00pm Thursday 16th May 2013

FOLLOWING the recent completion of major refurbishment at Victoria House in Taunton, Summerfield Developments have now extended the range of businesses that can be catered for on the site.

A quick guide to e-marketing

11:00am Thursday 16th May 2013

By STUART PARKER, corporate partner with Clarke Willmott LLP and a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, who can be contacted on 0845-2091423

Renewable Energies Exhibition and Advice Afternoon

Somerset County Gazette: Trudi Routledge

10:00am Thursday 16th May 2013

WITH energy bills still on the rise, accountants BJ DixonWalsh and financial advisers Rumwell Financial Services have pulled together to stage a Renewable Energies Exhibition and Advice Afternoon on Thursday, May 23.

The Budget small print

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

6:00am Thursday 16th May 2013

The Budget Small Print

Ins and outs of trading on-line - tips from Porter Dodson

10:00am Monday 22nd April 2013

ENSURING your business continues to grow year-on-year can be difficult, so it is understandable businesses diversify to increase profits. It is great to innovate and here Elizabeth York, data protection and intellectual property specialist at Porter Dodson, explains some of the legal considerations for business owners. “Many businesses use their website to advertise their products or services and sell products on-line. “If you’re selling on-line, you’re likely to be collecting the personal data of your customers. As a business owner your collection and use of that information must comply with your obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. “Remember you’re the business owner and the data controller – you’re responsible for the data and may be fined up to £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for serious breaches. “You may want to send customers e-mail marketing or a regular newsletter. So, when customers fill in their details to complete their purchase, give them the option of opting-in to receive e-mail communication, for example, by asking them to check a tick box. “The ICO has recently served a fine of £90,000 to a company for unsolicited marketing activities. “Your website will need an appropriate privacy policy to let your customers know what information you’re collecting, why you’re collecting it, if you’re passing it on to a third party and how they can contact you if they have any questions. “This can include information gathered using cookies. “If you’re using a third party to take payments on your behalf, have you made sure that they’ll keep your customers’ payment details safe? “When you have the conversation with your service provider make sure they have the appropriate security systems in place to protect your customers’ personal data. Don’t assume the system will meet your needs or be embarrassed to ask them about their IT security. “It’s also important to have some terms and conditions, which should, among other things, give information about who you are and how your customer can contact you, your delivery and returns procedures, the limitation of your liability and information about warranties. “You need to think about protecting your brand. Although you may have registered your business name at Companies House, and got the domain name, you may still be infringing someone else’s trademark. “By registering your business name as a trademark you’ll have the monopoly right to use that word or mark for your businesses’ products and services. “However, if you’re using someone else’s trademark by mistake it can be costly putting it right – not just paying to resolve the legal issues but also| re-branding your business.” For more information, contact Elizabeth York on 01823-625887 or elizabeth. york@porterdodson.co.uk

Choosing the right accounting software - tips from B.J. Dixon Walsh

Somerset County Gazette: Rob Cadwallader.

9:20am Monday 22nd April 2013

A WIDE choice of accounting software is available to small businesses. Choosing the right software will save you time and money, and provide you with useful management information to run your business. Rob Cadwallader, of B.J. Dixon Walsh, offers some pointers for choosing the right package. *Look at the volume of transactions you expect to process in a month. Sole traders processing a handful of sales and purchase invoices should find a free solution is fine. *Consider who will use the package – administrative staff or a trained book-keeper. Many packages now are designed to be used by non-accountants. *Work out what add-ons you need – for example, payroll, stock management system, integration with your bank account. *Consider what information you want from your system and how you want it to be available. For instance, do you want to see it any time, anywhere, on your mobile?

Wine enthusiasts tempted to visit PM Wine Cellars

Somerset County Gazette: Wine enthusiasts tempted to visit PM Wine Cellars

8:47am Monday 22nd April 2013

WINE enthusiasts, or people who just enjoy a tipple with their evening meal, can head to 19 Lower Middle Street, Taunton, and peruse the wares at PM Wine Cellars, the town’s independent wine merchant. Proprietor, sommelier-turned-retailer Philippe Messy, spent his youth honing his skills at Marco Pierre White’s and Oliver Peyton’s restaurants. He also found time to work vintages from Burgundy to South Australia. Philippe has a laid-back demeanour but is passionate about wine and always ready to offer friendly advice – what to buy for a celebratory dinner, which wine to pair with scallops or even a wine that won’t make the drinker sneeze. The shop stocks wines from more than 15 countries, at prices ranging from £6, and for clients searching for specific wines, the team enjoys the challenge of sourcing it. Bespoke wine-tasting events and other services can also be arranged.

Expert advice on employment law

Somerset County Gazette: Kate Gardner

8:34am Monday 22nd April 2013

Kate Gardner, of law firm Clarke Willmott, gives top of advice on getting through the minefield of employment law.






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