Hammond let me down, But I saved £3800 on VAT!

I was a bit tardy in getting the slides ready and making my recording this week. No problem, I thought. Hammond is delivering his budget, so I can get plenty of material from that. How wrong could I be? On the face of it, there was plenty of crowd-pleasing giveaways.  There was also lots of […]

Auto-Enrolment and Pensions, Plus IQ Tests

We passed a milestone a few weeks back regarding auto-enrolment and pensions; they are now part of every business employing staff. In this weeks sound bite, I am looking at how far we have travelled and what to expect.  But first, did you see the squabble that Trump is having with his secretary of state over IQ. You […]

Highland Spotlight 2017 and Ten Reasons to Visit

  The Highland Spotlight Exhibition is a Free event organised by the Inverness Chamber of Commerce. It takes place on Tuesday 26th September at the Kingsmill Hotel Inverness. The show is a big part of the highland business week which features events all over town and culminates with a lunch at the Drumossie Hotel on […]

5 key strategies for fledgeling business & no politics..

This week I am looking at organisation, systems and the NC500. Absolutely no politics here! So let’s talk about 5 key strategies for any fledgeling business.  Two of these involve organisation and systems, particularly information systems. Even if you have been in business a while, I think you will find these ideas interesting. The NC500 […]

Business Leader Webinars: Isla Cruden from R&I Cruden Ltd

As part of The Business Leader Seminars, we were delighted to interview Isla Cruden of R & I Cruden in June 2016 R & I Cruden is a family run business founded in 2005 and based in Muir of Ord, where they have a showroom set up with working log stoves and wood pellet boilers […]

New Taxes Cause a Mini Housing Boom, How does LBTT or ADS Affect You?

They wanted to deter buy to lets, it kind of worked, caused a mini housing boom, and they missed the mark!  The April 1st deadline saw the introduction of new rates of UK stamp duty and a new Scottish tax the Additional Dwelling Supplement. The race to beat the date caused a surge in the purchase of […]

Tax saving before April 6th. Get it before its gone!

  Did you catch the budget last week? I will have more to say on that at a later date.  Today I am looking at an outcome from a previous budget, there is an opportunity to save up to £2000 in tax if you act quickly. Tax on Company Dividends. Back in 2015, the Chancellor […]

Sound Bites: Charity Part II, tax relief and a bigger warm glow!

So that was Christmas and this is Hogmanay. let me be the first to wish you a very happy New Year.   It is a big day in Kirkwall tomorrow we are preparing for. THE BA’ an ancient game of street football that looks more like crowed rugby.  Check out the webcam at 1pm on […]

Sound Bites: The end of buy to lets is nigh!

Feedback@thelongpartnership.co.uk “Residential Buy to Let Landlords are about to be on the receiving end of some penal legislation that will have a dramatic and lasting effect on the way they do business. The new restriction on deducting interest from rental income from residential property is pushing effective tax rates through the roof and in some […]