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Feb 8 2017

Changes to Business Rates & Valuations

Categories: ProfessionsProperty & Construction

A number of important announcements regarding changes to Business Rates and valuations of non-domestic property in Scotland in 2017 have now been confirmed by the Scottish Government. These announcements cover the changes to reliefs and surcharges for 2017 which will significantly impact businesses’ rates bills for 2017-2018. Along with changes to business rates, the Scottish more

Feb 7 2017

Farming Scotland Conference provides inspirational business insight

Categories: Agriculture

Business improvement, growth and diversification were very much the focus of this year’s Farming Scotland Conference, with just a sprinkling of Brexit politics thrown in. The conference, which is now in its 14th year, once again took place in Carnoustie and was officially opened by the Provost of Angus, Cllr Alex King. As is befitting more

Feb 1 2017

Making Tax Digital Proposals

Categories: Making Tax DigitalTaxation

HMRC have embarked on a massive project, Making Tax Digital (MTD), to insist that most businesses, including sole traders and landlords, keep their accounting records using computer software with the aim that the software will automatically update HMRC with relevant data on their business income and expenses on a quarterly basis. Based on the current more

Jan 25 2017

TIGA call for a British Games Institute

Categories: Technology

TIGA, the trade association that represents the video games industry, is calling on the Government to introduce a British Games Institute to support the video games sector. They envisage that the Institute would: manage TIGA’s proposal for a Games Investment Fund; increase productivity in the industry by working with leading universities to promote best practice; more

Jan 24 2017

Community Spirit in Cupar

Categories: Charities

Our Cupar office volunteered to take part in the Leuchars night of the annual Cupar Rotary community sleigh run just before Christmas, with local residents donating over £400 during a house-to-house collection on the night. Today, the staff involved in the sleigh run, along with John Morrow of Cupar Rotary, presented Age Concern Cupar with a cheque for more

Jan 17 2017

Working with MFM Community Limited

Categories: Corporate FinanceHealthcareTaxation

EQ Taxation and Corporate Finance teams recently assisted the directors and shareholders of MFM Community Limited in selling their dental practice. EQ were asked to participate in the negotiations during which a potential key legislative change was identified by EQ as a problem. This resulted in the deal being fully restructured to the benefit of more

Jan 13 2017

Construction in 2017 and 2018 and the effects of Brexit

Categories: Property & Construction

The forecasts for the construction industry over the next two years are a bit of a mixed bag, primarily as a result of the ongoing Brexit debate and forthcoming negotiations. Construction activity in the UK is expected to remain broadly flat in 2017 and 2018, but drilling down in to the sector shows potential growth more

Jan 12 2017

Xero Gold Champion Status

Categories: Amber AccountingTechnology

Our Amber Accounting team have recently been awarded the status of Xero Gold Champion. Scott Kennedy, the Manager of our Amber Team in Forfar commented, “We are finding that business owners are having increasing demands placed on them, be that from the day-to-day business or regulatory pressures from the likes of HMRC. Using innovative systems, more