From the Business Godparent

2021 Year Round Up

We are now entering the last few weeks of 2021 and what a year it has been so far. Nearly everyone has had to make an adjustment in their life somewhere and business owners have had to make more than anyone. In all the turmoil, we do need to switch off from time to time whether it is simply sitting down with  a good book and a pack of Jaffa Cakes to nibble on, (are they cakes or actually biscuits in disguise?) or getting outside for some fresh air. If it’s the latter that appeals, why not follow me on the STRAVA app, log your walks and join the Essendon challenge of doing an hour’s walk or activity per day.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Lionel Naidoo on The Red Sofa

Watch the full interview here Interviewer: Today we have Lionel from Dragon Information Systems joining us on The Red Sofa..

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Top Tips

How to maximise the weekend recharge

Even if you haven’t been able to get away on holiday this year, try our top tips to switch off.

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Xledger

Xledger: Continued Professional Development

Jake and Eve have been continuing to expand their knowledge of the Xledger accounting system, right from client onboarding and.

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HR

Why I should focus on my employees’ wellbeing?

Guest article from Sue Pardy, Face2Face HR Is the wellbeing of your employees something you need to consider?  In my.

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From the Business Godparent

Freedom Day is here!

The 19th July has arrived and there is a lot going on for businesses. With the effects of Brexit, furlough withdrawal, supply chain issues, and cash flow challenges, ‘Freedom Day’ is a welcome moment in this pandemic

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Red Sofa Interviews

Julie Futcher on the virtual Red Sofa

Watch the full interview here Interviewer: Today, we have the pleasure of welcoming Julie Futcher from The Sales Ace onto.

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HR

Cash boost for apprenticeships

Support for apprenticeships has got even better… Introducing an apprenticeship scheme into your business can be a win/win situation for.

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Top Tips

Top ten positive outcomes from the pandemic

We’ve all received a few wake-up calls in the last few months, and being reminded of any mix of the.

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Events

Roger at Digital Transformation

Roger was recently asked to speak at the Digital Transformation Forum, which took place in May this year. The topic.

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Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight – Matthew Brown

What does a day in the life of Matthew look like?

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Trusted Partners

Where are my leads coming from?

Lead generation!  It's a topic that causes lots of business owners to have sleepless nights. The question of “where are.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Louise Gordon on the Red Sofa

Watch the full interview here Interviewer: Hi, Louise. Thanks for joining us for our next Red Sofa interview for the.

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From the Business Godparent

Go for Growth

The UK has become a nation of accidental savers; an interesting side-effect of the Covid-19 restrictions. Guess how much more.

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Essendon Foresight

The importance of an FD and managing cash flow

This pandemic has highlighted the importance of cash flow. Thousands of businesses are now at risk of collapsing, and the.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Kirsty Parris on the Red Sofa

Kirsty takes a seat on the Red Sofa and talks about her business, Andromeda Business Consulting

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From the Business Godparent

Looking back at 2020

So… what will 2020 be remembered for? I ask because perspective matters here. It could, of course, be remembered as.

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Top Tips

Top Ten Accounting Acronyms

Have you heard of TLAs (three letter abbreviations)? Well, in the accounting world they don’t always come in threes… and.

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Network

Falling back in love with Monday mornings

New Year is traditionally a time for reflection; for reviewing the past year and considering what we want to change.

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Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight – Gemma Barry

What does a typical day for Gemma look like? First thing on the agenda is checking emails and dealing with.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Terry Kendhammer on the Red Sofa

Terry takes a seat on the Red Sofa and talks about Bubble Creative Solutions, the digital marketing agency.

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HMRC

Even HMRC knows that every little helps…

If you’re still working from home because of this pandemic, or your business is intending to ask their staff to.

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Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight – Phil Mirto, Accounts Team

What does a day in the life of Phil look like?  My day starts with checking my emails and preparing.

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Making Tax Digital

Powering your business with real-time information

One of the key ingredients for the success of a business is information. It’s needed before you start, as you.

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From the Business Godparent

What is your new norm?

Back in March, we were told to work from home if we could. Then the message was reversed, as the.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Rachel Brushfield on the Red Sofa

Rachel takes a seat on the Red Sofa and talks about helping her clients to liberate more of their talent.

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From the Business Godparent

The Business Godparent

As we come out of hibernation and the bustle returns, there’s no doubt that many of us are now bracing.

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Top Tips

Returning Employees to the Workplace

It is not just a matter of switching the lights back on Things have certainly moved on since the introduction.

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Network

Feast or famine: Look after your Network.

Feast or Famine, a familiar phrase for many consultants. You know how it goes. You get out there networking to.

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From The Business Dogparent

Lockdown Dogitation

It’s been tough, this lockdown lark. They’ve needed walking twice a day and haven’t left me alone for a minute.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Andrew Franklin on the Red Sofa

Andrew Franklin takes a seat on
the Red Sofa and talks about his
‘Business Help Series’

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Essendon Foresight

Track cashflow… to be in the know!

Many businesses are struggling with cashflow at the moment, and yes, we know that’s stating the obvious. But it’s times.

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From the Business Godparent

We’re all in this together

Life regularly throws curved balls, and by Jove the UK is tackling a few this year. What with Brexit, floods,.

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Top Tips

Dodging the scammers

The government is wisely advising us to stay at home. The medical experts are wisely advising us to wash our.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Sarah Canning Franklins Solicitors

Sarah Canning takes a seat on the
Red Sofa to talk about Franklins
and her work as a solicitor.

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Top Tips

Top tips on starting a new business

1. Talk to an accountant!It’s really important to set the business up in the right way from the start (e.g..

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Trusted Partners

Worried about 2020? Don’t there’s going to be plenty to make you smile

Running a business in 2020 is going to present an interesting mix of challenges. With Brexit still to be resolved,.

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From the Business Godparent

Looking into 2020

Another decade begins and I am sure we’re all wishing for some stability. But with the prospect of a US.

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Essendon Foresight

WorkflowMax

Operating productively. Improving efficiency. Making the most of staff time. All great aspirations for a business to have. But if.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Tristan Allen room44

Tristan Allen takes a seat on the
Red Sofa to talk hidden trends and
explores new markets.

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From the Business Godparent

Benefits of a good accountant

A great accountant will help you stay the distance. Did you know… 20% of sole traders don’t make it to.

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Top Tips

Top ten ways to save on tax

31st October - Self-assessment tax return deadline for paper returns for the end of the year ended 5 April. 31st.

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Essendon Foresight

Cashflow Forecasting With Fluidly

With 80% of business failure due to cashflow issues, helping you manage your cash is our priority. That’s why we’ve.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Jo & Anthony The Kitchen & Indulgence

Jo and Anthony take a seat on the
Red Sofa.

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HMRC

Something to spark your interest in company cars!

There’s been a lot of adjustment around how company cars are taxed over recent years. For some they are still.

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From the Business Godparent

Welcome to the 3rd edition of The Business Godparent!

An important aspect to Essendon is our strong network of contacts and collaborators, and we always seek to connect our.

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Essendon Foresight

Forewarned is forearmed with Essendon Foresight

Some of you will know that Essendon is a proud partner of Xledger, a cloud accounting and enterprise resource planning.

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Top Tips

Lena’s Top Tip

If there is one thing that this year’s Accountex has shown, it’s that accountants & software developers now work hand.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Ann Brebner Time For You

Ann Brebner from Time For You
takes a seat on the Red Sofa.

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From the Business Godparent

Welcome to the 2nd edition of The Business Godparent

Welcome to the 2nd edition of The Business Godparent. A publication that aims to provide business owners with valuable updates,.

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Making Tax Digital

You can now Excel at making tax digital!

How do you fancy making tax digital even easier?! Yes, we like that idea too. And it’s not just an.

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Essendon Foresight

Tax year, 6 April – 5 April, why on earth?

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, quite a lot, actually, with respect to our funny tax year..

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Top Tips

Lena’s Top Tip

There are all sorts of facts and myths currently floating around about making tax digital, so we thought we’d clarify.

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Red Sofa Interviews

Sam Poole Mum 2 Mum

Our first Red Sofa interview with
Mum 2 Mum founder Sam Poole.

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From the Business Godparent

Welcome to the 1st edition of The Business Godparent

A publication that aims to provide business owners with valuable updates, useful tips, guidance on technology, and friendly support. As.

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Making Tax Digital

Making tax digital… go for it

Anything that cuts down bookkeeping time is a godsend. It reduces stress, reduces admin costs, and frees up resources for.

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Property

Essendon Property Partners

We’d like to introduce you to a particular area of expertise we offer to investors in property. At Essendon Property.

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Top Tips

Lena’s Top Tip

Recoding miscoding – Xero makes it easy! So, you’re beavering away, chuffed to bits at how organised you are by.

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