Day: September 7, 2020

Let robots free you up to thrive

 One of the essential strategies in business is that you should never reveal all you know.

However, we hope in this and future articles to be able to share some useful thoughts on how businesses are emerging successfully from lockdown based on our experience of working with a wide range of clients.

It’s nearly always true that a crisis forces any organisation to find new ways of doing things – to reduce cost, cope with demand or improve productivity. One clear trend we are seeing is the greater use of digital technology and automation to perform mundane tasks that had been done by often over-qualified personnel.

Perhaps unsurprisingly those who have been most readily  embracing digital transformation in recent months are either those who are already very tech savvy, such as fintech companies, where they see how further automation can give them a greater competitive edge, or those who have

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England’s ‘tax-dodging’ hotspots revealed

The stockbroker belt of southern England is “littered with tax-avoidance hotspots”, according to a new analysis of HMRC data.

Windsor was “named as the tax-dodging capital of England” with St Albans and Guildford close behind.

“The Home Counties is home to many high-net-worth individuals and well-paid city commuters,” said Sean Glancy, a partner at accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, which analysed figures gained through freedom of information (FOI) requests.

“These are the groups most likely to have the highest income tax bills, leading to greater incentives to find ways to reduce payments.”

The league table reveals which towns and cities have the highest concentration of tax-avoidance “disclosures” – declarations made by taxpayers using legal avoidance schemes.

“HMRC can investigate these schemes and their providers and, as a result, may amend legislation where deemed necessary to reduce tax avoidance options that can circumvent the law,” explains Investopedia.

If a scheme is

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Retiring Portland Biz Journal publisher reflects on his career

Craig Wessel

Craig Wessel, the retiring publisher of the Portland Business Journal, writes about his career at the paper.

Wessel writes, “It’s my great hope that I have lived up to the potential of the role I was given. Much of our focus as an organization has been on illuminating how companies grow and on celebrating all of the great things that come as a result of that growth – family wage jobs, philanthropy, a rich and vibrant community – none of that happens without economic prosperity.

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