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Julian Smith, Tax Partner, PKF Francis Clark

Budget comment - Welcome help for first-time buyers

By Julian Smith, Tax Partner, PKF Francis Clark As always it was in the last few minutes of his Budget speech that the Chancellor pulled his 'white fluffy rabbit' out of the hat.

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Ross McNally, Hampshire Chamber Executive Chairman

Hampshire Chamber calls for 'business investment' Budget

Ahead of the Budget on 22 November, 2017, Ross McNally, Executive Chair of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "With Brexit taking up much of the oxygen of debate around the needs of the economy, it's vital that the Chancellor is not distracted from tackling the fundamental issues that affect job creation, productivity and growth.

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John Endacott, Tax Partner, PKF Francis Clark

PKF Francis Clark's Autumn Budget predictions

Tax is very much in the news at the moment with the revelations contained in what the BBC have dubbed "The paradise Papers". In addition we have the Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget on November 22. The further background to this is a government short of money, looking towards Brexit and seen as unstable and trying to balance competing agendas. So what might happen?

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Business advisors issue 10-point wish-list for Budget

Business advisors issue 10-point wish-list for Budget

Top 30 advisory firm, Bishop Fleming, has issued a 10-point wish-list for the Chancellor's Autumn Budget to be delivered on 22 November 2017.

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Rock star awards Chris Downing Bev Cattano and Debbie Cohen

Inspire awarded Company Star of the Year

South Coast accountancy firm, Inspire, has been awarded Company Star of the Year by the Rock Star Awards. The prestigious title is awarded to the firm with fewer than 50 employees, who are able to demonstrate they are hiring, training and nurturing young people.

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Gary Neild, Managing Director of Poole-based Blue Sky Financial Planning

Blue Sky boss responds to today's interest rate rise, the first in ten years

Gary Neild, Managing Director of Poole-based Blue Sky Financial Planning, said: "The rise in the bank base rate by 0.25% to 0.5% is a wise move that is needed to help counter inflation which is at a five-year high and outstripping wages. "While in percentage terms the rate rise is significant, the 'real' impact will be slight. But it does send out a message that consumers and businesses should never be complacent about debt. Household debt is rising five times faster than earnings and at some point you need to encourage savers and discourage borrowers.

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Gary Neild, Managing Director

Blue Sky Financial Planning shares best practice

Blue Sky Financial Planning, based in Poole, Dorset, has featured in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review, contributing to the first ever Work and Pensions edition.

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Akhlaq Ahmed

Businesses in the South West suffer £800K loss from mandate fraud

Businesses in the South West are being urged to alert staff to the dangers of mandate fraud after new figures show that companies in the region lost £800K last year. The data, obtained by RSM from Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, revealed that businesses in the region submitted 110 reports about mandate fraud in 2016-17.

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Angela MacDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services

HMRC reminds parents to update their children's details as exam results revealed

As GCSE exam results are released in England, Wales and Northern Ireland today, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents in the South West who receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits to inform them of their child's educational status ahead of 31 August, otherwise payments will stop.

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Heather Williams, Partner, Mazars in Poole

Mazars launches elev8 for SMEs on World Entrepreneurs Day

On World Entrepreneurs' Day 2017 Mazars, the international accountancy and advisory firm, has launched 'elev8 by Mazars': a bespoke solution for SMEs which offers the full range of advisory and business support services to help businesses transform and take the next step on their growth journey.

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Heather Williams, Partner at Mazars, Poole.

Architects could be missing out on R&D tax relief

The Poole office of Mazars, the international accountancy and advisory firm, has advised local architects to seek professional advice on research and development (R&D) tax relief after the government announced ambitious plans to increase R&D activity across the economy in this year's Spring Budget.

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From L-R: Patrick, Dawn, James, Lisa, Lynn, Philip, Hannah and Andrew.

Private tax team joins the Smith & Williamson South Coast office

A personal tax team has recently joined the South Coast office of Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group.

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