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Issue: 15

Newsletter

June

2013

Andrew Davis Social Media Expert Appearing at Ignite your Business 2013 www.wrexham.gov.uk/igniteyourbusiness

Page 1: Business New s Page 2: Businessline Feature Page 3: The Opening Doors Project - Small grant for starting a business Advertising opportunities Page 4: Employment legislation update Page 5: HM Revenue and Customs: Key June updates

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Business News •

The Pitch 2013 (business competition) open for applications: http://ow.ly/lBy0S

UK IT industry awards, enter now: http://ow.ly/lBxML

Free online business courses: http://ow.ly/lAazS

Numerous sponsorship opportunities available for the Free2Network Business Awards, contact Nina Sardar for further information 07836 752136

How to ruin your chances of referrals: http://ow.ly/lA5um

Office premises available at Gwersyllt Community Resource centre, annual rent £2,400 (including service charges). Telephone: 01978 722880

How to engage positively with customers through social media: http://ow.ly/lxdoM

Business cards; taking them into the modern age: http://ow.ly/lsNmA

Young Guns 2013 awards open for applications: http://ow.ly/lsKfo

Want to track your business' mobile traffic? http://ow.ly/lsJLt

The Million Pound Start-Up competition invites entrepreneurs to pitch for £1m in funding: http://ow.ly/lsGsz

Six ways your business can use social media monitoring to build your brand online: http://ow.ly/lsFE3

How to boost online sales: http://ow.ly/lsEqj

Want to be a success in business? this guide outlines how to sell a product or service and make a profit: http://ow.ly/lsFon

Simple Webmaster guide to building an ethical backlink profile to get Google to love your site: http://ow.ly/lsDWF

TweetReach: How Far Did Your Tweet Travel? http://tweetreach.com/

Trading Standards - Online advice to help you comply with the law: http://bit.ly/10P5Fr1

Wrexham Trading Standards Trustmark Approved Trader Scheme: http://bit.ly/tLP8f

North East Wales Family Information Services

We can help you: •

Grow your business

Market your business

Research your market

Credit Check companies

businessline@wrexham.gov.uk 01978 292092

Parents in Employment: • Help with finding childcare and childcare costs • Access to training opportunities • Balancing work and life • Accessing tax credits • Family Finance 01978 292094 fis@wrexham.gov.uk www.wrexham.gov.uk/fis

Employers: • Information surgeries to support employees • Balancing work and life • Helping to reduce absenteeism and improve retention • Supporting employees with training and career progression


Businessline Feature Details of the two Keynote speakers who will be presenting at the Ignite your Business 2013 conference and trade stand exhibition, on 26th November, within the Glyndwr Sports Centre have now been released and can be found below. Please see the event web-page for further information. You will also be able to book a trade stand and / or book a ticket to attend the event as a delegate via the event web-page: www.wrexham.gov.uk/igniteyourbusiness Andrew Davis Digital and Online Business / Branding and Reputation As one of Britain's foremost social media experts, Andrew Davis has trained teams at Saatchi, Ogilvy, Blackberry, MTV and the Premier League. He is also part of Doug Richards' School for Start Ups, advising on digital strategy. Andrew started his career by running chat rooms for Pop Idol in the early days of reality TV talent shows. He also worked on Friends Reunited, before joining the BBC to help launch the digital urban music station, Radio 1Xtra. He then played a leading role in propelling MySpace from one to ten million UK users in under a year; Andrew was responsible for building the brand - including community development, content and digital marketing. During his Presentation Andrew will explain how social media is evolving and what it means for business. Taking music and entertainment as a precedent and a common theme, he explains how to keep the conversation going. He also asks "So what?" - underlining the need to make each aspect of your digital strategy work alongside traditional business building, marketing and branding. A visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College, Andrew Davis also designed the first social media course linked to GCSE English. He featured in Media Week's 30 Under 30, and The Guardian's report on the top ethnic minority contributors to British media. Adrian Webster Customer Service - Putting customers at the heart of everything we do Adrian is probably the most entertaining and effective motivational speaker in the UK. He specialises in delivering key messages in a humorous and completely unique, down to earth style that audiences can easily relate to. His addictively inspirational presentations help people at all levels and from diverse backgrounds to make a very real difference in their workplace. Adrian started off his colourful career as a Police Officer in St. Pauls, Bristol. He left shortly after the St. Paul’s riots to go ‘back to school’ and ended up becoming President of Southampton Students Drama. Fed up with being a poor student, he spent the next four years building up a dairy company by knocking on thousands of doors and persuading households and local shops to buy his milk. Having established the dairy business he worked as, amongst many other things, a radio presenter on local radio in Bristol. To help ‘fund’ his career, Adrian started selling a wide range of products, ranging from frozen food to houses. He quickly discovered he could make some real money in sales and began to take selling seriously, the part time sales side soon took over as his full time career. In 1987 he moved into I.T sales and by 1989 he had established himself as one of the most successful sales professionals in the industry. After two highly successful years as Corporate Sales Manager of US Robotics, he joined Northamber Plc an I.T Distributor as Group Sales and Training Manager responsible for recruiting, training, motivating and ‘driving’ 150 staff to achieve phenomenal success on shoestring budgets. It was during this time, out of pure necessity to inspire and retain staff Adrian discovered an ability to turn teams of everyday people with little or no ability into some of the most productive in the I.T industry. In 2010 Adrian followed in the footsteps of Sir Richard Branson, Kofi Annan, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Rudy Giuliani, Al Gore and Stelios Haji-Ioannou by addressing business leaders alongside former Prime Minister Tony Blair at the 2010 Swiss Economic Forum in Interlaken. He has also delivered presentations for numerous leading companies, which include; BT PLC, Thomson Airways, AXA PPP, IBM, UBS, Siemens and DHL Freight to name just a few.


The Opening Doors Project - Small grant for starting a business The opening doors project may be able to provide funding of up to £250 to people in the process of starting a business, to be eligible to qualify for this source of finance you must be able to meet the following criteria: •

Be living in the Wrexham County Borough area

Be a parent of a child / children under 18 years of age

Have a “low” household income

Be able to provide a business plan (free business plan and start-up advice is available through Wrexham Council 01978 667000)

For further information and application enquiries please contact Wrexham Family Information Service as follows: Telephone: 01978 292094

Email: fis@wrexham.gov.uk Advertising Opportunities

Follow Businessline on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/businesslinewrexham ) for a chance of winning a free quarter page advert within our August 2013 newsletter worth £24 (including VAT). Each month our newsletter is circulated to over 300 local business contacts. Both new and existing followers will be entered into the draw which will be made in July. The winner will be announced on the Businessline Facebook page. The Businessline Local Advertising Pack has recently been updated to include details of the advertising opportunities available through the Big Local App and the Wrexham County Borough Council staff Intranet. Please contact Businessline for a more in-depth listing of local Facebook pages on which you would be able to freely promote your business: http://bit.ly/Businessline-wrexham-advertising-pack

Business-to-Business Discounts http://bit.ly/business-discounts-Wrexham

Discounts are now available via Businessline from the following Wrexham based businesses, please see the web-page listed above for further information:


Employment legislation update Managing a business and keeping up to date with employment law updates is a tricky business, and if you get it wrong a very costly one. In this article we will be providing an update into what’s changing in employment legislation and some general guidance on what your business should have in place. Portable DBS checks introduced 17 June 2013 Once a Disclosure and Barring Service (previously Criminal Records Bureau) check has been conducted, the results will be available online to enable employers to confirm that no new information has been added since the check was originally made. This means that an employee will not have to obtain a new check each time he or she starts a new job. Fees for tribunal claims introduced 29 July 2013 Claimants who issue a claim against their employer in the employment tribunal are required to pay a fee. There are two levels of claim, depending on the complexity of the case, set out in the draft Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (on the UK legislation website). The claimant pays an initial fee to issue a claim and a further fee if the claim proceeds to a hearing. The tribunal may order the fees to be repaid to the claimant if he or she is successful with his or her claim. Fees are also payable for appeals submitted to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Compensatory award limit for unfair dismissal amended Summer 2013 The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 gives the Secretary of State the power to amend the maximum amount of the unfair dismissal compensatory award. The Act prescribes that the amount may be no less than the median annual earnings and no more than three times the median annual earnings, or no less than 52 times the claimant's weekly pay. In January 2013, the Government announced that it will introduce an individual cap of 12 months' pay, which will apply where this amount is less than the overall cap. Remember that contracts of employment must be signed and given out within 3 months of the employee commencing and if you employ over 5 people you must have a health & safety policy in place. Article submitted by:

Small business enterprise UK Ltd

01244 573725

www.sbeuk.com

info@sbeuk.com

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HM Revenue and Customs: Key June Updates Real Time Information (RTI): over a million employers are now reporting PAYE in real time Since RTI started on 6 April, over a million employers have successfully started to report PAYE in real time. Unless notified otherwise, employers are now required by law to report PAYE electronically in real time every time they pay their employees. If you were due to start reporting PAYE in real time from 6 April 2013 but haven’t yet started, you should do so now. All the information you need to get going is here: http://bit.ly/14dV4qi The date you need to pay HMRC hasn’t changed, so many employers should have made their first payment of PAYE/NIC by 19/22 May. If you haven’t paid yet, or sent your Full Payment Submission and/or Employer Payment Summary (even if you haven’t paid anyone), have a look at this guidance: http://bit.ly/116AGpg . If you no longer have any employees, please let us know. Expenses and Benefits online forms Would you like to submit your end of year expenses and benefits details online? If so a range of forms ( http://bit.ly/11GsEt7 ) will be available in June, ahead of the P11D filing date of 6 July, to enable you or your agent to do this. If you would like to apply for a dispensation from having to report expenses and benefits payments, have a look at our guidance ( http://bit.ly/14dVHjA ). Toolkits to help avoid common errors Updated toolkits ( http://bit.ly/10MR5jK ) are available to provide guidance on how to avoid some of the more common errors made in returns and set out the steps that you can take to reduce those errors. Simpler Income Tax - cash basis and simplified expenses HMRC have introduced two new schemes called ‘cash basis’ and ‘simplified expenses’ to help small businesses. To help you decide if either scheme is right for you, you might like to watch the two new videos on cash basis and simplified expenses. We have a short ( http://bit.ly/137L9oq ) one giving an overview of the schemes, and a longer, more detailed look ( http://bit.ly/12TnOoL ). We also have a range of webinars ( http://bit.ly/Zy0WyC ), both live and recorded, to help people new to business; and, from June, you can participate in our live webinar “How to complete your 2012-13 Online Tax Return”: http://bit.ly/15iXhDY Tax deadlines Not sure what to do and when to do it? Have a look at the Key 2013-14 tax deadlines for small businesses (including employers) and keep on top of your tax responsibilities: http://bit.ly/Zy1cgN Do you bring vehicles into the UK from abroad? If you do, you might want to have a look at HMRC’s new online service, Notification of Vehicle Arrivals (NOVA): http://bit.ly/ZiyfU1 . This service makes it easier and quicker to tell HMRC about vehicles brought permanently into the UK; you will receive an immediate acknowledgement from HMRC and a calculation of any VAT that may be due, which has to be paid or accounted for (depending on whether the vehicle was bought outside or inside the EU) before the vehicle can be registered and licensed with the DVLA.

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