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Spring Clean your Accounts

Spring clean your accounts! Clear out the dust and cobwebs from your pension scheme’s accounts. It’s time to tidy up those accounts and make the most of your time and energy. For homes, spring cleaning is something of a relic. Modern heating methods don’t leave behind the accumulation of soot that used to require deep […]

Pension Audit Pricing

How Much Is a Pension Scheme Audit Really Going to Cost? How much do Pension Scheme Audits cost? This, of course, is always one of the first questions a trustee has when starting the research process for a pension scheme audit. Here at Assure UK, I’d imagine we’ve received this question hundreds of times, likely […]

Integrated Risk Management

Have you implemented the Pension Regulators guidance on Integrated Risk Management? The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its guidance on Integrated Risk Management (IRM) in December 2015, and provided a five step guide to aid implementation. A quick integrated risk management guide for smaller schemes was published by the TPR in December 2016, aimed at trustees […]

Public Relations (PR) Strategy

PR should be an integral part of any business’s overall marketing plan. Some businesses think that social media and PR are the same thing but social media is a channel through which to broadcast your PR message. Every business should have a PR strategy, even if that business already has a regular stream of customers. […]

Virtual Office Space

Most businesses consider the office environment to be the conventional way of working. With the rising costs of office space, many businesses are starting to look for other ways of working to reduce costs and the concept of flexible working is gaining popularity. This is facilitated through technology and more progressive management strategies. Virtual offices […]

Strategic HR Planning

If your company is forecasting growth, downsizing or even staying at the same level, a strategic HR plan can help to support the objectives of the business. Such a plan can help your firm to prepare for its HR needs based on current versus expected future performance. The HR department must have a plan to […]

Implementing Your Business Plan

Many are familiar or have maybe even worked with teams who set strategic goals for the organisation, but fail to create an operational process to achieve them. A disproportionate amount of time is spent on the strategy compared to the detailed plan of implementing and executing that strategy. All too often, managers attempt to point […]

End of Year PAYE Return

Prior to the introduction of RTI, employers were required to complete an end-of-year checklist and declaration on form P35 and submit to HM Revenue and Customs. Under RTI this was replaced by the final full payment RTI submission which included a similar checklist and declaration. HM Revenue and Customs have recently announced that from 6 […]

Capital Acquisitions Tax – Agricultural Relief

The 2015 Budget, introduced in October 2014, proposed a number of changes in relation to Agricultural Relief contained in Capital Acquisitions Tax legislation. Following the enactment of the subsequent Finance Act, The Revenue Commissioners have issued a short guide which outlines how the new provisions will be implemented in practice. Here is an overview. The […]

New Pensions SORP 2015

The new Pensions SORP which provides guidance for producing pension scheme accounts was launched on 25 November 2014 following the publication of FRS 102. The changes detailed in the new SORP are mandatory for accounting periods commencing 1 January 2015 and comparative data is required. The key new requirements cover: Investment risk disclosures Valuation hierarchy […]

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