BR Blog

We're all about communication at Barnes Roffe, especially when it comes to our clients and contacts: existing or potential. For this reason we have set up our 'Blog Spot'. To help you to get to know our team, recognise our motivations and more importantly feel confident in the strategies we promote.We post here regularly, to help give you the insight and understanding you need to take every market change in your stride.

November 05, 2015

Email Etiquette

Last week I emailed someone I had not emailed before.  I pressed “reply to all” in an email from a third party in which they were included.  Surprisingly I received an automated email back from the new person asking me to register for their “approved senders” list to allow the email through.
October 29, 2015

Racing against the trend

This time last week I was recovering from yet another weekend of OCR (Obstacle Course Racing). OCR involves participants being required to climb walls, wade through lakes, jump through fires (among other obstacles), in addition to running distances ranging from 5km to 42km.
October 27, 2015

Register of Companies and Businesses – is NOT Companies House

This week I received a letter from the “Register of Companies and Businesses” requesting that our client, a newly incorporated company, “pays for the publication of the company, and lack of payment will result in the lack of entry in the Register of Companies and Businesses”.
October 14, 2015

Whose is that Intellectual Property?

Behind every successful business is the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur is the one with the innovative idea, and the drive to push the idea forward to success. Understandably, the entrepreneur is usually so involved in developing and managing the business that before they know it, the business is fully up and running and barrelling along nicely.
October 06, 2015

Making a Horror Film – Not so Scary?

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a film premiere to celebrate the release of a new horror film produced by a Barnes Roffe client.
September 14, 2015

VAT – is it a van or a car?

It is important to understand whether a vehicle is a van or a car for the purposes of VAT input tax claims, VAT fuel scale charges and for assessment of tax due (by the employee) and NIC (by the employer) when provided as benefits in kind.
September 09, 2015

ID Fraud – What Information Is Out There?

I recently received an e-mail from a client saying that they had been subject to cheque fraud – the second time this had happened to them in a month.   Basically, someone presented a fake cheque for cash and the supporting ID used was a fake driving licence of the client.
September 04, 2015

Tax considerations of a tube strike

Growing up in and around London you pick up on your local public transport links very quickly.  You also learn that whilst the timetable says the bus or tube journey will take 15 minutes, it is likely to be closer to 45 as 1 TFL minute usually translates to 3 earth minutes.
September 02, 2015

Thinking of selling shares back to your company?

I have been dealing with a number of share buybacks of ordinary shares within Limited companies recently and it has become apparent that it can cause significant amounts of confusion with shareholders. Share buybacks are when a company repurchases shares from its shareholders for an agreed price.
August 26, 2015

Self Employed Status

Everywhere I go these days I seem to meet people who work for themselves, rather than picking up a pay slip at the end of each week. As such it is no surprise that clients are always asking us questions about employments status, so I thought I would investigate a bit further.
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