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[30 Oct 2018 | Comments Off | ]

At the Tory party conference in Birmingham, Theresa May confidently declared that the years of austerity were well and truly over. We had never had it so good she said. Hammond quickly distanced himself from becoming his prime minister’s hostage to fortune by opening his statement with a mumbled statement that austerity was merely coming to an end. Although he couldn’t say exactly when. All he could do was acknowledge things were still fairly rubbish but he would do his best to make things appear slightly less bad than they already were …

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[24 Nov 2017 | Comments Off | ]

For a man better known for his “hawkish-ness” than his humour, the Chancellor wasn’t slow to deliver his first “gag”. Within minutes of taking to the Despatch Box he delivered a mawkish, poorly-worked double-act with Theresa May who ended up waving her cough sweets like Excalibur behind his head. This was like Budget Panto with the pair exchanging props. It didn’t matter; this was fluff of the first order, a performance masking a budget that tinkered with many things but made no major difference to anything…apart from maybe his own …

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[17 Mar 2016 | Comments Off | ]

The fizz just went out of it…
Just 111 days ago, George Osbourne was the darling of the Tory House. Lauded as the architect of the Election victory, clever magician of the national living wage rise and probably favourite to succeed David Cameron when he steps down to spend more time with his pig.
Yesterday however, the chancellor was tasked with coming to the House of Commons to concede that fantastic economy he has presided over for six years, and about which he was boasting only four months ago, is now performing materially …

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[26 Nov 2015 | Comments Off | ]

They think it’s all over, it is Mao!
Replying to a budget speech that you haven’t seen is one of the more thankless tasks in British politics and when you’re up against a Chancellor who gets a lucky break in his cashflow forecast it is probably even less enviable. However, John McDonnell knew that he had the answer to all George’s manoeuvring because he had a copy of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book in his pocket and what’s more, he knew how to use it…or rather he didn’t.
It’s not like he was …

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[16 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

This is a really interesting article from the Harvard Business Review – “Surviving in a family business when you’re not part of the family”. on the issues facing non-family managers in family-owned businesses. It’s a situation that we come across regularly and there are some useful tips in the article.
If you would like to talk through a scenario in your family business, please give us a ring.

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[20 Mar 2014 | Comments Off | ]

Just as George launched into a traditional pre-election give-away, the journalist Sunny Hundall tweeted “Osborne: “If you are a maker, doer, saver, this budget is for you” The rest can bugger off? #budget2014” which, as it turns out, is a pretty good cynical summary. And if I can’t be slightly cynical here…
In fact, this budget may be even more focused than the original headline suggests. And while I can’t remember an election pledge of “Generational Jihad”, it’s pretty clear that this Budget was aimed squarely at the elderly. Jonathan Freedland, writing in the Guardian …

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[20 Jun 2013 | Comments Off | ]

Harvard Business Review recently published an article┬áwhich focused on the uses that retailers and others may find for mobile data. One paragraph rang particular bells with me following a conversation I had last week with a retailer lamenting the rise in smart phone usage in his stores…
“But retailers shouldn’t despair when shoppers whip out their smartphones among the product displays. Smartphones could be a retailer’s best friend not just because they can open up new buying opportunities. We believe that the smartphones’ greatest benefit for retailers is that they provide …

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[27 Feb 2013 | Comments Off | ]

We’ve been talking to a number of clients who have had the following message – all were impressed by it’s potential legitimacy but none luckily clicked on the attachment which is a zip file and very probably contains a virus – be careful out there…….
To: XXXXXXXX (there was a proper address here….)
Subject: Tax Refund New Message Alert!
HMRC 2010-2011
Dear Applicant,
The contents of this email and any attachments are …

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[6 Dec 2012 | Comments Off | ]

During December Princess Bernice, our tax partner has offered to wear her tiara in the office and to client meetings. Normally only known to wear her tiara and wand at weekends, Bernice has agreed to do this in exchange for donations to Hannah’s from members of the Riley team.
Anyone who would like to support Princess Bernice, please donate through the link above and let us know you have done so. We’d like to know that she┬áhasn’t been ridiculed in vain.

Princess Bernice with tiara & wand for December

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[16 Oct 2012 | Comments Off | ]

Yup, 3 August 1995 was when this article was written. I found the yellowing paper when I cleared out a file of newsletters (I know, you shouldn’t start) when we had a recent seating change. Sure, stylistically I wouldn’t write the same way now but the message is pretty strong and very relevant still…….

The recent flurry of government statistics and parliamentary announcements are alleged to show that the latest recession has finally bitten the dust.

However, before jumping head-first┬áinto the next part of the interminable economic cycle, it is worth considering the businesses┬áthat survived the recession …

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