Employee shareholders: what are the risks?

Employees

By Ashfords Very basically, any employees or directors (including non-executive directors) of a company may be subject to employment income tax charges in respect of any equity interest they acquire or hold in the company. These charges may be collected via PAYE and be subject to NICs, and so it is often an issue for…

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The pitfalls to watch out for when protecting your IP

IP

By Ashfords Looking after the intellectual property in your business is an absolute must, and you should be very careful in any contract or relationship to protect ownership and how it is used. The question of IP ownership may seem reasonably straightforward – it’s your product or solution, therefore it’s your IP and you own…

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A checklist for setting up and running an online business or marketplace

Ecommerce

By Ashfords Our checklist below guides you through the key components of creating a successful website for your business. Key component Pre-requisites and functions Legal implications Brand name Business name A brand may be protected by several intellectual property rights, primarily trade marks and the tort of passing off, but also copyright and design rights.When…

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An introduction to GDPR and data protection

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Article by Ashfords A business must comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK GDPR. This page describes the main features of data protection and how the rules may impact your business. Data protection Data protection in the UK is governed by the retained EU law version of the General Data Protection Regulation…

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7 ways to create an effective cyber security compliance plan

Cyber

Businesses today are more dependent on data and cutting-edge technology than ever before, and this trend is only expected to accelerate. Hardware and software alike, businesses also need to make use of IT to boost productivity, increase data for analytics, and give employees a greater say in company decisions. Businesses need a cyber security compliance…

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How implementing DMARC will benefit your UK business

dmarc

By Optimising IT Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance, aptly shortened to DMARC, is a free and open email security protocol. It is used to authenticate an email by aligning SPF and DKIM mechanisms. Putting DMARC in place allows domain owners to defend against business email compromise, phishing attacks, and spoofing. Businesses can institute a…

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What is cyber security and why do you need it?

Security

By Optimising IT It’s getting more and more difficult to stay up to date with data security legislation while keeping online threats and cyber criminals away from your precious data. Digital threats are evolving faster than ever, making a comprehensive understanding of cyber security more critical for every business. This recent government report into cyber security breaches…

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Private Equity and Venture Capital investment

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By Bishop Fleming Whether you’re a start-up business or an established enterprise looking to take your business to the next level, it is highly likely that you will need funding to fulfil your business’ goals. There is a wide range of funding types available and determining what is the most appropriate type and source can…

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Key dates and deadlines to note

Calendar

By Bishop Fleming A round up of the evolving key deadlines and dates and other important dates. The Spring Budget will be on 6 March 2024. The Autumn Statement was on 22 November 2023.  2024 Deadline Jan 1 New, more generous tax credits for British film, TV and video game makers start today Jan 1 Holiday pay entitlement reforms start…

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