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Gillian Herniman
By Partner Gillian Herniman

After a number of weeks of uncertainty about the future of Government funding for Farmers and a halt being called on all funding applications in progress until clear guidance was received from the Government, it was with great relief that Philip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer) stated on the 16th August 2016 that structural and investment fund projects signed before the Autumn Statement would be guaranteed by the Treasury after we leave Europe. He then went on to say that the Government would match the current level of agricultural funding until 2020, providing certainty to the agricultural community which plays a vital role in our country.

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Ian Huggett
By Partner Ian Huggett

Most of us use technology much more now than we ever have done before and with it becoming so much a part of our lives there is a real possibility that we may become complacent about guarding against the potential risks from internet or mobile phone based fraud.

Here are 5 things that you should bear in mind to try and stay as safe as possible when using on-line facilities.

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Jamie Giles
By Marketing Administrator Jamie Giles

Right now business confidence in the South West is at an all-time low as company owners and executives absorb the ramifications of Brexit and its potential impact on their operations.

There are, however, a whole raft of compliance rules and regulations on the horizon which business owners must meet head-on in order to minimise any potential negative impacts to their livelihoods.

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Peter Webb
By Partner Peter Webb

 

Much has been written in the press about the new flat rate state pension. This only applies to:

• Men born on or after 6 April 1951

• Women born on or after 6 April 1953

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Mark Tibbert
By Partner Mark Tibbert

Below are some key financial dates and deadlines for September.

Di Perrett
By Partner Di Perrett

 

All small companies with accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2016 which have not adopted micro entity accounts will have to implement Financial Reporting Standard 102 (FRS 102).  FRS 102 supersedes all previous accounting standards.

The top 5 changes are considered below and in all cases the changes will need to be examined in relation to the current year and associated restatement of the comparative figures.  This will typically mean considering these changes as at the yearend, the prior year end and also the year end prior to this to ensure the figures are shown on a like for like basis.  

 

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Jamie Giles
By Jamie Giles

We’ve just held a special celebration event to launch the merger between ourselves and Parkhurst Hill in Plymouth

At a champagne reception senior partner of Parkhurst Hill, Paul Stapleton, welcomed over 60 professional contacts including solicitors, banking executives and others to the firm’s offices at Marsh Mills. 

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Jamie Giles
By Marketing Administrator Jamie Giles

Here at Thomas Westcott we value every one of our team members. We have over 240 dedicated staff including trainees, accounts staff and admin staff. Each with their own stories, motivations and reasons why they love working for Thomas Westcott!

So we’ve decided to give the people who work behind the scenes some recognition. Every month we will post a Q & A with a staff member from one of our 18 offices. 

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Mark Tibbert
By Partner Mark Tibbert

Below are some key financial dates and deadlines for August.

Ray Symons
By Partner Ray Symons

The floods on the Somerset Levels 2 years ago were the worst in living memory.  Villages were cut off or became ghost towns as all the residents moved out. Farmers were particularly affected and had to move livestock from their farms at very short notice.  The aid that was given by members of the agricultural community and the general public was extraordinary.

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