Scopulus Business Newsletter - 06-01-09
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Scopulus Business Newsletter - 06/01/09
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Happy New Year and yes 2008 was not a good year and yes, there were a lot of
worries about the economy as a whole and yes, the banks seem to be part of the
problem and need to do more to help with public confidence. But it is a new
year and even though the economists have predicted a somewhat gloomy year it
is all down to public confidence which includes you...
A new year is a new start for some and with a new president of the United
States; hope is on the horizon as a new era starts. “What can I do?” you may
ask. The answer is down to you to look for what can be done and to keep you
finger on the pulse to spot when the recovery starts and how you can be part
of the solution. Keeping our integrity and ourselves up to date and ready will
help and you may make loads of money.
With this is mind there is a whopping 20% off on all documents in the legal
documents section when you spend over £20 to help budding entrepreneurs start
off and help many businesses to reduce their legal costs. (See below)
We also will not detract from our objective to give you a reliable and
informative website that is packed with information and news that is 100%
reliable from many sources including the BBC, HMRC, Financial Times and other
reputable suppliers of information all in one place.
Have a great and prosperous year and let’s improve on 2008 whatever the odds.
The UK’s High Court has backed an earlier European Court of
Justice decision that the UK’s system of taxing foreign dividends contravenes EU
law. This means that there can potentially be billions of pounds due in tax
refunds for UK taxpayers that have already been paying tax in pasted years. This
is very bad news for the treasury who are expected to appeal especially in the
current climate as this will add more pressure on the public purse.
If you live alone then you may be entitled to a 25% discount
on your council tax bill. This may be something you have forgotten to do if your
circumstances have changed in the past. If there is more then two adults living
in the property and one or more of them fall under one of the exemptions then
the number of adults that live in the property will be reduced for council tax
purposes. If for example two people live in a property, a mum and a son who is
in full time education, then for council tax purposes there is only one adult
and the 25% reduce will be in effect. This can also be backdated depending if
proof can be provided. Check on your council’s website on how to do this and a
full list of exemptions.
Networking works, this can be
deliberate or unintentional via recommendations and referrals from others that
know of you or have seen your work before. Encouraging this or being proactive
can pay dividends and can get you known and noticed. Pass your business cards
around and pass others’ as well if they are good and someone asks. This will
keep you connected and open up new opportunities.
If you sell product via the
internet, mail order or over the phone you will need to know about the Distance
Selling Regulations and make sure you comply with them. This usually is not hard
once you put a few measures in place and will, of course, protect you from
breaking the law and keep you in good practice. If you are not sure and need an
Scotland will apply to have it’s
own domain in 2009 when the ICANN invites for new registration this year. It is
speculated that it maybe .scot or .sco. Research shows this to be a popular idea
in Scotland. You can read more
Copyright terms may be extended
from the current 50 years to 70 years giving greater protection to artists and
there families. This is after mounting pressure from the industry and the EC
Internal Markets commissioner who proposes 95 years in February. You can read
The Information Commissioner is
to be given tougher powers to protect the public from breaches of the Data
protection Act. This was introduced by Justice Secretary Jack Straw to regain
public confidence after some of the fiasco with losing personal data in 2008. We
all want our personal data protected and we want those that are negligent to be
punished. You can read more
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If you are already doing this
then hopefully you already know about this.
Change in Bonus Rates for SAYE sharesave scheme
With the housing market not
going too well and many people worrying about the future and their mortgage then
this may be a relief.
The Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme.
Have a look at the
Business Skills Articles section as this may be a good time to
re-evaluate yourself and make some improvements if needed.
Use the code “sign up for newsletter to get discounts” in the
second part of the checkout stage to get a 20% discount on all purchases over
£20 in the legal documents section. This discount will last until 15th of
January 2009 to help you start the New Year and we may even extend it.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-01-08 13:00:29 in Newsletter