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Autumnal Equinox, Chart Toppers and Christmas Cake

18th September 2020 4pm

Dear all,

Welcome to our September newsletter, which this month highlights Further budget speculation and planning considerations, Employment Ownership Trusts and the Kickstart Scheme creating job placements for young people as well as our usual CGA updates
 
September……….
 
Is usually the time we ramp up our quest (or nagging service as some of you know it) to chase outstanding Tax Information and this year if no different!
 
Is the ninth month and has nine letters in its name and according to Mary Berry ‘Making your Christmas Cake in September is perfect’
 
Welcomes the first day of Autumn (22nd)
 
Is for those that enjoy a tipple as National Drink Beer Day falls on the 28th
 
Is musically challenged as 29 years ago in 1991 Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You was UK number 1 spending sixteen consecutive weeks in the top spot followed in 1994 by Wet Wet Wet spending 15 weeks at the top of the charts with Love is all Around, in 1976 Abba was number 1 with Dancing Queen for 6 weeks, in 1978 Summer Nights topped the charts (42 years ago and I am sure many of us still know all the words!) and in 1982 Survivor reached number 1 with Eye of the Tiger.
 
Solemnly marks the 19th anniversary of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in US history, in 1666 the Great Fire of London began, in 1939 Great Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany after its invasion of Poland.  
 
Sees the introduction of “the Rule of Six”.   We hope that with the strong will of the United Kingdom to abide by the new rules, we can minimise any further spread of COVID-19 and hopefully we can all celebrate Christmas with our friends and family.
 
Take care and stay safe.

CGA Fee Protection Service

We will be inviting clients to subscribe to our annual Fee Protection Insurance service in October.   Our fee protection service covers our fees to liaise with HMRC should they raise a query or enquiry into all returns, these include your Personal Tax Return, Corporation Tax return and VAT returns.  Knowing our fees are covered means you don’t have to worry about dealing with HMRC yourself or having unexpected fees to deal with a HMRC enquiry. 

CGA – Fantasy Premier League 2020/2021

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2020 Tax Information

Many thanks to everyone who used the time during lockdown to collate their Tax Information and got this over to us much earlier than usual, this has meant we have been able to make good inroads to the work that we would normally complete later in the year (or even in January!).  However, there are some of you (you know who you are) who always prefer to work to deadlines and normally save this task for the New Year.
 
Both Chelle and Claire would love to be able to take some time off in January 2021, especially if there is the possibility of safe travel somewhere with sunshine and gin, so we would be extremely grateful if you can get your outstanding 5th April 2020 tax information to us as soon as possible (by the end of October at the latest).
 

Charity News…

Thank you to all of you that supported our recent fund raising efforts on behalf of St Leonards and enjoyed a tipple of gin – we are proud to announce that this month we will be transferring £3,385.00 to St Leonards and happy to say that we still have a few bottles of gin remaining – these are now safely stored in the office, although how long they will be safe is another matter – so if anyone would like to purchase our CGA Gin, then do please get in touch.

In addition Cooper King welcomes anybody with an empty gin bottle to drop by the distillery for a refill any Saturday between 12 and 6pm, for just £33 and enjoy it with some of their new tasty gin recipes.
 
Our dear friend and fellow Dementia UK and Dementia Forward fundraiser Lisa Laidler also sent through this email at the beginning of September – she certainly knows how to challenge herself.
 
I hope you are all keeping safe and staying well. The last four months have certainly been challenging, unfortunately more so for some people than others .
 
We have all had to learn to adapt to a different way of life that none of us could have ever imagined. Things we have all taken for granted have been removed or restricted from our daily lives, but there is now a glimmer of light as we sensibly move forward.
 
Step by step we are rebuilding our lives, which brings me to the reason for this email.
 
Charities and charity events have been greatly impacted by COVID-19, we have had to cancel Cygnet’s annual golf day due to the restrictions that are in place. A McMillan Charity hike I had planned in June also had to be postponed until next year. These are just a couple, however, there have been thousands of events cancelled around the world, which in turn has impacted on charity donations.
 
As you know last year both James & I successfully climbed Kilimanjaro, raising nearly £10,000, for Dementia UK and Dementia Forward. It was an amazing experience, which has inspired me to continue to raise monies for these charities.
 
So having climbed in 2019, I have set myself a cycling challenge for 2020.
 
On the 14th September me and my best friend, Leonie, will be cycling the Trans-Pennine Coast to Coast route. We will be setting of from Southport on the west coast for a 215 mile cycle ride across to Hornsea on the east coast. 
 
Now for a keen cyclist this would be a breeze, but for a person who has never really enjoyed cycling, i.e. me, this is going to be as challenging as the mountain!!
 
By completing the above challenge, I hope to raise further funds for Dementia UK.
 
Staggeringly there are 24.6 million people in the UK who have a family member living with dementia. It is an awful disease that touches too many lives in the UK and around the world. I know we are forever being bombarded with requests for money for sponsorship or collections or simply everyday life, but if you could spare a small donation it would make a huge difference. 
 
If you would like to make a donation, please click on the following link:- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lisa-laidler-coast-to-coast
 
Thank you so much for your support in helping me raise funds for Dementia UK.                                     
 

We wish Lisa every success and hope some of you may like to follow her challenge and support her efforts.

Office News……..

Lawrence is now on holiday until the end of September
 
Chelle is taking a couple of very well-deserved days off on Friday 2nd and Monday 5th October and will be heading to the heart of the Scottish Borders – hopefully!
 
We are currently working hard to provide a safe working environment for the CGA team to start to return to the office, however, it is unlikely that any return will be before the end of October as we wait to see what effect the next few weeks after the return to school has on the infection rates.  We do however hope you are all finding that the new phone system means you can still speak to everyone when they are working from home and we do look forward to welcoming the team back to the office when we feel it is safe to do so, but for the time being, apart from Chelle and Claire, the team will continue to work remotely.

The Technical Stuff

and updates to business support information:

Autumn Budget 2020: when is it and what will it contain?

Whether or not you agree with his decisions, Mr Sunak is under huge pressure to deliver bold policies to help the nation through the coronavirus pandemic,  so what’s next?

Read more here

 

Considering a Sale to an Employee Ownership Trust?

We’re all aware of the partnership model operated by John Lewis and the sale of Aardman Animations (the company behind Wallace and Gromit), but do we really understand what an EOT is and why they are so attractive?

Read more here

 

Kickstart Scheme – A Guide for Employers?

In July 2020, Rishi Sunak announced the Government’s “plan for jobs,” with yet further Government investment being ploughed into helping the economy in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Amongst the announcements was that of the “Kickstart Scheme,” designed to prevent young people at risk of long term unemployment from meeting that fate.

But what is it, what are the benefits for employers and how do you get involved?

Read more here

Update on Covid-19 SME Grants – Register your interest now

Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify.

The grants can also be used to businesses access specialist professional advice such as HR, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital expertise to help them get back on track.

Read more here

 

CGA can be contacted at any time for advice and support

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