Monday, 16 May 2011

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tax-free mileage rate has increased for this tax year

It may have escaped the notice of UK tax payers, and especially those who run their own businesses.

The rate of tax-free mileage allowances for using your own vehicle for business purposes have changed for tax year 2011-2012.

For example, for cars and vans, for the first 10,000 miles in a year, the rate has increased from 40p to 45p a mile.

This is an important changes and long overude, given the huge increases in petrol and diesel prices in recent years.

If you run your own business and do any miles on its behalf in your own vehicle, then claim the miles back from your business into your own pocket at this rate. The change applied from 6 April 2012.

For more detail see

Friday, 6 May 2011

Shrinking directories - how long till they disappear?

We've all know it was coming, and this year it has happened.

Printed directories are shrinking.

Yellow Pages and the Thomson Local directories have recently arrived and they're both much smaller than they used to be. Not just in height and width dimensions, but also depth - they're much thinner than they used to be.

Shrinking directories: Yellow pages, a ruler, Thomson Local directory, a paperback book.

Like I say, we've known it was coming. No doubt many of us have stopped putting our businesses in either directory (I have been in both, but this year have chosen neither as a priority - though one gave me a "free" listing as part of my lnline package).

The trend towards online directories has been and is unstoppable. Yellow Pages and Thomson have to go with the trend. I wonder how long it will be before they disappear altogether.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

It's been a long time

It's been three months since I posted on this blog. Too long.

The trouble is that during that time I've been working on a contract at a client site, taking me away from my normal place of work - home - and thus rendering updates to this blog very difficult. Of course, it's not really "trouble" as working is vital as part of the business itself!

However, it's a shame to miss this blog as I value the opportunitites it presents to communicate my latest feelings on business and make new contacts, etc.

However, neither is there any doubt that working onsite with permanent staff as well as other contractors presents its own networking and communication opportunities. I guess it emphasises the old adage that "there are many ways to skin a cat".

I look forward to re-establishing this blog and imparting my ... views on business life.