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Choosing your brand…remember your brand values

At Orange Umbrella we work with lots of people starting a new business. It’s an exciting time and things quickly start to take shape. Justin one of our Directors ran a media agency prior to Orange Umbrella. He wrote an article about brand values to…

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The billing blackhole

We won a new client recently and I read something interesting in a letter from the previous accountants. It said, “We bill based on the seniority and expertise of the staff member”. I mentioned in a facebook post recently that only by providing brilliant service…

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What happens when introverts and extroverts clash! 

I work 2 hours a week teaching enterprise skills to students at Northumbria University. I always try to teach them something taken from the real world of business. This week we had a fantastic guest lecture by Rob Gwyther from Accenture. He looked at team working…

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Do I Actually Need a Will?

We’ve been asked by a few of our clients recently if they actually need a Will in case the worst happens. Yes, I know this is a morbid blog post but it’s especially important if you have assets and family. Fortunately, Justin’s mum is a practicing…

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Choosing a Name for your Business

We’ve been helping a number of clients recently start new businesses (mainly limited companies) and one of the biggest challenges they face is choosing a name. I’ve quickly pulled this guide together to help you. There are a few simple checks I think everyone looking to…

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Ideas for your Pension – The New Rules

With the government bringing out new rules for pensions anyone looking to retire soon should read the pensions choices leaflet. Although you can gain access to your full pension pot beware of the tax implications. Recently, one of our clients looked at withdrawing £215,000 from…

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Who would like to cut £2000 off your employment bill?

In October 2013 an open letter was published by HM Treasury giving details new legislation regarding Employment Allowance. This new Government policy was announced by the Chancellor at the Budget 2013. But what is Employment Allowance and how will it affect small businesses? What is…

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Xero Wins Award

We’re delighted to report that Xero won the Best Client Software category in the British Accountancy Awards at the Tower of London, the biggest awards in the UK accounting industry’s calendar. You may have noticed on our website we are a Xero Certified and have…

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