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Record number of social enterprises

More than 12,000 social enterprises were created in 2020, according to a report by Social Enterprise UK. The report reveals that there are more than 100,000 social enterprises contributing £60 billion a year to the UK economy and employing two million people.

Do Your Own Thing – The Tea Monkey Cafe Bar

Jules Locke decided she wanted to be her own boss. She enrolled on SEE Ahead’s Do Your Own Thing self employment programme and the workshops gave her the confidence and knowledge to set up her own business. She is now the owner of a cafe bar based in Elland.

Do Your Own Thing – Self Employment Programme

Our FREE friendly 14-week course starts October 2021.

Contact Louanne at SEE Ahead for further information or to book onto the course:

Louanne.roberts@seeahead.co.uk and 07980 292146

Tax reporting rules simplified

The Government has announced changes to the tax system that will make it easier for small businesses to complete their returns. The changes, which will come into force by 2023, mean businesses will be taxed on profits arising in a tax year, rather than profits of accounts ending in the tax year. The changes should result in small businesses and the self-employed spending less time filing their returns and align the way self-employed profits are taxed with other forms of income, such as property and investment income.

New Acas advice on hybrid working

Acas has published new advice to help employers consider whether hybrid working could be an option for their workplace and how to introduce it fairly. Hybrid working is where staff split their time between working remotely and in their employer’s workplace. The advice includes tips for employers on how to consult with staff to discuss practical considerations, create a hybrid working policy and handle staff requests for hybrid working.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEE Ahead!

Wow – I cannot believe it’s 10 years since we incorporated! Back in early 2011, we knew the government was going to pull the plug on funded business support, but we also knew there was a need for what we did.  We are passionate about social enterprise & the VCSE sector and knew that the advice and support that they needed had to be given by people who understood the sector.  A contract was advertised, and we knew we could deliver it…. so that was it: a Business Plan was written, some strategic planning undertaken, and we were a social enterprise and a registered company before we knew it! And the rest is history, as they say, however we did not get the contract so more thinking and planning was needed.

Being part of SEE Ahead for the three of us has given us so much pleasure, flexibility, pride mixed with some tough times.  We have been the masters of our own destiny, but it has not always been easy especially in a difficult landscape where funding has been cut everywhere.  We knew that we could not just talk the talk we needed to walk the walk too.  If we were advising social enterprises and those who were looking at self-employment then we had to be a social enterprise and we had to have experience of self-employment and undertaken all the legislation, planning and hunting for business that our clients do.

At any one time, only 2 of us have been employed by SEE Ahead whilst the third has been an unpaid non-executive director in line with our ethos.  We have worked fulltime, part-time and taken other jobs as business and our personal lives have directed.  We know how difficult running your own business or leading a small social enterprise can be – we have been there and are still there, but it is oh so rewarding too!  You plan your own diary, you can do the school run, take the afternoon off when the sun is shining and cricket is being played and bask in the knowledge when another contract is won that it is down to you and your reputation and if a piece of work does not match our ethos or values, we can say no, it is not for us.

We may not have won that first contract 10 years ago but when it was advertised 2 years later, we had a good reputation, a track record and contacts to form a partnership. We won the tender and 8 years later we are still delivering on it.

We are all looking forward to the next 10 years and what they will bring for SEE Ahead and those we work with.  Our phones are always on, so feel free to give us a call to see if we can help you on your journey too.

Louanne Roberts

Director

SEE Ahead 10th Anniversary

SEE Ahead – 10th Anniversary!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEE Ahead! Wow – I cannot believe it’s 10 years since we incorporated! Back in early 2011, we knew the government was going to pull the plug on funded business support, but we also knew there was a need for what we did.  We are passionate about social enterprise & the VCSE sector and knew that the advice and support that they needed had to be given by people who understood the sector.  A contract was advertised, and we knew we could deliver it…. so that was it: a Business Plan was written, some strategic planning undertaken, and we were a social enterprise and a registered company before we knew it! And the rest is history, as they say, however we did not get the contract so more thinking and planning was needed.

Charity Commission guidance on AGMs and annual reports

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on annual general meetings (AGMs) during the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to allow late delivery of annual reports.

HMRC to contact SEISS claimants

HMRC has confirmed that it will contact those who are eligible for the fourth grant under the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to let them know when they can apply for the grant. The online service to claim the fourth grant will be available from late April 2021 and all claims must be made on or before 1 June 2021.

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