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We blog for our clients every week. Mostly we edit their raw thoughts, but sometimes we write original posts and, occasionally, recycle something popular. Here are the latest 60 blog posts we've published so you can see the diversity of the work we do.

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Principal Private Residence Relief can be offset against Capital Gains Tax but is easy to forfeit!
How To Lose Principal Private Residence Relief

Principal Private Residence Relief is considered the best relief to offset against Capital Gains Tax, but there are pitfalls ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

22nd June, 2018



Webinars are a great way to reach out to busy business owners and managers!
How To Make Webinars Work For Your Business

As business owners dedicate more time to keeping their heads above water, they are making better use of webinars ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

22nd June, 2018



being an author is not easy and requires a lot of sacrifice
The Sacrifices Of A Self Publisher

''I was offered a publishing contract, but I turned it down'' said the headline in a magazine that I had been reading ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

21st June, 2018



Your motorhome or caravan toilet can perform at its best with the right chemicals!
Let's Talk About Caravan Toilets

This week, we thought we'd discuss your caravan toilet and the best ways to ensure it is performing at its best ...

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

21st June, 2018



A Midsummer Night's Dream found me out on the roads of MK one hot night!
A Midsummer Night's Dream

It's been a long time since we've had really hot nights in MK. You know the ones, where you can't get to sleep for the insatiable heat ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

21st June, 2018



Patience means accepting things as they are, rather than setting yourself up for failure!
The Power Of Patience

We can all be impatient; queues, traffic jams, kids, you name it. The worst kind of impatience though is with ourselves ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

20th June, 2018



When you're not a natural networker, building trust is vital. Keeping it, even more so!
How To Get Referrals When You're Not a Natural Networker

Trust is vital for anyone who is not a natural networker. What's even more important is rebuilding it if it gets broken ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

20th June, 2018



Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic alternative to normal university education!
Thoughts On Degree Apprenticeships by Alex Moch

I was taken on as an apprentice at CMC and I've been enjoying learning on the job. I was thrilled to find out the OU could help me ...

Alex Moch

Alex Moch

blog.cmcit.tech

19th June, 2018



High street retailers all over are feeling the pinch ... except that some aren't!
What Can Your Business Do If Your High Street Is Dying?

House of Fraser has announced a large number of its high street closures. What can you do to save your high street store?

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

19th June, 2018



We are preparing the site and working out what we need to put on a production at the Arches Theatre.
The Arches Theatre: Marching Towards Opening Night

Onward goes the march towards the opening of the Arches Theatre on the 4th August. We've been working hard on the site ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

19th June, 2018



Introductions, Referrals and Recommendations are one way to find new clients!
Introductions, Referrals and Recommendations

What is one of the most successful ways to find a new client? Introductions, Referrals and Recommendations are one way ...

Kath Bonner-Dunham

Kath Bonner-Dunham

blog.4pbusinessdevelopment ...

18th June, 2018



Human Resources is an important function within any business!
Human Resources: The Importance Of Getting HR Right

New clients, with a handful of employees, have admitted to not having all their Human Resources paperwork in place ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

18th June, 2018



To furnish or not to furnish your rental property. That's the question!
Rental Property: To Furnish Or Not To Furnish?

Are you looking at the schedule of costs incurred on your rental property and thinking about what can be claimed as a repair?

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

15th June, 2018



Motivating Your Team Through Times Of Change

I have worked with many business owners, helping to formulate their plans and working on strategies to implement those plans ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

15th June, 2018



Go on, get out there! Don't choose the same old same old!
Caravanning: Same Old Same Old Or Somewhere New?

From the Scottish Highlands to the New Forest. Do you head to the same caravan park again and again and again?

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

14th June, 2018



Suffrage gave us the vote, but were all the women back then doing it just for their democratic rights or was there more to it?
Suffrage: Women Undefeated

My first ancestor, Maggie, who came over to England from Ireland became the owner of a successful property company ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

14th June, 2018



It would have been Steve Jobs' birthday on the 24th February.
Steve Jobs: Here's To The Crazy Ones

Apple was always the enemy in my Windows world. Then Steve Jobs started creating magical and revolutionary things ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

13th June, 2018



Checklists may be boring but they are a necessity! They can be really useful ...
Checklists: Boring But A Necessity

Checklist sounds boring, don't they? They conjure up images of grey-suited inspectors going around filling them out ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

13th June, 2018



If you want to market yourself as a consultant then I've got two great tips for you!
Two Great Tips To Market Yourself As A Consultant

John had a successful career, reaching financial director of a mid-sized company and was then made redundant ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

13th June, 2018



ESET Endpoint Security can keep your data secure as it is moved, and protected when in use!
The Power Of ESET Endpoint Security

We're pleased to offer the very latest ESET Endpoint Security, a combination of both powerful encryption and anti-virus ...

Jay Gould

Jay Gould

blog.cmcit.tech

12th June, 2018



It's time to ban excuses and get on with it!
It's Time to Ban Excuses

We all have issues that we deal with, both in life and in business, but it's time to ban excuses for why we haven't done stuff ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

12th June, 2018



We've got the digger in at the Arches Theatre.
As You Like It at The Arches Theatre

A digger is at the Arches Theatre. This is to clear the stones and level the ground before we put the hard surface down

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

12th June, 2018



If you have an enthusiastic member of your team, then one of these City & Guilds courses from Mary Thomas at Concise Training could help both you and them!
Trusted Partners: Mary Thomas, Concise Training

Positioning is our 'P' for all things marketing; whether that's PR, social media, advertising, blog writing or other media channel ...

Kath Bonner-Dunham

Kath Bonner-Dunham

blog.4pbusinessdevelopment ...

11th June, 2018



Cloud accounting is good for business and here are five top reasons why!
Top 5 Reasons Cloud Accounting Is Good For Business

Cloud accounting is good for business as it saves you time and worry. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should make the switch ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

11th June, 2018



When you work with me, business blogging becomes really easy for you!
4 Reasons You Need To Start Business Blogging

Everyone wants to increase interest in their brand and business blogging is great at that. It offers a whole wealth of benefits ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.sblogit.com

11th June, 2018



Serviced accommodation is becoming more attractive for buy-to-let landlords!
Taxation Of Serviced Accommodation

I stayed in serviced accommodation at the weekend. It was easy to book, nicely furnished and very clean ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

8th June, 2018



Micro-marketing allows your sales teams to use precise targeting.
Micro-Marketing And The Art Of Precise Targeting

Thanks to CRM systems, firms have the opportunity to manipulate vast databases to develop highly targeted campaigns ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

8th June, 2018



You have your own story to write. So when are you going to start writing it?
Writing Your Own Story

When I am at various events in order to promote my historical sagas, people often say to me that they have a story to tell ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

7th June, 2018



Do you follow your dreams like Felix did? He took a real leap of faith from 128,000 feet
The Courage To Follow Your Dreams

Are you anything like Felix? Do you have the courage to jump from the corporate world and follow your dreams?

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

7th June, 2018



If you're travelling abroad with your caravan, remember to follow the rules!
Travelling Abroad With Your Caravan

When travelling abroad with your caravan, many laws in other countries are similar to the United Kingdom, but there are quirks ...

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

7th June, 2018



Like anything else, staying positive to boost productivity yields results!
4 Steps To Staying Positive To Boost Productivity

Do you approach productivity in a positive or negative way? Like anything else, staying positive to boost productivity yields results ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

6th June, 2018



Does It Really Take 10,000 Hours To Master Networking?

If you want to master networking, do you really need to put in 10,000 hours. Many believe that to be true ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

6th June, 2018



Business blogging has all sorts of benefits!
16 Top Tips For Better Business Blogging

Many people start business blogging with the intention of driving traffic to their website or increasing overall brand awareness ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.sblogit.com

6th June, 2018



Now we are ISO 27001 certified, our client can be 100% confident we'll protect them!
CMC Technology Gains ISO 27001 Certification!

We're pleased that we reach the standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation with ISO 27001 certification ...

Max Roberts

Max Roberts

blog.cmcit.tech

5th June, 2018



If you need help with preparing a cashflow forecast then get in touch!
I Think Every Business Deserves A Cashflow Forecast

We have software to help us prepare cashflow forecasts for clients who use market leading software for their bookkeeping ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

5th June, 2018



The Arches Theatre is coming along nicely.
Where Are We Up To With The Arches Theatre?

We've put a lot of work into the Arches Theatre so far. I was out and about yesterday and took some photos of the place ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

5th June, 2018



Transferring shares to your spouse can have tax benefits, but it needs to be done right!
Trusted Partners: Helen Beaumont, Essendon Tax

Tax planning is fraught with difficulties so I always recommend my trusted partner, Helen Beaumont from Essendon Tax ...

Kath Bonner-Dunham

Kath Bonner-Dunham

blog.4pbusinessdevelopment ...

4th June, 2018



A P11D must be filed by 6th July and declare any benefits in kind an employee has received!
What Is A P11D And When Does It Need To Be Filed?

A P11D is issued by HMRC. It requires employers to disclose items or services that they receive in addition to their salary ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

4th June, 2018



If you're employing family members, make sure that the work they do for you is documented!
The Tax Implications Of Employing Family Members

I read about a very interesting tax case to do with employing family members through a business and how HMRC objected ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

1st June, 2018



There are many ways to market your business, both on and offline, but the most important thing is to constantly be marketing. You can't grow your business otherwise!
Marketing To Win New Customers

New products and services are constantly being developed and businesses need to ensure they are ahead of the competition ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

1st June, 2018



Your caravan nose weight is a vital piece of safety information!
Do You Know Your Caravan Nose Weight?

Caravan nose weight is the weight of your caravan at the hitch. If you've loaded up for a trip, do not exceed the important limits ...

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

31st May, 2018



I've met many a deceitful man. Ada should have been more careful in what she wished for!
About My Book: A Deceitful Man

I've met many a deceitful man, but the one in my story appeared out of the blue when I was thinking about characters ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

31st May, 2018



The impermanence of everything can be seen all around, though it should inspire us!
The Impermanence Of Everything

From the crumbling remains of the Roman empire, to the food we consume and our very lives, everything really is impermanent ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

30th May, 2018



Networking skills can be as simple as inviting someone to a group to meet others!
Networking Skills: Invite People To Join You

Networking skills, as you know from your own experiences and in what you've read on my blog, are about building relationships ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

30th May, 2018



How do you succeed in life and business? WIth effort, energy and ingenuity!
How To Succeed In Life And Business!

Too many people look for the easy answer, but there isn't one, as success in life and business takes effort, energy and ingenuity ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

29th May, 2018



When it comes to stage illusions, I know all about them, but I couldn't build one.
I Know All About Stage Illusions

At this time of year, my mind turns to pantomime. Apart from appearing in them, I'm called upon to advise on stage illusions ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

29th May, 2018



With a little thought and effort, businesses can implement a recycling programme!
Making Our Environment Safe For The Future

The impact we have could be far more positive and although businesses do recycle, you will agree we could do much more ...

Jay Gould

Jay Gould

blog.cmcit.tech

28th May, 2018



My trusted partner, Steffi Lewis is the business blogging expert!
Trusted Partners: Steffi Lewis

Like all of us, I use Facebook, but when it comes to getting my brand out there, I'd rather delegate to someone like Steffi Lewis ...

Kath Bonner-Dunham

Kath Bonner-Dunham

blog.4pbusinessdevelopment ...

28th May, 2018



I shall be taking my own advice! My boat is in the water and we're ready to set sail!
Dude, My Boat Has Been Found!

The sun is out and many are in holiday mode. But did you know a third of small business owners didn't have a holiday last year?

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

28th May, 2018



What pre-letting expenditure can you claim against rental income?
Pre-Letting Expenditure: What Can you Claim?

When a landlord purchases a property to let out, they'll spend money on it. But what pre-letting expenditure is allowed?

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

25th May, 2018



Project management is about defining then following the right steps!
The Ancient Art Of Project Management

To be successful, managers must deliver results on time and within budget so project management has become an essential skill ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

25th May, 2018



Many caravan super pitches have level hard starting too!
How To Benefit From A Caravan Super Pitch

Many sites offer a caravan super pitch for a cost. The convenience is obvious, although you'll need extra accessories ..

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

24th May, 2018



About My Book: Innocence Lost

Innocence Lost tells of the effect that a stricken soldier returning from the horrors of war can have on a sensitive middle child ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

24th May, 2018



Our mental health and productivity levels are intrinsically linked!
Mental Health And Productivity

It is all very well having systems in place to help you be more productive, but what happens when you can't follow them?

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

23rd May, 2018



Roger shared with me a great referral marketing story!
How Referral Marketing Works

Does referral marketing work? Unequivocally yes, it can! it is a chain of activities by people who may not know each other ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

23rd May, 2018



Doris the Aston Martin DB2 will be out and about this summer.
More About Doris, The Aston Martin DB2

Some of you will know Doris, who is our Aston Martin DB2. She's currently being serviced and made ready for action ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

22nd May, 2018



Becoming financially empowered doesn't have to be complicated or scary!
How To Be Financially Empowered!

If you're financially empowered, you can achieve amazing things. Part of it is knowledge and understanding about your money ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

22nd May, 2018

The roll-out of Making Tax Digital has already begun. Are you ready for it?
Trusted Partners: Roger Eddowes, Essendon Accounts

I work with some great trusted partners and this week I wanted to showcase Roger Eddowes from Essendon Accounts & Tax ...

Kath Bonner-Dunham

Kath Bonner-Dunham

blog.4pbusinessdevelopment ...

21st May, 2018

Max Roberts is highly experienced in IT and communications!
Highly Experienced In IT And Comms, Meet Max Roberts

Max Roberts joined CMC a year ago as Business Development Manager. He has exceptional experience in communications ...

CMC IT

CMC IT

blog.cmcit.tech

21st May, 2018

When your sales reach £85,000 you need to be registered for Value Added Tax!
Online Trading And Value Added Tax

With the rise of the internet, people are turning their hand to selling online and panic, as they approach the Value Added Tax threshold ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

21st May, 2018

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