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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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Does your Furnished Holiday Lettings business qualify for Business Property Relief?
Can An FHL Business Qualify For Business Property Relief?

Business Property Relief is something many Furnished Holiday Lettings businesses try to claim, but mostly get refused ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

17th August, 2018



An effective promotional strategy can raise your profile, increase sales and grow your profits!
Developing An Effective Promotional Strategy

Marketing is often confused with PR, but those are just a couple of the components of an effective promotional strategy ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

17th August, 2018



With the right caravan security products, you can be sure your pride and joy stays where you left it!
Caravan Security: Hitchlocks And Wheel Clamps

Every year, over 3,000 caravans go missing in the UK. We stock caravan security products that keep your pride and joy where you left it ...

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

16th August, 2018



The Space Shuttle Atlantis launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida
Remembering The Space Shuttle Programme

We've just had the anniversaries of the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding after launch and its sister Columbia's loss on re-entry ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

16th August, 2018



Does waking up early make you more productive? Well, maybe. But maybe not!
Does Waking Up Early Make You More Productive?

I have had this wonderful idea that waking up early at 5.30am would make me more productive. That's not quite true ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

15th August, 2018



If you're interested in working with Asentiv then do get in touch with me!
Working with Asentiv: A Great Business Opportunity!

I ask this because I'm recruiting at present and looking for two people to come and join me working with Asentiv ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

15th August, 2018



The Osmo Mobile 2 is an excellent gimbal and a worthy inclusion in anyone's video kit!
Osmo Mobile 2: To Gimbal Or Not To Gimbal?

One of the best investments I've made in my video kit is the Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal. It should be an integral part of your video kit too ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.svidit.com

15th August, 2018



CMC IT can offer your business the very latest iPhones!
Getting The Best Mobile Technology For Your Business

It's 2018 and 'going digital' is no longer a choice, but an integral part of our lives and the best mobile technology is at the heart of this ...

Phil Glenister

Phil Glenister

blog.cmcit.tech

14th August, 2018



If you have any overseas property, bank account or other assets then you have very little time to tell HMRC about it under their Requirement to Correct!
Do You Have An Overseas Property Or Bank Account?

HMRC are stepping up pressure on anyone with overseas assets to make sure that they have declared everything they should have ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

14th August, 2018



If you're interested in booking the Arches Theatre in 2019, get in touch.
The Arches Theatre Is For Hire

After last week's opening performance of As You Like It by the Wet Mariners, the Arches Theatre is formally open ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

14th August, 2018



Making Tax Digital for VAT comes into force on 1st April 2019. Essendon is ready to help you!
Making Tax Digital Moves Up A Gear

HMRC's march towards Making Tax Digital for businesses moves up a gear with the VAT part of the programme starting next year ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

13th August, 2018



When you can't find the time, inclination or inspiration to write, subscribe to our writing pack and let us do it for you!
A Closer Look: Our Writing Pack

The heart of any good blog post is the words. We ask our clients to send in their raw thoughts, but some can't find the time ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.sblogit.com

13th August, 2018



If you're claiming Child Benefit and haven't heard of the High Income Child Benefit Charge, you need to look into it as your income approaches or exceeds the £50,000 threshold!
HMRC And The High Income Child Benefit Charge

If you're claiming child benefit, be aware of the High Income Child Benefit Charge if you exceed the HICBC threshold ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

10th August, 2018



Business Is So Very Personal

Driving your business forward is not easy. What does your business have to look like to give you what you want from life?

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

10th August, 2018



Check your caravan wheel nuts with a suitable torque wrench before towing!
Let's Torque About Caravan Wheel Nuts

A wheel coming off when towing a caravan is a disaster. Regularly checking the torque of your caravan wheel nuts is essential ...

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

9th August, 2018



When doing your book research, it's always a good idea to go and visit the location where it's set.
Book Research: How Much Should You Do?

Before I begin writing one of my books, I always carry out a lot of book research which I feel is quite necessary ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

9th August, 2018



is ''never give up, never surrender'' the best line tim allen has ever had?
Never Give Up, Never Surrender!

I was watching Galaxy Quest last night. It's a send-up of the original Star Trek and Jason Nesmith has a brilliant catchphrase ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

9th August, 2018



If you want to improve your business then implement ISO9001!
What is ISO9001 And How Can It Improve Your Business?

When people ask me what I do and I reply, ''I am an ISO9001 consultant'', most of the time I get a confused look back ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

blog.allaboutquality.co.uk

8th August, 2018



Here's a useful way to work out which people you should be spending time with so you can focus on your gold dust!
Networking Skills: Focus On Your Gold Dust

It makes sense to focus on your gold dust and spend your networking time with people who will bring you a return on your investment ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

8th August, 2018



If you make enough profit then you'll pay enough tax!
Do You Pay Enough Tax?

Ok, so you need to keep control of your costs and tax is just another cost that you need to control. But are you making enough profit?

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

7th August, 2018



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An Entertaining Evening At The Arches Theatre

On 4th August 2018, the Wet Mariners entertained the crowd at The Arches Theatre with their performance of 'As You Like It' ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

6th August, 2018



Anyone with undisclosed offshore assets has a requirement to correct by 30th September!
Common Reporting Standards And A Requirement To Correct

Offshore tax liabilities should be disclosed and settled by 30th September. A requirement to correct needs to happen now ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

6th August, 2018



Our blog mailer pack can achieve a better open/click rate than mailchimp!
A Closer Look: Our Blog Mailer Pack

Email is a staple part of any marketing plan and our blog mailer pack is an easy way to get your brand in front of your contacts ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.sblogit.com

6th August, 2018



If you've made a profit on the sale of a second property then you may owe Capital Gains Tax!
HMRC And Undeclared Gains On Sale Of Second Properties

HMRC has identified 1,500 people who they're going to write to about why they haven't paid Capital Gains Tax on the sale of property ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

3rd August, 2018



Successful businesses have an unstoppable team of people!
People Are The Driving Force Of Your Business

To create a truly great business you need to build an unstoppable team of people. A motivated team that understands your vision ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

3rd August, 2018



a self publisher's product is not inferior, we just haven't had the breaks
A Self Publisher

Since coming back to the UK, I have found a big difference in people's attitudes towards self-published authors ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

2nd August, 2018



We stock a wide range of towing mirrors to help you comply with UK law!
Towing Mirrors And UK Law

Towing mirrors are an important safety aid when towing a caravan. But so many people seem to disregard these vital rules ...

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

2nd August, 2018



Some alternative medicines work for some people some of the time. But when it comes down to it, listen to your specialists because they know what they're talking about!
Of Alternative Medicines, Misinformation And Fear

I had a terrible time with cancer. I underwent chemo and radiotherapy, but what if I had tried alternative medicine instead?

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

2nd August, 2018



Being busy is not good for your productivity!
Why Being Busy Is Not Good For Your Productivity

''How are you today?'' I'm asked. ''I'm soooo busy'' I reply. This is the answer many self-employed business people seem to give ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

1st August, 2018



The term 'feast or famine' could easily be used if you don't hone your consultancy skills!
Consultancy Skills: Are You A Victim Of Your Own Success?

''I've got a great new contract so I'm going to be off the scene for at least 6 months.'' I often hear this, so here's a warning ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

1st August, 2018



I enjoy being a video editor for Kate. It's easy once you're in the groove!
Being A Video Editor: Finishing Other People's Clips

Something I've been doing for a number of months is being a video editor and finishing other people's clips. They film it, I finish it ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.svidit.com

1st August, 2018



Too many people want to be taken seriously, but you can still have a laugh while you do it.
Too Many People Want To Be Taken Seriously

Last week my daughter asked me why some people want to be taken seriously and others don't. A bit philosophical for me really ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

31st July, 2018



If you need help to create or update your business plan then get in touch!
Business Planning: Why Is Your Business Here?

No, this is not a philosophical question, but it should stimulate some thoughts along the lines of, ''What do I want to achieve?

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

31st July, 2018



There are so many threats out there. Ensure your disaster recovery policy works!
Disaster Recovery: For When The Worst Happens

Disaster Recovery is a vital part of any company's IT strategy. But what happens if things do go wrong? Who are you going to call?

Max Roberts

Max Roberts

blog.cmcit.tech

31st July, 2018



The future of tech is exciting and will only benefit businesses!
The Future of Tech: My Predictions

I'm turning over blogging duties to IT guru Lionel Naidoo. Here are Lionel's predictions for the future of technology ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

30th July, 2018



Social media is one part of your online marketing strategy to drive traffic to your brand!
A Closer Look: Our Social Media Sharing Service

One of the key needs of social media is regularly sharing. But small business owners and entrepreneurs don't have the time ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.sblogit.com

30th July, 2018



Accountants get your returns penny perfect, tax advisors minimise what you pay HMRC!
An Accountant Or A Tax Advisor

Accountants are the mainstay of the business world, but not everyone has a tax advisor and I think they're missing out ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

27th July, 2018



Customer Retention Strategies

Some businesses are so focused on winning new clients they often neglect to put any effort into retaining them. This is a critical error ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

27th July, 2018



my beautiful garden back in the UK was something that I dearly missed
Glad To Be Home: Part 2

Now that I'm back in my native homeland, I've been considering the merits of good old Blighty compared with Oz ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

26th July, 2018



Our own Kampa Rally Air Pro 390 Grande is going to be very well used this summer!
Product Spotlight: Kampa Rally Air Pro 390 Grande

We were pleased to get hold of our own Kampa Rally Air Pro 390 Grande for our summer travels. There's so much space!

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

26th July, 2018



It's been a while since I blogged for All About Quality, but that changes now!
A Reminder About 'All About Quality'

It's been a while, so let me re-introduce myself. My name is Ellen and I run All About Quality and All About Productivity ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

blog.allaboutquality.co.uk

25th July, 2018



No matter how good you are, there's always room for improvement!
I Don't Need Training, I Know How To Network!

I recently spent the day with my Referral Institute colleagues from around the UK. We meet every quarter ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

25th July, 2018



If you want to explode your sales, answer these questions!
How To Explode Your Sales!

Every business has the potential to explode with growth, but how do you make that leap from 'also-ran' to a 'high-growth' business?

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

24th July, 2018



I've been pottering around down at the Arches Theatre trying to decide which arch to use for what.
The Arches Theatre: Final Tweaks And Little Changes

I've been pottering down at the Arches Theatre making final tweaks and planning how we're going to run the opening night ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

24th July, 2018



Do ensure your employees are aware of the closure of the Childcare Voucher Scheme!
Closure Of The Childcare Voucher Scheme On 4th October

As of 4th October 2018, the Childcare Voucher Scheme will be closed to new applicants. So, what's replacing it?

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

23rd July, 2018



My core blogging service gives you a 30-day free trial to try out what I do without spending a penny!
A Closer Look: Our Core Blogging Service

You've heard about blogging, but it seems like a lot of work, doesn't it? What benefits will it bring and why should you work with me?

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.sblogit.com

23rd July, 2018



If you keep accurate records, you can save tax when claiming loan interest relief!
Claiming Loan Interest Relief

A meeting with a potential new client this week has prompted me to write this blog post about loan interest relief ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

20th July, 2018



How Systemising Your Business Can Maximise Its Value

Effective systems are the essential part of running a business. But remember, systems in their own right do not create growth ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

20th July, 2018



Breeding will break out in the eyes of a cat
Briseann Au Duchais Tri Schule An Chat

It is said that the true nature of someone's character is always revealed through their eyes ...

Vivienne Dockerty

Vivienne Dockerty

www.viviennedockerty.com

19th July, 2018



Off-Grid Wild Caravanning in the United Kingdom is not as easy as you'd think!
Off-Grid Wild Caravanning In The United Kingdom

When we're planning a trip, we don't think of off-grid wild caravanning because a super-pitch gives us many amenities ...

Big White Box

Big White Box

blog.bigwhitebox.co.uk

19th July, 2018



The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC proves that size isn't important!
The Power Of The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC

After a relaxing weekend, imagine my horror when I turned on my monitors and found my PC wasn't sending video anymore ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

19th July, 2018



If you're constantly checking your phone then you may have smartphone addiction!
Smartphone Addiction And How It Hurts Your Productivity

Are you one of the many people who spend hours on their smartphone each day? I have suffered smartphone addition myself ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

18th July, 2018



Novices see only what is there. Experts can see what is not!
The Difference Between A Novice And An Expert

The difference between a novice and an expert comes down to experience and how they change your perceptions ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

18th July, 2018



I have a page one, position one Google ranking for my name, which is exactly what I want!
Need To Improve Your Website's Google Ranking?

We all want a page one, position one Google ranking for our website, but search engines prefer fresh content over fixed pages ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.sblogit.com

18th July, 2018



With Samsung Knox, you can be sure your data is secure!
Samsung Knox: Bulletproof Security For Your Device

We worry about others getting access to our data, but if you use a Samsung device, you can benefit from Samsung Knox ...

Max Roberts

Max Roberts

blog.cmcit.tech

17th July, 2018



If you're not getting a proper holiday this summer, then your business may be underperforming!
Are You Having A Proper Holiday This Summer?

The holidays are here and I frequently come across small business owners who haven't had a proper holiday for years ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

17th July, 2018



Hmmm ... booking fees? Why? I just want to take a day off with my family.
Just Occasionally, One Has To Take A Day Off

Occasionally, one has to take a day off. Neither my wife or I do very often other than for a week's holiday each year ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

17th July, 2018

Things don’t always go well, so Get Out Of The Doghouse Day is about making up with people!
Celebrating Get Out Of The Doghouse Day!

In the doghouse with a spouse, significant other, friend, business associate, client or supplier? It's Get Out Of The Doghouse Day!

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

16th July, 2018

If you want to create better business videos then read my 10 top tips!
10 Top Tips For Better Business Video

From blog posts to direct adverts, no medium has inspired people to stop scrolling on social media more than business video ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.svidit.com

16th July, 2018

When it comes to family will planning, the nil-rate band on first death can be a useful relief!
Family Will Planning: Using The Nil-Rate Band On First Death

When it comes to family will planning, have you heard of the nil-rate band on first death? It's a really useful relief ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

13th July, 2018

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