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Apprenticeship levy to help smaller firms

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I used to think that all accountants were sleazy, blood sucking leeches. After 6 months’ worth of interaction with Irfan, I no longer believe this to be the case. It is a pleasure to have someone who genuinely has your own interest at heart. Irfan is honest, hardworking and punctual. all that you can ask for in an accountant. dare I say it…. even a friend!

"Rami Tanios (Director) " - Heritage Homes Limited

I found Irfan online after having a very negative experience with my first accountant and a distant and confusing one with the second. Irfan is easy to communicate with, quick to respond, professional and knowledgeable. He has taken the time and care to help me understand what I need to do and how best to do it in relation to my limited companies, VAT and self-assessment. I would highly recommend Irfan’s services.

"Rachel Cooke (BA MA Dip MNCP MNCH) " - Whitesobrite Limited

Irfan has handled my business for two years now. As someone who has difficulty remembering his own birthday, I needed someone who would make sure that all of my accounts were settled in time with HMRC and Companies House deadlines. Irfan has been relentless in ensuring I wasn’t late for important submission dates and for handling our payroll like clockwork. He has been an amazing resource and I would recommend anyone to hire him – especially if you’re just starting out and need someone reliable you can trust.

" Marc Quinn (Director) " - Powerlights Incorporated Limited

As someone who had newly formed his own start up, the most important thing for me was to find someone that could show me the ropes from an accounting standpoint, and low and behold Irfan was that guy. Irfan has been my accountant over the past 3 years and as a Client I could not be happier. Even though I tend to bombard him with questions and queries about letters/information I received from HMRC and companies house, he NEVER failed to get back to me and answer them in a timely manner. When it comes to finding solutions to accounting issues or coming up with the best personalized strategy to overcome paying more tax than I needed to, he delivered the goods. Dependable, reliable, patient and flexible are just some of the words I would use describe him. Thank you Irfan for all you have done…

"lan Michaels " - Locum Pod Limited (Podiatric Medicine)

Over the time we have worked with Irfan he has become a real asset to our company. With his help and guidance, he has looked after the company’s finances and advised us about how we can improve the company in specific areas and cut back in others. It has allowed us to understand our company in more detail and to get on with what we need to do to grow as a company, without worrying about all the financial issues which entail with running a business. His advice, understanding and professionalism is fantastic. Long may our working relationship continue.

James Hillman (Director & Fashion Designer) - James Hillman Limited

Since our company has starting working with Irfan, he has been a great asset for us. His services has been impeccable and his very approachable, proactive and efficient. He supports us with our bookkeeping, VAT, PAYE and corporate taxes. Hudson & McCullum has saved us lots of money on our taxes.

Karen Enoe (Director) - A.I.M.S Support Services Limited

Irfan is professional that goes beyond his mission and tasks. He honestly has tried first to understand me and my business. He has been flexible and devoted time with a high generosity. He has been able to adapt to my schedule and needs during the full year. Always open to serve and render his great expertise and knowledge. He is an expert accountant and is, at the same time, a great individual. I feel in the best hands. Always proactive and ready to support and teach. I a learning new accountancy concepts thanks to his patience. I am very thankful to have Irfan as a trusted partner in the U.K.

" Carolina Caparrós Alvarez (Director) " - Talento Direct Limited

Newsletter issue - November 2018.

In a bid to make apprenticeship schemes more accessible, the Treasury has raised the amount of the apprentice levy that larger companies can transfer to smaller firms in their supply chain from 10% to 25%.

The change, which was announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond at the Conservative Party conference, aims to provide additional flexibility for businesses so they can take full advantage of the benefits of employing apprentices, and to help as many people as possible find the right training to equip them for the new economy.

An extra £90 million of government funding will enable employers to invest a quarter of their apprenticeship funds on people working for businesses in their supply chain - boosting the number able to benefit from high-quality apprenticeship training.

A further £5 million has also been allocated to the Institute for Apprenticeships to introduce new standards and update existing ones, so that more courses can be offered - meaning more choice for those considering their training options. The old frameworks are to be discontinued so that all new apprenticeships will be on the same higher-quality standards by the start of the 2020/21 academic year.

In the coming weeks, the government will set out a process to seek views on the operation of the levy after 2020 to ensure it supports the development of the skilled workforce businesses need for the new economy.

The reforms have, however, met with some criticism from business leaders with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Commenting on the Chancellor's announcements, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC said that the review 'must introduce greater flexibility to the apprenticeship system, to ensure that businesses of all sizes can find and train the workforce they need'.

Dr Marshall went on to say that whilst the move to large firms to transfer unused levy funds down to smaller firms in their supply chain is positive, the government should go even further in the long-term, and allow levy-payers to transfer 50% of their funds, so that more companies in complex supply chains can train their people and boost productivity.

The BCC believes that the government also needs to urgently address the issues faced by smaller firms, not just by the bigger levy-payers. Dr Marshall stated that SMEs may not be paying the levy, but they have faced higher recruitment costs and great difficulty accessing the right training in recent months. He said that "ending the 10% co-investment that SMEs now have to pay would encourage more firms to take on and train new talent."