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The next generation of local accountants

6th December 2017

McBrides staff partner Tanya Hamilton and manager Hannah Adams were overwhelmed by the interest in becoming an accountant when they recently visited Hope Community...

McBrides honoured at Kent Corporate Finance Alliance Awards 2017

30th November 2017

McBrides is celebrating today having been recognised in the Kent Corporate Finance Alliance (KFCA) Awards Deal of the Year for its work on the private sale of regional...

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Employer pension contributions set to increase in April 2018

21st November 2017

Changes to pensions continue and from 6 April 2018, employers will be required to increase the amount of their contributions into their employees’...

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Back the Bexley bid!

11th October 2017

Bexley is on the cusp of something big as it prepares a bid to become the London Borough of Culture for 2019 and 2020.   Bexley is one of 32 boroughs...

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The auto-enrolment clock is ticking…

27th September 2017

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK with at least one employee must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. But all...

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VAT on online local authority property searches

27th September 2017

We have had several requests for clarity following on from news that north-west law firm Brabners has been ordered to pay £68,000 of VAT not charged to clients...

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Speedier cheque clearance on the way

26th September 2017

Despite the move to BACS and online banking, 477 million cheques were written in the UK last year. Clearing a cheque can take up to six working days from deposit...

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Making Tax Digital

6th September 2017

The government’s programme of bringing business tax into the digital age was due to begin in earnest with the ‘Making Tax Digital’ scheme. However,...

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High earners: act soon to fund a comfortable retirement

6th September 2017

Most of us think retirement planning is something to leave on the ‘to do’ pile. But if you are a high earner, recent tax changes mean you should think...

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McBrides & Friends 10k Hospice Hike

11th August 2017

There are just weeks to go now before the team at McBrides set out on their Hospice Hike in aid of the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. The 10km route...

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Routes into Accountancy – part two:

7th July 2017

From fixing bikes to company audits by Patrick Duncan I was directed to McBrides after working a long summer fixing bikes in a local shop. I studied A Levels in...

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Routes into Accountancy – part one:

7th July 2017

University? Or a Professional Apprenticeship? by Tanya Hamilton, Staff Partner You’ve decided on a career in accountancy, but do you choose university or...

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Law firm mergers keep us busy

6th July 2017

Law firm mergers are all the rage at the moment as the industry shrinks in the face of deregulation and increased competition. At McBrides we have been assisting...

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All change for apprenticeships: the new funding system for employers

24th March 2017

The new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect on 6 April and heralds significant changes to the way apprenticeships will be funded for all employees. Click on the...

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Philip Hammond makes U-Turn on Budget National Insurance rise for the self-employed

16th March 2017

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has faced a backlash from the Conservative backbenchers accusing him of breaking a general election manifesto commitment not to increase...

The Book-Keepers! Three business books we couldn’t live without

2nd March 2017

As pupils across the world celebrate World Book Day today (Thursday 2nd March) we asked some of the team at McBrides for their favourite business reads. Nick Paterno,...

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Thinking of buying a new car? Don’t end up being an ‘April Fool’!

27th February 2017

If you are looking to buy a new car, you might want to consider doing it before 1 April 2017. Road Tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) as it is officially known, is...

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Solicitors be mindful - you are not a bank!

17th January 2017

The SAR Rule (14.5) preventing a firm’s client account being used as a banking facility has made the news over the last couple of months with a spate of recent...