Govt. updates online probate service

People applying for probate in England and Wales can now swear a statement of truth online, following reforms rolled out by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Previous to this, an oath had to be sworn in person at a solicitor's office or probate registry. It...

Grants available for exporting SMEs

Small businesses with hopes of exporting goods in 2019 can apply for Government funding to attend international trade shows. Applications for the Trade Access Programme, which provides grants of up to £2,500, opened with the Department of Trade on Friday 21 December...

Scotland freezes higher-rate threshold

Higher earners in Scotland are poised to pay significantly more in income tax next year, after the higher-rate threshold was frozen for 2019/20. Delivering Draft Budget on 12 December 2018, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay opted to keep the higher-rate threshold at...

Business rates cut for small retailers

Small retail businesses in England are set to benefit from a reduction to business rates, as announced in Budget 2018. Business rates will be reduced by a third for many retail properties with a rateable value below £51,000 for two years from April 2019, subject to...

Budget 2018: Reactions

Business rates relief for small retail businesses cut by a third from 2019 to 2021 Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "Small businesses on our high streets that cannot get small business rate relief will be delighted with the...