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How VAT Works

You can only charge Value Added Tax (VAT) if your business is registered for VAT. Find out what this involves and read an overview of how VAT works, including when to charge and what you can reclaim.


When can I charge VAT, and on what?
 

You can only charge VAT if your business is registered for VAT.

VAT is charged on things like:

  • business sales - eg when you sell goods and services
  • hiring or loaning goods to someone
  • selling business assets
  • commission
  • items sold to staff - eg canteen meals
  • business goods used for personal reasons
  • ‘non-sales’ like bartering, part-exchange and gifts
These are known as ‘taxable supplies’. There are different rules for imports and exports and charities.

Responsibilities

VAT-registered businesses:

  • must charge VAT on their goods or services
  • may reclaim any VAT they’ve paid on business-related goods or services
If you’re a VAT-registered business you must report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) the amount of VAT you’ve charged and the amount of VAT you’ve paid. This is done through your VAT Return which is usually due every 3 months.

You may want to appoint an agent to deal with HMRC on your behalf.

You must account for VAT on the full value of what you sell, even if you:

  • receive goods or services instead of money (eg if you take something in part-exchange)
  • haven’t charged any VAT to the customer - whatever price you charge is treated as including VAT
If you’ve charged more VAT than you’ve paid, you have to pay the difference to HMRC. If you’ve paid more VAT than you’ve charged, you can reclaim the difference from HMRC.

VAT rates
 

There are 3 different rates of VAT and you must make sure you charge the right amount.

Standard rate

Most goods and services are standard rate. You should charge this rate unless the goods or services are classed as reduced or zero-rated.

This includes:

  • any goods below the distance selling threshold you supply to non-VAT registered EU customers - if you go over the threshold you’ll have to register for VAT in that country
  • most services you supply to an EU non-business customer - there are different rules for business customers 

Reduced rate

When to charge this rate can depend on the item being provided but also the circumstance of the sale. For example:

children’s car seats and domestic fuel or power are always charged at 5%

  • mobility aids for older people are only charged at 5% if they’re for someone over 60 and the goods are installed in their home

Zero rate 

Zero-rated means that the goods are still VAT-taxable, but the rate of VAT you must charge your customers is 0%. You still have to record them in your VAT accounts and report them on your VAT Return. Examples include:

  • books and newspapers
  • children’s clothes and shoes
  • motorcycle helmets
  • most goods you export to non-EU countries
  • goods you supply to a VAT registered EU business
If you sent goods to the EU, you’ll need their VAT number and paperwork proving that the goods have been sent within certain time limits (usually 3 months).

Rates can change and you must apply any changes to the rates from the date they change.

 

What you must do when charging VAT
 

You need to know the right VAT rate so you can charge it correctly and reclaim it on your purchases.

If a transaction is a standard, reduced or zero-rated taxable supply, you must:

  • charge the right rate of VAT
  • work out the VAT if a single price is shown that includes or excludes VAT
  • show the VAT information on your invoice
  • show the transaction in your VAT account - a summary of your VAT
  • show the amount on your VAT Return
You may be able to reclaim the VAT on purchases that relate to these sales.

You can’t claim back all of the amount you’ve paid if you pay the wrong amount of VAT on a purchase.

VAT-inclusive and exclusive prices
 

You’ll need to make a calculation when charging VAT on goods or services, or when working out the amount of VAT you can claim back on items which were sold inclusive of VAT.

VAT-inclusive prices

To work out a price including the standard rate of VAT (20%), multiply the price excluding VAT by 1.2.

To work out a price including the reduced rate of VAT (5%), multiply the price excluding VAT by 1.05.

VAT-exclusive prices

To work out a price excluding the standard rate of VAT (20%) divide the price including VAT by 1.2.

To work out a price excluding the reduced rate of VAT (5%) divide the price including VAT by 1.05.

When not to charge VAT
 

You can’t charge VAT on exempt or ‘out of scope’ items.

Exempt goods and services Exempt goods or services are supplies that you:

  • can’t charge VAT on
  • must not include in your VAT records
If you buy or sell an exempt item you should still record the transaction in your general business accounts. Examples of exempt items include:

  • insurance
  • postage stamps or services
  • health services provided by doctors

VAT registration

Businesses that sell only VAT-exempt goods and services don’t have be registered for VAT. If you start selling items that aren’t exempt, you can register for VAT voluntarily. You must register if the total value of non-exempt goods and services goes over the VAT taxable turnover threshold

Out of scope

Some goods and services are outside the VAT tax system so you can’t charge or reclaim the VAT on them. For example, out of scope items include:

  • goods or services you buy and use outside of the EU
  • statutory fees - like the London congestion charge
  • goods you sell as part of a hobby - like stamps from a collection
  • donations to a charity - if given without receiving anything in return

Charging VAT to charities
 

As a VAT-registered business, you can sell certain goods and services to charities at the zero or reduced rate of VAT.

It’s your responsibility to check the charity is eligible, and to apply the correct rate.

Community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) don’t qualify for VAT reliefs for charities.

Check the charity is eligible

To make sure the charity is eligible, ask them for:

  • evidence that they’re a charity
  • a written declaration or ‘certificate’ confirming they meet the conditions for the particular VAT relief
Evidence of charitable status

The charity should give you either:

  • their Charity Commission registration number
  • a letter of recognition from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if they’re not registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (eg if they’re a Scottish or Northern Irish charity)
Written declaration

Charities are legally required to give you an eligibility certificate when you supply eligible building or construction services to them at zero VAT. The certificate must contain specific information.

A declaration is not legally required for other items you sell at the zero or reduced rate, but you should ask for one to prove the charity is eligible for the relief.

These sample declarations contain examples of the information a charity should give you when buying:

  • medical and scientific equipment, motor vehicles and computer software
  • charity advertising
  • goods and services for disabled people
The written declaration should be separate from the order form or invoice for the goods or services the charity is buying.

You must keep the completed declarations for at least 4 years.

Items that qualify for the reduced rate

You may be able to apply the reduced VAT rate when you sell fuel and power in certain circumstances to an eligible charity.

Items that qualify for the zero rate You may be able to apply zero VAT when you sell the following to an eligible charity:
  • advertising and items for collecting donations
  • aids for disabled people
  • construction services
  • drugs and chemicals
  • equipment for making ‘talking’ books and newspapers
  • lifeboats and associated equipment, including fuel
  • medicine or ingredients for medicine
  • resuscitation training models
Equipment for medical and veterinary use

You may also be able to zero-rate some other medical and veterinary equipment when you sell it to:

  • certain health bodies, eg NHS Trusts
  • not-for-profit research institutions
  • charities that provide institutional care, or medical or surgical treatment for chronically sick or disabled people
  • charities that provide transport services for disabled people
  • charities that provide rescue or first aid services to humans or animals
  • someone buying it specifically for donation to one of these bodies
The money used to buy the equipment must be from charitable or donated funds. This should be stated on the eligibility declaration.

The eligible items include:

  • medical, veterinary and scientific equipment
  • ambulances
  • goods for disabled people
  • motor vehicles for medical use<
  • rescue equipment
  • resuscitation training dummies

Returned goods
 

When you return goods to a supplier or a customer returns goods to you, the balance of payment can be settled by issuing either a:

  • replacement invoice
  • credit or debit note

If you exchange the goods for goods of the same value you don’t need to issue a new VAT invoice.

Credit and debit notes

These must show the same information as the VAT invoice and:
  • why it was issued
  • the total amount credited, excluding VAT 

  • the number and date of the original VAT invoice

Discounts and free gifts
 

Discounts

VAT may have to be charged on discounts and deals.

Offer How to charge VAT
Discounts Charged on the discounted price (not the full price)
Gifts Charged on the gift’s full value - there are some exceptions listed below
Multi-buys Charged on the combined price if all the items have the same VAT rate. If not, VAT is ‘apportioned’ as mixed-rate goods
Money-off coupons, vouchers etc No VAT due if given away free at time of a purchase. If not, VAT due on the price charged
‘Face value’ vouchers that can be used for more than one type of good or service No VAT due, if sold at or below their monetary value
Redeemed face value vouchers Charged on the full value of the transaction
Redeemed face value vouchers sold at a discount Charged on the discounted value of the transaction
Link-save offers (buy one get one free or discounted) VAT is apportioned as mixed-rate goods - there are exceptions

Exceptions for gifts and link-save offers

There’s no VAT due on gifts given to the same person if their total value in a 12 month period is less than £50.

VAT is charged on the combined value of link-save items if the incentive product:

  • has a resale value of less than £1
  • has a sale value of less than £5
  • costs you less than 20% of the total of the other items in the offer
  • isn’t sold at a separate price from the main product

Free goods and services

You don’t have to pay VAT on things like free samples if they meet certain conditions.

Supplies Condition to meet so no VAT due
Free samples Used for marketing purposes and provided in a quantity that lets potential customers test the product
Free loans of business assets The cost of hiring the asset is included in something else you sell to the customer
Free gifts The total cost of all gifts to the same person is less than £50 in a 12 month period
Free services You don’t get any payment or goods or services in return

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Sheards Accountants find out if Yorkshire is ready for Making Tax Digital

Monday 26 November 2018

A Huddersfield-based chartered accountants, Sheards, ran a survey in October to find out how prepared people were for Making Tax Digital, and cloud accounting. The results found that 29% of businesses are ‘completely in the dark’ about what they need to do to ensure they comply with next years’ Making Tax Digital legislations. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is to be imposed in the UK from 1st April 2019 for all VAT registered businesses with a turnover in excess of £85,000. Their VAT returns will need to be submitted from within accountancy software as logging onto HMRC and ticking the relevant boxes will no longer be an option. The recent research has prompted worrying suggestions that many could be unprepared for the MTD revolution. The results showed that just one third stated they were “well prepared” for April 2019. Only 42% of the respondents used cloud accounting, and 20% were thinking of migrating to cloud accounting software. Half of the respondents said that if their accountant suggested they switch to cloud accounting, then they would take their advice and migrate. All this shows positive thinking towards moving with the times. So how should you prepare for the digital tax revolution? Sheards’ Director, Kevin Winterburn, says, “It’s not as daunting a prospect as people may think, and I’d actually implore people to embrace the change as it will have many benefits. “Between now and April 2019, there’s lots of things businesses can do to prepare for Making Tax Digital. It’s important to have a healthy, coherent relationship with your accountant. They should be able to advise you on the features of Making Tax Digital, and how best to make the transition from manual to digital.” Kevin also stresses the importance of software compatibility. “From April 2019, any businesses affected by the tax digitalisation must use MTD-compatible software in order to file their returns. Not using software won’t be an option anymore, so businesses must use software that can connect to HMRC systems via an Application Programming Interface (API). The Making Tax Digital scheme will be mandated for all on 1st April 2019, but businesses are advised to introduce MTD software before the deadline for maximum preparation and a smoother transition. Sheards are hosting monthly workshops to inform and advise businesses on MTD, https://www.sheards.co.uk/news/events/archive/article/2018/September/your-invitation-to-our-making-tax-digital-workshops-are-you-ready Following the survey, a respondent was randomly picked out and the winner received a gift box of Prosecco and Truffles.
Posted by Sheards Accounts
Accountancy with a difference branches out into Commercial Finance

Monday 12 November 2018

Yorkshire-based accountancy firm Bohoruns have expanded their business offer, by branching out into the commercial finance sector. The long-established firm in Leeds has traditionally specialised in providing accounting, taxation and payroll services to small businesses and business start-ups, helping them to improve their profitability and to grow. The innovative new business arm enables Bohoruns to offer a fully-rounded package of financial services, providing end-to-end support for clients. Additional services will include support in areas like funding VAT, corporation tax payments, accessing commercial property finance, business loans and venture capital along with alternative finance options such as asset-based lending and peer-to-peer lending. Bohoruns’ Principal, Prakash Bohorun, a Fellow member of the ACCA, said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on offering a friendly, personalised service, having built up strong, trusted relationships with our clients. Recently, we’ve had a great deal of clients who are ready to grow their business, asking for advice on how to access the necessary finance. Others have needed help to overcome cashflow problems identified through our forecasting process.” “At a time when face-to-face contact is widely being replaced by automated services, we’ve found that many business owners are uncomfortable about sharing their sensitive financial information with numerous, often unfamiliar, organisations. In a nutshell, they prefer to talk to one trusted individual, as their designated contact/account manager.” “So, we decided to respond by introducing this additional function into our business mix. This has helped us to continue to develop a practice with a difference in the north and now enables us to accompany our customers along the whole of their journey – thus allowing them to obtain all their financial support in one place. We have expert advisers in place with access to over 120 finance companies available to meet each customer’s individual commercial funding needs.” Image Caption: L to R – Chloe Cooper, Prakash Bohorun, Alka Bohorun and Lindsey Cooper. For further information visit http://www.bohoruns.co.uk
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Sheards Annual Quiz Night raises £800 for their Charity of the Year

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Sheards Accountants have announced that their annual quiz night, held on Thursday 18th October, raised a fantastic total of £800. Following the news of their chosen charity of the Year for 2018/19, all funds raised will go to The Welcome Centre, the largest food bank in Kirklees, based in Huddersfield. Once again guests were entertained by the legendary quiz master, Kevin Sanders, who tested the sold-out audience with fun-filled questions about general knowledge. He also added some multiple-choice questions and a bingo style quiz. Alongside the fun quiz, there was a raffle to help raise money for The Welcome Centre, with prizes kindly donated from local businesses and staff, to whom they are most grateful to. Over the years, Sheards have carried out a range of activities, including various business events, quiz nights and seasonal dinner’s, in order to raise money for their chosen charity each year. Their events over the past 18 months have raised an impressive total of £14,083 which is a record fundraising total for Sheards. Kevin Winterburn, Director of Sheards Accountants commented: ‘The event was a sell-out and we saw plenty of teams from local businesses, many of whom now attend each year and helped to make this year’s event an even bigger success. We have more events coming up to help raise more funds for The Welcome Centre, including our Bonfire Bake Off and the Curry Night next year.’’ Emma Greenough of The Welcome Centre said: “2018 has been a challenging year for The Welcome Centre, with a 30% increase in demand for the food bank services. This demand means that we need the support of the business community more than ever so that we can continue giving nutritious and filling food parcels to last seven days. Being chosen by Sheards as their Charity of the Year means a lot to us. Their first donation following the quiz night of £800 will enable us to provide 16 families with enough food to last a week. That's the equivalent of nearly 1300 meals of food.”
Posted by Sheards Accounts
Luke makes the grade with business banking credentials

Tuesday 09 October 2018

Commercial finance broker Luke Rodgers has been awarded the Certificate in Business Banking and Conduct (Cert BB&C) from The London Institute of Banking and Finance. Luke, who works at ABL Business in Cleckheaton, passed the exams set by the industry-recognised body, after studying for a year as part of his company’s Continuing Professional Development programme. The LIBF was established in 1879 to advance banking and finance by providing outstanding education and thinking. Focussing on lifelong learning, it aims to equip people in the sector with the right knowledge, skills and qualifications to better meet the needs of businesses, individuals, and society. Through its educational programme it aims to make banking and finance more accessible and better understood, enhancing social inclusion through financial capability. The Level 3 Certificate in Business Banking and Conduct is designed to develop and enhance understanding of FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) regulations in relation to business banking customers and provides essential knowledge of the sector to set an independent standard in customer service excellence. Aged just 21, Luke deals with applications for business finance and manages relationships with his company’s growing client list. He specialises in Asset Finance, sourcing money for entrepreneurs who want to borrow against vehicles, property and invoices and on an unsecured basis. He joined commercial finance brokers ABL Business straight from the 6th form at Lightcliffe Academy, starting out as an apprentice then progressing through the ranks, first completing AAT (Association of Taxation Technicians) qualifications to become a finance broker. He said: “This is a real achievement for me and key to the next big step in my career. ABL Business have been very supportive throughout and I feel that this approach of enabling you to learn on the job has helped me to grow and become more confident in what I do. This, in turn, equips us to provide the best possible service to our clients.” Joint Managing Director of ABL Business Alex Beardsley said: “We’re committed to supporting Continuous Professional Development for all our team members, which strengthens the support that we can provide to businesses. We’re very proud of what Luke has achieved in such a short time. He’s a real asset to the team and his efforts in constantly developing his skills within the sector are much appreciated by his clients.” For more information visit www.abl-business.co.uk
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Sheards Accountants prepares Yorkshire for Making Tax Digital

Friday 28 September 2018

Huddersfield based accountancy firm, Sheards, have announced that they will be hosting free workshops from October, to help advise businesses on HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD). Sheards specialise in cloud accounting and offer services to help bring businesses into the digital age. With the deadline of April 2019 getting closer, Sheards have set out to support and advise those moving to a cloud-based system, and are the first in the region to do so. With more than 40% of businesses still unaware that the Government is introducing this change, these workshops are a necessity for many business owners. From April 2019 all VAT registered businesses, with a turnover over £85,000, will need to submit their VAT returns through accounting software, as the option currently available of logging onto the Government Gateway will no longer be available. Sheards Cloud Account Manager Mia Baptiste says: “These monthly workshops will focus on critical areas that business owners will need to know, in order to comply with MTD regulations. The workshops will also share the impact it will have on businesses and the extensive benefits cloud accounting can bring. We look forward to helping to support businesses with these upcoming changes.” · The events will run on the first Wednesday of every month, from 3rd October 2018 to March 2019 (excl January) and will take place at Vernon House, 40 New North Road, HD1 5LS. For more information visit https://www.sheards.co.uk/news/events
Posted by KC Communications
Sheards’ renowned Property tax events to return this month

Thursday 13 September 2018

Sheards Accountants have confirmed that one of their renowned Connection Events, Property Tax Pitfalls, is returning, by popular demand. They are running an event that will take place on Thursday 27th September at the Waterloo Suite at Huddersfield RUFC. The event starts at 18:00 and will last until 20:30, and refreshments will be available. Sheards’ expert-led events are a great way to further professional development, and they also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals in the industry. With topics at this event ranging from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to Incorporation of Property Portfolios. The event will provide attendees with an update on the current legislation regarding the purchase, renting out and selling of residential properties. It will be presented by Sheards Accountant’s Tax Manager, Chris Barwick, with special guest speaker, Ridley & Hall’s Solicitors Adam Fletcher. There is also a Q&A session at the end. Sheards’ Tax Manager, Chris Barwick, commented on the event: “Due to some really positive feedback, we decided to carry out the event again, changing the hours to the evening. It offers a great insight into the often-ambiguous world of the current property tax legislation. We are looking to add to the success of the last Property Tax Pitfalls event by sharing information to those who will need it most. It is really important and incredibly insightful for people in the property industry, and they will have an opportunity to converse with us after the event has taken place.” Please register your interest here for September 27th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/property-tax-pitfalls-connection18-tickets-47846934469 or contact lucys@sheards.co.uk
Posted by KC Communications
34 jobs saved as popular Charcuterie and Bar enters administration

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Renowned Specialist Bar and Brasserie, Friends of Ham, with premises in Central Leeds and Ilkley entered Administration on the 7th of August 2018 when Charles Brook and Michelle Chatterton of Poppleton & Appleby, Huddersfield office were appointed Joint Administrators by the Company’s directors. Trading in New Station Street, Leeds since 2012, the business introduced a novel and popular experience for its clientele, specialising in charcuterie, cheese and craft wines and beers. The original business in Leeds has remained very popular with loyal and new clientele but the business in Ilkley took longer to establish itself. Meanwhile, the companion business of Ham & Friends, operated through a separate company, didn’t flourish and was latterly re-launched as a drinking venue trading as Lucky No. 7. After in-depth reviews, the directors reluctantly concluded that a sale of the businesses, as a going concern, should be pursued urgently with a view to saving jobs and improving the outcome for creditors. Friends of Ham Limited which was the company running the businesses trading from New Station Street, Leeds and Ilkley, entered Administration on Tuesday the 7th of August 2018 whereupon an immediate sale was concluded with a local independent buyer, Glentrool, who have 25 years’ experience within the corporate sector and drinks industry. Ham & Friends Limited, which ran the premises trading from Merrion Street, Leeds ceased trading on the 5th of August 2018. Charles Brook Partner of Poppleton & Appleby said: “In a highly competitive market the cost of managing the development of the Ilkley and Merrion Street businesses placed significant strain on the combined financial resources of the two companies. Although the original business was resilient, cash flow suffered and the companies came under increasing pressure to maintain payments to their creditors. The directors took advice and it was initially hoped that a CVA might be proposed to and agreed by creditors; however, even as those proposals were distributed, it became apparent that the protracted UK heatwave had caused a significant short-term reduction in footfall within the Leeds City Centre and especially at the flagship premises which didn’t have the benefit of an outdoor area for its clients.” Katie Pannu of purchasers, Glentrool said: “We are delighted to be investing in such a unique and vibrant business and want to confirm that all of the remaining employees from each of the locations have been retained.   Friends of Ham has been meticulously developed by Anthony and Claire Kitching over the past 5 years as the go to destination for the craft beer and food lovers of Leeds. It is a fantastic concept in great locations with loyal customers. Our investment ensures the future of Friends of Ham and we look forward to working with Anthony and Claire”. The Joint Administrators were represented by Peter Harling a Partner at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors in Leeds. Marketing and valuation support was provided by Daniel Hey of Walker Singleton, Chartered Surveyors. Glentrool were represented by Matthew Thompson and Dahren Naidoo of Freeths Legal Services.
Posted by Poppleton & Appleby Northern
It’s good to talk - when a business venture hits financial trouble

Thursday 26 July 2018

We recently received an urgent referral asking if we could help a business venture that was heading for the rocks, having run into serious financial difficulties. It was a high-profile hospitality sector project which was eagerly awaited, so there was much speculation building up about why there was no sign of it opening, more than a year after it was originally promised. Far from being an ill-thought-out scheme, it was part of a very credible expansion plan by a successful entrepreneur. The problems that arose were, on the face of it, no fault of his own. It wasn’t until things reached crisis point with negative rumours being discussed online, that the business owner decided to speak out publicly about the situation. When our contact raised the alarm, we quickly set the ball rolling, knowing there’s nearly always a way to source funding that will salvage a viable proposition. Very sadly in this case, “too late was the cry”. The landlord of the premises had reportedly terminated the lease and called time on the venture. No-one likes to dwell on a negative, but this was not an isolated case and we feel there’s a lesson to be learned. The moral of the story is that “it’s good to talk” in many cases where we’d really rather not; about our health problems both physical and mental, and about the ill-health of our business and finances too. The time to speak up is when there’s still chance for someone to step in and save the day. This entrepreneur already had a successful business, so maybe asset finance, borrowing money against existing property, would have sustained the new venture to fruition. With a venue poised to open, invoice finance might have been appropriate, lending against future payments owed to the existing business. A bridging loan could tide things over until the new venture is off the ground. An experienced commercial finance broker, like ABL Business, will carefully assess the situation and put together an appropriate tailored package. We have access to over 120 funders, including many alternative lenders who are much less risk-averse than traditional banks. Alternatively, we may have been able to connect the entrepreneur with potential investors or venture capitalists through our partnership with the “dealmaker” Business Catalyst Club. Unfortunately, there’s still a huge taboo around airing our financial woes in public. Understandably no-one wants to admit to themselves and others that a venture or a business is in trouble. But, just like with our health problems, there’s no shame in asking for help. An expert with a different perspective may be able to turn the situation round or, at worst, help you protect your personal assets from the impact of a business failure. So, in conclusion PLEASE DO “talk to a human” before it’s too late. You can always call us for a confidential chat on 01274 965356
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
“Cheers!” as funding package makes pub dream come true

Thursday 26 July 2018

Commercial finance brokers ABL Business have been raising a glass with licensee Janice Atkinson after helping her to realise her dream of owning her own pub. Janice had run the popular gastro pub, just outside Manchester, for several years when the opportunity arose to buy the premises. ABL’s joint Managing Director Alex Beardsley, Commercial Finance Executive Luke Rodgers and their team worked with Janice to secure a cash injection which she has used for the purchase and refurbishment of the pub. Janice was first introduced to ABL towards the end of 2017 when she was looking for some expert advice on how to get the finance to cover the full cost of buying the pub. After gathering all the necessary information from Janice and gaining an understanding of her and her business, it was decided that her best option would be a 100% purchase price mortgage from Barclays. That meant that the full purchase price was covered without Janice needing to find a deposit. Like many commercial properties, the pub purchase was liable for VAT on top of the asking price, so there was also a specialist VAT Bridge loan put in place to cover this expense. Many commercial property sales are exempt from VAT but people have to pay it upfront then claim it back. The VAT Bridge loan covers this expense until the client is in a position to reclaim the payment and clear the outstanding debt. Once she’d bought the pub, Janice came back to ABL Business at the beginning of this year, seeking help to source an additional loan to cover the cost of a refurbishment. Alex Beardsley said: “As we’d already built up a relationship with Janice it was easier for us to understand her needs and work out what the best course of action would be. At this stage it was decided that an unsecured business loan from alternative funder RateSetter would work best for her and the pub. “An unsecured business loan is easier for small businesses to obtain, as they don’t have to come up with collateral - so Janice did not have to secure the repayments against her property.” The newly refurbished pub is now up and running, serving great food in a beautifully-refurbished restaurant area upstairs and putting on popular evening events for customers. In this case, the ABL team were particularly delighted to join their satisfied customer for a celebration drink. Alex added: “We’re delighted to see the project come to fruition and wish Janice and her lovely pub every success for the future.” Janice says: “It’s been a pleasure to work with ABL Business Ltd to get the funding I needed to be able to purchase the pub and to do the refurbishment. If any businesses are looking for finance, be sure to speak to ABL”. • Should you have any funding requirements; whether for development or business growth, the team at ABL Business will work with you to structure a finance package that suits the needs of your business. Find out more at www.abl-business.co.uk, call 01274 965356 or email info@abl-business.co.uk .
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Sheards Smash Fundraising Target

Monday 16 July 2018

Over the last 18 months, Sheards have carried out a range of activities such as various business events, quiz nights and seasonal dinner’s in order to raise money for their chosen charity of the year, Kirkwood Hospice. Their events over the past 18 months have raised an impressive total of £13,283 which is a record fundraising total for Sheards since they started forming charity partnerships. Sheards were originally hoping to raise £5,400 for the hospice so that they could purchase a pressure relief mattress- a piece of equipment to prevent patients from developing pressure sores. But having smashed their fundraising total, the Hospice can now spend the money on further equipment vital for the Hospice and its patients. Kevin Winterburn, Director of Sheards Accountancy commented: We are thrilled to have raised such a significant amount for such an outstanding charity. We would like to thank every single business and individual who has come and supported our events as you are the reason we have been able to end the year with such a high total for Kirkwood Hospice. Kate Leadbeater from Kirkwood Hospice said ‘We would like to wholeheartedly thank Carolyn, Kevin and the whole Sheards team for all their time, effort, support and a truly amazing year! All funds raised will purchase mattresses for our in-patient unit ensuring the comfort and safety of our patients and for this, we are truly grateful.
Posted by KC Communications
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