We have a selection of free to download business guides available to help with the running of your business. We have selected five common area's that you will find resources that have been prepared and written by our in-house advisors.

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Introduction to Business Rates

Businesses have to pay business rates as a contribution to the cost of services provided by local authorities. The guide will outline what business rates are and the types of premises on which they are payable. It explains how business rates are calculated and how the rateable value of business premises is determined in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.   (more…)

Making Tax Digital

From the 1st April 2019 Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a key part of the Governments plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs. The primary aim of Making Tax Digital is to make the administration of tax effective and easier for taxpayers through the fully digitalised tax system by 2020, which in turn will reduce the overheads for HMRC for managing tax. HMRC’s ambition is to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world. Making Tax Digital is making fundamental changes to (more…)

Apprenticeships in a small business Guide

Find out what is involved in taking on an apprentice, including how to find a scheme and how much to pay apprentices. To help get you started the Forum of Private Business have put together some of the sources of help and information available to small business when looking to take on an apprentice. (more…)

Pensions Auto-Enrolment Guide

The law on pensions has changed and all employees, no matter how small a business, will need to put a pension scheme in place and automatically enrol all eligible employees.   If you are still unsure how workplace pension auto-enrolment works download our free guide to find out what needs to be done to prepare your business. Not complying with staging dates can incur serious consequences to the employer. Members can obtain a free consultation and report on your pension obligations. (more…)

Choosing an Accountant Guide

Accountants provide small businesses with a range of services including bookkeeping, preparing financial statements, calculating tax and advice on minimising tax and other costs. Our guide explains the services offered by accountants, what to look for when choosing an accountant and how to find and appoint one. We provide information on monitoring and assessing the service you receive and give an indication of the likely costs to you and your business. (more…)

Importance of Protecting the UK’s Small Businesses Pocket Guide

Their importance for the economy – exporting, innovation and growth. The Forum’s comprehensive range of insurance and risk management solutions are designed to protect small employers and help them to survive traumatic events. A guide to the Importance of Protecting the UK’s Small Businesses. (more…)

Forum of Private Business Pocket Guide for Start-up Businesses

Are you looking to start a new business? Do you have an idea and you’re not sure where to start? Our Forum of Private Business Start-up guide gives tips to starting a new business from scratch, showing you the basics of what you need to do.   (more…)

The essential guide to automatic enrolment

The law on workplace pensions has now changed and under the Pensions Act 2008 every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. If you employ at least one person you are an employer and you, therefore, have legal duties to comply with the automatic enrolment. (more…)