We are recruiting – Payroll Administrator

We are currently looking for experienced Payroll Administrators to join our team on a full time and part time basis.

These roles will have responsibility for all client matters as well as an accountability to develop new business. You will therefore need to demonstrate a high level of commercial awareness and the proven ability to develop the portfolio that you are responsible for.

You will work alongside our Client Managers, reporting to the board of Directors and will ensure that your clients receive excellent customer service at all times. These roles are ideal for someone with significant experience of working within an accountancy practice and who are looking to develop their career at a forward thinking firm.

The role includes:
• Processing a portfolio of payrolls
• Review of payrolls prepared by other team members.
• Dealing with payroll queries raised by internal and external client contacts
• Providing training to junior members of the payroll team
• Setting up of payrolls for new clients, including transition from previous provider and dealing with HMRC and third party correspondence including PAYE registration
• Attending client meetings with both existing and prospective clients
• Providing assistance with responses to requests for proposals for prospective clients

Qualities we are looking for:
• Knowledge of Sage Payroll Software
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• A flexible attitude to work
• Ability to work under pressure, either standalone or part of a team
• Experience of working in a payroll bureau or similar environment
• Knowledge of other payroll systems desirable but not essential
• Assisting clients with pension auto-enrolment requirements

Sound like the job for you or someone you know?

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Lindsey Chinn at recruitment@sfb.uk.com.

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We are recruiting – Trainee Tax Assistant

SFB is looking to recruit a Trainee Tax Assistant.  This role is an entry level position for someone starting their career in tax.

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You will experience working in a practice environment whilst developing your skills at an innovative forward thinking firm.  As a trainee with SFB you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of business and develop your skills to help our clients achieve their goals.

You will be part of a friendly, approachable team and will primarily be based at our Nuneaton office. However, there may be times when you will be required to work from our other Midlands based offices or from a client’s premises.

Your primary role will be to provide support to the Tax Advisory Managers on tax planning projects.  As part of your development you will also be required to gain a strong understanding of tax compliance, working with our Tax Seniors to assist clients with their tax compliance, preparing tax returns and computations.

The successful applicant will have the following skills and qualities:-

  • self-motivated, efficient and hard working
  • have an eye for detail
  • be able to keep up to date with changing tax legislation
  • ICT literate with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • have good verbal and written communication skills
  • able to interact positively with staff at all levels
  • punctual
  • able to take responsibility
  • able to deal with deadlines and prioritise

You may also have some experience of tax compliance work in a practice environment.

In return we will provide on-going on the job support, a study package for ATT (Association of Tax Technicians) and potentially for CTA (Chartered Institute of Taxation) upon successful completion of the ATT.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@sfb.uk.com.

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Upcoming changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

If you are currently using the Flat Rate scheme then there is some important information below on how recent changes may affect you.

You may be aware that HM Revenue & Customs are making changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme which may affect you.  As from 1st April 2017, if you are deemed to be a limited cost trader your Flat Rate percentage is changing to 16.5%.

You will be deemed to be a limited cost trader if your VAT inclusive expenditure on goods for your business in an accounting period is less than 2% of turnover, including VAT, or less than £1,000 per annum. Limited cost traders will have to use a flat rate percentage of 16.5% regardless of the type of the business.

This higher flat rate percentage will eliminate any savings the scheme has previously delivered to you.

You will need to decide whether to:-

  • Remain on the Flat Rate Scheme and apply the higher percentage from 1 April 2017
  • Exit the Flat Rate Scheme and account for VAT in the normal way
  • Deregister for VAT if your turnover is under the de-registration threshold (currently £81,000)

We understand that this is an important decision for your business and appreciate that accounting for VAT in the normal way is more complex and time consuming. We therefore offer a range of services to help you with this should you require assistance completing your VAT returns.

Please do not hesitate to call us on (024) 7638 4171 to discuss the options available to you.

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SFB are hosting a FREE post Spring Budget briefing for our clients and key contacts.

Our team of tax specialists will provide you with an overview of the key features of the Spring Budget and will help you to understand how they may affect you and your business!

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Friday 17th March

Venue: SFB Nuneaton Office, Townsend Drive, Nuneaton, CV11 6RU

Timings: 7.30am – Arrival, breakfast and networking

8am – Presentation commences

8.30am – Q&A

9am – Event closes

To register for this event, please email events@sfb.uk.com.

Places are limited, so please book now to avoid disappointment!

 

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Growing Business Together – New Business Support Project

Additional support and finance is available to Leicestershire businesses. This new project will offer a comprehensive business support, capital grants and inward investment service for small to medium sized companies in Leicestershire.

The project will support the growth of around 290 local firms, create some 350 new jobs and attract £2.4milllion of private sector investment into the area.

The business support programme will offer one-to-one support, events, workshops activity etc to businesses within one of the sectors identified as a priority for growth by Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). These include:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Creative industries
  • Engineering
  • Financial services
  • Food and drink manufacturing
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Textile manufacturing
  • Low carbon energy
  • Tourism

Businesses will be able to apply for grants of £10,000 to £25,000 to meet up to one-third of the cost of planned investment. To be eligible, firms must be employing fewer than 250 staff and be trading business-to-business.

The scheme will also aim to attract new inward investment from companies from the USA, China and India that are looking to expand or relocate into Leicester and Leicestershire.

For further details please visit the LLEP Business Gateway website: www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/collaborate and complete the enquiry form.

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How will the Spring Budget affect you?

amy-sj-reducedSFB are hosting a FREE post Spring Budget event for our clients and key contacts.

Our team of tax specialists will provide you with an overview of the key features of the Spring Budget and will help you to understand how they may affect you and your business!

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Friday 17th March 2017
Venue: SFB Nuneaton Office, Townsend Drive, Nuneaton, CV11 6RU
Timings: 7.30am – Arrival, breakfast and networking
8am – Presentation commences
8.30am – Q&A
9am – Event closes

To register for this event, please email events@sfb.uk.com.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

 

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LLEP Business Gateway Digital Growth Programme

LLEP Business Gateway Digital Growth Programme Launch: Leicester & Leicestershire Launch Events

Knowing the true value presented by new technology and understanding what is right for your business can be a daunting challenge making it all too easy to miss out on making the difference needed to improve your business. That is where we come in.

The LLEP Digital Growth Programme is managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). It is delivered in partnership with Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils and is an initiative funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire are invited to attend free breakfast seminars to launch the new Digital Growth Programme that will deliver 240 free workshops between March 2017 and June 2019, providing support and advice through dedicated Digital Skills Advisers, and grant-funding opportunities to businesses who require help with technology/digital projects.

The Digital Growth Programme Launch seminars will walk attendees through the registration process and provide an overview of the Digital Growth Programme outlining the real benefits associated with signing up. There are five launch events between 10 February and 14 March 2017 across Leicester and Leicestershire.

All of the events are breakfast seminars 8am – 11am.

You must book to attend a seminar. See below for a full list of available dates and follow the link to book on to your nearest location.

Leicester & Leicestershire Launch Events

10 February 2017 – Leicester
Mercure Leicester
(Click here to register)

14 February 2017 – Melton
Melton Borough Council Offices
(Click here to register)

2 March 2017 –Loughborough
Quorn Country Hotel
(Click here to register)

8 March 2017 – Hinckley
Jurys Inn Hinkley Island Hotel
(Click here to register)

14 March 2017 –Harborough
Harborough Innovation Centre
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Click here to register)

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