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    ​In my view… Making Tax Digital for VAT: Updated Guidance

    Making Tax Digital for VAT requires VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold to keep records in digital form and file their VAT Returns using software. Who must comply with MTD? If your business is currently registered for VAT and its turnover is over the registration threshold of £85,000 then from 1April 2019 you are required to maintain electronic accounting records and file VAT returns using compliant software.

    Published 00:00 on 15 Jul 2019

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    ​In my view… Your people are your PR ambassadors

    I recently presented a 'tongue in cheek' review of 7 Epic HR Failures at the Chamber's Business Breakfast and it got me thinking about how HR and PR are so closely aligned. I chose examples of big brands that had hit the headlines over the past few years. You may remember "BBC still failing women over equal pay" and Byron Hamburgers with their alleged 'fake staff meeting'

    Published 00:00 on 15 Jun 2019

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    ​In my view… Dementia

    Dementia is an increasingly hot topic of conversation and with advances in medical science continuing unabated, coupled with the promotion of healthier lifestyles, average life expectancy is likely to keep on rising. I was particularly touched by the recently reported story of Dean Smith, the manager of Aston Villa FC, who explained that his father, Ron, a lifelong Villa fan and former steward at the club has no idea that his son is

    Published 00:00 on 20 May 2019

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    ​Towards a multi-purpose town centre

    Once protected by our privileged position, Chichester's shopping streets are now showing signs of the changes that have been sweeping the world since the arrival of the smart phone. Shops are finding it difficult to make ends meet as consumers abandon bricks and mortar but rents and government taxation levels fail to take into account the resulting fall in their revenues. Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have become the fashionable option for local

    Published 00:00 on 15 May 2019

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    In my view... The Challenge Ahead

    As I write these few words I am about to embark on an exciting (and somewhat daunting) new challenge as CEO of the Chamber. It is always hard to follow in the footsteps of one's predecessors and in this case I have not one, but two pairs of shoes, to fill. So, we bid a fond and grateful farewell to Julie Harrison and Sue Garman who have skillfully led the Chamber over the last

    Published 00:00 on 15 Apr 2019

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    In My View… Staff and business benefits in the New Year?

    Ebenezer Scrooge, from Charles Dickens' story 'A Christmas Carol', was an inconsiderate, miserly and very demanding boss. His drive for results is legendary and, unfortunately, this came at the expense of his only employee, Bob Cratchit. Bob had to work long hours in a cold, dark and lonely office with only basic equipment (a quill pen and ink). He was required to work overtime at short notice and had little time with his family,

    Published 09:00 on 27 Dec 2018

  • 'In My View'... How to get the best from your digital agency

    Having worked in digital now for nearly 20 years, here are some key lessons I've learned about getting the best from your digital agency. Is it all about results? At the end of the day, yes. An agency is commissioned to deliver a set of results that the business on its own cannot do. Having a set of clearly defined results at the start can really help focus what

    Published 00:00 on 24 May 2018

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