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C H Jefferson & Co – IN THE NEWS

April 2022
A reminder that the reduced rate of 12.5% for VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions came to an end on 31 March 2022 and returns to the standard rate from 1 April 2022.
Our sister company, CH Jefferson & Co Limited, has now received authorisation from CILEX Regulation to conduct the reserved elements of probate.  Please see our ‘Services’ page for further details of the help and assistance that we can offer in this area that will complement the Inheritance tax and estate planning and support services that we already offer.
 

March 2022
After helping us out and coming into the office rather more than he perhaps anticipated at this time last year, Phillip will finally start his ‘full-time’ retirement at the end of this month.  We would like to thank Phillip for his long service and commitment to CH Jefferson & Co over many years and especially for his continued help and support over the last year after his official retirement.  He will be very much missed around the office by both staff and clients, although we are hope that he will keep in touch on a regular basis.
 

January 2022
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020 to 2021 tax return and pay any tax due.

The deadline to file and pay remains 31 January 2022. The penalty waivers will mean that:
•    anyone who cannot file their return by the 31 January deadline will not receive a late filing penalty if they file online by 28 February
•    anyone who cannot pay their Self Assessment tax by the 31 January deadline will not receive a late payment penalty if they pay their tax in full, or set up a Time to Pay arrangement, by 1 April

Interest will be payable from 1 February, as usual, so it is still better to pay on time if possible.
 

September 2021
We are delighted that Jack, one of our trainee accountants, has now passed all of his AAT Level 3 exams and has officially achieved his apprenticeship as an Assistant Accountant. Huge congratulations to him and best of luck on moving on to your AAT Level 4 studies.
 

August 2021
With Covid restrictions now being more relaxed we finally managed to take Phillip and his wife, Maureen, out for lunch to mark his retirement (which actually seems to have turned more into a reduction in his hours worked rather than full retirement!)
 

August 2021

March 2021

Our longest serving member of staff, Phillip Barber decided that it was time for retirement at the end of March 2021.  Many of our clients will be familiar with Phillip who has been with the firm for over 40 years and has been our Tax Manager.  He will be missed very much although he has kindly agreed to continue on an ad-hoc basis to deal with ongoing matters that he has been involved with on a long term basis, so you may well still see him around the office.  Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to mark the occasion properly but did manage to put up a few decorations around the office for him!
 

march 2021

October 2020

Remember the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) comes to an end on 31 October 2020 but the second phase of the government's coronavirus support for employers will open on 1 November 2020 and is expected to run for 6 months until April 2021.

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will give support to those businesses which, while having enough work to continue to employ their workers, are facing reduced demand likely to continue into the winter months.

There are still aspects of the new scheme that require further guidance and clarification to be released but if you require further information or help in relation to either the CJRS or JSS please get in touch with us.

September 2020

Just a reminder to all the self-employed that if you continued to be adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic on or after 14 July 2020, you have until 19 October 2020 to make a claim for the second Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. The amount of this second and final SEISS grant will be calculated at 70% of the taxpayer’s annual average profits, capped at £6,570 for three months. The other conditions to qualify for the second grant remain the same as for the first SEISS grant, applications for which closed on 13 July.

Prior to the second scheme opening for applications, we contacted all of our clients who might be eligible for the grant, but if you still require further help or advice in connection with the claim, please get in touch. 

Also, employers should remember there have been changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

When CJRS grants were first introduced, employers were able to claim back 80% of an employee’s usual gross wage up to a cap of £2,500 per employer, however, from 1‌‌ September this is reduced to 70% of usual wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work.

Although the claim percentage has reduced, employers will still need to pay those furloughed employees at least 80%, up to the cap of £2,500 per month, meaning that an employer will have to fund the difference in what can be claimed as a grant and what is processed for payment to the employee.

From August 2020, employers have had to cover the cost of furloughed employees’ National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions from their own funds. This will continue throughout September and October, until the scheme ends on 31 October 2020.

It is important that employers provide all the data to HMRC needed to process a claim. Payment of grants may be at risk or delayed if an employer submits a claim that is incomplete or incorrect.

HMRC have begun to issue letters to a small number of employers in a bid to prompt them to double check that their CJRS claim is accurate and that employees who are contained within claims were eligible to be included. It is important that these letters are not ignored. Where we are authorised to deal with HMRC for your PAYE matters, we should also be sent a copy of this letter – if you receive any such letter and wish to discuss any aspect of this with us, please get in touch.

If an over-claim error is found by an employer, there is the ability to make a change to the claim amount. Employers are strongly encouraged to check claims to ensure that they are correct and if any errors are found, they are corrected and repaid to HMRC.

If an employer is to make additional claims in the future, then the change can be amended on the next grant claim made, reducing the amount of the new claim. Any adjustments will need to be kept for six years. If no future claims are to be made, the employer must contact HMRC directly on 0300 322 9430 to repay the overclaimed amounts.

Employers are warned that, if this is not actioned, a penalty may be imposed. HMRC has advised that it will not be actively looking for innocent errors in their compliance approach.

Please contact us if you think that any of the above points may apply to you and you require any assistance in dealing with these matters.

July 2020

We have continued to provide as near normal service as possible to our clients through these difficult times. Although we are trying to limit visitors to the office as much as possible, it is currently open for essential pre-arranged visits as follows:

Monday - closed all day

Tuesday -9am to 5pm, closed for lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm

Wednesday - 9am to 5pm, closed for lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm

Thursday - 9am to 5pm, closed for lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm

Friday - 9am to 3.30pm, closed for lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm

Staff are continuing to work from home on designated days and all staff will be available for telephone calls or remote online meetings during normal office hours (subject to annual leave and/ or sickness).

We expect this to continue for the foreseeable future but will keep you updated on any further changes that may need to be made to the way we are working.

June 2020

Our office reopened to staff on 1 June 2020, although some staff will still continue to work from home on designated days.  Client visits to the office will continue to be on a strictly appointment only basis for the foreseeable future and any meetings will be conducted remotely where at all possible.

We have worked very hard to make the office a safe and hygienic place to work for our staff and will continue to offer support to all clients to get through this difficult time.  Claire and Helen are extremely grateful to all our staff for the hard work and commitment that they have shown during through the last few months and also for the continued support and understanding of our clients whilst we have been working in such unusual times and conditions.

A copy of our Coronavirus Risk Assessment is available upon request.

March to May 2020

With the worsening coronavirus situation in the UK, 23 March 2020 saw us take the difficult decision to temporarily close our office and work from home.

During this time we have tried to provide as normal a service as possible to our clients and also offer our help and support for them to take advantage of the help put in place by the government for businesses.  We have been kept busy advising and helping clients who have needed to furlough their staff and making claims through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), helping them to navigate their way through the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and also providing information and support to those who have needed to access Coronavirus business rates support and grant funding, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).

March 2020

8 March 2020 was International Women’s Day and in advance of this on Friday 6 March Helen S, Claire, Helen G and Catherine attended afternoon tea at San Pietro to mark the day in the company of other women working in our local business community.  A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all and a substantial sum of money raised for a charity supporting less privileged women in Nepal, a group of whom had sent a video message to the event.

February 2020

This year the annual Farmers Conference at Lincolnshire Showground was attended by Claire, Helen S and Phillip – it was another interesting and informative day giving us an insight into the wider considerations and challenges facing the local farming community.

December 2019

Helen S attended the Christmas lunch held by Women of Wednesday (WoW) at Healing Manor and Claire joined the Women@1 ladies for Christmas lunch at San Pietro this month.

October 2019

Helen S joined a new women’s networking group this month – the Women of Wednesday (WoW).  It provided the opportunity to meet and chat with local businesswomen over a delicious lunch and listen to an inspiring talk by one of the ladies in attendance.

September 2019

Helen, Catherine and Lindsay all attended the Annual Lunch for Women@One networking group and Pro6. The guest speaker was Liz McTernan a Ironman World Champion Triathlete, Hand Cyclist, Double Bronze UCI World Cup Medalist and Guiness World Records Holder. Everyone enjoyed the speech by Liz and the lovely meal at the Ashbourne Hotel in Immingham.

Annual Lunch

May 2019

North Lincolnshire Half Marathon time again and CH Jefferson & Co were pleased to be able to sponsor and man the Jelly Baby station at mile 8 of the race. Thanks to everyone who helped us out on the day and a huge well done to all the runners who took part.

Sponsor Jelly Baby Station

April 2019

April saw the official start of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. We are pleased that our software has been updated and our systems are ready to deal with the first VAT filings under this new regime in the next few weeks.

As well as being the end of the tax year, 5 April also saw ‘Brexit Day’ come and go with no change to the status quo. Helen S and Catherine were booked on to a Brexit seminar which had been planned with the hope that the speaker would have been able to outline the deal that had been put in place to enable Brexit and assess what impact it might have on local and national business and trade going forward, but with no deal in place and an extension to the negotiations, no-one is still any the wiser!

February 2019

Claire, Helen S, Helen G and Catherine attended the Lincolnshire Farming Conference held at the Lincolnshire Showground on 26 February.

We started the morning with a workshop session ‘Growing a healthy business for the future’ covering succession planning, some points to consider in terms of inheritance tax opportunities and pitfalls and a very topical reminder to everyone about Fraud and Cyber Crime.

After a buffet lunch and a browse around the trade stands, the afternoon was filled with a variety of entertaining speakers exploring the many struggles, opportunities and challenges facing farmers in the present and future, including Farmer Tom talking about LEAF Education’s Facetime a Farmer initiative, Jake Freestone commenting on conservation agriculture and the no till concept and many more.

We all had an enjoyable and informative day and felt we had picked up some useful information and tips during the day.

January 2019

Just a reminder to everyone that the tax return filing deadline is fast approaching, 31 January 2019 is that date when all 2018 returns should be online filed with HMRC, so if you haven't got your records to us yet, you're running out of time fast!

We are pleased that following an ACCA review in November 2018, our ACCA Approved Employer status has been renewed, recognising the standard of support and training that we give to our trainees and qualified staff alike.

October 2018

The annual Women@1/Pro6 lunch was again attended by Claire, Helen S, Helen G and Catherine at the Ashhourne Hotel in North Killingholme. This popular event for local business women was again well attended, giving the opportunity for relaxed networking opportunities, being entertained by the after lunch speaker, Mel Tillet of Tillets Clothing and of course enjoying the excellent lunch provided.

17 October 2018 saw Claire and Helen S attend the latest CCH Roadshow in Manchester, focussing on their solution to HMRC’s fast approaching introduction of ‘Making Tax Digital’. We will be installing their new One Click Software very shortly and speaking about the transition to relevant clients in the next few months. Combined with our existing Kashlow solution we are confident that we will be well prepared for MTD for VAT in April 2019.

August 2018

Following the introduction of the new GDPR regulations, many of our clients and contacts have now signed up to our CCH Portal, which allows the secure transfer of data between us.

After a few initial teething problems, the system now seems to be running smoothly and as well as facilitating the secure transfer of data, also allows clients to ‘e-approve’ documents with the click of a button.

If you are not already signed up to the Portal and would like to do so, please contact the office and we will advise you about the simple sign-up process.

July 2018

This month has seen us say goodbye to Marlena, our ACCA trainee, who has made the decision to return to her native Poland with her family. Although we are sad to see her go, we wish her and her family happiness and success for the future (we are also going to really miss her Polish baking treats!)

June 2018

After a busy month in May making sure we were ready and compliant for the introduction of the new general data protection regulations (GDPR) we are pleased to say that all our new systems are up and running smoothly in this respect.

We are also now focussing keenly on Making Tax Digital (MTD) with the first phase due to be implemented by HMRC in April 2019. Our CCH accounts and tax software has been updated to incorporate the 'one click' workspace which can be accessed by both ourselves and also our clients. We will be contacting clients about this new feature shortly.

We are also continuing to talk to clients about ensuring they have the correct bookkeeping records in place to comply with MTD for VAT so they are ready when it is introduced in April 2019. We partner with Kashflow Software and have introduced several of our clients to this very user friendly and intuitive bookkeeping solution. If you are interested in discussing any of the above further with us, please get in touch and we will organise a meeting and a demonstration of the software with you.

May 2018

CH Jefferson & Co for the 5th year in a row sponsored and manned the Jelly Baby station at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. It was a scorching hot day which was fantastic for us helping out but really tough conditions for all who ran. Well done to everyone.

Sponsor Jelly Baby Station

April 2018

Funding opportunities for either establishing or growing a business, or sometimes just to get over a temporary cashflow problem, is something that we are often asked about. With this in mind Helen S attended a seminar hosted by North Lincolnshire Council at Humber UTC in Scunthorpe, with a presentation by Grants4Growth, was attended by Helen S.

There were some useful pointers for what funding, either in in the form of grants or loans, is and isn’t available for locally as well as tips on the application process and eligibility criteria. If anyone is looking for additional finance for their business please contact us and we may be able to point you in the right direction for obtaining the best grant and/or loan options for your individual circumstances,

On 25 April 2018 Claire and Helen S again attended a CCH Roadshow, this time in Manchester. This was the official launch of our accounts and tax software providers 'One Click' solution designed to deal with the new upcoming reporting and information integration regime being introduced by HMRC which you may have already heard something about called 'Making Tax Digital'. CCH are one of the first software providers to launch their solution and are now in a position to fully implement 'One Click' once the final interfaces are available from HMRC and as such this puts us in an ideal position to be ready for the introduction of the first round of Making Tax Digital for VAT registered businesses which is planned for April 2019.

We will keep you up to date once we have arranged installation of the relevant updates to our software and how this will affect our clients. We will also shortly be contacting all clients who we believe will fall into this first phase of Making Tax Digital to discuss how this may affect them and any changes that they may need to make to their record keeping and reporting to HMRC to comply with the new requirements.

If you wish to discuss this at an earlier date, or indeed if you are not currently a client but would like to know what advice we are able to offer, please contact us.

March 2018

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provisions due to come into force on 25 May 2018, Claire, Helen S, Catherine and Marlena attended a seminar in Hull to ensure that we are all familiar with the new rules and can make sure we will be fully compliant within the necessary timeframe.

GDPR is something that will apply to all businesses and organisations that either 'processes' or 'controls' personal data, including that held in respective of employees. With the prospect of heavy fines and penalties for non-compliance, this is an area that all businesses and organisations should be reviewing and taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance. If anyone is concerned that they may not be prepared for these new regulations when they come into force, give us a call and we can try to advise where to get the necessary information and tools to resolve your position.

February 2018

We are now fast approaching the tax year end, 5 April 2017. All clients will shortly be receiving from us various prompts and checklists to help the tax year end planning and collation of information processes run smoothly and efficiently. These will be circulated to all existing clients by post or email –if you don’t receive anything from us before the third week of March at the very latest, please get in touch and we will ensure duplicates are sent out to you as soon as possible.

If anyone who is not already a client with us requires help or advise with the approaching tax year end, feel free to contact us to see how we could assist you.

January 2018

As well as being a busy month for submitting tax returns to HMRC before the 31 January deadline, January was also a very sad month for us at CH Jefferson & Co as we said goodbye to a friend and former colleague, Rita Wells. Rita cleaned for us, both at Oswald Road and our new office in Park Square, for many years and she will be sadly missed.

December 2017

Some of our clients will be familiar with Tim Ross of LEBC Group Ltd, who has helped with dealing with their investment affairs. We have worked with Tim for more than 30 years and we would like to wish him all the best for his well-earned retirement at the end of this month and also thank him for all his time and efforts dealing with our clients.

October 2017

A networking event for Women in Business held at the Humber UTC in Scunthorpe was attended by Helen S and Lindsay – with lively and interesting presentations from both Ness Knight and Jean Stewart, together with an opportunity for networki8ng with other local business women, this was a very enjoyable and informative event.

Also this month we again attended the annual Women@1/Pro 6 annual lunch hosted at the Ashbourne Hotel in North Killingholme. Claire, Helen S, Catherine, Helen G and Marlena all enjoyed the very interesting after lunch talk given by Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Co-op together with catching up with some familiar faces from previous lunches and events and also getting to some new faces.

June 2017

With inheritance tax and will planning issues in mind, Claire and Helen S attended a course in Leeds outlining the benefits and opportunities for utilising the different types of trusts for consideration in these situations.

May 2017

CH Jefferson & Co again sponsored and manned the Jelly Baby station at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon.

Claire and Helen S also took the opportunity to meet up with members of the ‘Lifecycle’ team from Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group. Lifecycle is a unique network for accountants giving us the opportunity to offer clients the specialist services they need at every stage of their business’s life and we are pleased to be looking at the opportunities this may offer us and our clients going forward.

March 2017

Helen G has attended a course in Leeds this month called 'Transition from the FRSSE' - she will be feeding back the information from the course to help us deal with the up[coming changes to the corporate accounting framework.

December 2016/January 2017

Following on from the successful implementation of our new accounts and tax software, the next step was to review our payroll software. From January 2017 onwards the more observant payroll clients will notice a change in the layout of the reports and payslips produced by us following our new Moneysoft Payroll Manager software being phased in from December 2016. After a period of running dual software, we are now confident the new software is running smoothly for all clients.

An added bonus with Payroll Manager is that it also has the facility to deal with forms P11D for reporting employee's' benefits in kind to HMRC, therefore enabling all payroll related matters to now be dealt with via the same software application.

November 2016

On 23 November Claire and Helen headed down to London to attend CCH’s Move On event at Alexandra Palace. With both regulatory and technological transformation happening in the tax and accountancy industry, this free event was provided by our integrated software providers to highlight the changes that will be affecting both us as accountants and our clients in the not so distant future and to present their proposed software updates and improvements to respond to these changes.

With keynote speakers such as Sir Richard Needham, ex director at Dyson, Rebecca Harding, economist and chair at the British Bankers Association, Christian Majgaard, ex creative and business development director at Lego and Ben Towers, one of Britain’s youngest entrepreneurs and Daniel Susskind, author and a fellow in economics at Balliol College, Oxford, a panel discussing relevant topics hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, a demonstration of the new developments in CCH software and also a little light relief with appearances by Flawless and Rob Brydon, it was a long but informative day. It gave us the opportunity to chat with other CCH software users and experts and also gave us the confidence that CCH are well on with the development and implementation of new features in their software suite.

Helen S and Catherine also attended a North Lincolnshire Business Network event this month at San Pietro in Scunthorpe with a seminar presented by Andrew Jackson Solicitors titled 'What could Brexit mean for UK employers' – it was an interesting morning hearing the differing and opposing views of how different people perceive the implications of Brexit!

October 2016

The Women@1 networking group, a group of local women in business who meet up every two months or so with the aim of promoting local business and making useful contacts in a relaxed, friendly and non-pressured setting, co-hosted their annual lunch at the Ashbourne Hotel in North Killingholme with the Grimsby based Pro 6 group. Helen S, Catherine, Helen G and Marlena all attended and enjoyed networking over an excellent lunch and later hearing about the life and work of the very interesting guest speaker, Amanda Murphy, HSBC Head of Corporate Banking.

September 2016

This month Claire attended a Mental Health First Aid course run by Mind. For those of you who don’t already know, Claire is also a trustee for the Scunthorpe and District branch of Mind so was attending the course with two different perspectives, but as these type of courses tend to focus on the problems and issues that employees may have to face in the workplace, anyone who has employees may find something like this useful.

July 2016

With the future firmly in mind, particularly the roll out of HMRC’s Much talked about programme of 'Making Tax Digital', we made the major decision to change our accounts and tax software with the planned changeover to take place at the end of July 2016.

Although we knew it would inevitably mean several weeks of disruption whilst we transferred over all our data and information from the old system to our new CCH integrated software suite, we were, and continue to be, very well supported by the Wolters Kluwer installation and support staff. There were of course a few hiccups along the way, but overall the transition has proved to be reasonably problem free; as we become more familiar with the software ourselves we will continue to implement further enhancements and functionality to the software to ensure that we are always able to offer clients the best possible service.

We are please to have been one of the main sponsors for Scunthorpe Annual 10k again for 2016. All runners did very well in the heat.

May 2016

For the 3rd year in a row we are proud to have again sponsored the all-important Jelly Baby Station at just before the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon on 15th May 2016. All staff and partners manned the stand and had a great time supporting.


June 2015

May 2015

We are again proud to be sponsoring the Jelly Baby Station at the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire half marathon. We had great fun encouraging the runners last year and will be cheering everyone on again in 2015. Good luck to all the runners!

For the 3rd year in a row we are proud to be again sponsoring the all-important Jelly Baby Station at just before the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon on 15th May 2016. All staff and partners will be manning the Jelly baby stand. Good luck to all taking part in the Half Marathon and give us a wave when you pass!

April 2015

Allan Retirement

After some 38 years as a partner at CH Jefferson & Co, Allan Clark decided that it was time to take life a little easier and so retired from the practice on 31 March 2015. Going forward Allan will still be available as a consultant to the firm, and will still undertake audit work through our sister company CH Jefferson & Co Limited, so he hasn’t quite escaped altogether! Even though Allan had already cut back on his time in the office to 3 days a week, his presence will be missed - it’s definitely much quieter without his witticisms. Allan intends to fill his days spending time with family and working in his extensive garden. Of his retirement, Allan says "I can now begin to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life, knowing that the practice is in the safe hands of Claire and Helen"

Having been instructed to not make a fuss!! We ignored what was said!

February 2015

Well we are getting settled in our new offices at 5 Park Square. It is certainly much quieter here than at Oswald Road - we think we actually miss the sirens, buses and traffic noise! Here are some photos of the new place

Our move even made the news!

www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/dpdpdpdpdp-dpdpdp-dpdp/story-26302449-detail/story.html

C H Jefferson & Co, Accountants appoints new Partner

Scunthorpe based ACCA quality checked accountancy firm C H Jefferson & Co have announced the appointment of Helen Staniforth as a partner.

The firm say the promotion recognises the important contribution Helen has made during the time she has been with CH Jefferson & Co, particularly since qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2007.

Over the last two decades Helen has built up a strong reputation with existing clients. She is a well-respected member of the firm dealing with all aspects of general practice including audit, business accounts and tax, VAT, payroll and personal taxes.

Helen said "I am delighted to join the partnership. CH Jefferson & Co is a great place to work. I am really looking forward to developing my relationships with existing clients as well as building up a portfolio of new clients and exploring ways in which to expand and help move the practice forward".

One of the existing partners, Claire Phillips said: "Congratulations to Helen on being appointed a partner. This is well deserved. We are delighted and look forward to her helping guide the firm to further success."

CH Jefferson & Co offers a no obligation free one hour consultation for prospective clients. If you would like to make an appointment, Helen can be contacted on 01724 282236 or by email at hstaniforth@chjefferson.com.

May 2014

We are proud to be sponsoring the all-important Jelly Baby Station at the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon on 4th May 2014. As some of you will know, several of our staff have an extremely sweet tooth but manage to keep off the pounds by regular running, so this seemed a very apt thing for us to be involved in! All staff and partners will be manning the Jelly baby stand at half way. Good luck to all taking part in the Half Marathon and give us a wave when you pass!

www.tape2tape.co.uk/events/north-lincs-half-marathon

Automatic Enrolment

Over the last few months Catherine has been busy attending events and meeting various people in connection with pensions and payroll as well as working closely with our software providers, independent financial advisers and pension providers in connection with auto enrolment.

All employers will need to act to comply with the law which came into force for large employers from October 2012 to help more people save for their retirement. Employers will be advised by The Pensions Regulator of the date from which they must start to comply with the new law. This is known as an employer’s staging date and it could be anywhere between October 2012 to February 2018.

Employers need to act in good time to ensure that they are ready to comply with the new law by their staging date. Employers who do not comply can face immediate fixed penalties of £400 and additional daily fines can also be issued between £50 and £10,000 per day (depending on the number of staff employed). With 30,000 employers due to stage in 2014, and the number increasing significantly from 2015 onwards when small employers start to stage, the pensions industry is set to face a capacity crunch and it is VITAL that employers start preparing early to secure a pension scheme. We recommend that you take action 12 to 18 months before your staging date.

Whether you would like advice on finding out your staging date, understanding and complying with your new responsibilities, finding a pension provider, or any other queries you may have, we can offer assistance. If you would like more information please contact Catherine ctrevethick@chjefferson.com

December 2011 - UK Steel Enterprises Ltd

Allan and Claire had a very informative meeting with Alan Wood of UK Steel Enterprises Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Steel which is tasked with the responsibility of helping the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry.  The organisation is looking to raise its profile in the Scunthorpe area and is seeking to provide equity/loan finance to small and medium sized businesses in this area.  Amongst other things, to apply you will need a well thought out business plan. There are low cost loans and grants available too starting at less than £1,000 up to £750,000.  If you are interested and would like some more information please speak to either Allan or Claire and/or visit the website: http://www.uksteelenterprise.co.uk/home.asp?nid=75&pid=1

December 2011 - CHJ out and about!

Claire and Lindsay attended their first Lincs Tweet Meet they had a great time meeting a lot of people who were also interested in Social Media. If you’re on Twitter then please follow Claire @CHJefferson and Lindsay @LindsayJayne76 .
Lindsay did a great job of escaping the cameras but Claire was having such a good time enjoying herself that she got papped! by Laser Red of Lincoln.

Claire and Lindsay really enjoyed the chance to network and listen to some great speakers sharing tips, knowledge and their experiences with everyone.
Liam Lally of Zaddle Marketing was one of the speakers on the night and proved to be a fountain of knowledge and gave Claire and Lindsay lots of tips and ideas on how to improve their presence on Twitter.

Photos by Laser Red - Web Design Lincoln

July 2011 - Make £5 blossom

Throughout May, June & July we took part in a youth enterprise initiative organised by North Lincolnshire Council called Make £5 Blossom.  Local businesses loaned £150 (£5 per pupil) to pupils of local primary schools who then had to use that money to hopefully make some more, thereby learning all about business skills. Here at CHJ we were linked with Gunness & Burringham C of E School.  The money was loaned to their enterprise club. We met with them on several occassion both at the school and here at CHJ's offices and gave them the benefit of our advice.  The children decided to set up their business around their school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The Children made a whopping £450 profit from advertising, cake and sweet sales, refreshments and raffle. Our £150 was paid back to us at the presentation on 15 July 2011 http://bit.ly/nM8kCF

North Lincolnshire Council are looking for local businesses to take part in the next Make £5 Blossom http://bit.ly/qqdcF8  We would definitely recommend local businesses to take part.

June 2011

Wedding Bells saw the wedding of CHJ's  Helen Trevethick to James. A fabulous day was had by all, Helen was a beautiful bride as we all knew she would be. In keeping with her arts and crafts hobby Helen with the help of Catherine had made all the table decorations and bunting, but she did draw the line at making her own wedding cake saying that this would be just too stressful! So Helen T is now Mrs Glew just in case you thought we had a newby on meet the team.

February 2011

CHJ said good bye to Malcolm Dunford who retired after spending 41 years with the practice. He will be sadly missed by his clients and colleagues. Staff and Partners ensured Malcolm had a good send off with presents and cake! And not just any old cake it was a one off creation in the shape of a calculator from our in- house cake makers Helen & Catherine!

November 2010

Kerry Padley Qualifies as a Chartered Certified Accountant

October 2010

Twins Helen & Catherine Trevethick – Family ACCA Success

July 2010

John Leggott Maths Challenge sponsored by C H Jefferson & Co for over 20 years

Fundraising 

2011 - The Charity chosen to benefit from CHJ's fundraising this year will be Diabetes UK kicking off with our fun day on 7th September 2011. Other sponsored events will be a 13 miles walk, 40 meter Zip Slide, The Great North Run and a 22 mile swim. You can sponsor us here at https://www.justgiving.com/ch-jefferson-co-accountants/  

September 2010 – CHJ supported the Scunthorpe Branch of the Alzheimer's Society in 2010, taking part in a Memory Walk across the Humber Bridge and back. They also organised a 'Fun Day', at the office challenging and competing against each other to Wii Games. A grand total of £495-00 was raised.

October 2009 – CHJ’s nominated charity for 2009 was Children In Need. Staff and Partners all took part in a ‘Bikeathon’ where they had to take it in turns ensuring a member of the team was cycling at all times, this was carried out for 7 and 3 quarter hours (a whole working day at CHJ). A very impressive £963-80 was raised.