Help To Grow Grant Available








Help To Grow Grant Available

Government Discounts of up to £5000 on Accounting Software.

UK Government launches Help to Grow: a digital scheme designed to support businesses in their adoption of digital technologies.

The scheme is designed to support SME’S in making the most out of the number of digital technologies that are currently available to them.

Launched in January 2022, Help to Grow gives the opportunity to eligible business to receive a discount of up to 50% on any costs of an approved software, that is worth up to £5,000. The scheme provides access to practical specialised support. It also helps choosing which digital technologies are best suited in order to boost their growth and productivity.

At this moment in time there are three accounting software providers who are signed up to the scheme which include Sage, Intuit, and E- Crunch. The next step will be to extend the scheme to e- commerce software.

What is Help to Grow- Digital

A government led programme designed to help SME’S throughout their digital technology adoption journey. This includes diagnosing their needs all the way to weighing up purchasing options and technology implementation.

What businesses are eligible for the scheme?

  • To qualify for this scheme, you will need to meet a series of criteria.
  • Your business can be from any sector but must be based in the UK.
  • The business needs to be registered with Companies House, or a registered society that’s on the Financial Conduct Authorities Mutuals Register.
  • Five to 249 people need to be employed.
  • Your business needs to have been trading for more than 12 months, with an incorporation date of at least 365 days before your application.
  • You’re purchasing the software for the first time.
  • As part of the scheme, all businesses can also benefit from free advice via the online platform.

How to Apply

Before you apply for the financial discount you will first need to ensure that your business is eligible and decide on your chosen software. To check this there is a short quiz on the Help to Grow: Digital website if you are unsure of what is required

There are 4 parts to the application:

  • Your chosen software
  • Business details
  • Applicant information
  • Email verification

As well as this, you will need the following to support your application:

  • The business’s Companies House or Financial Conduct Authorities Mutuals Register number
  • Your name, role in the business and work email address
  • The number of employees working at your business.

Once the application has been completed and all fraud and eligibility checks have been passed, you will receive a link to the website of your chosen software supplier.

This link will take you to a final breakdown of costs. At this stage you can finish your purchase, with the discount applied.

This scheme is a great way for SMEs to improve their business and move ahead in this new digital world quickly and cost effectively. As a bonus, you also have the reassurance that its curriculum and validity is backed by the government.

While the Help to Grow: Digital scheme will require a small investment of your time and money, the return on investment can be considerable.

And remember, even if you don’t sign up for it, there’s a strong chance that your competitors will.

If you would like any further information regarding this scheme please give us a call on 01217775361.


10 Top Tips for Accounting for Small Businesses

The Integrity Accountancy 10 Top Tips for SME’s, on accounting, finance and tax.

We at Integrity Accountancy enjoy working with micro, small and medium sized enterprises, as they are the lifeblood of the UK economy and the value that we bring when we work with SME’s has a huge positive effect on their businesses. And hence to continue to support SME’s, so have published our 10 Top Tips on accounting, finance and tax.

Top Tip No. 1 – Choose the right company Structure
Choosing the right company structure is a really important decision required before the business commences trading. Company structures in Sole Trader, Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnership, Community Interest Companies and Limited Companies, to name but a few. Focusing on Sole traders and Limited Companies, our recommendation is that if you plan on operating the business for the long term, then setup as a limited company. If you want simpler accounting and to manage the returns for the business yourself, then setup as a sole trader.

Top Tip No. 2 – Plan, plan and plan again
The better you can plan for your business, the better the business will be prepared for peak and troughs in trading. We recommend that business owners take at least 1 or 2 days per month, working on the business to review the past months performance and to plan ahead for the next year or 18 months. Please get in touch with us if you’d like a free cash flow spreadsheet to see when the business will have surplus cash or when there are likely to be pressures on cash.

Top Tip No. 3 – Cloud Accounting
In recent years, accounting software has evolved significantly, and this evolution has enable business owners to maintain their bookkeeping records quickly and efficiently. Cloud accounting also enables you to give access to professional trusted advisor, like us at Integrity Accountancy, real time access to your accounting records enabling business owners to access really good advice for their business. Plus cloud accounting software cheap and effective, with monthly payments reducing the need for a big investment in your accounting software.

Top Tip No. 4 – Meet Deadlines
When you run a business, always ensure that you submit annual accounts, corporation tax return and self-assessment tax returns before their deadlines. Also, if you owe tax, pay your tax before it comes due. This will ensure that you are up to date with a key creditor for all businesses, HMRC.

Top Tip No. 5 – Utilise Allowances
There are so many allowances available to business owners and businesses of all shapes and sizes, and these include the following:
Income Tax Allowance – £11,500
Dividend Allowance – £5,000
Mileage Allowance – 45p 1st 10,000 miles, 25p afterwards
Marriage Allowance – Partner earns less £11,500, save up to £230
Annual Investment Allowance – up to £200,000 invested in assets
R&D Tax Credits – reduce corporation tax by £130 on top of every £100 of qualifying costs
For many allowances, there are rules as to who they are available to and how they are used so always get professional advice if there is anything that you are unsure of.

Top Tip No. 6 – Claim for Travel & Subsistence
If you incur costs relating to travel and subsistence whilst working for your business, make sure that you claim these periodically (ideally monthly) from your business. These costs can include Air, Train, bus, and taxi fares, parking, the London congestion charge and tolls, subsistence expenses e.g. lunch while out, hotel and meals, if you need to stay away from home and mileage when using your own vehicle. Again, always get advice from an accountant to ensure that you are entitles to claim these costs.

Top Tip No. 7 – HMRC Workshops
HMRC does give some things away for free and their workshops are fantastic for business owners. There workshops cover topics such as:
• employer online filing and running a payroll
• becoming self-employed and self assessment for self-employed people
• Construction Industry Scheme
• setting up a limited company
• introduction to VAT
• introduction to international trade
They also have free payroll software to allow business to manage their own payroll and report their details directly to HMRC themselves.

Top Tip No. 8 – Budget for Tax
If you are a profitable business then you are almost certainly likely to have a tax liability, whether it is income tax and NI, corporation tax or VAT. So budget for the tax that you will owe to ensure that you have funds set aside for these liabilities. For most business we recommend setting aside between 20% and 30% of turnover in a separate business deposit account for when there is tax to pay.

Top Tip No. 9 – Claim Costs of working from Home
If you do work for your business from home, you can offset the costs of running your home against your business if you have a designated space in your home that you use solely for business purposes. There are a couple of method, the Flat Rate Method (simple) and the Costs Method (more detailed). The flat rate method enables you to be paid costs based on the number for hours that you work at home:
25-50 hours: £10 per month
51-100 hours: £18 per month
101 hours +: £26 per month

Top Tip No. 10 – Get a Good Accountant
Getting a good accountant for you and your business should be seen as being an investment in your business, and as with any investment, this should reap benefits for your business. When it comes to choosing an account, you should consider the following:
• Ask yourself if location matters
• Choose a certified or chartered accountant
• Look for an accountant with relevant expertise
• Talk to government and business associations
• Tap into your social networks
• Make use of your connections online
• Decide how the accounting work will be divided
• Get someone who’s proactive about saving you money
• Find out what software the accountant uses
• Do background checks
• Learn to use and trust your intuition

This is just a guide and if you’d like any further details, please contact us on 0121 777 5361, to book a free, no obligation meeting with us, where we can give you advise and assistance that is relevant to you and your business.

About the Author – Shohaib Shafiq ACMA CGMA is the principal accountant at Integrity Accountancy Services Limited. Integrity Accountancy specialise in working with SME’s that want accountants that do more than just tax returns. They work as a businesses trusted adviser, working to add value to their clients, by providing a proactive accountancy service
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