Friday, 24 February 2017

How To Survive the Apprenticeship Levy

North Wales is a region that’s jam packed full of small businesses, and from the recent news that a brand new apprenticeship levy is to come into effect from April 2017, a lot of small business owners that benefit from apprentice placements are starting to feel the strain.

Apprenticeships are good for multiple reasons. Essentially, an apprenticeship allows a graduate to start a career in their chosen profession on a training basis, and pick up vital experience and confidence through work until they are at a position to be taken on as a full time employee – as well as directly benefiting employers, (often those which run smaller businesses) with workers which simply wouldn’t have been employed at a higher rate.

Unfortunately, the new Apprentice Levy is making small business owners in particular rethink work placements, according to recent research conducted by XpertHR.

The small print of the new levy demands that small business owners with a paybill of more than £3m per year (which roughly equates to around 2% of businesses within the UK) to pay to fund apprenticeship costs. How exactly can this be weathered? Are apprenticeships turning into more of a headache for employers than simply employing the individual and providing other forms of work based training?

Not exactly.

The services of an excellent chartered accountant North Wales can help you decide the ins and outs of employing apprentices, and inform you about all kinds of clauses that you might not know exist. For instance, any good accountant will know that employers which pay the levy have access to a 10% top up fund from the government in order to help with additional costs which might not have been these since the beginning of April, as well as the oncoming Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) which is a web-based portal for accessing additional funding.  

Essentially, the services of a good chartered accountant in North Wales is absolutely invaluable when it comes to navigating what exactly the government plans to add in and take away next.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Takeuchi Parts Supplied Quickly and Efficiently

It’s always a headache when new parts are required for your plant machinery.  It’s a long and arduous affair of making a series of phone calls, long waits, and inevitably being told that your investment and therefore the backbone of your business is going to stay out of commission a little longer, because particular parts can’t be supplied or sourced. This of course leaves your business in the cold. Targets are not met, work is not done (or done at a less than optimal rate) which leaves your team annoyed, your client annoyed, and additionally can provide a series of problems for the day to day running of your business – with health and safety concerns paramount.

Of course, there’s the lottery of getting parts which are off-brand. These, while most of the time can be alright, can have an added layer of stress attached to them which means that your heavy machinery won’t be optional. Overall, even with the best performing off-brand parts, you’ll likely see that the lifespan of these simply won’t last even half as long as parts from the brands themselves. A manufacturer can produce parts which are quite simply made for the machinery itself, which will last much longer than parts which are made by a third party manufacturer.

But how to find genuine parts?

Did you know that for example with Takeuchi machinery, a local dealer can offer you the peace of mind as using Takeuchi’s own supply chain for sourcing parts and their delivery service to ensure that the parts are with them in good time? For instance, a Takeuchi Dealer in North Wales , The Wirral and also Birkenhead such as Glyn Lloyd and Sons have genuine Takeuchi parts, with 99% availability – and that’s guaranteed. Should the part in question be trickier to find (for instance from an obsolete machine) they can still contact Takeuchi themselves to have the part delivered by the next working day.

Essentially, there’s no need to go here there and everywhere in order to get Takeuchi parts. Glyn Lloyd and Sons, and Takeuchi dealerships alike them can get you what you need – so you can focus on getting back to work.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Now is the Time to Retrofit Your LEDs

Whether it’s for the home, for retail, or for the office, LED Lighting can provide a wealth of good things. Time improvements (through less replacements) money saving (through less voltage and less power being required) and of course being good for the environment (with average savings compared to traditional CFL bulbs at 80%) LED technology, whether it’s LED Strip Lights, LED Rope Lights or even LED Bulbs is coming on leaps and bounds and the applications of such are absolutely unending. We’ve compiled a shortlist of the benefits of LED Lighting, and why now is the perfect time to switch.

H&S, or health and safety, is unbelievably important within the workplace. More often than not brought up by the inspectorate and also within reviews within the workplace, it can be very difficult to avoid and identify hazards in areas which are under lit, or have poor light quality. Lots of workplaces don’t have windows (for instance, electrical component manufacturers – windows are a dust hazard) so getting the lighting right is of the essence.

Furthermore, the flicker of fluorescent light can cause your staff headaches, and dreary yellow light can often lead to visual fatigue.

LED Lighting can also allow you to free up your maintenance team.  Ask any maintenance professional what their most hated job is, and you’ll probably be surprised to find that replacing light fixtures is up there.

In the service life of a building, lights are generally expected to be on within all opening hours, and even if you install a feature which has motion detectors ascertain when to turn a light off and on – the truth is that fluorescent lighting just generally doesn’t take too well to near constant off and on cycles from a busy workforce. Furthermore, the lighting will degrade far faster than normal.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Domestic Heating Oil in North Wales

When selecting oil for domestic purposes, it is essential that you select a distributor who is able to offer their expert advice on which fuel is best for your home.
It may be a case that you require additional fuel additives to clear issues within your fuel tank, or perhaps you require a particular grade of domestic heating oil.

A reputable oil distributor will guide you through which fuels are the most effective, as opposed to simply selling you the latest range.

Quad Fuels is an independent oil distributor, providing a range of fuels for both domestic and commercial purposes within North Wales and Chester. With a combined experience of over 200 years, its team of experts are there to help you make the right decisions when it comes to selecting fuel.

So what are your options for domestic heating oil? Kerosene is the most commonly used fuel within domestic settings, and is often referred to as ‘burning oil’ and ’28 second oil’.

There are different grades of kerosene, with higher ‘premium’ grades providing a cleaner burn within systems. A cleaner burn will reduce the amount of sooty deposits which build up over time, which in turn reduces the amount of maintenance your systems will need.

For those who use storage tanks, you may be familiar with sludge formations that naturally occur over time due to condensation. This sludge can cause blockages, and often requires professional cleaning services to thoroughly remove it from your tank.

Fuel additives can help to reduce the issues associated with sludge build-up, as well as blocked filters. There are a range of fuel additives available, all with different properties. Some work by increasing the octane rating of fuels, whilst others act as corrosion inhibitors and lubricants.

Over time, fuel can degrade if left in a tank unused. Using old fuel can damage your heaters and systems, and also causes a reduction in performance. Fuel additives can help to increase the longevity of your fuel, so it is a worthy investment if you’re looking to buy your fuel in a large bulk quantity.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Oil & Gas Reserves And Resources Evaluation – Consult An Expert


If you’re looking for comprehensive and objective Oil and Gas Reserves Evaluation, you won’t go wrong with London based ERC Equipoise. This firm is the United Kingdom’s leading employee owned Oil and Gas reservoir evaluation firm, with multiple offices within the UK, Dubai, and Singapore. ERC Equipoise benefit from a strictly in-house team which is comprised of a number of professionals within the disciplines of geoscience, engineering, petrophysics and economics.


A very established name in the field of Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources Evaluation, ERC Equipoise further benefit from their staff’s registered member status with the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers. This group is very well known as the definitive body with regard to oil and gas reserves evaluation and management and can assist you with a number of matters including assistance with public reserves and resources reporting, as they’re registered and accredited reserves and resources auditors for a number of E&P Companies on a worldwide basis.


Acquisitions or divestments and mergers can also be handled by ERC Equipoise, as well as bond issues, reserve based lending, as well as portfolio management. Furthermore, ERC Equipoise are familiar with a number of reporting standards across the world including SEC, NI 51-101 and UNFC.


ERC Equipoise have a long history of working with auditing prospect studies and providing contingent resource evaluations. Well known for their work with the financial community, ERC Equipoise have been seconded with a number of RBL groups, and have worked with a number of banks within the United States of America, the United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Australia, Norway and Sweden.

Essentially, ERC Equipoise have enough experience within the realm of Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources Evaluation to ensure your needs are met – and can provide your firm with a comprehensive and detailed oil and gas reservoir evaluation whether it’s used for public disclosure or even confidential purpose.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

How a Commercial Telecoms System Can Change Your Business


Running a bed and breakfast isn’t easy, and at times you might feel like you take advantage of all the help you can get, especially when it comes to customer service.


When working in a customer facing role, you want to give them the best experience possible, whether that’s giving them a warm welcome, telling them more about your service or simply delivering an efficient overall service. Now might be the right time for you to install a commercial telecoms system and your local aerial Installation Bangor, will be able to help you with this.

The beauty of a commercial telecoms system is that it can offer a tailored service to meet your needs. Not only does it offer multiple front desks and lines, it can deliver multiple services which will free up time for your staff for more efficient operations. When you’re operating a small B&B it makes sense to have a single member of staff working in multiple areas of the building, but when you’re committed to one phone line, this can prove a difficult task. A commercial system will allow your members of staff to take reception calls anywhere in the building.

Perhaps you have a larger number of staff who are responsible for a number of departments? A commercial phone will allow you to set up a menu and direct inquiries to the appropriate phone line(s). This makes the general management of inquiries much swifter whilst giving customers the best experience possible by speaking to the right person, first time.

The commercial phone system will allow you to make all your guests aware of all the services you offer and in some cases carry out services for you. For example, set your phone up to offer a warm room welcome after check in or let them know they can set an automated wake up call or make a request for room service.

Speak to a local aerial installation Bangor, who also specialises in internet, cabling and telecoms services.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

What’s Involved in Accounting?

Many of us believe we’re familiar with the job of an accountant. Most of the time the mention of the role conjures a universal picture of someone hunched over a desk, handling a company’s accounts. It’s a little more than that, though – especially for a chartered accountant. Even if expanded, The role of the job is pretty much universal – whether your chartered accountant in North Wales or beyond the region.

A regular accountant assists with correctly compiling and filing tax returns, as well as specialising in business support services which may be unexpected. An accountant will be able to professionally assist in a number of fields such as fund management, estate planning, retirement packages and investment options, to name a few. Needless to say, an accountant must properly understand the sector.

When you deal with your accountant, you’re looking at an individual which is following best practise in order to make sure that your business performs and succeeds, as well as the fact that they’re members of professional authorities such as the ICAEW which regulates the practise as well as provides access to world leading information resources and technical guidance.

A Chartered Accountant is generally capable of offering highly specialised knowledge which requires a massive amount of experience within the sector in order to truly understand. With a  comprehensive knowledge of the financial sector (and their qualification demanding that their education remains relevant – as the financial sector has been known to change) a Chartered Accountant differs from a regular accountant by undergoing all manner of training in order to make themselves true experts upon all fields of business and finance while working as an accountant.

This training may not last any less than three years – but that’s not all. In the UK they must complete 15 modules which cover all of the tenants of accounting before they may sit their final examinations.

Furthermore, a Chartered Accountant benefits from ethics and scrutiny training which enables them to provide accurate records of all financial transactions for an individual or business. Essentially, this type of professional is more likely to be employed in a commercial fashion.