Entries by Michael Barker

Do you need help upskilling?

A new project has been launched to support Lancashire SMEs in increasing the skills and capability of their employees. The UpSkilling Lancashire project team will help businesses identify, design, develop and implement workforce education training programmes in response to the needs of the company. WNJ is looking to make its clients aware of the benefits […]

Have you got a great idea?

A project based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is working hard to provide SMEs with the essential tools to develop product ideas from concept to market. The Innovation Clinic is now offering free workshops on ‘developing a new product’ as it looks to engage with more Lancashire businesses. One of the sessions will […]

The advantages of going digital

HMRC’s vision to digitalise the UK tax system is nearly upon us as VAT registered businesses with turnover above £85,000 will be required to use compatible software to maintain their records and to update the taxman quarterly, starting from April. It may seem like a minefield but help is available when it comes to digital […]

Making Tax Digital – The Facts

Tax Digital is a key part of government plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs. There’s now just a few weeks to go until HMRC’s digital platform will be mandatory for the filing of all business VAT returns – and as […]

A FreeAgent boost for small business

Wallwork Nelson & Johnson (WNJ) is now an accredited partner of FreeAgent, with its MTD compliant software. If you are a Royal Bank of Scotland or Natwest business customer, the good news is that FreeAgent is available as part of your business banking offering. FreeAgent is cloud accounting software that makes it incredibly easy for […]

Broadband help is here – but be quick!

SMEs are being urged to take advantage of a £2,500 voucher scheme to help install high-speed broadband or risk missing out. More than 7,000 businesses across the UK are reported to have taken up the government’s £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and have used the cash to cut the cost of installing fibre-optic cables. Now […]

Jeweller sparkles at national awards

Whalley-based family jeweller Sarah Layton has received national recognition for its sparkling offering to its customers. The business was named “Multi-Brand/Fashion Jewellery Retailer of the Year” at the Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards (UKJA). Pictured here is Gethin Jones (left) who hosted the event handing out the award with Chloe Moss (far right), founder of […]

Putting together your ‘boardroom’

Running your own business can be a lonely task. While leaders of larger organisations have a wealth of boardroom experience to support them, SME owners can feel isolated. The ideal boardroom is made up of an effective mix of skills and experience. This means that different angles of production, finance, marketing, human resources and IT […]

Phishing expeditions on the rise

The threat from cybercrime continues to rise – with fraudsters becoming ever more devious in their efforts to take cash from unprepared businesses. Phishing is a type of fraud in which criminals send emails claiming to be from reputable organisations such as banks. Penny Davis of AW Training and Compliance says it is becoming more […]