I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on a buisness advice workshop with Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre or WYEC as they are otherwise known.

I was intrigued to hear what one of the speakers was going to say about Tax, Becoming Self Employed, Self Assessment and other topics relating to HMRC. Needless to say I have sat through many a presentation all spouting the benefits of VAT and trying to get ones head around how The HMRC are not boring old ogres in suits.

I was pleasantly surprised as Rachel from HMRC’s Business and Education Support Team was really engaging, pleasant and really quite interesting to listen to. Rachel knows her stuff! When asked to outline the various benefits of being Self employed and being a Limited company she knew her stuff and relayed all the figures equating to each benefit. I was impressed. Historically some of the HMRC workshops I have organised were good I hasten to add but Rachel had an edge and really sold to her audience. HMRC are on Facebook, Twitter and all the other major social media platforms. The advice is now linked to business links website www.businesslink.gov.uk/advicedays  You can find out about your legal obligations, learn about recent developments and gain free help and advice at these events which bring together government agencies, departments and public sector organisations.
Experts will be on hand to deal with practical issues, or you may simply wish to browse and stock up on the leaflets and information that are available.

You can also book yourself onto one of their events here: http://www.events.businesslink.gov.uk/eventsearch?text=BAOD

Workshops are held around the following subjects : Becoming a Director, Becoming and Employer-what you need to know, Statutory Pay & Leave for Maternity, Paternity and Adoption, PAYE-Expenses and Benefits-The Basics, PAYE-Completing your end of year Expenses and Benefits …to name a few!

There is also an interesting workshop -Introduction to International Trade.

A basic presentation about importimg and exporting goods. Aimed at businesses that trade or are about to trade with countries outside the EU. HMRC will explain tax obligations and highlight the various regimes.

All delivered by friendly and engaging staff – the face of The HMRC has changed …and for the better!

To book a place or for further information visit: www.hmrc.gov.uk/bst/ to book online or telephone 0845 6032691