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How businesses can engage more with apprenticeship schemes: a white paper from AAT

"A kid in a school, without preparation, becomes a kid in an office. Apprenticeships can literally change the lives of young people and give them work-ready skills."

Pete Ward, Operations Manager, Leadership Through Sport & Business

On Thursday 12 October 2017, AAT invited a group of stakeholders, across a number of different industries, to a breakfast roundtable event to discuss how businesses of all sizes could improve engagement with apprenticeship schemes in order to help social mobility in the UK.

Botswana achievement ceremony attracts 250 guests to Gaborone International Convention Centre

AAT has celebrated the achievements of individuals studying qualifications in Botswana who have reached landmarks in their career this year.

Finance Bill 2017-19: AAT’s Brian Palmer comments on further steps towards Making Tax Digital

The Finance Bill 2017-19, set to become the Finance Act 2018, had its second reading in Parliament yesterday. The Bill is providing further clarity and detail around Making Tax Digital (MTD) reporting, set to impact on businesses with a turnover greater than the VAT threshold initially for VAT purposes only from 2019, before businesses are asked to keep digital records for other taxes from 2020 onwards.

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Updated guidance on financial sanctions enforcement

From today, the Government has extended powers to act against those who don’t report information that could undermine UK financial sanctions.

All businesses, organisations and individuals have an obligation under financial sanctions regulations to report information which facilitates compliance. However, enforcement action could only be taken against firms or people in the regulated financial services sector who failed to report.

The extended powers, set out in new regulations, broaden enforcement to the following business areas from 8 August 2017:

Government confirms new timetable for Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital (MTD), the government’s £1.3bn investment programme for HMRC to become the most digitally advanced tax administration in the world has been given a new timetable today.

MTD will see the introduction of digital record keeping and quarterly updates for the majority of businesses, self-employed people and landlords. Under the new timetable:

AAT members: Government should increase minimum wage

AAT members say the Government should increase the minimum wage, scrap its five different rates and review naming and shaming non-complying practices.

AAT responds to new Government regulations around Money Laundering

AAT recommends the government consider that a grace period is granted to afford firms and individuals time to adjust to their new obligations.

EU referendum one year on: SME owners are divided on chances of Brexit success

  • 22 per cent of SME owners say initial response to Brexit has been positive for their business; 18 per cent have experienced a negative reaction
  • 40 per cent say they are optimistic that Brexit will ultimately be a success; 36 per cent are pessimistic
  • 28 per cent of SME owners feel no current leading political figure will act in their business’ interests