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Most firms plan to invest in training

The majority of UK businesses are planning to invest in training their workforce in the next few years, according to research by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

A survey representing more than 28,000 employers found that 85% expect to either maintain or increase their investment in training.

Despite this trend, the number of firms offering apprenticeship programmes decreased from 83% in 2017 to 70% in 2018.

Additionally, over half (59%) of businesses said they had experienced difficulty in recruiting apprentices or expected to do so in the next three years.

The Government has announced reforms to the apprenticeship levy, including a reduction to small firms' co-investment from 10% to 5%, but the CBI says further improvements are needed.

John Cope, head of education and skills policy at the CBI, said:

"While some companies are benefiting from the apprenticeship levy, big challenges remain.

"To its credit, the Government has listened and is delivering reform: making the system more flexible and slashing the cost for small businesses.

"But the end goal remains that the apprenticeship levy should evolve into a more accessible skills levy."

Get in touch to discuss the apprenticeship levy.

Why Clients Choose Easy Accountancy

Easy Accountancy offers a low cost, fixed fee accountancy package with all clients receiving their own dedicated, friendly, approachable accountant.

All of our accountants specialise in providing accountancy services to the self-employed, freelancers, sole traders, small to medium sized limited companies and private individuals. All accountants are employees of Easy Accountancy and we never outsource or offshore work.

Our low cost, all-inclusive fixed-fee accountancy service includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant throughout the year and covers all your business and personal tax affairs needs.

All our accountancy services include:
  - Unlimited access to your accountant
  - Ongoing advice on how to manage your business
  - Proactive tax advice throughout the year
  - Updates and reminders so you'll never miss a deadline
  - Free bookkeeping software

As a sole trader our fees start at just £60 + VAT a month, for this you receive the above plus:
  - Completion of your Self-Assessment tax return
  - Advice on how much Income Tax to pay
  - Guidance on National Insurance contributions

As a limited company our fixed fee packages are bespoke to your needs, however typically you’ll receive the above, plus:
  - Completion of your year end accounts*
  - Completion and submission of your annual return Companies House
  - The director/s Self Assessment tax return
  - Payroll bureau
  - Dividends and corporation tax computations

We’ve saved our clients up to half on their accountancy bills – if you’d like a quote, click on the quote me button to the right of this page. Alternatively, call us on 01442 275767 or email newbusiness@easyaccountancy.co.uk.

*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of Easy Accountancy for one year or have made 12 monthly payments.