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Skill shortages affecting over half of London firms

Over two-fifths of small businesses face challenges recruiting the right staff, according to Aldermore’s latest SME report.

Among the 1,000 SMEs surveyed, 55% of firms in London and the South East have experienced skill shortages compared with 36% in the East Midlands.

Businesses in the construction sector face the biggest challenge, with 61% currently facing difficulties recruiting workers. 

With the UK preparing to trigger article 50, 22% of respondents said that Brexit will have a negative impact on them recruiting skilled workers.

16% of those who are expecting growth in the next 12 months said they are planning to recruit new workers in order to boost production and revenue.

Carl D’ Ammassa, Aldermore’s managing director, business finance, said:

“One area that firms can focus on to close the skills gap is by supporting training and development for their existing staff. 

In particular, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has previously highlighted a shortage of digital skills as a challenge for many businesses and this is an area that we would urge the government to continue to focus on.”

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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

*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.