The Art of Doing Nothing

What did you do at the weekend? Or what are you planning to do next weekend? At this time of year it seems, there is no shortage of options. Whether you’re having a barbecue, going to an outdoor theatre event, enjoying a little mini break somewhere or taking the family to a theme park, there … Continued

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How To Be Mindful With Your Money

There has been a huge breakthrough in the world of wellbeing and happiness in recent years with the idea of Mindfulness – the state of mind when we simply connect with the present moment rather than thinking about the future or worrying about the past.   Studies show that those who practice mindful meditation even for … Continued

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5 things gardening can teach us about our money

If you’ve been spending time in the garden now spring has arrived, it’s a wonderful way to relax. There are however, many life lessons we can learn as we tend to the garden, and there are some powerful metaphors about the way we handle our finances…   1 From tiny acorns mighty oaks will grow … Continued

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What could extra bank holidays do to your finances?

With election fever running at its peak, the Labour party’s new proposal to give us all four extra bank holidays might seem like a popular move, but there will be financial gains and losses for many of us. Small business owners stand to lose money, with the the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) … Continued

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The best way to bank your holidays

When April comes around, many of us have a spring in our step, not just because the weather begins to get warmer, but because we all know that April and May herald the beginning of the spring bank holidays.   At this time of year more than any other, with Easter and then the two … Continued

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Why LISA might be the new star of the tax year

If you have yet to see much point in saving money in an ISA, a new incentive for 2017 could change your mind. This month sees the launch of a new Lifetime ISA – or LISA. For every pound saved in the tax year – up to a maximum of £4,000 – the state will boost … Continued

The new Lifetime ISA could help to grow your savings

Be Mad As The March Hare

Now that the gloomier winter months have passed us by, it is a good time to reflect on the dreams of a better life that may have kept us going on the more miserable days. Maybe you imagined having a new job or moving to a different country. Well, just because the days are getting … Continued

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Budget 2017: How Will It Affect You?

A summary by Tina Weeks Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget as chancellor yesterday. We’ve taken a closer look at what he had to say and summarise the most important changes that will affect our clients. The good news is there were no significant tax or pensions changes in this Budget that will have any … Continued

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Save it for a sunny day

  It’s storm season, a reminder of that good old fashioned saying that we should save money for a rainy day but is it always the best advice?   We certainly need to be prepared for difficult times. Should we suffer a sudden loss to income, ill health or bereavement, for example, forward planning and good … Continued

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Four Financial Habits That Will Change Your Life

  Each year, many people spend the last few days of January frantically going through paperwork to meet the tax return deadline. There are, of course, others who can smugly say that they had the return filed the previous April.  But aside from avoiding the panic of HMRC deadlines, there are many other benefits to … Continued

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