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Keynes City Round Up: Milton Keynes – Preparing for Life after 50

As I write the first Keens City Roundup of 2017, Milton Keynes has finally turned 50, and Trump has become President of the US. Official celebrations (MK50, not Trump’s election), were hosted by the Council at Bletchley Park and the balloons have been released. Media surrounding MK50 is largel… More

Accounts and annual returns for charities – don’t miss the deadline!

January is a busy deadline month all round in the accounting and tax world, not least with charities, where the popular accounts month end of 31 March requires the filing of accounts and annual returns by the following 31 January. On Friday 13 January 2017, and assuming not just down to bad luck, th… More

A trip down memory lane, and looking forward to 2017

It’s that time of year when we all get a bit nostalgic and reflect on the events of the past 12 months, but we’ve decided to look back a bit further. As next year marks the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes, we’ve been considering our own history, remembering all the changes that have taken plac… More

Christmas opening hours 2016

The Keens Shay Keens MK office will be closing for Christmas at 17:30 on 23rd December 2016 and will reopen at 9:00 on 3rd January 2017 Seasons greetings and best wishes from everyone at Keens Shay Keens MK and HWS Keens Ltd. … More

Shock changes to the VAT flat rate scheme

The Autumn Statement this year provided a surprise on the VAT front, which may have been missed by the casual observer; a new ‘limited cost traders’ category will be brought in, with a flat rate of 16.5% VAT. Many small businesses over the last few years have benefitted greatly from the Flat Rat… More

Keens City Round Up: Difficult times and tough choices for MK City Council

A lot has happened since my last round up, not least of which were the celebrations at the 2016 Womens Leaders Awards, held at the Stadium MK. The awards recognise women leaders in their respective sectors in MK with over 500 guests there in support. With so many worthy nominees and numerous deservi… More

This year we called on some young designers to create our 2016 Christmas card

Here at Keens Shay Keens MK we’ve been getting into the festive spirit of things early this year, having decided to hand over the designing of our 2016 Christmas card to some budding young artists. All staff children between 4-12yrs took part created some fabulous drawings. The winning design… More

First prize for our very own Paul Davis’ team at the 2016 Keens Shay Keens MK Golf Day!

With our wishes for a sunny day granted, last Friday’s golf day was another fantastic event! Returning to Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands Golf Club for another year, this was our 6th annual golf day held to thank our loyal clients and professional contacts. As always, the pre-round lunch provide… More

New National Minimum Wage Rates from 1st October 2016!

On 1st October 2016, new National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will come into effect. As of 1st October 2016, the new rates are as follows: £6.95 per hour (a rise of 25p) for workers aged 21 to 24 years old; £5.55 per hour (a rise of 25p) for 18-20 year olds; £4.00 per hour (a rise of 13p) for 16-1… More

Keens City Round Up: One Eventful Summer for MK

For once it’s been a pretty good British Summer, and as our summer breaks come to an end, we are blessed with a guest reappearance of the warm weather just in time for Autumn. The Olympics certainly provided a great backdrop for the holidays, and my kids were glued to the TV for 2 weeks! Not quite… More

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