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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

A vision for Milton Keynes 2050 – Making a great city greater

On 4 July, the MK Futures 2050 Commission launched their vision for Milton Keynes. The commission, a group of independent specialists initiated by MK Council with Sir Peter Gregson, Vice Chancellor at Cranfield University as Chair, have been researching what makes a great city in terms of theory and… More

Post Brexit: A view from some European inward investors

On the Monday following the referendum vote in the UK, my diary was already full of meetings with European clients, who had established subsidiaries in the UK, both old and new. As I drove up the M6 to my first meeting, I listened to the interviews on Radio 4, which proposed various versions of the … More

Keens City Round Up: Milton Keynes – What does the future hold?

As Milton Keynes heads towards its 50th year (and having worked here for 35 of those years myself) I’m becoming even more certain that the town is at a crossroads in terms of its future development and direction.  Whilst the Local Economic Assessment for 2016 (issued in February by the council) … More

Workplace Pensions have arrived – are you ready?

Don’t ignore Auto-Enrolment, your staging date could be sooner than you think! From October 2012 Auto-Enrolment was introduced as a legal requirement by the Government whereby every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. Designed to help and enco… More

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