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Quiz night for Willen Hospice raises over £1000!

Monday night (19th June 2017) saw 16 local businesses battle it out in the “Trek for Willen” Quiz Night, held at the Jurys Inn MK. The quiz was hosted by Liz Newell (Partner at Keens Shay Keens MK) and her husband Oli, who, this September, along with a bunch of other intrepid explorers, will em… More

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) starts May 2018 – is your business ready?

Laws on data protection are changing, with GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018. The new laws apply to all organisations, anywhere in the world that handle the personal data and information of EU citizens, regardless of the size of the organisation or whether it’s based in the EU or not. Penaltie… More

Keens City Round Up: Next steps for the city’s BID and support for the Redways Relaunch Campaign

Almost a month on from my last round up and I can announce that the votes of the proposal to create a Business Improvement District in Central Milton Keynes are in and of those who voted, 80% were in favour! The BID becomes operational on 1 June, and steps are currently being undertaken to put in pl… More

The National Living Wage & the National Minimum Wage rates from 1st April 2017

As of 1st April 2017 new National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will come into effect. Anybody working, aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship, is legally entitled to the NLW. Despite its name, this new rate is essentially a Minimum Wage for the over… More

Keens City Round Up: An update – planning the future of Milton Keynes

This month’s round up brings you more news on Plan:MK. If you read February’s instalment, I mentioned how Plan:MK is continuing to develop its thinking over the evolution of Milton Keynes, and how it will address the pressures put on it by government, both local and national, to become part… More

Spring Budget 2017 Keypoints

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Budget against a backdrop of a more-buoyant-than-expected UK economy post-Brexit and improved tax receipts. Set against these were concerns about funding the NHS and social care, and the impact on business from changes to business … More

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

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

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