14th May 2019
UNW reminded guests that for all their Employment Taxes needs, they’ve got a friend in Lee, as they hosted their Toy Story-themed Employment Taxes and Law Update.

On May 1, UNW’s Employment Taxes team, Lee Muter and Rebecca Kemp, were joined at Tyneside Cinema by guest speaker Chris Maddock, partner at law firm Muckle LLP.

Held annually, this year’s event has proved to be the most popular one yet, with over 100 attendees from a wide range of sectors. These included Manufacturing, Property and Construction, and Charity and Not-for-Profit.

Following an early morning session of networking with breakfast provided, guests were welcomed into The Electra Room by the sounds of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. As they took to their seats, they were also gifted with treat-filled slinkies.

After the seminar was opened with an introduction by Mark Hetherington, VAT Partner at UNW, Lee was the first to speak. During his presentation, he discussed the National Minimum Wage, how employers can correctly calculate it, and informed them of the common mistakes that they can make. He also offered his insight into the recent updates on employment status and IR35 in the private sector, which prompted several questions from the audience.

Following Lee was UNW colleague Rebecca Kemp, who took to the stage to share her knowledge on Employee Benefits. This included a discussion on the advantages of Pension Salary Sacrifice schemes for employees, the future tax advantages of low emission vehicles, and Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA).

Coming after Rebecca was Chris Maddock, who offered his insight on Employment Law to the audience. He spoke about the impact of Brexit on employment, employing EU nationals and the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as the “gig economy,” which characterises a labour market fuelled by short-term contracts or freelance work.

Lee, Rebecca, and Chris then joined each other on stage to answer questions posed by the audience. Following this, Lee offered to speak to guests with any questions that they preferred to ask one-to-one.

If you would like more information on any employment tax related matters, please contact either: Lee Muter, Employment Taxes Partner, on 0191 243 6089 or at leemuter@unw.co.uk; or Rebecca Kemp, Employment Taxes Consultant, on 0191 243 6070 or at rebeccakemp@unw.co.uk

The team that completed the Management Buyout

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Samuel Knight International, a global recruitment and project man-power specialist headquartered in Newcastle, was founded by Steve Rawlingson in 2014 with the ambition of shaking up the recruitment industry. Initially tackling an acute skills shortage in the energy and rail sector, it has demonstrated an impressive level of growth since its inception.

Newcastle-based chartered accountancy and business advisory firm UNW has advised Receptive Software Limited on its sale to business software firm, Pendo, which is headquartered in the United States.

Following on from our previous article, HMRC have announced an updated guidance for those who are going to be affected by the significant amendment to the VAT rules for construction services known as ‘domestic reverse charge’ accounting.

On 13 March 2019, UNW and Northstar Ventures held an interactive morning session aimed at charities and not-for-profit organisations that were keen to develop their understanding and use of impact measurement.