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Business

Employing Someone For The First Time

 Apr, 24 - 2017   Business

Have you reached the point where you need an extra pair of hands to keep on top of your workload? Getting extra help can be quite a daunting prospect, bringing challenges you won’t have faced before in terms of laws, rights and responsibilities. We can help!  Employing Staff is just...


Help In Preparing Quotes

 Apr, 07 - 2017   Business

Costing up a job isn’t easy as there are so many variables to consider; particularly for new businesses or if you’ve started taking on different kinds of work. We can help! Job costing is just one of the topics covered in our series of business guides which tackle subjects relating...


Tax Hike Update: Government Make A U-turn

 Mar, 12 - 2017   Business

Great news for Logic4training customers!  It was announced yesterday that the government will NOT be going ahead with plans to increase National Insurance for the self-employed. In his Spring Budget last week, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced unexpected tax hikes for self- employed people, which would have seen sole traders with...


Self-employed Face Tax Hike

 Mar, 10 - 2017   Business

Its been said that millions of people who are self-employed are expected to face a tax hike. This includes installers!  Chancellor Philip Hammond, announced in his first budget speech that there are going to be plans to increase the amount of taxes paid by those who are self-employed. According to bytestart, the...


Business Rates Revaluation

 Feb, 23 - 2017   Business

The latest revaluation of business rates comes into force on 1 April 2017 – are you ready? Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties, such as offices, and businesses will probably have to pay business rates if they use a building or part of a building for non-domestic purposes.  Usually,...


Logic4training Business Guides

 Jan, 13 - 2017   Business

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be launching our “Business Guides”, offering invaluable step-by-step advice covering everything you need to know about setting up and managing a successful building services business. To receive your free business guides straight to your inbox, simply fill in your details below   *...


Pension auto enrolment – Don’t get stung with a 10k fine

 Dec, 28 - 2016   Business

If you are an employer with one or more people working for you, under the pensions Act 2008, you must put your employer(s) into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. First of all understand that this is your legal duty, even if you only employ one person, you are...


Pricing Your Time

 Dec, 23 - 2016   Business

Quoting for a job should be as simple as working out the cost of materials and the time required. So how do you get a realistic handle on those two components?  I’m sure as a professional tradesmen you want nothing more than to find a price which meets the expectations of...


Telephone answering service or…

 Dec, 14 - 2016   Business

I recently read an article in HPM magazine about voicemail costing plumber’s trade. The piece was all about how potential customers calls are being missed (33%) and 69% of callers don’t leave a voicemail message. Based on a survey of 300 “micro businesses” carried out by “mobile answering service” Moneypenny,...


Creating A Facebook Business Page

 Dec, 12 - 2016   Business

Social media is forever changing, enabling anyone and everyone to easily connect and engage online via computers, laptops, tablets and mobiles. So how do you decide which social channel is best for your business? Well, at Logic4training we recommend you get on Facebook first. Why? Because Facebook has been ranked as...


Download HSE Health and safety policy guide

 Apr, 20 - 2016   Business

Health and Safety – Policy Guidance for small business   Managing health and safety is an essential part of running a business. You must comply with the law and to do this you should put together a health and safety policy statement. HSE have produced an in-depth and excellent Guide...


Why you should start a blog if you’re in the trades

   Business

If you work as a Plumber, an electrician or in any trade for that matter and you have a website you probably don’t spend a lot of time actually maintaining it. This may be presumptuous but tradespeople are a busy bunch, what with all the hands-on work. The last thing...


Mastering the art of customer service

   Business

Good customer service can make or break success in business.  In a sector where the majority of work still comes through word-of-mouth recommendations, how can you create loyal relationships with customers to make sure they spread the word?   Try and see it through their eyes: if your customer is...


Online Referrals: The 21st Century Word-of-Mouth

   Business

It is human nature to want to share our experiences, and word-of-mouth is still as powerful as it always has been for the trades.    But the way customers are communicating with one another is changing. A large part of our communication is now happening online, and “Googling” has become...


An end to the annual tax return by 2020

 Mar, 29 - 2016   Business

For many the annual tax return is the low point of the year. It’s a stressful time spent scrambling around for receipts and various bits of paper work in an effort not to get fined and then actually remembering to get it posted in time, it’s probably the worst thing...


Expanding your business – Becoming an employer

 Mar, 24 - 2016   Business

You’re in the trades, business is booming, there is more work than you can actually take on and you feel like you’re missing out. is it time to employ someone…   Becoming an employer may seem like a straightforward process. Put out and ad, know someone handy, hire them and that’s that.  ...


Budget 2016: “Budget for small business”

 Mar, 17 - 2016   Business

It was good news for small businesses and the self-employed in George Osbourne’s budget statement yesterday.  The statement was described as a “Budget for small business”, including tax reforms which were welcomed by small business owners.  Here’s a roundup of the policies which might affect you and your business.  ...


Our top tips for building a business website

   Business

Are you one of the 46% of tradespeople who don’t have a website?    Have you been put off in the past by the cost and time associated with building a website?  Or perhaps you have a website, but it’s just not working for you.   Then look no further –...