Running Your Business

BEST Growth Hub

The BEST Growth Hub aims to help local businesses in Essex, Southend and Thurrock to identify and realise their potential with free business support for growth. It provides a focal point for businesses that are looking to increase their competitiveness and grow.  It offers a great choice of advice, training, networking and more, all tailored to your needs.  If you’re a business in Essex, Southend or Thurrock with an aspiration to grow and be more profitable – then the BEST Growth Hub want to hear from you!

The Hub offers a fully funded information and signposting service. If you would like to find out more about the support that is currently available to help your business start or grow then book an appointment with a business navigator today. You can chose a date that is convenient with you and the Hub will contact you to arrange a meeting.

HM Revenue & Customs Business Enterprise E-Learning Tool

HM Revenue and Customs have create a number of free e-learning courses that advise about various tax and National Insurance matters involved in starting and running your own business. Incorporated into the courses are learning checks and videos as well as links to further advice.  The courses can be completed in bite-size pieces and include the following subjects:

The Tax Guide

The Tax Guide covers topics including:

  • Choosing a Structure for your business
  • Telling the HMRC about your self-employment
  • Keeping your Business Records and Claiming Expenses
  • Sending HRMC your tax returns and payments)


Self-Employed Business Expenses

Self-Employed Business Expenses covers topics including:

  • What are allowable business expenses
  • Revenue day-to-day expenses
  • Captial Allowances
  • Simplified Expenses

Becoming an employer?

This tutorial will guide you through everything you need to know to get started. There are useful tips from others who have been where you are now and practical case studies to help you along the way.

Online seminars for businesses and the self-employed:

Choose from a wide range of webinars such as business expenses for the self-employed, operating PAYE in real time, statutory sick pay, VAT awareness and many more.

Click here to access the latest events.

Budgeting for payment of Tax and National Insurance Contributions:

The Ready Reckoner calculator tool is available on HMRC website to provide guidance as to how much money to set aside for Tax/National Insurance. Click here to access the tool.

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