The BOSS Federation is the trade association which serves the UK office supplies and services industry by providing a range of initiatives, cost saving benefits and services, to enhance the business performance of its members.

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ESOS means mandatory energy auditing for larger organisations

31 July 2014

The government has completed its consultation process and has now published its draft guidance on implementing its new Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS).

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NEW FINANCE OPTIONS FOR BOSS Federation MEMBERS

18 May 2012

We are acutely aware that these are difficult times for many companies. We have therefore taken positive steps to ensure that as members you are as well positioned as you can be, to both realise the full potential of what you have established, and also cope with any reductions in trading levels or other unexpected events that may arise

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Why telephony in the cloud should be a key part of your business continuity/disaster recovery strategies.

28 March 2012

Jamie Ward of Gamma, suppliers of BOSS Federation Telecoms, talks about why taking telephony into the cloud should be an integral part of your business continuity and disaster recovery strategies. 

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Increasing Employers Liability Claims for Historic Diseases or Injuries

17 January 2012

The BOSS Federation has taken a number of calls recently regarding how to proceed when faced with an employee or ex employee claiming damages for hearing loss going back decades. 

The question they want answering is, 'who insured their company at the time the alleged damage to hearing occurred ?'

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Don't get caught out if we have another big freeze

10 November 2011

Last December was the coldest on record for 100 years and was the beginning of a prolonged deep freeze for the UK. The icy temperatures that lasted from December through to February caught out many businesses, resulting in significant unexpected costs.

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The Begbies Traynor Jury give their verdict on the economic factors that continue to restrict growth.

01 November 2011

We asked the experts at BOSS Federation's financial partner Begbies Traynor Group, what factors continue to hinder business growth for owners and managers?

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Tax exiles may not be in the clear

01 November 2011

Thousands of tax exiles remain in line for huge bills from the taxman following a landmark court ruling on October 19th 2011. Tax payers need to be ultra cautious about such matters as social and family ties. 

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Helping every employer meet the pensions reform challenge.

04 October 2011

Most employers are now aware that workplace pension schemes will no longer be an option and that progressively from 2012 they will need to provide suitable pensions plans and make contributions towards them.

Some even know that they will have a duty to automatically enrol all their employees.

But how many know that the printing trade will be helping employers meet their new found duties without charging any fees.

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Red Flag A!ert providing the essential tools for success.

22 August 2011

Mark Halstead of Begbies Traynor Group talks about how Red Flag A!ert can help you trade and grow your business with confidence, despite the pressures facing the industry.

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The Future of Business Telecommunications Heads For The Clouds

10 August 2011

Jamie Ward from the BOSS Federation's new telecom's partner 'Uniworld' talks about the future of business telecommunications.

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Time to Pay Arrangements - The Risks!

10 August 2011

A Time to Pay Arrangement (TTP) may seem to be a simple and inexpensive solution to a company's short-term cash flow difficulties. But these arrangements should not be entered into lightly- there are some risks for the unwary and HMRC are becoming more alive to their status in many cases as the dominant creditor to instigate proceedings.

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Tax Traps and How to Avoid Them

09 August 2011

Begbies Traynor Tax Specialists talk you through how to avoid some of the hidden tax traps that can befall a company when setting up, running or exiting a business, to ensure you get the basics right.

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Looking to Fund New Kit ? It doesn't always pay to use the same funding route you've used before.

14 June 2011

As we continue to operate in these 'interesting' times it is always good to hear of positive things that are happening. For some weeks there has been uncertainty as to the banks co-operating in the lending market, but recent successes for BPFL have shown us that there is a willingness to lend, the secret for the customer is to find the right broker to place their transaction.

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Refinancing! A Challenge or an Opportunity?

13 June 2011

After the credit crunch, many facilities were granted on a three-year basis that will be due for review. The time to start a dialogue with banks is sooner rather than later. Banks more than ever will need to be persuaded that a business is financially sound going forward, both in terms of serviceability and security. 

Credit sanctioning on the part of the banks is undoubtedly much tighter now with local managers having less discretion. The banking model has changed and pricing of new facilities will inevitably bring an increased charge. Commercial property offers nothing like the security it did before the credit crunch and as a result Loan to Value requirements are much stricter.

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Filling the Funding Gap

13 June 2011

Successful refinancing can transform a business, but as companies both large and small find that their relationship with their bank may not be as stable as it once was, it's no surprise that new sources of funding are often viewed along the lines of 'Mission: Impossible'.

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A Lending Hand

13 June 2011

A lack of bank lending has been an issue of much conjecture across the financial press and not least in the SME business community. But did the banks ever really stop?

It is true to say that the days of walking into a bank with a reasonable proposition and coming away with an unsecured loan of five and six times the previous year's profit are over. But a sensible person would question whether this was ever a sensible way to conduct banking business.

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Are the Banks Still Lending?

20 May 2011

Jeff Barber, a partner at BTG Corporate Finance, gave a presentation at last months Northprint giving his views on whether the banks are still lending.

The answer was a qualified yes, but long gone are the days when this was an easy process. His message was that companies need to undertake far more preparation before they ask for finance and they shouldn't only rely on the traditional lenders. And of course that's where the experts at BTG Corporate Finance can help, both with preparation and with sources of funding. 

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Share the Cost of Pension Reform

20 May 2011

You will probably be aware that from 2012 the government is introducing compulsory Pension auto enrolment for all companies in the UK. You may not be aware that the governments Retail Distribution Review has outlined how Financial Advisers (FA's) will be allowed to charge for helping companies comply with the new regulations.

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Having Problems Sorting out Your Business Rates?

15 April 2011

It's April and, no matter what business was like last year, there's at least one thing that virtually all BOSS Federation members will have in common: a recently received rates bill.

Business rates, typically represent a significant cost to business and although tax specialists view this as a 'simple tax', most ratepayers consider the business rates system opaque and complex, regarding it with a mixture of bewilderment and apprehension.

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Does The Cost of Machinery Repairs Leave You Seeing Red?

14 April 2011

Repairing print machinery can be very expensive, especially if it is a significant breakdown. Print businesses traditionally have a range of options available to cover the cost of machinery breakdown, from extended warranties and maintenance plans to purely covering the cost of the breakdown itself.

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