Round up of advice and news from our members

Some great advice for businesses this week from Mike Yates 121 Business Ltd – just because we are operating in these extraordinary times, this does not mean to say we cannot aim high and think big, he told members. He continued that businesses should test and practice, differentiate themselves from their competitors and seek criticism – it costs nothing and will improve your business.

Phil Beard of Thomas Quinn Accountants pointed out that those of his clients who had adapted to the times and change were doing very well. Thomas Quinn regularly phone their clients to find out how they are doing and if the company can help them further.

KTS Computers has been helping companies adapt to change by assisting those with employees working from home. They need the correct cyber protection to keep company data safe and to ensure while they are not under the umbrella of their employer’s system they don’t let their guard down.

Omnidogs is adapting to change– with the announcement that their field for walking and training dogs is now floodlit. This means they they can work later exercising dogs as the dark nights draw in if needs be.

Great news too from two of our members. Riverport Residential Cleaning and M& D Flooring are looking to recruit staff. Contact them for more information.

Not so good news from K A Page Groundworks – there are a lot of rogue traders about preying on the vulnerable in the area right now. So please keep an eye out on your elderly neighbours.

On a lighter note – are you looking forward to Christmas? Impressions – the one stop print shop in the High Street, Somersham, is now printing Christmas Cards for businesses.

If you want to give yourself a really big Christmas present and are interested in trading your car for an electric vehicle Purser and Luxford is now stocking electric cars – call in to the showroom for a test drive.

Purchases of a different and much bigger sort is property. Thomas Morris Sales and Letting is looking for first time landlords interested in buying an investment.

Presentation – John Grantham, of Heritage Will Writers

John is an Estate Planning Consultant for Heritage Will Writers, the largest independent will writers in East Anglia. The focus of his presentation was property protection and planning should the need arise for an individual to need residential care.

The cost for this care could be around £70 to £80,000 a year and will not be financed by local authorities unless a means test shows that individuals have less than £23,250 in savings or in property. John explained that payment for care could be made following an NHS Continuing Health Care agreement if the person concerned was very poorly. For others with savings and money in property it would be likely that they would have to pay for their care. His advice was to consider trust funds, writing protection trusts funds into wills, and family asset protection trusts while the individual is fit and healthy.

Compiled by Collette Parker 20 20 Communications