Member Since: 14th Aug 2009
An experienced Finance and Turnaround Director for fintech and media companies Stuart Walker now owns a finance training company and a marketing company aimed at professional services firms.
Having completed an MBA with a specialism in ERP and software implementation in SMEs Stuart has a keen interest in the use of technology to streamline finance operations.
A keen cyclist, avid reader and rider of motorcycles, Stuart lives in the south of the UK.
Owner, Yellow Tomato Copy
19th Oct 2021
It doesn't take a reduction of much to put an entire sector under pressure.
The labour market is very much self-regulating so as soon as there is any sort of oversupply, candidates go off and do other things.
The problem comes when you have a demographic timebomb coupled with a major sector shock.
All sectors have been facing the fact that their workforces are ageing. Whilst there was a bit of a baby boom in the early 2000s this is something that will continue. See Japan for an example of where we will be in 15 years time.
The second shock was the effect of Brexit. I worked alongside many EU people and whilst they may only have made up 10%-15% or so of the workforce, a large number have returned to work in the EU.
When I spoke with them they cited the cost of staying, the difficulty in travelling to and from home and the general atmosphere. Put simply if you tell people they aren't wanted they go somewhere that they are.
Many of the people I know relocated to places like Holland and Belgium where English is pretty much the accepted business language.
It's a shame but then we got what we asked for.
30th Sep 2021
edited due to double post.
30th Sep 2021
The shortages we are seeing at the pumps is entirely down to panic buying but you have to ask yourselves why are the public doing this?
The UK government are reaping what they have sown in that they have taken a gleeful delight in lying again and again knowing that nothing could be done about it.
Then they are surprised when Boris goes on TV and says there isn't a fuel shortage and no one believes him!
You have to look at their behaviour over a number of issues and see the way that they say one thing and then do another. Viz the fuel shortage when they said that the army wouldn't be called in two days ago and today....
18th Jun 2021
Edited as posted twice in error!
18th Jun 2021
I pity the poor accountant that has had this hanging over them for probably months.
I've never been reported (touch wood) although I did have a client threaten to report me because I refused to do some free work for him after I had resigned. The best thing was that he didn't have the guts to do it himself he got his new accountant to phone me! I told her to put it in writing on her headed notepaper and never heard another thing.
28th May 2021
Neil, are there any instances you can think of where the Office of Tax Simplification has made the tax codes simpler?
26th May 2021
The truth is that if something seems too good to be true then it probably is.
7th May 2021
On the one hand it may be a witch hunt but on the other, HMRC would have to pursue many many contractors earning £50k (say) to make up for one wealthy media star. So it appears to be cost effective targeting to me.
I'd like to know the motivation for the wife being in the partnership. Fair enough if the BBC insisted. However, if he was self employed then the problem would be the BBC's and not his.
I believe that Danielle is also something of a media star in her own right and in areas not related to football.
She's an actress and a model and has been on such dross as hell's kitchen.
So I think (although do not know for certain) that her earnings would have gone into the partnership as a business.
1st Apr 2021
Frankly I'm surprised that you are surprised.
This government has a knack of promising big and then failing to deliver in the hope that we will all have forgotten what they said they were going to do.
The OTS has been a complete waste of time and money and has made the tax system much more complex. A cynic would say that this was a way of increasing base tax rates by disguising them as fines and penalties!
24th Mar 2021
A very good judgement for sound reasons IMHO.
HMRC shouldn't just assume that everyone has a PC at home or carries a smartphone and should make the self-assessment process as easy as possible.
We all know why they don't!
as memyself-eye says - wait until MTD hits!