New Funding For Businesses Announced by the Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has today announced two new funds totaling £55m aimed at stimulating the economy and helping Welsh businesses create new jobs.

A £40m fund has been launched for SME’s which will provide repayable business finance to companies in all sectors across Wales.

In addition a £15m short term fund has been established to give grants to businesses trying to create and retain jobs. The grants will not be repayable and are not restricted to any specific sectors. Business will be able apply between 12 December 2011 and 31 January 2012.

The £15m Wales Economic Growth Fund is aimed at investments that will complete in 2012 and create and retain jobs.

Applications will be available from early December.

If you are interested in finding out more or need assistance with an application for funding please contact

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

George Osborne will give his 2011 Autumn Statement in 3 weeks time on Tuesday 29th November.

The chancellor uses his autumn statement to give an update on the state of the economy, as well as to respond to the latest analysis from the independent OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) about the latest economic forecasts.

CST will be on hand to analyse the details and provide any advice you may require. Our Autumn Statement report will be available from the 30th November on our website and via email if requested.

Just contact us for more information on to request a copy in advance.

FTSE 100 on course to make largest monthly gain in two decades

Following the Eurozone rescue package annouced overnight on Wednesday, Investment Week have reported that the FTSE 100 has dipped back below 5,700 today but remains on course to post its largest monthly gain since 1990.

The FTSE was down 0.27% at 5,699 two hours before the close, but remains 11.2% higher than its 28 September closing level of 5,128. That puts the blue chip index on course for its largest one month rise since May 1990, when it rose by 11.5%.

This welcome news for investments and pensions and all our Financial Services clients.

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iXBRL Accounts filing

More and more accounts are being filed at Companies House by the use of the new technology iXBRL.

iXBRL (inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is a technology that highlights or tags financial information in tax returns and company accounts. Since the 1 April this year HM Revenue & Customs have required all corporate tax returns to be filed in this format.

CST has been using this method for some time for our corporation tax returns and accounts, and whilst we have had some teething problems, we are now up to speed and using the system regularly!

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HMRC – Late Self Assessment filing penalties

HMRC are reminding individuals and businesses about new Self Assessment penalties for late returns and late payments, which come into effect this autumn.

The changes will apply to Self Assessment returns for 2010/11 which must be submitted by 31 January 2012.

The new penalties for late Self Assessment returns are:

an initial £100 fixed penalty, which will now apply even if there is no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid on time
after 3 months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900
after 6 months, a further penalty of 5% of the tax due or £300, whichever is greater; and
after 12 months, another 5% or £300 charge, whichever is greater. In serious cases, the penalty after 12 months can be up to 100% of the tax due.
If you would like help or advice on your Self Assessment tax return please do contact us.

Full details can be found on HM Revenue & Customs Website