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Small Business Clinic Dates 2016/17

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Welcome!

The Small Business Clinic is run throughout the academic year by a voluntary group of Law and Business students with the support of a local firm of Chartered Accountants offering FREE initial advice on a range of issues to include all aspects of general, legal and tax compliance matters relating to running a business in the UK.

Our planned Clinic dates for the 2016/2017 year are*:

9th November 2016 (Highfield)
7th December 2016 (Highfield)
11th January 2017 (Highfield)
1st February 2017 (Highfield)
1st March 2017 (Highfield)

29th March 2017 (Highfield)

Seminars: 2nd November 2016 16th November 2016

Clinics   in Building 4 room 1027: 9th November 2016 7th December 2016 4th January 2017 1st February 2017 1st March 2017

To book a 1-on-1 appointment with our consultant, please e-mail us at smallbusinessclinic [at] soton.ac.uk

Please use your University email account when contacting us.

 

*All dates are subjected to demand and may change. Clinics are for students and staff of the University of Southampton only.

*On any clinic day, we offer the following appointments; 1230; 1305; 1340; 1415; 1450 1525; 1600 and 1635. Please specify your preferred month and time in your initial email to us. We will do our very best to accommodate your preference however, due to a high demand, this may not always be possible.

 

 

Tax seminar: “informative, comprehensive and practical”

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Our brilliant Consultant and Entrepreneur Renold Tang delivered another well-received seminar for the Small Business Clinic, titled: “Basic Business Taxes and Personal Taxes in the UK” (28th October 2015). Sharing his intensive knowledge as a Fellow Chartered Accountant and extensive experience of a businessman with students and staff at the University of Southampton, Renold discussed a range of critical tax issues for business owners: from ‘tax rates and schemes’ to ‘where to get advice on tax matters’.

With an overall rating of 94%, Seminar 3 was awarded high marks from the audience for “Quality of Presenter”, “Relevant to audience’s need”, “Quality of Venue” and “Would like to attend further seminars”. Responding to the last seminars’ feedback relating to ‘sufficient amount of time’, with many participants calling for a longer seminar, We are taking steps to meet this demand – for example, Renold have stayed on for an extra hour in Seminar 3; plus we will consider extending the length of future seminars.

All in all, we are delighted that our 3-part seminar series have provided the audience with some basic yet powerful knowledge needed to starting a business regarding taxes, national insurance and pension. To the attendees, we thank you for coming and hope that you will spread the word about our service.

All the feedback received from the audience was extremely positive, with comments such as:
“Very informative and comprehensive”
• “Excellent speaker; Funny and highly informative”
• “Really useful and helpful for me to understand what I should know and how to gain the knowledge if I run a business. Most information is practical…”

The Small Business Clinic aims to help students and staff of the University of Southampton to take the next step in advancing their business. We welcome you to book an appointment for initial business advice at one of our FREE monthly business clinics. Please see our FAQ page for more details on how to book a private meeting with our business advisor, or e-mail us at sbclinic@soton.ac.uk.

The Launch of the 2016/17 Small Business Clinic, followed by Free Seminars for University of Southampton Students and Staff

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Thinking of starting your own business? The Small Business Clinic will be running three free business seminars in Highfield.
The seminar will be delivered by our business consultant who is a Chartered Accountant. You are highly encouraged to attend ALL THREE seminars as they are inter-related.

Seminar 1 – Running your own business (PART 1)
Date and Time: 2nd November 2016 2pm-3pm Location: Building 44, Room: 1041
• What, why, how and when
• Self discipline
• Sacrifice
• 24/7
• Types of business venture

Special guests include Prof. Martin Broad, the Head of Business School and Hugh Gaffney-Dodds a graduate from 2016 with his 20-minutes session  “My experience in starting up my business with the help of the SBC”.

Seminar 2 – Starting a business: ‘the Mechanics’ (PART 2)
Date and Time: 2nd November 2016 3pm-4pm Location: Building 44, Room: 1041
• Business vehicles
• Difference between those vehicles
• Do you need an accountant?
• Business registration.
• Partnership and shareholders agreement
• Customer contracts
• Supplier contracts
• Employment contracts
• HMRC registration

Seminar 3 – Basic business taxes and personal taxes in the UK (PART 3)
Date and Time: 16th November 2016 2pm-4pm Location: Building 44, Room: 1041
• Income tax for individuals
• Corporation tax
• Capital gains tax
• VAT
• Duties
• IHT
• NIC

To attend, please sign up for a place at:

Seminar 1 – Running your own business & Seminar 2 – Starting a business: ‘the Mechanics’:

https://sbc2016-seminar1and2.eventbrite.co.uk

Seminar 3 – Basic business taxes and personal taxes in the UK:

http://sbc2016-seminar3.eventbrite.co.uk

Places are limited and are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more information, please visit: https://sotonsmallbusinessclinic.wordpress.com or e-mail sbclinic@soton.ac.uk

Please use your University email account (soton.ac.uk) when you contact us.

Feedback: Small Business Clinic at Re:Work Seminar

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Our business seminar yesterday (12/03) at the Winchester School of Art Re:Work fair was well received! Clinic Consultant and Southampton alumnus Renold Tang delivered two seminars on “Running Your Own Business (Part 1)” and “Starting Your Own Business: The Mechanics (Part 2)” to 15 entreprenueric art students. Drawing from his knowledge as a Fellow Chartered Accountant and experience as an entrepreneur, Renold’s lecture covered topics ranging from ‘different types of business vehicles’ and ‘important clauses to include in a shareholders agreement’ to the sacrifice and self-discipline required to start a business.

Feedback from the audience were largely positive, with audience praising the interactiveness of the seminar.

Overall, the seminars were given a rating of 88% by the attendees, with good marks for all criteria including “Info about seminar”, “Quality of service”, “Quality of advice”,  and “Treatment by staff”. and “Sufficient amount of time”.

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Renold has also published his suggested list of matters to be included to in a shareholders’ agreement on our website, which can be found here.

Interested in booking a 1-on-1 appointment with us? Unfortunately, we have no scheduled clinic dates for the rest of the 2014/15 academic year, as we have recently concluded our current season. We will resume our clinic service in the next academic year (2015/16), around Oct/Nov 2015. Check this space for updates or register your interest with us by e-mailing us at sbclinic [at] soton.ac.uk; we will contact you once new dates are available.

Small Business Clinic Free Seminars at the Winchester School of Art

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Thinking of starting your own business? The Small Business Clinic will be running a free business seminar at the Winchester School of Art Re:work Career Fair. Our guest speaker, a Chartered Accountant, will share his experience as an entrepreneur and talk about a wide range of topics such as ‘different types of business vehicles’, ‘important clauses to include in a shareholders agreement’, and ‘the sacrifice and self-discipline required to start a business’.

Past attendees gave very positive feedback, including:

  • “Hearing first-hand experience from a knowledgeable consultant is extremely valuable!”
  • “Very interesting and informative…”,
  • “the sessions rallied my enthusiasm”

Places are limited and are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please click here to book a place at the seminar. For more information, please e-mail sbclinic@soton.ac.uk

Date: 12th March 2015

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: Lecture Theatre C on West Side, Winchester School of Art

Seminar Topics:

PART 1 – Running your own business

  • What, why, how and when
  • Self discipline
  • Sacrifice
  • 24/7
  • Types of business venture

PART 2 – Starting a business: ‘the Mechanics’

  • Business vehicles
  • Difference between those vehicles
  • Do you need an accountant?
  • Business registration.
  • Partnership and shareholders agreement
  • Customer contracts
  • Supplier contracts
  • Employment contracts
  • HMRC registration

*Please note that this seminar is similar to the session we held in Highfield in November 2014.

Tax Seminar Attracts Positive Reviews (03/12/2014)

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Seminar3Fellow Chartered Accountant and entrepreneur Renold Tang delivered yet another well-received seminar for the Small Business Clinic, titled: “Seminar Part 3 – Basic Business Taxes and Personal Taxes in the UK” (3rd December 2014). Sharing his knowledge and experience with students and staff at the University of Southampton,  Renold discussed a range of critical tax issues for business owners: from ‘tax rates and schemes’ to ‘where to get advice on tax matters’.

With an overall rating of 84%, Seminar 3 was awarded high marks from the audience for ‘quality of advice’, ‘quality of service’, ‘treatment by staff’ and ‘information about service’. The lowest rated area was for ‘sufficient amount of time’, with most participants calling for a longer seminar. We are taking steps to meet this demand – for example, Renold have stayed on for an extra hour in Seminar 3; plus we will consider extending the length of future seminars. Other comments from the audience which we are looking into include: providing directions to the seminar room and providing notes for the seminar.

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All in all, we are delighted that our 3-part seminar series have provided the  audience with some basic yet powerful knowledge needed to starting a business. To the attendees, we thank you for coming and hope that you will spread the word about our service.

The Small Business Clinic aims to help students and staff of the University of Southampton to take the next step in advancing their business. We welcome you to book an appointment for initial business advice at one of our FREE monthly business clinics. Please see our FAQ page for more details on how to book a private meeting with our business advisor, or e-mail us at sbclinic [at] soton.ac.uk.

Small Business Clinic Seminar A Success (26/11/14)

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Our business seminar last week (26/11) was extremely popular with students and staff at the University of Southampton! Clinic Consultant and Southampton alumnus Renold Tang delivered two seminars on “Running Your Own Business (Part 1)” and “Starting Your Own Business: The Mechanics (Part 2)” to an almost sold-out lecture hall. Drawing from his knowledge as a Fellow Chartered Accountant and experience as an entrepreneur, Renold’s lecture covered topics ranging from ‘different types of business vehicles’ and ‘important clauses to include in a shareholders agreement’ to the sacrifice and self-discipline required to start a business.

Feedback from the audience were largely positive, with comments such as:

  • “…the sessions rallied my enthusiasm”
  • “Very interesting and informative…”
  • “This is all very exciting for me. I really enjoyed the last seminar and look forward to the next. Hearing first-hand experience from a knowledgeable consultant is extremely valuable…”

Overall, the seminars were given a rating of 87% by the attendees, with high marks for “Info about seminar”, “Quality of service”, “Quality of advice”, “Clarity of advice”, and “Treatment by staff”. However, “Sufficient amount of time” was given the lowest score (68%), as there was not enough time to cover all the material in 2 hours. Fortunately, Renold continued the seminar for an additional 30 minutes to the appreciation of the 89-strong audience.

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Renold will return for Part 3 of the Seminar series (“Basic Business Taxes and Personal Taxes in the UK”) this Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 2pm-3pm at Highfield Campus. The seminar is suitable for University of Southampton students and staff who are serious about starting their own businesses. Places are limited; to attend, please sign up at:

http://sbcseminar3.eventbrite.co.uk