The fit and proper persons test for charity managers

HMRC has updated its model declaration and help sheet on the fit and proper persons test for individuals who manage charities, etc entitled to UK charity tax reliefs. which is concerned with ensuring that charities are not managed or controlled by individuals who present a risk to the charity’s tax position. The guidance now includes a detailed description of the circumstances in which a charity manager who has used or been involved in the design or promotion of tax avoidance schemes may be deemed not to be fit and proper person.

Charity employee status

The High Court held that an individual appointed as the “shepherd in charge” of the spiritual wellbeing of the congregation of a religious charity was a charity trustee and not an employee and had been validly removed from office by the trustees of the charity.

(Trustees of the Celestial Church of Christ v Lawson [2017] EWHC 97)

Free Southern Entrepreneurs Event – Regulation for Small Business

06 Dec 2016 10:00 – 13:00

Enterprise Centre – PORTSMOUTH

This workshop will give an awareness of the areas of regulation that may apply to a business and how to go about developing compliance controls as a response to the ever increasing number of regulations and need for operational transparency.

Read more and book your place on the Southern Entrepreneurs website…

Sender Score

This gives an indication of how mailbox providers view your IP address and the trustworthiness of it. The providers use a number of things to determine your sender reputation for example:

  • spam complaints,
  • mailing to unknown users,
  • industry blacklists.

You can look up your sender score on the Sender Score website here. There are also some useful tools to help.

Directors Responsibilities Workshop – 20th October 2016

It has become very obvious of late that there are far too many people opening companies without the knowledge of their roles and responsibilities as a company director.

This event between 6 & 8pm on 20th October 2016 at Solent Business Academy, Southsea Works, Unit 10 Rodney Rd, Portsmouth PO4 8SP is designed to help.

Read more and book your ticket on Eventbrite

Tackling the Growing Loneliness Crisis: A Free Symposium for Southampton Businesses

4pm to 6pm Tuesday, 4th October 2016, Hawthorn Suite, Solent Conference Suite, The Spark, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN (Solent University)

Southampton City Council has organised this workshop to discuss with local business leaders, how they can benefit from getting involved in tackling loneliness in the City.

Loneliness is not just a problem for older people, 50% of calls to Childline nationally are made by young people saying they feel socially isolated. Southampton City Council believe there are opportunities for businesses in getting involved.

They would like to invite anyone who might be interested to the event and have asked us to share this invitation, please register your interest in attending by emailing Andrew Gittins andrew.gittins@southamptoncityccg.nhs.uk

 

My web designer makes sure that my website complies with the law, don't they?

It’s really important to remember that the responsibility is with the executives of the business e.g. the owner, partners or directors of a limited company.

It you are investigated by a regulator it really isn’t much of a defence to say “My web designer said it was OK” as the British Pregnancy Advice Service found out to its cost. Read more…

If other people produce or manage your website the buck ultimately stops with you.

Our Website MOT will disclose compliance vulnerabilities.

Our Data Protection MOT will help strengthen your approach to data management.

The three top risks to reputation

After receiving a poor performance review, an employee takes to social media and speaks negatively about the organisation and its leaders, creating a dialogue around the organisation’s culture that goes viral…

A cybercriminal discovers a vulnerability in an organisation’s security system, steals the Social Security numbers of millions of its customers, and demands a ransom payment for the decryption key needed to recover the sensitive data…

A third-party vendor fails to follow regulations when handling client records and inadvertently releases sensitive customer information, resulting in negative media attention and a steep fine for the organisation…

Read more in the source article: Triple threat: How to handle three top risks to reputation | Compliance Week

Are you using your business name correctly?

Sounds an odd question but if you use a “business (or trading) name” then the Companies Act 2006 has some requirements for you to follow, even if you are not a ltd company!

So what is a business name?

It’s a name used by any trader for carrying on business, where:

  • individuals trade under a name which is not their own;
  • partnerships do not use the names of all the partners;
  • a registered company, such as a limited liability partnership or limited company, trades under a name which is different from its registered company name.

What is required?

In essence you must ensure that your customers know who they are trading with. Companies house don’t require the registration of a business name, so don’t make the mistake of letting anyone charge you to register it for you!

Some words are banned from use in a business name and there are restrictions on the use of others.

You will need to give the name of the legal entity (or entities) using it. You will also need to give an address in the UK, at which documents can be served, for each person (or corporation) named, e.g. the registered office address of a limited company.

This information must be shown legibly in any place where you carry on your business and where you deal with customers or suppliers, on business letters, written orders for the supply of goods or services, business emails, invoices and receipts and written demands for the payment of business debts. A company will also need to comply with disclosure requirements in relation to its name and registered office address on business documents and websites.

Failure to comply with the requirements is a criminal offence and in addition you may be unable to enforce your contracts with others.

Is your reputation at risk?

Not sure then please get in touch