Karen Bennett

As an entrepreneur, when people imagine your typical day, they may picture you carrying out the day-to-day operations of your business. If you run a bakery, you’re baking cakes. If you run a web designing business, you’re building websites. But as you know, that is just one part of running a...
If an employee has more than one employer/works for more than one company, they can be furloughed for each job. Each job is separate, and the £2,500 monthly cap applies to each one. From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced and the employer will be asked to contribute towards the cost...
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This time last year most of us were halfway through what we thought would be a three week lockdown and we were all enjoying the novelty of working from home for the first time. Rolling out of bed and onto your makeshift desk, wearing a shirt and tie for meetings but still in your slippers and...
Do you want to simplify your payroll payments process? Your answer should be yes. A digital world needs digital payments, and you should be able to pay your employees directly from your payroll software. Payroll payments can now be initiated within BrightPay without the need for payment files...
Are you currently outsourcing your payroll to an accountant or third-party payroll processor and thinking about bringing it in-house? As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are now bringing their payroll in-house to save money. Fortunately for businesses, the cost of...
BrightPay has partnered with the FinTech Modulr to offer a fast, secure and easy way to make payments part of payroll. The integration embeds payments directly into the payroll software, giving users a seamless and secure way to make payments at the same time as running payroll. Modulr replaces...
How will IR35 affect payroll? IR35 reforms are set to be introduced to the private sector on April 6th, impacting contractors’ employment status, and how businesses operate and manage their hiring processes. Medium and large-sized businesses will be affected. The reforms, originally meant to...
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most employees are entitled to by law. An employee's age and if they are an apprentice will determine the rate they will receive. This is very topical at the moment as new minimum wage rateswill come into effect on 1st April 2021 and...
How can contractors prepare for IR35? The roll-out of IR35 into t he private sector this April is causing a lot of issues for contractors, recruitment agencies, and businesses alike. The incoming reforms are moving the responsibility away from the contractor and onto the employer, impacting...
January already seems a distant memory, and all the incessant reminders about the self-assessment tax return deadline with it. Honestly, I heard from HMRC more than my own mother, but at least they got their point across! But as we all know, HMRC kindly extended the payment deadline for...
BrightPay's payroll journal feature allows users to create wages journals from the finalised payslips for upload into specific accounting softwares. We are delighted to announce BrightPay’s new API integration with even more accounting software solutions for 2021/22 including ClearBooks...
Your Success Depends on Several Factors Choosing whether to bring payroll in-house or to outsource it can be a difficult decision and depends largely on your particular situation. When it comes to payroll, there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach. If you are considering...
Payroll is an essential aspect of any business and one which is important to get right. Whether you are running payroll for the first time as a new business or if you have decided to begin to run your payroll in-house, having previously outsourced to a payroll bureau; here are six mistakes to...
Ah Spring, I can just taste it in the air, can’t you? The sun is shining, the days are longer and with Spring comes the good ol’ annual spring clean. Personally, my apartment is gleaming - but that’s also due to lockdown induced cabin fever. In any case, it’s also a good time to spring clean...
So yesterday, after weeks of whispers on the grapevine and speculations in the press, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak finally unveiled his much anticipated budget. Obviously the past year has been unprecedented in terms of impacts to businesses and livelihoods so people have been on tenterhooks...
Where were you when the roadmap was announced? I was sat in my bed in my pyjamas - I hadn’t gotten dressed in days - drinking my second glass of wine of the afternoon with tears in my eyes. Was this freedom being dangled in front of our eyes yet again? I mean, it all sounds a lot more optimistic...
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The self-employed have had a rough year. Well, we all have, but they've had a particularly rough time. Although The Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) did its best to meet the shortfall of wages, company directors who take their incomes from dividends missed out on huge sums of money...
When used in the workplace, automation is about implementing a process to complete repetitive, uncomplicated tasks, using as little manpower as possible. Automation has become so intrinsic to productivity in the workplace, we have come to take it for granted. Whether it is photocopying a...
The most important element of payroll is that employees are paid accurately and on time. This is non-negotiable, and employers must adhere to strict rules and regulations around these payments. Where employers do have a choice is around the subject of whether they want to run these operations...
While most of the world has banded together over the last year in a show of touching solidarity, there will always be a select few who go against the grain and see times of woe as times of profit. Cybercriminals are the bottom of the barrel as it is, but ones who target folk in a pandemic are...

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