Karen Bennett

Hiring top talent, retaining it, and boosting employee productivity are consistently a priority for businesses, whether it’s pre- or post-pandemic times. This means that employee engagement is no longer the sole focus of the HR team, but is a central part of business strategy. Employers are...
Ok, so I’ve written about the Self-Assessment tax return deadline all month but HMRC just keeps throwing us these curveballs. Previously, HMRC had said that there would be no late penalty fees for those that filed their returns late. But in a recent, and very last-minute, update they have now...
HMRC know that these are trying times, so to spoil us all and bring some light relief they have shared some “fascinating” facts (their words, not mine) about Self Assessment tax returns. Let’s have a nosey shall we? It is the 20th anniversary of Self Assessment internet filling (Bon...
If, like me, you have been bombarded with messages from HMRC regarding the self-assessment tax return deadline on every media outlet available (honestly at this rate I wouldn't be surprised if I got a message from them via carrier pigeon) then you’ll know that the deadline is just over a week...
Digital tools and techniques can help employers strengthen their relationship with their employees, increasing job satisfaction, productivity and employee retention.  We spend a big percentage of our lives at work. Many employees see their colleagues and managers more often than their family...
Choosing the right HR platform for your business can be difficult. To help you make the right decision we have highlighted five points you need to consider first. Cost – Migrating to the cloud should be cost-effective since it does not require you to purchase any new hardware or software. This...
During the current lockdown you probably fit into one of two categories - mind numbingly bored and mind numbingly busy. You would either jump at the chance to tackle a task as long and arduous as a tax return just to have something to do, or the mere thought of even trying to find the time to do...
Annual leave management isn’t the most exciting area of running a business. Nor is it the most important. However, it is a process that affects every single business that has employees and, if this process isn’t managed properly, it can cause endless problems for your clients and their staff...
For most of us, using a mobile phone in the workplace has always been a complete no-no. Like our classrooms at school, phones should be stashed away out of sight while in the office, right? Well, maybe. But that’s rapidly changing thanks to the myriad ways that employers are now using mobile...
Professionals new to the payroll industry might well find themselves overwhelmed and a little lost when it comes time to choose which payroll software that they should use. There is such a vast range of options available today, each with different unique selling points. And for a payroll novice...
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Tesco is recruiting more than 11,000 temporary workers to cover its busiest time of the year. And they are not alone. Over 16 retailers, including Boots, M&S, John Lewis, and Argos, are all hiring seasonal employees. I am sure some readers are pleasantly surprised that this is the case. There...
If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that you never know what’s around the corner. This year has been one of the wildest rides in recent history and all the plans and predictions we made for the year fell through our fingers in flakes with the pandemic and global recession. So, when I initially...
So, it’s finally here. 16 days from now the transition period will end and the UK will no longer be part of the EU. As there are still so many unknowns, especially as we seem to be leaving without a deal (cheers, Boris) it’s difficult to tell what life will be like for businesses after the 31st...
Outsourcing payroll to a payroll bureau is common practice. This may be because companies don’t have the resources to manage it themselves, or aren’t trained in payroll management and perhaps don’t have the time to upskill. However, new payroll software advances have made managing payroll...
Guys, we did it. We made it through the second (and hopefully last) lockdown. I don’t know about you but this time round there was not a banana bread or yoga mat in sight in my house. I just tried to make it through as best I could by watching reruns of Come Dine With Me and stuffing my face...
Annual leave management is an important role within human resources. It goes without saying that the larger the business, the more time must be spent on dealing with annual leave requests, updating company calendars, and ensuring that any leave is reflected in the payroll for the current pay...
At the beginning of lockdown the best bit of news anyone received, after mounting job uncertainty, was the introduction of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, (or furlough scheme to the layman). The scheme was praised by many (myself included, and I am not easily impressed - ask my boyfriend)...
It’s rare that we get good news nowadays. The last time I felt overjoyed by anything was when McDonald’s opened their doors again. Three months, lots of HMRC payroll updates and 10lbs later, the joy has subsided. But recently we were gifted with some brilliant news: if you have been required to...
At BrightPay, we take customer satisfaction very seriously. We know that when you purchase your license and use BrightPay, we need to provide more than just great payroll software. Our customer support is absolutely fundamental to our success and to the growth of BrightPay in the UK. It's why so...
Payroll is the life-blood of any business. Employees expect, and rightly so, to be paid accurately and on time, every single time. If your staff are having consistent issues with their payslips, it’s only a matter of time before it begins to affect employee satisfaction, productivity and...

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