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Since converting one of their barns and opening to the public in December 2015 with the Pirate Ship, owners Jess and Graham continue to grow their business with even more rooms to lock in anyone who is brave enough to visit!
Following the Pirate Ship’s success, the Lost Tomb has been allowing groups to search for hidden gold since Halloween 2016.
As one of IN Accountancy’s clients, naturally we had to take the team down and put them to the test! After splitting into two groups, not only did the IN Team race against the clock in order to escape in time, they of course, raced against each other to see who could get out the fastest! After all, who doesn’t love a little bit of “friendly” competition?!
In each of the rooms everyone worked in their teams to find clues, gold and treasure. But, we don’t want to give too much away (mainly because we don’t want you beating our times when you try it for yourself!)
After the great success of this fantastic experience, the team at Extremescape show no signs of slowing down. They have been presented with two out of ten Golden Key awards by blogger and President of the Exit Games website, Ken Ferguson for the best escape rooms in 2016 in England, Budapest and Spain! It’s no surprise that they already plan to open their third room, Viking at the end of the year.
This experience is suitable for 15 years and older. In order to make the most of your time there, it is encouraged to go in teams up to 8.
These rooms will make you draw out your curious side. Encouraging you to search high and low for anything that might help you in your great escape.
The whole team at IN Accountancy highly recommends this fantastic experience to everyone. Whether it’s for team building or just a different styled night out. And hey, you can even take in drinks and snacks! So if you do get locked in, they should keep you going for a while!
Just over 6 weeks to go until the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, publish the Government’s Autumn Budget – the date for your diary is Wednesday 22 November 2017.
The Autumn Budget sets out the government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
This will be the first Autumn Budget under the new timetable announced at last year’s Autumn Statement which confirmed that there will be only one Budget each year going forward, and always held in autumn now rather than spring.
The OBR is required by law to produce two forecasts a year, and from 2018 there will be a Spring Statement, responding to the forecast from the OBR, but no major fiscal event – though the government has said it will retain the option to make changes to fiscal policy at the Spring Statement if economic circumstances require it.
Also in line with the new timetable, we expect the second Finance Bill of the current parliament (Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017-19) to be published after the Budget; this will become Finance Act 2017. The draft clauses for this Bill will be published for consultation on 13 September 2017.
The first Finance Bill of the current parliament is on its way through parliament and we expect it to get Royal Assent as Finance (No 2) Act 2017 before the Budget.
Article sourced and adapted from ICAEW
IN Accountancy, Stockport are absolutely thrilled to have once again been shortlisted for a Talk of Manchester TOMs award – this year for the BEST BOUTIQUE ACCOUNTANCY PRACTICE 2017.
We don’t know who nominated us – apparently we had a number of nominations in more than one category – so thank you, whoever and wherever you are 🙂
So, now we move on to the shameless plug. As these awards are judged by public vote we need your help as, as you know we are only a very small business so please do vote for us and spread the word as far as you can.
Voting doesn’t open until 10am on Wednesday (27 September 2017), and you can cast your vote HERE. They close again at 5pm on Wednesday 11 October, so act fast 🙂
Don’t forget to use the twitter hashtag #TheTOMs of you’re sharing on that social channel…
Jacqui has always had a passion for sketching and drawing characters, and since 2010 when her first granddaughter was born, she has been inspired to turn her hobby into a career. After creating personalised artwork to hang up in the nursery she was encouraged by friends and family to give her love of illustration more of a career focus.
There is currently 6 hand sketched designs to choice from all of which are Jacqui’s original ideas, which have then been digitally drawn and coloured. Each piece can be personalised with the baby’s name and date of birth creating the perfect keepsake.
The designs are high quality laser jet prints which come double mounted and framed all ready to hang. Jacqui has thought of every little detail and the products arrive wrapped and boxed up ready to go.
Love the Little Things re-launched on Wednesday 20th September and the website is now live for you to browse.
Jacqui has big plans for the future which include extending her collection and offering gift vouchers which will be a perfect present for anyone who has any upcoming baby showers!
Emma has been running our office since May 2016. She had worked with Sarah at adidas in the early 2000s, so when a position came up we knew exactly who we wanted to lead our front of house team – we finally tracked her down working with the NHS and are sure you’re as delighted as we are that she agreed to join us.
When she’s not here she’s often physically running around the streets of Great Moor and Bramhall or after her two gorgeous girls, Molly and Jess.
Her latest escapade was completing the Stockport Sports Village Tough Tribe event at Life Leisure in Woodley this weekend with Benchmark Gym, which she absolutely loved despite being left somewhat bruised and battered.
When asked about her move into the wonderful world of accountancy Emma said: “Well my Dad did laugh as maths wasn’t exactly my strongest subject at school, but I am loving being part of such a busy, fast growing small business, with the nicest clients and colleagues you could ask for”
Defined benefit (DB) pension schemes (previously referred more often to as final salary pension schemes) continue to be a hot topic in the business and financial worlds as an increasing number of people seek to transfer their pensions from a DB scheme. Recent figures suggest that more than four out of five (83%) of financial advisers in the UK have seen an increased demand for such transfers over the last twelve months, with over half (54%) describing it as a ‘significant increase’. Additionally, 71% of UK advisers said they expected the demand to increase further over the coming year.
A major contributing factor to this higher demand for DB transfers is the introduction of pension freedoms in recent years. Demand is also being fuelled by the continued uncertainty created by the DB pension scheme deficit. The latest figures suggest that the shortfall has remained stable over the past year despite the political turmoil: the deficit shrank to £183 billion at the end of May 2017, down from £194 billion twelve months earlier. That said, this is still a significant negative amount of money, which is undoubtedly contributing to many looking to ditch their DB pension in favour of something which appears to be more stable.
Employers, too, appear to be moving themselves away from DB pension schemes. It was reported at the end of May that BT is looking to close its DB scheme for current employees, a move unlikely to be popular with its workers; a similar move by Royal Mail Group following the company’s privatisation which aimed to shut the scheme to its current workforce led to strike action in April this year.
The AA has also recently confirmed that it will go ahead with proposed changes to its DB pension scheme, moving all members of the scheme to its existing career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension arrangement. The CARE scheme will also see amendments such as moving its indexation from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to the Retail Price Index (RPI), likely to be more favourable for those receiving pension benefits.
It looks likely that the changes and discussions surrounding DB pension schemes will continue for some time. If you are a member of a DB scheme and you’re considering a transfer or you’re unsure of what to do, the most important thing to do before anything else is to seek financial advice to ensure you understand the choices available to you and which is best for you. If you have any questions around this topic, please feel free to get in touch with Cullen Wealth directly.