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04 Aug
2020

The best way to incentivise your staff with no cashflow cost

Most people will have heard of share options and have an idea that they can be a great inspiration. They are indeed, and better still put no demand on your cash flow.

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03 Jul
2020

COVID-19: Government Bill provides that furlough does not affect working time requirement for EMI options

To remain qualifying for EMI options that have been granted, an employee must commit at least 25 hours per week of working time to a company, or the company pays the employee for at least 75% of their total weekly working time (including self-employment). We have been waiting for HMRC to confirm whether time on Covid-19 furlough would count towards the required working time, or whether furloughing would disqualify EMI options.

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11 Mar
2020

Entrepreneur's relief safe for EMI schemes

In the budget today, the Chancellor retains entrepreneur's relief but chops the allowance

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24 Jul
2019

Why is EMI the best share option scheme?

EMI share options are the best way to incentivise employees by giving them a real stake in a company.

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02 Jul
2019

EMI share options – new online platforms – a bargain-basement way of setting up your option scheme?

I admit that I am obviously a bit biased as we focus on employee share schemes as the core of our business. But the new platform approach is something I wanted to look at so that I could decide on whether we set up our own platform and whether it would really add value for clients.

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24 Jun
2019

EMI share option schemes - new videos

We have just published a set of new videos covering all aspects of EMI option schemes

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06 May
2019

Introduction to the EMI option scheme and its key benefits

Learn the six key benefits of EMI share options

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06 May
2019

How do share options work?

Understand the basics of share options

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15 Nov
2018

Extension of eligibility period for 10% CGT tax rate for EMI

October budget doubled the period to 24 months

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15 May
2018

EMI approval renewed by EU Commission

HM Treasury has just confirmed that the Commission has approved the ‘prolongation’ of EMI

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08 May
2018

EMI schemes – delay in obtaining ‘state aid’ approval from EU Commission

Critical issue with EMI currently in that the scheme requires approval under the EU state aid provisions

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03 Apr
2018

Top traits of the best entrepreneurs

What makes an entrepreneur?

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22 Mar
2018

Company shares, boards, directors - how does it all work?

Some useful points on the legal stuff for EMI

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20 Jan
2018

EIS - key changes since the end of 2017

The Government has enhanced investment limits but HMRC wants more info for advance assurances

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01 Nov
2017

​Tough Times checklist

With the Brexit nightmare looming, here is some help for getting your business in shape

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11 Oct
2017

​EMI options – the main issues to think about

Questions such as the type of configuration you want for your option scheme, for example who should get share options, how many each, and when they can actually buy the shares.

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15 Sep
2017

​EMI option schemes – are you eligible?

Check the eligibility rules for the company and the employees

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24 Aug
2017

Alternatives to an EMI option scheme

'Growth Shares' can be used in situations where a company is not eligible for an EMI share option scheme

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11 Jan
2017

A Key Decision for EMI Option Schemes: Time-Based or Exit-based Share Vesting?

This blog covers how to structure your EMI options scheme in terms of when the employees can actually buy their shares.

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06 Dec
2016

The five key benefits of EMI share option schemes

An EMI option scheme is by far the most beneficial tax-advantaged share option arrangement for an employee. These are what I believe to be their five key benefits

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04 May
2016

The best staff incentive of all

It's amazing what a share option scheme can do to help motivate key employees

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27 Apr
2016

Eight things the new tax year has brought for SMEs

Some key changes all companies should be aware of

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18 Feb
2016

The new PSC register for companies

Potentially boring but also very important, this needs implementing by April

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12 Feb
2016

Guide to the duties and responsibilities of directors

This is a short overview of the key general duties of board directors.

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