Kashflow – time saving accounts feature

Kashflow – time saving accounts feature

Kashflow has recently added a new feature to their online accounting software. You can now – if you are with certain uk banks  (listed below) import your statement data directly into the Kashflow programme. I’m looking forward to saving myself loads of time when they add the feature for my bank. What is so good about it? Well currently you have to download your statement from your bank, open it in a spreadsheet (and make some adjustments if you import more than one account into Kashflow) and the import it into the system. This new way will be a one click solution, it will make one of the most tedious procedures in Kashflow easy and quick! If you bank with any of the following you will be already able to log in to your bank account from Kashflow and make the transfer; Bank of Scotland Business, Barclays, Clydesdale, Co-op, Halifax, HSBC, HSBC Business, Lloyds, Lloyds Business, Matro Business Corporate, Metro Bank Retail,  Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland Business Digital, Santander, Santander Business Banking and TSB Kashflow is also quite economic as an online accounting system, there is a £5 starter package and the business package I use which does everything I need is only £10 a month (I don’t need payroll), which for keeping me a little bit organised seems a very fair price. You can try before you buy,  it’s all online and does not install anything on your computer, which means it also works great on a PC or a Mac. Once it’s all set up it works great, and if you do run in to problems the online support is very good and quick. You can pay your VAT with the click of a mouse… Sign up for a free trial of Kashflow If you follow my link above and sign up to the plan including payroll you will receive a discount for your first 6 months....

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Sound Matters – BBC events

Sound Matters – BBC events

BBC Academy will be presenting a series of events around the UK to raise awareness of loudness and audibility issues in TV sound amongst BBC staff, indies, freelancers and external suppliers. The Sound Matters events are being held with the assistance of Creative Skillset, IABM, IPS and UK Screen Association and will offer two tracks: one aimed at producers and the other at creative technical operators. Each event will feature masterclasses from experienced and renowned audio professionals from both the production sound and post production communities. The events will be launched by a keynote speech from Danny Cohen, Director of BBC TV, who will emphasise the importance of delivering good sound to the TV audience.   Event Dates (Please click the links below to book tickets for the event you require) London 20/1/14 0900-1300 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-tickets-9863891164 Salford 29/1/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-salford-tickets-9904681168 Glasgow 05/02/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-glasgow-tickets-9904873744  Bristol 04/03/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-bristol-tickets-9905012158  Cardiff 20/03/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-cardiff-tickets-9905070332 Belfast 27/3/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-belfast-tickets-9905130512    Event Programme Keynote speech: Compelling TV needs good sound – Danny Cohen, Dir. of BBC TV Receiving you loud and clear – Delivering compelling soundscapes for the whole audience What’s LUFS got to do with it? – Loudness explained for producers Crazy little thing called LUFS – Loudness explained for creative technical operators Capturing good sound on location – Masterclass Post production mixing for audibility and loudness – panel discussion with leading dubbing mixers Live mixing for loudness in Sport, OB events, music and studio audience shows – panel discussion with industry experts The events are free of charge but eligibility criteria apply: Delegates should be in one of the following roles: Director, Producer, Production Manager, Head of Production, Live Audio Mixer (studio or OB), Sound Recordist, Dubbing Mixer, Post-production Supervisor, Editor, QC operator, MCR technician, Post-production Facility Manager, Senior Engineer, Technical Manager Delegates should meet any of the following three criteria: 1. Two recent and relevant broadcast credits 2. A permanent position within a facility engaged in broadcast work 3. A permanent position within an independent production company with recent or current broadcast commissions   Background All UK broadcasters, including the BBC, are striving to increase audio quality for television and reduce the number of complaints from viewers about audibility and loudness. Loudness complaints are about jumps in sound levels around programme junctions which cause viewers to adjust the volume controls on their TV remotes. In 2013, all the major UK broadcasters, through the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), introduced a common technical standard for the delivery of programmes which includes loudness regulation. This DPP specification also demands that “dialogue should be acquired and mixed so that it is clear and easy to...

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Kashflow accounting discount code / voucher

Kashflow accounting discount code / voucher

This time of year can be quite paperwork heavy for freelancers especially if you are doing your own tax return. the deadline for paper returns has long passed but online returns can be made until the end of January, you can be fined £100 even if you are a day late. If you are just looking for the £1 off Kashflow sign up link – here it is! or use the code AFF2105804, or read on to find out more about Kashflow. If you are thinking you might want to be a little more organised about it you could try out this online accounting software – Kashflow. You can sign up for a 14 day free trial – if you do it via this link there’s a £1 monthly discount if you decide to continue after the trial. Or you can enter the code AFF2105804 when you sign up. I’ve been using the software for some time now – originally because of the lack of good, reasonably priced accounts software for the Apple Mac at the time that would also handle invoicing. Kashflow as it is web based works on Mac or PC under any operating system. You can also access it from wherever you are. Kashflow is pretty easy to understand for the accounting novice and if you do run into problems there is an extensive online help directory. When that is not enough Kashflow’s team will help you via email – and they are actually helpful – and pretty quick too – few a few hours. The system will generate your invoices and you can also import your credit card and bank account transactions. I find I can do this fairly easily by downloading them from my online banking service and pulling them into kashflow. That means the other transactions I enter manually are purchases made with cash. The invoicing part of the package generates a pdf invoice which I email straight to my client, and when the invoice is paid I just assign that bank transaction to the correct invoice. I’m on the flat rate VAT system, so once I have assigned all those months received payments to the correct invoices it’s just a couple of mouse clicks to make Kashflow produce a VAT return. You can enter your online filing details into Kashflow and it will not only calculate the return for you but file it as well! If you are set up with HMRC to automatically take the payment from your bank account, it really is – click – click – DONE! Kashflow will help you fill in your own tax return, or if you do what I do and get an accountant to...

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Making VAT less boring!

Making VAT less boring!

Blogging about VAT when you are Sound Recordist is very boring – even more boring than doing the VAT report – except of course if you might get some money back… So I just thought I would jot this down for everyone who is on the fixed rate scheme in the UK – that’s the one where you pay a fixed percentage each month and you can’t normally claim anything back. You can however claim VAT back on capital items over £2000. Most people know that, but lots of people, including accountants, think that this has to be more than £2000 spent on one single item. That’s not true! Here is the rule in question from the HMRC website:  It must be a single purchase of capital goods with a VAT-inclusive price of £2,000 or more. That doesn’t mean you are restricted to claiming back the VAT on a single item – for example, you could buy a pizza oven, fridge and dishwasher, as long as you buy them at the same time from the same supplier and the price is more than £2,000 including VAT.   So the lesson there is that if you are buying sound recording kit – buy it all together from one place, on one invoice and if the total including VAT is over £2000 you can claim the VAT back. That’s hundreds every time. The full text on claiming for capital items on the fixed rate scheme is here – I’m not an accountant, so you’d best check yourself before you take my advice. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/start/schemes/flat-rate.htm#8  ...

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Free Seminars from BECTU in Bristol

Free Seminars from BECTU in Bristol

After the success of last year’s autumn event the Western Freelance Branch is proud to announce its latest summer event, to be held this year in the Lecture Theatre at the Create Centre, Bristol, on the 6th June 2013 from 10:30 to 16:30. This event is open to all BECTU members and to non-members who want to see what BECTU can do for them. It is a chance for old friends and colleagues to catch up as well as to make new contacts and talk about the current industry issues. All the speakers and suppliers are local to the South West, as the best way to help ourselves through this difficult economic time is to help each other. Visual Impact will be bringing equipment to demo throughout the day. The event is free – book your place at http://bectubristol.eventbrite.co.uk/# To hear about future events join the BECTU Western Facebook page   Question and answer session – Creative Skillset A look at how Creative Skillset can help freelancers in the creative sector, and how the bursary system works. Speaker: Matt Basham   Geo crewing – Eyefish.tv A look at a local crewing website that looks at crewing from a green perspective. Speaker: Eric Huyton   Drone cameras – Yoho Productions   The packed schedule for this informative event is as follows: 10:30 Registration with tea and coffee 11.45 Welcome 11:50 Q&A session with Creative Skillset 12:30 Refreshements/cakes and networking 13:00 Western Freelance Branch meeting (free lunch in the canteen) 14:00 Seminar from Yoho productions 15:00 Networking 16:30 Event ends   Getting there* there is very limited parking at the Create Centre. As an environmental centre we positively encourage other forms of transport. If you must come by car, please allow plenty of time to park as you may have to park slightly away from the centre. The Create Centre is in one of the three large red brick warehouses in Cumberland Basin, halfway between Clifton Suspension Bridge and the ss Great Britain. On Foot: The city centre is only 1.8 miles away, a pleasant 30 minute walk along the docks. Temple Meads railway station is about 2 miles and Broadmead bus station 2.5 miles. By bike Visit www.betterbybike.info for bike route maps. From the city centre the Festival Way cycle track runs alongside Cumberland Road (riverside) to Create and on to Long Ashton. From Bedminster the cycle track crosses Greville Smyth Park, crossing the old railway bridge and on to Create. From Pill the cycle track runs along the old railway track, under the suspension bridge and over the old rail bridge and on to Create. Plenty of cycle parking is provided inside and outside the building and showers and lockers are available for visitors By bus The...

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BECTU survey into respect and dignity at work

BECTU survey into respect and dignity at work

BECTU is inviting current and past workers in broadcasting – both union members and not – to take part in a survey into respect and dignity at work. The survey, prompted by the Savile Scandal, offers an opportunity to staff and freelances working in all areas of broadcasting to give their views on employers’ attitudes to bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination. The union will be contributing to the review into sexual harassment procedures at the BBC which Dinah Rose QC will be assisting with. The survey may inform the union’s representations to this review and key, ‘global’ findings may also be shared with the independent review into the Jimmy Savile affair which is being led by Dame Janet Smith DBE. The union’s survey, which should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete can be found here. Reports to date on the Savile Scandal have revealed an inhibition on the part of some BBC staff to pursue rumours of wrong-doing. BECTU hopes the survey will add to its own understanding of how these complaints are pursued and dealt with. The exercise may also suggest positive changes for the future. The survey will close at 5pm on Monday 3 December...

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