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Useful Links - 20th April 2020

Just a few links that we've found useful and hope that you do the same.

Firstly, there's the search engine that we've found that doesn't track you and provides good results:


This is their sales pitch:

  • Google tracks you and DuckDuckGo doesn't. Search secrets should remain private and away from the targeting of advertisers.
  • DuckDuckGo apps block Google's hidden trackers. Google trackers lurk on 75% of the top million websites. No thanks.
  • Get unbaised results outside the Filter Bubble. DuckDuckGo are committed to unbiased search that's never based on your search history.
  • Stand up for a pro-privacy business model. The world needs an alternative to the collect-it-all business model.

Now a way to check VAT numbers!

This is their sales pitch:

  • At Vatcheck you can check the VAT number of all European companies.
  • Validate your client’s VAT number with every sales transaction to a foreign company, this is important to ensure that you exempt the sale from VAT. If you grant customers exemption without having a valid VAT number, your company risks having to pay the exempt VAT and a fine.

A way to send big files securely


This is their sales pitch:

  • The best way to send large files in a safe, secure and compliant way.
  • We are also GDPR compliant. To read more, see our Security Policy.

A way to find out who called me?

This is their sales pitch:

  • Know who called with Free reverse phone lookup!
  • - offers the reverse phone number lookup tool! The largest and most trusted online telephone number database.
  • Identify telephone and cell phone numbers, all types of phone calls including spam and scam calls and simply know more about who called.
  • Trusted by over 10 million people every month helping visitors in over 250 million free reverse searches!

HMRC - Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates

This is their sales pitch:

Find out about Advisory Fuel Rates (AFR) for company car users, when you can use them, and how they're calculated.

HMRC - Tax agent toolkits

Tax agent toolkits

This is their sales pitch:

Use these toolkits if you’re a tax agent or adviser to help your clients avoid making mistakes on their returns.

HMRC - Calculate holiday entitlement

Calculate holiday entitlement

This is their sales pitch:

Use this tool to calculate holiday entitlement for:

  • a full leave year
  • part of a leave year, if the job started or finished part way through the year

HMRC - Business Income Manual

Business Income Manual

NB This is an HMRC internal manual.

This is their sales pitch:

Supplementary guidance on how to check tax calculations or work out the trading profits of a business for Self Assessment tax return.

Archive - Links to older articles

   Covid-19 - 3rd April 2020

   Don't look at Paperwork as a chore; it is key to running your business - 27th January 2020

   Alternative VAT Number Checker to VIES - 14th January 2020

   Assuming that the UK Government gets 'Brexit Done', what's next for UK businesses? - 16th December 2019

   Is your e-mail safe? How can you protect your computer from hackers? - 1st October 2019

   The end of an era - Windows 7 is dying! - 13th August 2019

   Assuming that we are already meeting our Government's Laws and Regulations, do we really need permission from others to sell products from a web-site in the UK? - 18th July 2019

   Best Business Practice Forum from T. Bookman Limited - 6th April 2019

   Getting the best service - Web-Hosting - 19th November 2018

   Keeping it all working - the importance of installing our updates - 19th June 2018

   The Importance of Windows Updates - 21st September 2017

   A time recording system is more than the software - 6th July 2012

   Opportunity Cost. To record or not to record...that is the question - from an original article published 16th October 2002

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