Ali Withers

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Is the Introduction of Zero Hours Contracts Useful or an Additional Complication?

05th June 2013
Copyright (c) 2013 Alison Withers It is reported that increasing numbers of employers in the UK have been using the relatively new concept of Zero Hours Contracts when recruiting staff. Using these contracts allows employers to have workers on call ... Read >

Beware of Directors' Loan Accounts

15th June 2012
Copyright (c) 2012 Alison Withers Using directors' loan accounts as a device to help minimise their personal tax liabilities is often something accountants advise their clients to do. However they only work when the directors are also shareholders and ... Read >

Building a Flexible Business Model Will Ensure Perpetual Survival

23rd January 2012
Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers While businesses might be concerned about a eurozone Armageddon, whatever the outcome they will need to ensure survival for the period of austerity that is likely to characterise the next decade. Although growth is ... Read >

A Thorough Deep Clean Can Help Restaurants to be Prepared for Busy Peak Seasons

18th October 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers There are seasonal highs and lows during the annual business cycle in commercial kitchens such as restaurants and cafes. Two major peak times are during the summer holidays, particularly for those restaurants operat... Read >

Personal Guarantees Can be Protected When a Company is Insolvent

03rd October 2011
Many companies continue to be run even when they are insolvent to avoid triggering the personal guarantees of the directors and owners. Some of these might be listed for sale or investment through brokers in the hope that the buyer or investor will rel... Read >

Visualise Your Dreams and Deflect Negative Energy With Labradorite

26th September 2011
While human beings have always been attracted to different gemstones both for use in jewellery and in ornaments and buildings it may be more than their decorative qualities that has given them such enduring appeal. It is also believed that many gemston... Read >

Commercial Kitchens Have to Comply With Two Sets of Regulations to Protect Staff and Customers

06th June 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers Catering organisations of all sizes have to pay attention to hygiene in order to protect customers’ health and therefore business, but there is considerable confusion between the rules of food hygiene and the rules o... Read >

Wifi Enabled Printer/Copiers Can Improve Office Efficiency

21st March 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers Using Wifi (wireless fidelity) enabled devices such as printer/copiers can eliminate many of the cables that connect computers and various other devices. It makes it possible to connect to the internet from any loca... Read >

How To Become A Police Special Constable

09th March 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers The application form is the first stage of the selection process for becoming a Police Special Constable. Whenever I have completed application forms in the past I have always set aside plenty of time to give them j... Read >

Ensure Top Quality Prints With Regular Routine Maintenance of Printer/Copiers

23rd February 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 Alison Withers Whether a printer/copier is being used in a large and busy office or the user is in a home or small business there are some simple ways to keep it working at peak efficiency and prolong its life. Firstly, for safet... Read >

A Guide to Creditors Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) and When It is Used

19th January 2011
Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers The process known as a Creditors' Voluntary Liquidation allows the directors of an insolvent company can close it down without involving a court procedure. There are four tests of insolvency laid down in the Insolve... Read >

The Process of Insolvent Liquidation for Closing Down a Business

17th January 2011
Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers The formal process to close down a company is called Insolvent Liquidation. It happens when a company is insolvent, which means it does not have enough cash or liquid assets to pay its debts and the directors have conc... Read >

Tips for Dealing With an Unreasonable Boss

12th January 2011
Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers A recent recruitment agency's competition asking candidates for their stories of bosses from hell produced these anecdotes among many: regular midnight and weekend phone calls, the temper tantrums resulting in various ... Read >

When a Business is in Difficulty Shareholders and Directors Have Different Liabilities

09th January 2011
Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers The duties of the directors as a company's officers when it is insolvent move from a primary duty to shareholders to a primary duty to protecting the interests of its creditors. The liabilities of shareholders are l... Read >

A Business Needs to Take Action on a Frozen Bank Account But it Can Survive

14th December 2010
Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers When a bank takes action to freeze a company's bank account it means that the bank is nervous and under its bank facility terms and conditions has exercised its right to not release funds. A bank's behaviour is moni... Read >
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