Monday, 12 April 2021

Off-payroll working rules webinars

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) webinars to explain how the off-payroll working rules will change on 6 April 2021

Before 6 April 2021, if your worker provides services to a client through you:

  • in the public sector, the client must decide your employment status
  • in the private sector, you must decide your worker’s status

From 6 April 2021, all public sector clients and medium or large-sized private sector clients will be responsible for deciding your worker’s employment status. This includes some charities and third sector organisations.

If the off-payroll working rules apply, your worker’s fees will be subject to tax and National Insurance contributions. 

HMRC are hosting a number of free webinars to help businesses in key areas prepare for this change in off-payroll working.

Click here to view dates and times of webinars.

Ardean ¦ Business Planning

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

SME Brexit Support Fund: Grants to help businesses new to importing or exporting

The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

Applications for the SME Brexit Support Fund are now open.

Applications will close on 30 June 2021 or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date.

Click here to learn more about how to apply.

Ardean ¦ Business Funding

Thursday, 1 April 2021

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates


The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage in the UK apply to workers in Northern Ireland. These minimum wage rates are the hourly rate that workers should be paid by their employers depending on their age or whether they are an apprentice.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates change every April. 

The current minimum wage rates are in effect from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.  Click here to view the minimum wage rates.



Ardean ¦ Business Planning

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Micro Food Business Investment Scheme to open in March

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available for micro food and drink manufacturers to expand.


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced that a £1 million capital grant scheme will open in March 2021, to help existing micro food businesses to upscale production to secure new markets for their products.

The scheme aims to enable eligible businesses to:

  • begin supplying to the retail or distribution industry
  • sell more products to the retail or distribution industry
  • move into sales outside of Northern Ireland

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available. The grants will fund up to 50 per cent of eligible costs of new food processing equipment and machinery or dedicated computer software if essential to the operation to the equipment being purchased.

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Ardean ¦ Funding For Businesses


Monday, 15 February 2021

Minimum wage rates increase from 1 April 2021

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase from 1 April 2021

Employers should be aware that all minimum wage rates increase on 1 April of each year. This includes all National Minimum Wage rates and the National Living Wage rate. The new minimum wage rates apply to eligible workers in Northern Ireland from 1 April 2021.

Click here to learn more >>>>

Ardean ¦ Business Planning

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

COVID-19 Micro-business E-commerce Grant

 A new £3 million fund to help retail micro-businesses in Northern Ireland looking to grow their business online.

The COVID-19 Micro-business E-commerce Grant (MBEG) is open to any micro-sized retailer that wants to prepare for growth, develop their customer base and find new markets by enhancing their digital offering, building e-commerce capability and increasing online sales. The scheme was developed and is operated by Invest Northern Ireland.

Learn more about the grant by clicking here >>>>

Ardean ¦ Business Funding

Invest NI opens latest COVID response scheme to help companies improve productivity

Invest Northern Ireland has introduced a new response scheme to help companies recover from business challenges caused by COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Productive Investment Capital Grant (PICG) scheme has been developed to support businesses to make capital investments to adapt to these challenges.

"This is the fifth of eight COVID recovery schemes – some of which are yet to launch. Collectively they are providing £5.5m of financial support this financial year." 

Kevin Holland, CEO, Invest NI

Learn more about this grant by clicking here>>>

Ardean ¦ Business Funding