This month’s Client Corner focuses on the amazing Hopes of Longtown: A Family Run, Award-Winning and Local Village Stores and Post Office, and their #ShopLocal30 initiative.
Hopes of Longtown is run by Christine, Jenny and Philip Hope, and their new initiative #ShopLocal30 sums up everything Hopes of Longtown stands for. It represents their mission to put local produce at the hart of everyone’s shopping baskets, no matter where they are.
Cast your mind back to 2001. If you live in the countryside, the chances are you’ll remember it for one thing only: foot and mouth disease. It was a frightening, isolating and stressful time.
For the Hopes family in Longtown it also showed them how much they missed their local shop, that had closed down a few months earlier. There was nowhere to get news, give each other support or generally come together as a community.
Christine was travelling in Australia when foot and mouth hit and she returned home at the height of the crisis. When thinking about her next steps she discovered something surprising. The costs to get a graduate job would be roughly the same as to set up a shop in Longtown.
The decision was easy. It was a decision backed by Christine’s parents. It was also a decision supported by the local community.
Hopes of Longtown was born!
But a local shop isn’t just a way to bring a local community together. It’s also a way to create a thriving local economy.
Research backs this up.
For example, it’s been shown that pound for pound spending in smaller independent ‘local food’ outlets supports three times the number of jobs than at outlets of national grocery chains.
It’s why, from the very first days, Hopes of Longtown has stocked local produce. And of course, when you’re in the heart of Herefordshire and its wonderfully fertile soils, this is a joyful experience.
#ShopLocal30 – What’s it all about?
The first thing you’ll spot when you visit is Hopes of Longtown is the map covered with numbers showing all the producers they stock who are within 30 miles of their front door.
Then, as you browse the shelves, you’ll see that the local products are all highlighted with #ShopLocal30 stickers. As the stickers suggest, the Hopes define local produce as being within 30 miles of their front door.
Christine urges you to use the #ShopLocal30 Hashtag
So tell the world when you buy local honey. Tell the world when you buy local eggs that are cheaper than your local supermarket as well as much yummier. Tell the world when you ask your local shop to start stocking local milk and they do. Tell the world all your local produce stories!” She has also captured the attention of the national media with #ShopLocal30 and has been featured in The Telegraph.
We wish Christine, Jenny, Philip and their wonderful team the very best success with #ShopLocal30!!
The news we’ve all been waiting for! Following the withdrawal of Making Tax Digital (MTD) from the 2017 Finance Bill, due to the June 2017 election, everyone has wondered whether it will be re-instated.
The word on the tax street was that it would continue in April 2018 as planned, as the trial was already running.
However HMRC announced this week that it is in fact being delayed, and significant changes being made. So most small businesses can breath a sigh of relief.
The original plans were set out in our previous post, and were due to come in for all businesses above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) in April 2018.
What’s Happening Now and How Does it Affect Me?
Only businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold will have to keep digital records and only for VAT purposes. They will only need to do so from 2019.
Businesses will not be asked to keep digital records or update HMRC quarterly for other taxes until at least 2020, instead of 2018 as originally proposed.
Small businesses will be able to file digitally on a voluntary basis for other taxes.
This is so much more sensible, as the original plans would have been a huge burden to some small businesses.
However, it’s certainly not a secret that we advocate cloud accounting, and automating as much as possible. We ourselves run our business 100% online, and help other businesses to do the same. We see how the cloud and automation can vastly improve efficiency, profits and cash for small businesses, and will help you achieve this wherever we can.
We are always investigating new innovations, with a focus on time and financial efficiencies. We do this by questioning whether a particular process can be improved by discussing solutions on a daily basis with our internal team, clients and software developers.
Gary Turner is XeroUK’s MD, and within hours of HMRC’s announcement put this video up online. It makes everything clear.
If you’d like to discuss how this affects you, please get in touch.
Receipt Bank have just announced they’ve raised $50m in funding from Venture Partners. This is fantastic news and we can’t wait to see the new product developments that come from this! Read more on Receipt Bank’s blog.
If you’d like some assistance from us, or want to find out why on earth you’re not using Receipt Bank, please get in touch!
Perfect for the growing business owner, who needs to keep their finger on the pulse, but needs us by your side every step of the way, to help you drive your business forward, and make sure it’s going in the right direction to achieve your personal goals.
This is our premium Grow Me Package, and includes your own Virtual CFO, and Monthly or Quarterly Business Strategy Sessions. Our Grow Me package replaces our Platinum package, and you can find out more here.
This package provides the basics and ensures that we keep you legal in all aspects of business and personal tax. Our Support Me package replaces our Silver and Bronze packages, and you can find out more here.
As an existing client, we are gradually moving you over to our new packages, so keep an eye on correspondence for us. All new clients will be introduced to our Support Me | Guide Me | Grow Me Packages, and we will work together to make sure you are on the right package for your needs. You can also switch Packages at any time to suite your requirements and budget.
Thank you for reading!
If you have any questions on our new packages, or what each one includes, please get in touch.
We love doing our bit to support charities and local businesses. We also love Tech.
That’s why we decided to take part in TechnoBreak on 30 July with our team Sums of Anarchy. It’s all for Charity, so it would be really lovely if you’d sponsor us on our JustGiving page
So what’s it all about?
Do you remember the old JailBreak? Basically all teams got dropped off somewhere random, with just £1 to get home, any way they could.
Well TechnoBreak is today’s version. The organisers realised we could get home really easily with today’s technology, so they decided they’d make that part of the challenge!
We will get dropped off in a random location, but will be given a device and challenges to complete. All whilst being tracked on a huge screen back at the finish line! What larks!
There is also a Family Festival back at base at The Secret Garden (Coldwells Road, Hereford, previously The Rose Gardens). The Family Festival is midday til 10pm (let’s hope we’re back by then!). There’s be plenty going on to keep the whole family entertained, and entrance is free. Like Radio will be broadcasting and there’ll be loads to do, eat and drink (and free wifi).
What’s It In Aid Of?
TechnoBreak asked locals to vote for their favourite local and national charities, and the chosen charities are:
Strong Young Minds (run by The CLD Trust)
Strong Young Minds is a Big Lottery funded project designed to improve the mental health & wellbeing of young people in Herefordshire aged between 10 and 24 years of age. Strong Young Minds work with young people to address issues which can have an adverse effect on their mental health and wellbeing, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm, bullying, cyber-bullying, relationship breakdown, employability, low self esteem, body image and loss.
There are 260 local, independent Home-Starts, including Hereford. At the heart of each Home-Start’s work is home visiting volunteer support. Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues eceive the support of a Home-Start volunteer who will spend around 2 hours a week in a family’s home, supporting them in the ways they need.
What Can You Do?
We would love it if you sponsored us – it doesn’t matter what amount, as every little helps. Everything we raise goes straight to the above two amazing Charities. Here’s our Just Giving page.