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J A Autos a family run car sales business – relieveing pressure sales

J A Autos Ltd are a family run an independent used car dealership based in Sutton, Surrey who have been at their current premise for 10 years but have been in the motor trade for over 20 years.

“We pride ourselves on good customer service,  so why should you buy from us? We are a family run business we are a long established dealership with no sales staff. We want to make car buying a fun experience with a no pressure environment,” said a spokesperson.

“We offer great priced cars all personally sourced and hand picked by myself. There are no salesmen, no call centres and no pressure.”

8-10 St Dunstans Hill , Sutton, Surrey SM12UE
020 8641 6455 & 07850 955806

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Employers warned to take care if they offer employees loans

Sutton business advisers and accountants Harmer Slater are advising to study carefully the latest advice from HMRC if they are offering employment related cheap of interest free loans.

“An employee can obtain a benefit when provided with an employment-related cheap or interest-free loan. The benefit is the difference between the interest the employee pays, if any, and the commercial rate the employee would have to pay on a loan obtained elsewhere. These types of loans are referred to as beneficial loans,” said a spokesperson.

“The official rate of interest on beneficial loan arrangements will remain the same as last year at 3% with effect from 6 April 2016. A change in the rate is only made in the event of significant changes in interest rates. An employee can also benefit if an employment-related loan is released or written off. He or she is then no longer obliged to repay the amount that was lent.

“A benefit in kind will be applicable where a loan is provided at an interest rate of less than 3%. In addition employers must also pay Class 1A National Insurance premiums. There are a number of exempt activities where a beneficial loan might not need to be reported to HMRC. The most common is where the combined outstanding loan value to an employee is less than £10,000 throughout the whole tax year.”


Harmer Slater are an independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers located in Sutton, close to central London with experience in dealing with listed and unlisted businesses operating across a range of industries in the UK and overseas. For full details go to HARMER

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Great free event will help businesses develop

Natwest is inviting businesses and businessmen in the boroughto join them on the 15th March to learn how to improve their sales and marketing when considering expansion of their business.

Marco Soares from ActionCoach will be presenting on how to improve your Sales and Marketing when considering expansion of your business. Ian Warren, Senior Lending Manager at NatWest, will follow this up by showing you how to manage your cashflow for a growing Business.

There will be an opportunity to network following the presentations on the evening. The event is being staged in partnership with Sutton Chambers and Ace Accountants.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 from 17:30 to 19:30 (GMT) –
Cheam Library – Church Road Sutton SM3 8QH GB –
To book a ticket go to: EVENT

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Sutton’s Hub and EBP to explain apprenticeship benefit

Sutton Chamber is inviting members and non members to join them on the 8th March for an introduction in the world of Apprenticehsips.

With the promise of networking and a full English and with the Apprenticeship week starting on the 14th March 2016, The Apprenticeship Hub and Sutton EBP will help local businnesses and businessmen find the right apprentice for your business and debunk the top 5 myths of taking on an apprentice.

Sutton’s newly launched Apprenticeship Hub is designed to help people aged 16+ that have left, or are due to leave secondary education, make the first step towards their dream career. For businesses, the hub provides information on why and how to employ an apprentice, helping businesses of all sizes grow with the support of superb local talent.

Click here to register

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Successful Sutton can help your business improve with a grant

Successful Sutton has created a scheme to assist business owners, tenants and landlords to improve the external appearance of their premises. The grants, of up to £2500, are match funded by the applicant themselves.

“”The high street is the commercial centre of the community; the appearance of shop fronts and the buildings in which they reside has a considerable impact and influence on the character of a town centre. Shop fronts are an essential element not only of the buildings in which they are set but also of the wider streetscape. A shop front that has been designed with respect given to the architecture of the building and character of the surrounding area can add charm and vitality, making it attractive to shoppers and visitors alike,” said a spokesperson.

“Our business improvement grant aims to improve shop fronts and building facades in the centre of Sutton as a means of supporting the growth of local businesses, improving the local environment and raising the image of the town centre for locals and visitors.

“The scheme is administered and funded by Successful Sutton as part of our BID strategy for high street improvement.

“Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of £2,500 or 50% of the total cost of improvements whichever is lower. All applications for funding must be received by 31st March 2016 and all works completed by 31st October 2016.

“Guidance notes are available to help you understand the aims of the scheme, to guide you through the application process and show how you can make a grant application. You may need planning consent or advice about improvements to a building within the area so may need to contact the Planning Department prior to making an application. Please therefore read the guidance notes carefully before making your application. ”

If you would like to know more about the Business Improvement Grant in Sutton or have any queries regarding your application please contact Aimee Wheeler, Marketing Manager at Successful Sutton.

Get your application in before 31st March.  See more at:

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Course can help charities transition to generating income

Many Sutton charities are looking for new ways to generate income as grant funding continues to shrink. Social enterprise is often held up as a ‘silver bullet’ but transitioning to a more sustainable business model can be tough.

To help the organisations tackle this challenge, the School for Social Entrepreneurs has developed ‘Transition to Trading’, a course designed specifically for the leaders of not for profit organisations making this change.

Delivered at their offices in London Bridge across six days, expert practitioners from across the third sector will share their knowledge and real life experience of trading with you.  Participants will be guided through the steps that you need to take to create a positive and financially sustainable future for you and your organisation.

Transition to Trading is suitable for senior staff at charities and social enterprises who wish to secure new ‘earned income’.


For more details  a call on 020 7089 9120 or go the website SCHOOL   

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SV TV meets Tracey Collins, from Hackbridge Safety First

SV TV’s David Blackmore meets road safety campaigner Tracey Collins. They talk about how much she has done in the past 20 months after she launched her petition to save the Hackbridge lollipop person, how her campaign saw six courtesy crossings removed in Hackbridge with a zebra crossing installed and plans for a new zebra crossing, and what campaign, if any, she hopes to champion next. Continue reading SV TV meets Tracey Collins, from Hackbridge Safety First

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Sutton Apprenticeship Hub hosts event to learn benefits

The Sutton Apprenticeship Hub – a digital portal that helps to match local talent with local growing businesses – is hosting an event on Wednesday 24th Feb from 10am-2pm at the Successful Sutton offices (1 Times Square, High Street, Sutton). This is designed to help businesses of all shapes and sizes learn how easy and sustainable it is to take on an apprentice.

Lunch will be provided, and there will be information to take away along with the opportunity to receive ongoing guidance.

If you would like to attend, please register here APPRENTICE :