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Why it just got much harder to become an Australian citizen

The Australian government has implemented changes to citizenship applications that make it much tougher for people living and working Down Under to become full citizens. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has moved to put Australian values at the heart of the naturalisation process. Find out what this means for you. What’s changed? The […]

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You need to stop using your bank for international money transfers, right now

If you regularly send money overseas, you probably use your bank to make the transfer. But unfortunately, banks aren’t the best solution. Independent foreign exchange providers can provide lower fees, better rates and faster service. Here are a few reasons why you should stop using your bank for international money transfers. First off, make your […]

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Consider yourself an open-minded international traveller? These Spanish festivals are for you

Ready to run with bulls, party all night, help yourself to a bottomless supply of red wine and meet new international friends? Then Stoke Travel has the festivals for you. Running of the Bulls! What: Feel alive (and hopefully stay alive) when you run with the bulls in Pamplona. In addition to the wonderful terror that […]

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Pay less tax: Choose the right contractor accountant

Choosing an accountant is a critical decision for any contractor. A good accountant is an asset to your business, handling your affairs efficiently and ensuring that you stay compliant with ever-changing legislation. Below, we highlight five crucial factors you should consider before taking the plunge. 1. Certification Anyone can call themselves an accountant or financial […]

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Taking the leap: What you should know about limited company setup

Forming a limited company can be a positive step for your business. It provides you with limited liability, tax efficiency and a professional image. However, the finances, accounts and taxes of a limited company require a somewhat different management approach than those of an individual. Below are a few things you need to watch out […]

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2016 Autumn Statement: Summary points

On 23 November, Philip Hammond the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the revised Budget for the 2017-18 financial year and beyond. This is his first budget and is the first statement since the Brexit referendum. It will also be the last Autumn Statement in the UK, with the Chancellor decreeing that in the future there […]

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Never mind London, Manchester is perfect for UK contractors and freelancers

Many young professionals travel to the UK with the hope of starting a lucrative freelance career. These go-getters usually head straight for London, but as we’ve said before, the UK has more than one vibrant, international city. Let’s talk about Manchester. Take the sting out of London property costs First off, we all know that […]

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