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Business Briefing

This series of briefing notes are designed to make you consider how you could best help yourself and your business improve performance, raise staff morale and achieve measurable business profitability.

Read them through and see if they spark some ideas in your own mind. If they do, then the very fact that they have triggered some thought processes will act as a precursor to a better business. Successful businesses don’t run on luck or good location, although both help; they are the result of team work and a motivated workforce.

If you have anything to contribute to our business briefings then please don't hesitate to email on

Covid-19 planning ahead for difficult days

April 15th

Further thoughts on lock-down, intermediate and Restart

Both Kinnaird Hill's clients and those of Eros BC have shown a degree of determination to not only survive this painful business and social period but to start considering the future, how to survive, how to regroup and how to prepare for the restart.Click Here

We are entering a very difficult period for business. So we have put together some thoughts and advice that may be helpful, or at least thought provoking.

We all need to think clearly and act decisively to ensure that we have a business once the crisis is over.
If you think you may soon have a cash flow problem, act now!

Click here for our suggestions on what to do next. (Uploaded 19.03.20)

FODO has provided its members with a Financial and Business Briefing outlining the help for Government Agencies that is available to your business and employees.

Click here to read the full briefing which will be updated as further valid news arrives.

Read VAT Briefings here

Our latest briefing follows:

Thinking about buying equipment or improving your practice, then think carefully.

This business briefing objectively looks at the process of buying equipment, or refurbing the practice and the best way to finance that goal.

MTD is now a legal requirement for all VAT registered businesses with a sales income over £85000 per annum.

April 1st was indeed MTD day.

Are you ready for “MTD” (Make Tax Digital), a warning to all businesses VAT registered following HMRC’s VAT Notice 700/22

From April 1st, 2019 HMRC will no longer allow businesses to keep paper records and input the return in the 9 boxes on line from them

Rules introduced under the “Making Tax Digital” initiative mean VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold need to keep digital records and submit VAT Returns to HMRC using compatible software to upload the input digitally without manual input.


Are you ready for the GDPR new format for data protection on 25th May 2018?

Now is the time to start preparing for the new GDPR act that will supersede the current DPA legislation.
The act although European in birth will continue with its tougher rules on data protection post Brexit Transition as it is being brought into force under the new British Data Protection Bill.
Applying for registration with the ICO and spending £35 in doing so does not complete your necessary task in compliance.
The new act puts teeth on the old act and creates a requirement for everyone keeping data to provide proof of compliance and as well as naming a designated data controller requires those processing data to be counted as data processors with responsibilities.

Download PHN's GDPR Briefings and be ready here

CET Grant Claim Form (Cut off point Oct 31st 2017)

As a reminder, CET allowance payments are payable to contractors.  A payment can be claimed by a contractor in respect of either:

  1. CET he/she has undertaken personally in the year between 1 January to 31 December 2016.
  2. CET undertaken in the year between 1 January to 31 December 2016 by an ophthalmic practitioner on the Ophthalmic Performers List.

The CET allowance for 2016 is £545.

Please follow the steps below to submit a claim:

  1. Complete the form which can be found below or on the Department of Health Website
  2. Sign and date the form in the appropriate place(s)
  3. Scan the signed form and attach to an email
  4. Put ‘2017 CET claim’ in the email subject header
  5. Email to

You will receive a case reference number from PCSE once they have received your claim form. Please note you are asked to submit only one claim form per email so that you each form has a unique case reference that can be tracked.  

Download the latest claim form for England here


Participation in Locally Commissioned Enhanced Optometric Services

A qualitative study was designed to determine the views and attitudes of stakeholders regarding the development, participation and operation of two schemes that are representative of two of the most commonly commissioned enhanced optometric services... Read More


We have a series of briefings revised as required on VAT:

VAT Briefings Introduction


Paying Too Much VAT Out of Net Profits?

Advantages of Stock Modules for VAT

Practice Management Software

A series of briefings revised in May 2013 on the uses of practice management software:

Practice Management Software: Introduction

Practice Management Software: The Basics

Practice Management Software: Advanced Briefing

Practice Management Software: The Paperless Practice

Improving Business Strengths

Go to our Improving Business Strengths Briefing

Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

Go to our Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum Briefing

Report on Drivers' Vision

Report on Drivers' Vision: A report published by The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) (representing 75,000 optometrists, opticians and optical retail outlets across Europe, and EUROM I which represents the national associations of manufacturers of corrective lenses, frames, and instruments for opticians (700 companies) and also EUROMCONTACT representing the national associations and the international manufacturers of contact lenses and contact lens care products calls for better assessment of drivers’ vision to improve road safety

The Bribery Act

The Bribery Act: Optical Confederation Guidance

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