After what has felt like the longest greyest Winter we had a week of sun, where it felt like we’d just jumped straight over Spring and into Summer. Although we’re now back to more normal Spring-like weather, the sun made a huge difference to my mood and it was so nice to not be completely drenched each day!
April started like most months do for me, with a visit to the Future Business Centre for Drive the Network’s Cambridge meeting. This time it was the turn of Ciaron Dunne, of Genie Ventures, and it was so interesting to hear such a candid account from a successful local business. I always look forward to the first Friday of the month and really can’t sing the praises of Drive enough, if you haven’t checked them out yet you really should!
I like April. It’s the start of a new tax year, and a great opportunity to look back at what you achieved last year. I do love a good tax return, and wasted little time in submitting my self assessment. I always suggest submitting as early as possible, particularly if you haven’t been monitoring closely throughout the year what your tax bill might be. You still have until next January to pay, but if there’s any shortfall in your savings you’ve got plenty of time to make up the difference. I’m really happy with how last year ended and the sales and profit figures I achieved. This year’s targets are a bit more ambitious and I’m looking forward to working out they can be achieved.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to deliver a session on bookkeeping at Cambridge Leadership College, as part of their Business Building Blocks series. It was my first visit there, but hopefully not my last. It’s such a pioneering college and it was a delight to be able to speak with their students about keeping a close eye on the financial side of their businesses. This was the first of a few speaking opportunities in the next few months, and it felt good to be sharing my knowledge with people.
April was also a great month for catching up with friends and taking some time out. The end of the month saw me make the trip up the East Coast mainline back to Newcastle for a long weekend with my parents. True to form it wasn’t particularly sunny, but the break was much needed and I’m ready to jump into May. The next few months are quite busy, with conferences and tax returns galore, so it was great to be able to take a bit of time out before it all starts.
With a third of the year gone, how’s your 2018 going? Do you like the new tax year as much as I do? I want to hear what you’ve been up to, so do get in touch.