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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Apprentice Success

Stirling Electrical Services Ltd. have successfully trained our first apprentice to pass the FICA exam and their apprenticeship.

More details to follow...

Monday, 5 April 2010

Visit Our Online Shop

We have reopened our online electrical shop which is now hosted on eBay.

Our online shop will continue to develop over the coming months and will have available to purchase electrical wiring accessories - sockets, switches, lights and special offers.

Visit our electrical shop at www.theelectricalshop.com

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Easter Holidays

Stirling Electrical Services Ltd. will be closed for the Easter Holidays on Friday 2nd April through to Monday 5th April.

We will open again on Tuesday 6th April.

Have a happy holiday weekend.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Scott McLean is fundraising for Mary’s Meals - JustGiving

Scott McLean is fundraising for Mary’s Meals - JustGiving

On 5th September 2010 Stirling Electrical Services owner Scott McLean and friend Alastair Paul will be taking part in the 10K Great Scottish Run.

On that day just like any other day millions of kids throughout the world will suffer from hunger.

This is a worldwide humanity problem but a Scottish Charity called Mary's Meals has a simple vision - that every needy child receives one daily meal in their place of education.

Mary's Meals aims to provides free school meals and other essential help to some of the world's poorest children.

It costs just £6.15 to feed a child in Malawi for a year. So for the sake of two pints of beer, eight litres of milk or six loaf's of bread you could provide one meal per day at school for one kid for one year.

It is our aim in the build up to the 10K race in September to fundraise enough money to provide 100 kids with meals for a year. Thats £615.00 we need to raise...but 100 kids will benefit for a whole year with a hot meal at school.

Mary’s Meals not only addresses the immediate needs of hungry children by giving them a daily meal, it also allows those children to receive an education that can provide an escape from poverty for themselves and their communities.

More information on Mary's Meals and how your money will be used can be found at http://www.marysmeals.org/index.html

Mary's Meals is a Scottish Charity that is endorsed by businessmen Sir Tom Farmer CBE and Duncan Bannatyne.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - We raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Scott McLean is fundraising for Mary’s Meals - JustGiving

Thursday, 25 March 2010

New Logo For Building Warrant Certifiers

We will soon be able to display the new combined Scottish Government/SELECT Logo to advertise our competence to undertake building warrant work.

A new logo has been produced to promote the companies that are already Approved Certifier's for Building Warrant Work.

More details when we receive the logo.

Details of the work we can carry out regarding Building Warrant work can be found at this link.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

VAT v NI Increase

It looks like later this year once the dust has settled after the May? General Election that VAT will be increased to complement the already proposed increase in Employers and Employee National Insurance rates.

I have never understood and probably never will understand the reasoning why businesses should get taxed 12.8% on top of employee wage rates (remembering that employees and business owners already contribute with National Insurance payments from their wages.) In other words this is a "tax on creating jobs".

An increase in National Insurance Contribution is set to kick in within 2011 and later this year many experts believe whoever is in control in Downing Street will increase VAT rates to aid the UK's financial deficit.

This increase will likely see the current 17.5% VAT rate rise to anything up to 20%.

This will obviously have an increase in the end cost of the electrical services we provide and ultimately an increase to our clients. Our client based is a mixture of domestic and commercial/industrial clients. Now the majority of the latter will be able to offset their VAT charges against their expenditure VAT but domestic clients cannot claim VAT back.

This will not just result in our domestic clients paying more which is bad enough in these crucial financial times but it will give our competitors who do not charge VAT an even wider advantage over our rates. Various clients are likely to go with these competitor's who's turnover is under the VAT threshold which puts pressure on our business to compete, which ultimately exposes more of a risk to "have we got enough work to employ someone" which in a roundabout way defeats the purpose of the VAT tax increase because if we cannot employ someone they cannot contribute in NI and Tax to the government who will then have to pay out benefit money.

If I were in charge then regarding VAT - if you are a business then you MUST be registered for VAT - its as simple as that and it creates a level playing field. Plus if all businesses were registered for VAT then more revenue for the Government would be created plus if they were playing fair(haha) they could reduce the VAT rate slightly and still create more revenue due more businesses contributing.

So after all that if it were only one of NI and VAT that was to be increased what would i prefer.

Ultimately I would still like to see the Employers NI Contributions removed or even slashed by at least 50%. It is this which see's us contribute tens of thousands of pounds per year to the government just because we employ people and keep them in employment. This Employers NI Tax is my biggest bugbearer in business.

So it would need to be an increase in VAT for me that I would like to see above an increase in NI.

But no matter what I think an increase to both will go ahead in the very near future - save up now folks, the financial clawback by the Government is just about to begin.

Create a Business, Create Jobs, Create Revenue for Government - That should be the motto for UK parties in the lead up to the General Election.

Contact Details for Stirling Electrical Services Ltd.

Stirling Electrical Services Ltd
12 Queen Street
Stirlingshire, FK7 7JG

Tel: 01786 813916, Fax:01786 811447
Web: www.stirlingelectrical.co.uk
Email: info@stirlingelectrical.co.uk