Jim Carratt gives us his end of season report for Lincoln City FC

March began with 3 victories and 2 home wins, with a satisfactory 1-0 v to-be-relegated Yeovil and a 2-0 win over Paul Scholes’ Oldham, which was his last match in charge, where City played some of their best football of the season. A 2-1 away victory followed over former National League rivals Forest Green.

A highly important Sky TV game versus local rivals Mansfield and a John Akinde penalty earned us a 1-1 draw in a tight encounter.

A 3-0 win at Crawley followed by a 1-1 draw at home to relegation threatened Macclesfield.

Backed by over 5,500 fans City travelled to promotion rivals MK Dons and won 2-0 with a cool penalty from John Akinde and a great strike from Bruno Andrade – a commanding display and season defining moment.

A win v mid table Cheltenham the following week would guarantee promotion. A 1-1 draw caused confusing scenes as fans started leaving the ground unaware that we had been promoted even though Sky TV had announced this had been achieved as other results went their way.

An entertaining 0-0 draw against Tranmere sealed the club’s first championship since 1976. A pitch invasion ensued before the team were able to celebrate with a lap of honour.

The season finished with a 1-0 loss at Newport and a 3-0 home defeat against an excellent Colchester side where the team were harshly booed at half time – the fickle fans forgetting the previous 45 games. The presentations took place after the match and the defeat was soon forgotten with the bus parade through the city taking place the day after.

What a season! – 3 trophies now in 3 years and just 1 division off the Championship.

Arguably the fans started to believe the club were on the way back just over 2 years ago when we played championship side Ipswich in the FA Cup, Lincoln were a non-league club, Next year we play them in Division 1.

“Rent a Room” Relief to continue for AIR BNB landlords

Last year HMRC carried out a review of rent a room relief and it was proposed that the availability of this generous relief would be restricted to situations where the taxpayer was resident for at least part of the time when the “lodger” was paying rent. The scheme currently exempts from tax gross rents up to £7,500 where rooms within the taxpayers’ main residence are rented out.

HMRC were concerned that the relief was being “abused” by letting out the entire property using websites such as Airbnb and living elsewhere temporarily whilst the tenants were in the property. An example would be renting out a house in south London during Wimbledon fortnight and potentially receiving up to £7,500 tax free.

Note that the Autumn Budget announced that the proposed restriction was not now being introduced

Need further advise on tax relating to renting out rooms or a property then contact Richard Grayson on 01522 815100.

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Effective multi-tasking and productivity

In today’s fast-paced business world, here are some tips to help you to be more effective at multi tasking.

Over the past 10 years or so businesses have become leaner by reducing employee numbers, focusing on efficiency and increasing the demands on their staff. An increased workload forces us to multitask, which may be effective for a short period of time, but over the long term, can cause stress.

Multitasking is not about “piling on the work” to the point of exhaustion. It’s about training the brain to channel energy in an efficient and effective manner so you can accomplish more in less time. One of the keys to learning how to multitask effectively is actually to slow down, in order to accomplish more.

Set Priorities

Try to think of your brain as a computer. If you are working within multiple programs and have numerous windows open so you can quickly jump from program to program, you may find that your computer crashes a lot, due to the strain. The same thing happens in your brain. When you’re performing multiple tasks that require your undivided attention, your brain gets overloaded, as it can only process information from one channel at a time. Therefore, do not multitask if the assignment requires your full attention.

Useful tools

Make lists and write things down. You can’t remember everything so having a central to-do list is helpful. If you have a list of items you need to refer to often (such as pricing schedules or keyboard shortcuts) position this next to your phone or computer for quick access. Diarise some “management time” in your calendar each day – this might be a 45 minute slot where you have no meetings and can take stock, look at your to-do list and work through anything that needs your immediate attention.

Shift multitasking to single tasking

Your brain cannot multi-task all the time. So, occasionally, stop multitasking and allow yourself to do just one thing for fifteen to twenty minutes. At the end of this “rest period”, you’ll feel refreshed, alert, and ready to tackle more tasks – and you’ll do so with fewer mistakes.

Take regular breaks

Make the most of your breaks – avoid working through lunch and make sure to take a short break in the morning and afternoon. Use your break to walk around the building, sit outside, or do whatever you like for a few minutes to clear your head and give your brain a rest. Taking this time out during the day can actually make you more productive.


Delivering customer value – how this can help your business grow

 Understanding what your customers really value can help you to market your products and services more effectively.

Customer value is the perception of what a product or service is worth to the customer. Customers don’t buy features – they buy benefits. Your customers will buy your product or service because of the benefits that they get. If you take the time to understand what your customers value and what they are willing to pay for, you will be able to market your business more effectively. You may also be able to win new customers from your competitors.

Most businesses make the mistake of thinking about value purely in terms of money. They create special offers to promote their products and services, but all they are doing is cutting their profit margin in a race to the bottom. Sure, there is a place in most markets for a lowest priced competitor but this doesn’t work for everyone. Take the airline industry – there isn’t room for more than a handful of low cost airlines and that is why many of them are in financial difficulty – their costs have gone up, but there is downward pressure on pricing.

Value is about much more than just money. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes – your customers think of value in terms of goals, benefits and results. They are seeking an outcome and this is what drives their purchasing decision. For example, an accountant might save a customer £6,000 on their tax bill and charges the customer £2,000 for doing the tax work. The monetary value to the customer is therefore £4,000. But what if this is only the beginning? What if the customer wants to grow their business over the next 5 years. The accountant could add value by providing advisory services to the customer over the next 5 years, to help them to achieve that goal. The customer would be willing to pay for that additional service because it helps them to achieve their goal.

The overall perception of value is, from a customer’s perspective, also influenced by experience. If the accountant in our example is difficult to deal with and the customer has to regularly drive to their offices to sign paperwork, have face to face meetings, etc. the customer will not think that the service is great and may question whether it is worth the money. Conversely, if the accountant offers meetings over Skype, at a time convenient for the customer and provides documents by email with e-signature capability, the customer may value the convenience and efficient service to the extent that they may even be willing to pay more for that service.

Amazon.com is a great example. The high street is struggling yet the world’s largest online retailer continues to grow. Why? Because its customers value the convenience, the vast range of product choices on offer and the ease of purchasing. Amazon has aligned its business model with the values of its customers and that is why it continues to succeed.


Lincolnshire Show 19th & 20th June – join us on our journey with Lincoln City FC

Join us at the 135th Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June 2019

Ringside Fifth Avenue, Lincolnshire showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA

On Wednesday 19th June – we invite you to our Lincoln City FC talk at 10.30am – you can learn from the Lincoln City team what it takes behind the scenes to set the right conditions for success and some of the challenges that comes with it.

At 2.30pm on Wednesday – take a mid-afternoon break and soak up the show atmosphere with a Lincoln City inspired glass of something at our mid-afternoon drink’s reception.

Our team will be there on both days and we look forward to welcoming you into our marquee at any time.

RSVP to Linda e:mail linda.clark@nicholsonsca.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!



World Health and Safety Day – 28th April 2019

28th April 2019 is World Health and Safety Day.
Keeping people safe whilst at work
• Identify all hazards in the workplace
• Undertake meaningful risk assessments of those hazards and then document them
• Regularly review you business to ensure that you have documented all hazards and risk assessments
• Tour your business to ensure risk assessments are being complied with
Want help with Health and Safety in your workplace then contact Andrew Tomlinson on 01522 815100

Richard Peet retires from Nicholsons after nearly 49 years with the firm

A senior accountant at Nicholsons Chartered Accountants has taken retirement after working there for nearly 49 years. Richard Peet joined Nicholsons on the 27 July 1970 as a junior audit clerk and is the longest-servicing employee at the firm.

With his days at Sincil Bank Secondary Modern school coming to an end, Richard hadn’t made up his mind what he wanted to do, and after attending a couple of interviews for various jobs he was offered a position at Nicholsons. Richard joined the audit team under the watchful eye of the then partner David Hibbs.   Although he enjoyed his work, he wanted to develop his expertise and took on some general accountancy work with a tendency towards agriculture.

Richard took an interest in farming following his time working on a farm during his school holidays. Over the years he has specialised within this area and was a well-respected member of the Nicholsons agricultural team.

Director and head of the agricultural team Richard Grayson commented “Richard has been a valued member of our team and I know that his knowledge and expertise has been appreciated by his clients. We would like to thank Richard for his efforts which have played a big part within the firm and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Richard has seen many changes over the years and none so much as the people he has worked with. In 2004 the firm moved from Newland in the city centre to their current location at The Point on Weaver Road. This was a bonus for Richard as it was nearer to his home!  He also appreciated the introduction of flexi-time which was introduced by the firm 2003.

Richard says “I am very happy to have been with the firm for so long and am grateful to my colleagues for their good wishes and support. I have enjoyed working with our clients in the farming sector and have built up some great relationships with people over the years”

Getting a work life balance has always been a priority for Richard throughout his working career. In 2012 he went down to working 4 days a week and then in 2017 he dropped down to 3 days a week.

Now that Richard has taken full retirement, he is looking forward to spending more time gardening and fishing. Richard enjoys playing badminton and has played for the last 35 years. He is also a very keen Lincoln City Supporter.


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