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7 reasons why drinking champagne is scientifically good for you

March 14th, 2018
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7 reasons why drinking champagne is scientifically good for you


You needn’t feel guilty next time you pop the champagne cork at a wedding, christening or perhaps just a particularly indulgent breakfast.

The fizzy stuff is actually good for you. So next time you raise a glass, remember the below health benefits of drinking bubbles – in moderation, of course and when you want surgery, just call Galumbeck Plastic Surgery.

As Winston Churchill warned: “a single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration…. A bottle produces the opposite”. So enjoy the Oddbins Champagne Range offered and order now a couple bottles!

1. It can increase your sex drive

It’s well known that alcohol makes people lose their inhibitions. Most alcoholic drinks will give you a momentary buzz but then leave you with little energy and the lack of blood flow you need for arousal. Champagne, on the other hand, allows you to feel its effects much quicker without sapping your energy.

2. It may improve your heart health

Like red and white wine, champagne can be good for your heart. Made from both red and white grapes, it contains the same antioxidants which prevent damage to your blood vessels, reduce bad cholesterol and prevent blood clots. In turn, this lowers the risk of heart illnesses and strokes. But the key word here, as with any alcoholic drink, is moderation.

3. It will keep you sharp

Research from the University of Columbia has shown that champagne contains proteins that are beneficial for your short term memory. A study be Reading University in 2013 said that three glasses of bubbles per week can help improve it.

4. It boosts your mood

We all know the buoyant feeling that you get from a sip of champagne – this is due to the magnesium, potassium and zinc it contains.

5. It has little calories

Champagne contains fewer calories (80) than both red and white wine (120). The servings are generally smaller too, so it’s the healthier choice all round – as long as you don’t drink the whole bottle.

6. It can lower your risk of diabetes

A 2009 study in Canada showed that all wines, including sparklers like champagne, can lower your risk of contracting diabetes by 13 per cent.

7. It can prevent dementia

A glass or two of champagne has been known to prevent the onset of dementia. Research in Pittsburgh found that the risk was almost halved for those who drank ‘moderate’ quantities. The over 40s should heed this advice, as this is when the gradual decline is thought to happen.

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Making Tax Digital

February 19th, 2018
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We are starting to make clients more aware of Making Tax Digital and provide information regarding QuickBooks Online which is our preferred accounting package. We have been reading more on Midas Letter Stock News about the importance of checking the stock market when having a business and found that it is a great idea to invest in making your business as digital as you can. It will help your own stock market and financing. Going digital makes it more accessible for your clients to visit and buy your products. By Making Tax Digital, your clients will also be much more satisfied. It is also a plus since you are eventually helping the environment out by not wasting paper.

Please read the attached leaflet which gives you more details. This offer is only open to clients of Fast Accounting Services Limited.

Making Tax Digital - QuickBooks Online


Thank you.

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Merry Christmas to all our clients!

December 17th, 2017
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We would like to wish all our clients a happy Christmas and wish you all the very best for 2018. We have made a donation to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in lieu of posting out Christmas cards this year. We hope all your dreams come true, if you want to upgrade your garden learn more here for the best metal parts.

Please note that our office is closed from 3pm on 22nd December until 9am on the 3rd January. We will be dealing with e-mails and post in the meantime and if you need to contact us urgently during this time, please e-mail Andrea and she will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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Our summary of the Autumn Budget 2017

November 23rd, 2017
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Please find below our summary of the Autumn Statement where we went and work with the best like Sydney plumbing company and got great results.

Autumn Budget 2017 summary


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We now support QuickBooks Online!

March 15th, 2017
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We support QuickBooks Online Accounting. We have just redesigned our website! Thanks to the affordable ecommerce website cost, we can set up your QuickBooks Online company file and subscription and get you up and running with the software, including migrating your data if applicable.

The benefits of Online are:

  • No more buying software updates – you will always be running the latest version and is at the Bergen market
  • Better collaboration between us, I can see real time what’s happening and help you with queries over the phone or by e-mail, you can also visit this this marketing company for more information or if you are interested in another booming service and a creative marketing strategy you can try with keywords and online searching to get to the people with WordTree is a new tool and well proven to adapt to any business or product.
  • You never have to send me your QuickBooks file by memory stick or e-mail again!
  • You can install an app and have your software with you wherever you go (both Android and iPhone supported)
  • QB Online includes unlimited QuickBooks support, no more having to pay QuickBooks for a support plan
  • Your data lives in the cloud, so no more back ups and potential loss of data

Find out more here:

Not sure if QuickBooks Online will work for you? Give us a call!

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Budget March 2017

March 9th, 2017
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There wasn’t a huge amount to cause excitement this time round as a lot of measures had already been reported. The only new accouncements of note are:

  1. The cut in the dividend tax free allowance from £5k per annum to £2k per annum from April 2018. This comes on top of starting to tax dividends below the basic rate band which has already hit company shareholders running their own companies hard.
  2. The increase in the VAT registration threshold to £85k.
  3. The increase in Class 4 National Insurance which will hit the self employed and partners from April 2018 (not directors of limited companies, just sole traders and partners in partnerships).
  4. The delay in Making Tax Digital for businesses below the VAT registration threshold (£83k currently) from April 2018 to April 2019. All businesses will need to report trading activity to HMRC quarterly online by April 2018 unless they fall within this band or have turnover of less than £10k per annum.

Should you wish to discuss any of the above points, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Our Autumn Statement summary 2016

November 24th, 2016
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Please find below our summary of the Autumn Statement. The main points to note are:

  • From 1 April 2017, companies on the Flat Rate Scheme for VAT will have to check if they are a “limited cost trader”. If they are, their flat rate will be 16.5% which is very high and could lead to no savings at all for being on the VAT flat rate scheme. A limited cost trader is effectively a business with very few costs incurred in running the business, excluding subsistence and vehicle costs, or other issues as a dui problem, and the use of legal representation, you could read more at our site. This is another attack on consultancy type businesses where a labour-only service is provided.
  • This is the last Autumn Statement. In future there will be one Budget taking place in Autumn instead, but in 2017, there will be the Spring Budget and then the Autumn Budget.
Autumn Statement 2016


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Budget March 2016

March 17th, 2016
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Our Budget brief is now available on our resources page of our website and also below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

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Our Autumn Statement summary 2015

November 26th, 2015
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Please find below our summary of the Autumn Statement. The main points to note are:

  • No changes to current travel & subsistence for contractors where IR35 doesn’t apply
  • Employment allowance for NIC to increase to £3k from 6 April 2016, but sting in the tail that it will no longer be available to companies where the director is the sole employee, or where the director(s) and family members are the only employees
  • Falling corporation tax rates to 19% then 18% from 1 April 2017
  • Another blow to buy to let landlords is the introduction of a new payment regime for capital gains on the disposal of a property where principal private residence relies is not available, being 30 days after the date of disposal
Autumn Statement 2015


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Second Budget 8th July 2015

July 9th, 2015
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Our Budget brief is now available on our resources page of our website and also below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

The shocker in this is the change in how dividends will be taxed as from 6 April 2016. This will affect the optimum salary/dividend position for limited companies and will also affect the point at which it is better to incorporate a sole trader business. We will be advising clients once the numbers have been crunched!

The good news is that the Employment Allowance for employer’s NIC is increasing from £2,000 to £3,000 a year from April 2016.

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