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If you’re a UK business thinking about moving goods into or out of the UK , this video is here to help you understand how customs intermediaries or agents can help you. For more information have a look at the guidance available on gov.uk.
If you're buying or selling goods abroad, you need to work out the amount of duty or VAT you owe. This short video tells you how to find out the ‘commodity code’ classification for your goods, using our Trade Tariff tool. Find out more on GOV.UK
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Holiday Hack: More Than Double Your Holiday Leave in 2017
Most employees in the UK are entitled to around 28 days of paid leave annually, but with some strategic planning you can more than double your leave in 2017!
By carefully planning your leave, around bank holidays and weekends, in the upcoming year you can maximise your time off without having to use all your official leave days. Here’s how according to Instant Offices:
December 2016 – January 2017
Take a 16-day holiday by booking 7 days off (24 Dec – 8 Jan) OR
Take a 23-day holiday by booking 12 days off (17 Dec – 8 Jan)
Take a 16-day holiday by booking 8 days off (8 – 23 April)
Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off (29 April – 7 May)
Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off (27 May – 4 June)
Take a 16-day holiday by booking 9 days off (19 Aug – 3 Sept)
December 2017 – January 2018
Take a 16-day holiday by booking 7 days off (23 Dec – 7 Jan) OR
Take a 23-day holiday by booking 12 days off (16 Dec – 7 Jan)
Benefits of Mid-Year Breaks
Working Smarter, Not harder
When you’re overworked or overwhelmed it’s easy to fall into the habit of ‘always working’ rather than working smart. It’s vital to be able to switch off from work for a while, not only to relax your mind, but to reset your attention span and renew your focus.
Feeling inefficient, exhausted, anxious, disengaged, cynical and even excessively critical of yourself at work are all signs of burnout. Before reaching this extreme point in your career, it’s essential to take preventative measures, and one of the best ways to do this is by taking strategic andregular breaks.
Reset Your Work/Life Balance
Setting clear boundaries so that work stress doesn’t spill over into everyday life can be difficult, but it’s imperative to push the off button and take a step back to focus on the things that really matter – travel, spending time with loved ones, improving yourself, helping others and…lots of napping!
Increase Your Value at Work
Some companies place value in the ‘first to come in, last to leave’ style of working from their employees but, in truth, this culture only leads to burnout and reduced productivity over time. Rather than being the person who spends themost timeat work, focus on being the person who brings the most value to each task by being sharp, thoughtful and enthusiastic.