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Key Dates For Trade Businesses In 2024

Rhino Trade Insurance 08 January 2024

As we set off on a new year, tradesmen and women across the United Kingdom are gearing up for another year filled with plumbing jobs, rewires, fence builds and much more. As with every business, tradespeople need to be aware of certain dates and jot them on your calendar. 

Today, the team at Rhino Trade Insurance wants to share some of the more important dates you need to remember for the year ahead, as well as some more exciting ones to look forward to! Let's have a look at everything from key tax dates to your next trade fair. 

Tax Deadlines

One of the first things every tradesperson needs to consider is their tax obligations. Staying on top of tax deadlines ensures compliance with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) regulations and avoids unnecessary penalties. In 2024, some of the key tax dates to remember include:

  1. 31st January 2024 - Self-Assessment Tax Return Deadline: If you're self-employed, make sure to submit your tax return and pay any outstanding tax liabilities by the end of January. Failure to do so may result in penalties and interest.
  2. 5th April 2024 - End of the Tax Year: The tax year concludes on April 5th. It's essential to review your financial records, expenses, and income to ensure accurate reporting when filing your tax return.
  3. 31st July 2024 - Second Self-Assessment Payment: If your tax bill is over £1,000, you may need to make a second payment on account by the end of July.

Legislation Changes

The regulatory landscape for trade businesses is constantly evolving and the government of the day has announced various new rules. Staying informed about upcoming changes is crucial for adapting your trade business practices and ensuring compliance. In 2024, tradespeople should pay attention to the following:

  1. 29th March 2024 - Changes to Construction Industry Scheme (CIS): The government has announced reforms to the CIS, affecting how contractors and subcontractors handle tax payments and VAT. Stay informed about the changes to avoid any disruptions in your cash flow.
  2. 1st April 2024 - Minimum Wage Increase: The government announced in 2023 a large increase to the minimum wage for businesses that employ workers. Find out all you need to know here
  3. 25th May 2024 - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance Check: Regularly review your data protection policies to ensure compliance with GDPR regulations. Failure to follow these rules to data protection laws can result in significant fines.
  4. 1st October 2024 - Changes to Building Safety Regulations: New regulations related to building safety will come into effect, impacting those involved in construction and maintenance. Stay updated to meet the new safety standards and provide assurance to your clients.

Industry Events and Trade Shows

Networking and staying ahead of industry trends are integral parts of success in the trades. Plan ahead to attend key events and trade shows, where you can connect with suppliers, learn about new products, and gain insights into the latest industry developments. Some notable events to add to your calendar in 2024 include:

  1. All Year Round - National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Birmingham: The event is a must-attend for tradespeople involved in home renovations and construction. Explore the latest products, attend seminars, and network with industry professionals.
  2. 29th-1st Feb/March 2024 - The Toolfair, London: Hosted at Alexandra Palace, this trade show is dedicated to tools and equipment for trades. Discover new tools, attend product demonstrations, and take advantage of exclusive deals.
  3. 25th-27th June 2024 - Installer Show, NEC Birmingham: Where else can you meet and speak to industry-leading manufacturers, get hands-on with new trade products, benefit from exclusive show offers and expand your skill set? Installer Show 2024 will feature more than 600 exhibitors, with hundreds sharing the latest heat, water, air and energy products and technologies on offer! 
  4. May 2024 and October 2024 - UK Construction Week, Birmingham: This comprehensive event covers various aspects of the construction industry. Attend seminars, engage with industry experts, and explore innovations in construction technology.

Training and Certification Renewals

Staying on top of training and certification renewals is essential for tradespeople. Key dates to remember in 2024 include:

  1. Across all of 2024 - Health and Safety Training Renewal: Ensure that your trade businesses' health and safety certifications are up-to-date. Many construction sites require proof of current training, and renewing certifications promptly is essential for compliance.
  2. Across all of 2024 - Gas Safety Certificate Renewal: If you work with gas appliances, ensure that your Gas Safe registration and certifications are renewed before the deadline. This is crucial for maintaining a legal and safe working environment.
  3. Across all of 2024 - Electrical Competence Renewal: Electricians must renew their competence certifications periodically. Check the expiration date on your certifications and plan for any necessary training or assessments.

Get Your Trade Cover With Rhino Trade Insurance

When it comes to the new year, we think 2024 will be another barnstorming year for the trades! Although some of the dates we have listed are dull and repetitive each year (like taxes - boo). We hope you have plenty of plans to broaden your trade business horizon, meet new people, and grow your knowledge of what you do. So, without further ado, let's smash 2024! 

Don't forget to get your trade business insurance sorted before it's too late! Reviewing and renewing your insurance policies is a vital aspect of risk management for trade businesses. Ensure that your insurance coverage is adequate and up-to-date. Rhino Trade Insurance has a vast array of amazing policies, all of which can be customised to your every need. Just give our team a ring on 0116 243 7904 or head to our quote engine online for a price in just 60 seconds. 

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