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Page 46 • The HERALD • 6th August 2020 v ENCOURAGING LOCAL ENTERPRISE v YATES & CO Chartered Accountants Specialists in providing accounting and taxation advice to small businesses and individuals Contact: Colin Yates A.C.A. Telephone: (023) 8086 1550 E-mail: enquiries@yatesco.co.uk Personal and Friendly Service Building Plans & Estimating Building Plans for Planning & Building Regulation approval Builders Estimating Service Free initial meeting and estimate CAD drawings produced on latest software Please call Bob on 07795 692060 Email abbott.bob@sky.com If you come into any of these categories, then you will need to complete a self-assessment. Other services that we can provide M G ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES Telephone & Fax: 023 8089 1351 • Email: mgeere@btinternet.com Specialising in Bookkeeping and Accountancy Services in and around the New Forest and Waterside area, be assured of a local and friendly service. Are you self-employed? Are you a small business? Are you a landlord? 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As a non-pro t organisation, the SCMS will now be able to provide the shing vessel industry with the cost-e ective and highly e cient levels of service it is renowned for. e SCMS, which operates out of Ocean Village, Southampton, is already a Certifying Authority under the MCA for small cra and workboats and has a number of surveyors who were authorised by the previous Fishing Vessel Certifying Authority – SEAFISH – to undertake such surveys on their behalf. As such, the SCMS is already extremely knowledgeable about the shing vessel industry. is means that the transition will be smooth and yards and shing vessel owners will retain the high levels of service to which they have already become accustomed. “Richard Blackhurst, previously Head of Survey at SEAFISH, will head-up this new service for us,” explains the SCMS President, Allan Larsen, “and he will be supported by a number of skilled surveyors from around the country as well as our existing office staff based in Southampton. We are delighted to have him on-board as he is a well-known and respected figure within the fishing industry. Richard will be working with both individual owners and boat yards that have newly built or pre-registered vessels and looking to operate them for commercial fishing purposes,” continues Mr Larsen. “Under UK law, it is a legal requirement that every fishing vessel has a coding certificate. Owners or builders can now get in touch with the SCMS and we can advise which surveys are required at each stage of the build. The certification work that we then undertake will validate that a build has been completed in accordance with the applicable codes and regulations. The MCA will then take over the coding aspect of the vessel.” Since inception in 1920, the SCMS has achieved an enviable reputation as a highly professional organisation in which Consulting Marine Engineers, Naval Architects and Ship Surveyors are able to o er clients a comprehensive range of technical marine services, all supported by proven academic and practical capabilities derived from extensive experience within the industry. To learn more about the SCMS or to apply for a Fishing Vessel Certi cation, visit https://www.scmshq.org/ ARE YOU SHOPPING ONLINE? Advice from Action Fraud Online shopping fraud during lockdown Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks, and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive. Top tips for shopping online securely: Choosing where to shop: If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research rst. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. Email accounts: Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping. Scam messages: Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing o ers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don’t use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Payment method: If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection. What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing. If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should rst, take a note of the website’s address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice. Whether you’ve been a victim of fraud will depend on howmuch information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts. For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime New Forest Business Partnership (NFBP) have launched a free weekly Business Support Hour each Wednesday at 3pm. Each week will focus on a speci c topic from a local business expert. e initial session which focused on marketing can be found on NFBP’s YouTube channel where future sessions will also be uploaded An important element of these sessions is the interaction between attending businesses. Whilst the rst half hour is focused on the chosen topic, the second half will allow businesses to share ideas, opportunities or issues. You can sign up to attend this support hour via the NFBP website (www. n p.org.uk/events) New Forest Business Support Hour