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Adrian Barker's Budget Commentary: November 2022

21st November 2022

On Friday I wrote to inform a few of the changes that came out of last week’s budget. But I said therein that the devil is in the detail (in what is unsaid as well as said), and in the interplay of different taxes.

Choosing Professional Advisors

22nd November 2022

I thought I would write this morning about choosing professional advisors. Accountants are traditionally amongst the most trusted professional advisors, and that gives me much comfort as I am a director of CBSL Accountants.

The Budget on Thursday 17th November

Published: 18th November 2022

Jeremy Hunt delivered his budget yesterday – I give reference to Jeremy, so that you might know which of this year’s budgets I am talking about.

Drivers of business value

Revisiting my previous blogs, I looked back at this one on drivers of business value, which was first published a few years ago. Most of the following, I have kept the same, but with interest rates increasing by 75 basis points to 3% on 3 November 2022 I though it worth updating.

Mini-Budget 2022

Published: 26 September 2022

The budget that wasn’t: neither a budget apparently – and definitely not mini.

Shocks have been felt in the markets, with Sterling hitting its lowest rate against the Dollar since the introduction of decimalisation. Indeed, the rate has fallen 8% since Liz Truss became the PM: I am no expert, but that does not seem to be a good thing.

We are celebrating our 18th Birthday at CBSL Accountants!

18 years ago today, my son Ollie was just one month old. It was a Tuesday, and after doing some work I put him in his baby carrier and went for a walk.
Ollie’s little sister Saffron hadn't been born.
On Monday of this week, 18 years later, I spent a day on Snowdon via Pyg and Miners with my now adult son and away from our now adult business.

Spring Statement

Published: 23 March 2022


I normally record a brief video commentary after all budget statements, but it has been a very busy day with clients, the make-up team have gone home for the day, and I really don’t want to put you off your Frosties in the morning.

Construction Industry Costs

Construction Industry

I have been doing quite a lot of work with clients in the construction industry sector in 2022, and whilst anecdotally I had understood that costs have been increasing materially, I hadnt fully appreciated some of the percentage increases.