I get to see a fair few business cards when I’m out and about.

Many are absolutely fine, some are tacky, some flashy, some are even whole little booklets (which I will probably never read). The problem I have, and I am sure I am not alone, is that when I am going through them later (sometimes a lot later) can I remember where I met this person?

Taragh's card

If I have time just after, or even when, I get given a card I do make notes on it, but I was impressed by Taragh Bissett‘s card when she gave it to me.

It actually takes into account that you want to remember these things! And as she stands there filling in the details it makes you feel that the card’s worth having – and is one you’ll keep.

Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of thought.



logo-evolution-1While we were building the new website I came across our original brochure which was written in the early 1990s (I’d been prompted to do this by something said at a recent conference) and was surprised at how little had really changed. Yes the technology has moved on a bit and we are using a lot more of it, a lot more, in a lot more places. But the underlying principles haven’t changed, especially here at SMXi.

So I thought I’d add it to the website exactly as written (except phone numbers, because that would just be really confusing) and you can see it here.

From the end of September Gift Aid Claims will be different. The current R68(i) form will be no more and you will have to submit using one of 3 options:

  1. Complete on-line forms with attached spreadsheet (up to 1,000 claims per submission, but as many submissions as you like);
  2. Submit from your database on-line [direct submission] (up to 500,000 claims per submission, one claim per day);
  3. If you don’t have access to the internet you can use the new ChR1 form (up to 90 claims per submission).

For more information on the options check out the HMRC details of the options so you can choose the best one for your charity.

If you want to use either the on-line forms or direct submission you will need to sign your organisation up for a Government Gateway account.

If you have a database but it doesn’t have support for HMRC submissions then our GiftAider application can help you.

Make sure that you donor records are complete and up to date.

For standard claims the donors first name, last name and first line of address are mandatory. If any of these are missing then the claim will fail.

The post code is not mandatory, but if used only UK post codes are accepted. Not providing a post code for UK addresses will pass initial validation but can hold up payments.

If you need help cleaning up your database, then get in touch (020 7100 6010 or complete our enquiry form)

Useful Links

GiftAider – submit your data to HMRC

HMRC Charities On-Line FAQ

HMRC Submission Options

Signing up for a Government Gateway Account