MPA promotion with O2
Turbo batteries Speed Power Capacity
Quantum are the leaders when it comes to powering portable flash units! These are the latest hi-tech models to be introduced:
TURBO 3 1050 full power flashes at one second recycling.* The Turbo 3 can also power many Canon & Nikon DSLRs!
TURBO SC 400 full power flashes at 1.4 second recycling.*
TURBO Blade 400 full power flashes at 1.4 second recycling.*
*with 6v flash unit, for example Canon 580EX and Nikon SB800/900.
When you buy any Turbo Battery Conditions apply. See www.flaghead.co.uk
Quantum QFlash Creativity Power Shoot-all-Day
QFLASH T5D-R 150 Watt- seconds, 1.9 sec recycling at full power, interchangeable reflectors, TTL-Manual-Auto- Strobo, powered by any Quantum Turbo battery.
QFLASH X5D-R Up to 400Watt-seconds, from 1.8 sec recycling at full power, inter- changeable reflectors, TTL-Manual-Auto-Strobo, powered by Quantum Qpaq modular system.
QFLASH TRIO Hot-shoe mounted “all-day-shooting” from one second recycling at full power, TTL-Manual-Auto-Strobo, interchangeable reflectors, built-in radio transceiver and master
controller, available for Nikon and Canon powered by any Turbo battery.
When you buy any QFlash Conditions apply. See www.flaghead.co.uk
HONLPHOTO Photo Lighting Accessories
Discover the HONL range of brilliantly useful photo lighting accessories, which modify and adapt the light from portable flash units. Simple in design, simple to use and highly portable.
Prices from £7.30+VAT. Starter kit: (9 different accessories) £126.50+VAT.
Contact the importer for full technical details, prices and list of dealers: email@example.com
or tel: 01202 733123
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THE MPA has teamed up with major national mobile phone and data services provider O2 for a pre-Christmas Family Portrait promo- tion. All members signed up for promotions have been emailed di- rectly and the membership in general informed through the monthly email MPA News.
Business Rates Zero
FROM THIS month on, if your premises have a rateable value of under £6,000 you will receive 100% Business Rates Relief, the MPA has advised all members in an email setting out the new scales. This brings England into line with Scotland where most small businesses in premises off the High Street do not pay any rates except Water.
VAT increase to 20% – but not if prepaid
FROM JANUARY 4TH VAT on photographic services – as with most other discretionary spending purchases – will rise to 20%, bringing Britain into line with other mature European economies where VAT is typically 19% to 21%. You will be able to charge 17.5% on work done up to the close of day on January 3rd, provided it was started before January 1st, even if invoiced later on. You can also take prepayment at the 17.5% rate for goods ordered in advance (this could for example include wedding albums, but also pre-booked photography). Here is the Government advice – we’ve added the bold type: “If you issue a VAT invoice or received prepayment before 4 Janu-
ary 2011 for goods or services which you provide on or after that date VAT will normally be due at the 17.5 per cent rate. In certain circumstances VAT is due at a rate of 17.5 per cent on the date of issue of the VAT invoice or receipt of payment before 4 January 2011 and a supplementary charge of 2.5 per cent then becomes due on the 4 January 2011.”
This means if your customer pays in full, in advance, it’s 17.5% but if a deposit is paid, the balance after January 4 is at 20% VAT. Considering offering an additional discount for prepayment as well. The Government websites dealing with the VAT change are very helpful – see: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home
This site covers England but the VAT aspects apply equally to all area of the UK.
British manufacturing photo competition
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has launched a national com- petition to find the most visually striking photography from the UK manufacturing sector and help dispel its outdated image. The competition, ‘Capturing the Spirit of Modern Manufacturing’ is being launched with the support of Manufacturing Insight, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and The Digital Asset Lab.
It is aimed at professionals and amateurs from within manufac- turing companies and elsewhere, as well as young people aged 14- 19. It is intended to showcase the excellence of UK industry, through high end visually striking technology, processes and people. The competition will culminate in awards for the winning entry in each of the three categories of professional, amateur and young people aged 14-19. They will be presented at the prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards in January 2011 and used to promote EEF’s Manufacturing Week in Spring 2011. Entry is via the EEF website www.eef.org.uk/photo
with entries closing at the end of this year. Editor’s note: we contacted the organisers about their demands for rights to images and the rules have been amended.
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