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Paul Sutton

Waiting for the inspection (video)

It was late morning on Saturday. Romy was asleep in her buggy, and I was sitting in the patio outside, listening to the birdsong, and feeling very smug about my solo parenting skills. But beneath all that, I knew there was a reckoning coming: the inspection when my boss Xiaofang returned home to Chateau Sutton after a week’s absence. It turned out …
Paul Sutton

Waiting for the inspection (video)

It was late morning on Saturday. Romy was asleep in her buggy, and I was sitting in the patio outside, listening to the birdsong, and feeling very smug about my solo parenting skills. But beneath all that, I knew there was a reckoning coming: the inspection when my boss Xiaofang returned home to Chateau Sutton after a week’s absence. It turned out …
Paul Sutton

When should I register a trade mark for my business?

  Continuing our China theme for this week, the picture above is of our favourite restaurant in Shanghai. As you can see, it’s the kind of place that has wipe-clean table tops, and plastic chairs bolted to the frame. Completely unpretentious – and very much recommended. The question of when a business should go to the trouble and expense of …
Paul Sutton

Following our China theme for this week, here’s a list of the top 5 tax and finance mistakes to avoid in China. It’s based on an article written by the Shanghai team at WTS China, some of whom my boss / wife / LCN co-founder Xiaofang had the privilege of meeting in person earlier this week. Malpractice in VAT invoicing (including inputs as well …
Paul Sutton

The view from Shanghai

I’m holding the fort here at Chateau Sutton this week, while my boss / wife / LCN co-founder Xiaofang is on a business trip to Shanghai. Being the hard worker that she is, her first three meetings were on Sunday. Two of those meetings related to Chinese investment into UK real estate – one was with an investment manager in a Chinese Private Equity …
Paul Sutton

TP in Shanghai – too hot to handle?

I’m holding the fort here at Chateau Sutton this week, while my boss / wife / LCN co-founder Xiaofang is on a business trip to Shanghai. Being the hard worker that she is, her first three meetings were on Sunday. They included one with a local tax inspector who deals, inter alia, with the China subsidiaries of multinational corporations. China may …