Business costs are on the rise as we near the second quarter of 2022. Supply chain costs are increasing, energy prices are rising and labour costs are getting more expensive. These soaring costs mean higher expenditure and lower margins on your products and/or services. If left unchecked, that could mean a dip in your predicted profits for the quarter.
The good news is that by acting now to manage these increases you can stay on top of these costs. And with a proper financial plan, you can keep your business turning a profit.
A rise in the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) was announced in Autumn Budget 2021. This increase set the minimum wage back on track to reach the Government’s target of two-thirds of median earnings by 2024.
The size of your overall wage increase will depend on the age of your employees and whether they’re currently working as part of an apprenticeship scheme. However, the increase in your payroll costs is definitely something to factor into your financial planning for the year.
The new NLW and NMW rates from 1 April 2022 will be:
In addition to the rising cost of labour, inflation is forecast to put upward pressure on everyday items. UK inflation is forecast to hit 8% in April 2022, and that’s likely to increase your general running costs and the price of materials. Petrol prices are up, for instance, and Brexit and the resulting supply chain issues have driven up the cost of many imported products.
Is it time to put your prices up? Ideally, your business should increase costs by a tiny amount each year, rather than by a big jump every five years, for instance. Small increases help prevent price shocks for customers, and keep your business in line with the rest of the market.
If you don’t think increasing your prices is an option, or you still need to make more of a change, you may need to cut back your spending. We look at your business line by line, so we can help you identify areas where you might be able to trim the fat.
It’s going to be a challenge to keep ahead of rising business costs in 2022. But with the right mindset, planning and forecasting, you can stay one step ahead of the curve.
Talk to us about your ongoing costs. We’ll review your business expenses to see where savings can be made and where you can push your margins to remain profitable.