Sweyn Forkbeard is not a name that springs immediately to mind, well not my mind anyhow. He is however of great historical significance and once King of Denmark and England.
His father was Harald Bluetooth, a name we associated with mobile phone technology and his son was Canute, as in King Canute.
Now all this may be of little interest to anyone reading this but to the people of Gainsborough it is very significant as Sweyn Forkbeard sailed up the River Trent to Gainsborough Castle to claim the Crown of England and consequently Gainsborough became the nation’s capital, and indeed, the capital of Denmark too.
His reign was brief as 5 weeks later he died at the castle of suspected poisoning. Gainsborough castle is no more, where it stood there now stands Gainsborough Old Hall a quite magnificent 15th century timber-framed strong house, 600 years old and still looking fine.
The Danes had a system of taxation known as Danegeld, this was a tax paid to the Vikings which stopped them raiding and pillaging, sounds like a protection racket to me but if it kept the peace then all well and good.
I suppose we can’t call our modern taxation system ‘protection money’ however if you are being chased by one of HMRC’s enforcement officers for unpaid VAT, Corporation Tax or PAYE you will still feel very vulnerable.
Taxgone understands that feeling and knows that a Company Voluntary Arrangement eases the pain and puts you back in control.
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