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Business advisory
New business owners often have a solid business proposition but can struggle with the legal and financial aspects of setting up a business. With our combined experience, we can deal with these issues for you, allowing you to focus on your main business activities, and remove some of the stress of running your own business.
Whatever the size of business you are considering starting up we can provide vital advice on:

— The form the business should
     take, sole trader, partnership,
     LLP, limited company
— Preparation of projections,
     cash flow and business plan
— Arranging finance
— Bookkeeping tuition and
     implementing management
     procedures and systems
— Tax planning
— Business software

We advise that you do not risk getting caught out by any unexpected problems and come and see us from the beginning.
Corporate accounting
With the increased reporting obligations, thorough investigation policies imposed by the tax authorities and tough penalties for non-compliance means that a lot of time and resource is taken up making sure you are paying the right amount of corporation tax.

We will assist you and your business by completing and filing business tax returns. Using us for your corporate tax and planning, means we can act as intermediaries for any disputes with the tax authorities.
As part of this service, we can help you with determining the most tax effective structure for your business by taking full advantage of tax opportunities and reliefs. It is our job to make sure that you achieve the best capital or revenue tax treatment as well as reducing your tax on disposals and maximising relief on acquisitions. There are many tax opportunities specific to certain industries and we will help you identify these.
Cloud accounting
Accountancy is changing, and with the move towards Digital Tax Accounts from the current Tax return it is important that you are keeping up with the times. We are equipped to offer you a range of cloud based services with Xero, Sage One and QuickBooks all at our disposal. We will go through the options and guide you towards the best package for you.

Cloud accounting allows us to work closer with you and keep you updated on a more regular basis than with the standard accountancy software. With Client and Accountant log ins, you can hop online and view your accounts at any time.
It is up to you how involved you are with the software, as it has the capability to become a core part of your business practices. All 3 of the packages mentioned previously allow you to raise your sales invoices, upload purchases invoices and even create links to your bank account to keep us up to date with your bank transactions without the hassle of sending copies into us each month yourself.
Book-keeping, VAT & management accounts
We are here to relieve you and your staff from the troubles and burdens of in-house bookkeeping and accounting, including your annual accounts.

We work very closely with our clients in order to gain a full understanding of your business and how you run it. We have the capacity and flexibility to then tailor our approach to your needs in order to deliver the most appropriate service we can for you.

For our larger clients, one of the most important aspects of this service is the preparation of management accounts. We see these as vital and integral to the continuity and success of your business. Again, we discuss your requirements with you and provide you with tailored information and constructive advice on a regular basis.

Value added tax is not an easy subject to understand. Our aim is to make it as simple as possible for you to handle. It is seen as one of the most complex tax areas to be imposed on businesses. The VAT “goalposts” are constantly being moved as well as the ever changing stream of regulatory details. HMRC is constantly demanding more and more from businesses which adds more stress on top of what you already have to manage.

Our experienced team will help you make sure you do not miss anything and do not fall foul of the regulations. We make sure you do not pay any more than you need to.

Our efficient and cost-effective VAT service includes:

— Assistance with VAT
— Advice on VAT planning and
— VAT control and
— Help with completing
     VAT returns
— Processes put in place
     to avoid future issues
     with HMRC
Tax services & investigations
Personal tax planning

As HMRC continue to put more focus on taxpayers’ individual responsibilities, everyone who is subject to taxation needs professional advice and support if they are to optimise their tax position.

We can provide you with year-round tax advice on income tax, Capital Gains, Inheritance Tax, trust and estate issues, and Non-Domiciliary tax issues.

We will help you take full advantage of the tax saving opportunities open to you – call us today for a personal tax planning review.


Many taxpayers struggle to understand the complex tax returns and complete them correctly. With fines and penalties rising, it is vital to get your Self-assessment tax return right and in on time. We are here to make sure you don’t fall foul of HMRC’s rules.

The constant flow of changes to tax legislation means not only that the returns are becoming even more difficult to understand but also that taxpayers risk incurring more penalties through failing to complete their returns on time or correctly. We can save you a lot of time and worry by handling your self-assessment tax return for you.
Estate planning

There comes a time when we have to think about what we leave behind for our family and friends. As nobody knows when this time will come, making the necessary provisions sooner rather than later is vital.

The legislation that governs passing on your estate to your chosen beneficiaries requires you to plan well in advance. Therefore, the earlier you make the arrangements, the greater your chance of taking full advantage of the tax opportunities available and thereby maximising the amount that goes to your beneficiaries.

It is equally important when planning to transfer your estate that you make adequate provision for yourself and your partner in your later years. Striking this balance calls for considerable skill and foresight – and a detailed knowledge of the tax regime.

Tax investigations

HMRC carry out regular checks on how your business is accounting for all the areas of tax. When these checks are prompted, we will deal directly with HMRC on your behalf and do all we can to make the process as painless as possible for you.

It is vital to be led by specialist advice and guidance when dealing with the HMRC. With our special tax investigation fee protection service, our fees will be completely covered no matter how lengthy or complicated the investigation process. Feel free to contact us for more details on our Tax Investigation service.
Wealth management
Here is a quick overview of how we can help you manage your wealth efficiently;

Retirement strategies

Everyone hopes to maintain the same standard of living in retirement as they presently enjoy while working, but to achieve this requires considerable forward planning.

Here are some important questions you need to ask yourself:

Exit strategies

If you are in business, the first thing you need to consider is your exit strategy. Will you withdraw from the business, leaving it for the next generation, or will you hope to sell the business? If you intend to hand the business over, do you have a workable succession plan? If you intend to sell, how will you value the business, find a suitable buyer, etc.?

Pension provision

Do you have an adequate pension in place? Are you aware of all the pension possibilities open to business owners and directors? Are you making full use of all your allowances?
Savings and investments

Do you have the right balance between savings and investments, and is your portfolio split adequately between exposures?

Life assurance and long-term care

Do you have adequate life assurance, and have you made provision for long-term care and medical insurance for you and your family in your later years?

Trusts and executorships

Trusts are relatively easy and very tax-efficient way to set aside assets for future beneficiaries outside the inheritance tax thresholds. We can advise on the most suitable type of trust for you, set them up and provide a full range of accounting services for trusts.

We can also advise you on the preparation of your will, single or mirror.

Where appropriate, we can act as trustees or executors.
Payroll & auto-enrolment
The task of payroll processing can often divert you from your core business activity. It is our job to help and take the worry and time out of this process for you.

By allowing us to look after your payroll activity, we will free up more time for your staff to attend other business areas, therefore creating more opportunities and raising efficiency in the business.
Our payroll services are thorough and, of course, compliant with HM Revenue & Customs statutory requirements, we are RTI compliant. We can deal with every aspect of UK wages and salary requirements including:

— Setting up a new payroll
— Day to day payroll
— Dealing with PAYE
     and National
     Insurance deductions
— Completing your end of
     year returns
— Holiday & Statutory pay
— Stakeholder pensions
Corporate finance
Finding the funding for acquisitions is rarely possible by solely relying on your cash-flow. It doesn’t matter whether you have a start-up business or are well established, it is essential that you have the necessary finance to achieve your objectives.

We can help you decide on the most appropriate sources of finance, looking through all the best options suited and help you make those difficult decisions. As part of our corporate finance service, we help prepare the necessary business plans and forecasts. Because of our expertise, it means we are best positioned to present your proposals to your chosen financial source. This also means that we can arrange any disposal, M&A or MBO/MBI.
We have an extensive network that is here to help you and introduce you to the correct people to help you get where you want to be.
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