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We will help you to:

  • Decide on the most suitable structure for your business – sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership or limited company
  • Prepare a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts
  • Assess the finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance and draw up the necessary proposals
  • Establish a good working relationship with your bank
  • Complete any registration procedures with Companies House and HMRC
  • Deal with company secretarial issues
  • Set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements
  • Decide on what computer hardware to buy and help with the installation of accountancy software
  • Keep on top of bookkeeping, VAT, payroll and other accounting requirements and
  • Help with all aspects of business compliance and administration

COMPLIANCES SERVICES

We can help you by making sure accounts are prepared in the correct format, statutory books and other company secretarial records are kept up-to-date and that all statutory returns are prepared. Our experienced team will relieve you of the regulatory burden and leave you more time to concentrate on your core business activities. In short, we will make sure everything is in the right format, in the right place and at the right time.

Our range of compliance services includes:

  • Annual accounts
  • Company secretarial services
  • Payroll procedures including Real Time Information and Pensions Auto Enrolment compliance
  • ATOL Accounts report
  • Tax returns and
  • Grant claims

INVESTMENT AND PENSION

  • Pension schemes
  • Life assurance
  • Critical illness cover
  • Private medical insurance and care plans
  • Individual savings accounts and
  • Investments.

CONSULTANCY AND ACCOUNTANCY SYSTEM ADVICE

Decide on the most suitable structure for your business – sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership or limited company
  • Prepare a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts
  • Assess the finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance and draw up the necessary proposals
  • Keep on top of bookkeeping, VAT, payroll and other accounting requirements
  • Establish a good working relationship with your bank
  • Complete any registration procedures with Companies House and HMRC
  • Deal with company secretarial issues
  • Set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements
  • Decide on what computer hardware to buy and help with the installation of accountancy software
  • Help with all aspects of business compliance and administration

SUPPORT SERVICES

The combination of your business knowledge and our support services will help your business to grow and increase profitability.

Management accounts and information
Obtaining regular reliable management information is vital to the continued success of any business. Let us work closely with you to get to know your business so we can make suggestions to help improve profits or to develop and grow your business. We can prepare your monthly or quarterly management accounts to ensure you always have reliable and accurate information on which to base your business decisions.
Payroll
Running a payroll can be time consuming and complicated and divert resources from the core activities of your business. With the implementation of Real Time Information, HMRC require information generally on or before the date of payment to the employee. We can help by installing payroll software and training your staff. Outsourcing this activity also helps relieve the pressure and we can offer cost-effective solutions. We are able to provide the complete service, whatever the size or complexity of your business, or simply provide support when needed.
Bookkeeping
We can help you with all your general bookkeeping requirements, either at your business premises or at our office. Maybe you need help writing up the books or just want us to add the finishing touches to the information in order to create your own management information. If you do not employ a bookkeeper then we can take up the role or help you recruit the right person for your business.
Business planning and forecasts
Every business should plan ahead to ensure success but daily business pressures often conspire to delay the strategic planning process. Financial forecasts are a crucial part of any business plan and we will ensure these are both meaningful and robust.
Liaising with banks and institutions
We offer support when liaising with banks and other financial institutions. Drawing on our wealth of experience we can support our clients through this often daunting experience.

TAXATION

We will help you to understand the tax implications of your actions, in order that you can plan ahead and conduct your affairs in a tax efficient way.

Corporation tax services

Under Corporation Tax Self Assessment (CTSA), the legal responsibility for correctly calculating the corporation tax liability falls on business owners. We understand the issues facing owner-managed businesses and can prepare tax returns in a timely and efficient manner. We will also calculate your company’s tax liability and assist with the calculation of any quarterly instalment payments due.
The increased reporting obligations, investigation policies on the part of the tax authorities and harsher penalties for non-compliance mean that your time and resources can be taken up with tax administration. We will help to minimise corporate tax exposure and relieve the administrative burden of compliance with current tax legislation. Effective corporate tax planning can also result in significant improvements in your bottom line.

Personal tax services (including sole-traders and partnerships)

We are specialists in income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.
Self Assessment
We have the expertise and software to take the headache out of the form filling and compliance aspect of Self Assessment. We can provide you with practical advice on personal tax and the planning opportunities available to you. Over recent years HMRC have increased the penalties for failing to file a return on time and for errors. We can complete tax returns, calculate any tax liability and advise you on exactly when to make payments and how much to pay.
Personal tax planning
Everyone who is subject to taxation needs professional advice and support if they are to optimise their tax position and ensure they meet the compliance requirements. Our specialist tax team can provide you with year-round advice on all aspects of personal taxation.
Estate planning
Few of us like to think about dying; however the relevant legislation requires us to plan well in advance. This means making the necessary provisions now. There are many tax opportunities available and the earlier arrangements are made, the greater the chance of taking full advantage of our complicated tax system.
It is important when planning to transfer an estate that adequate provision is made and getting the right balance requires considerable skill and foresight – along with a detailed knowledge of the current tax regime. We provide a discreet comprehensive estate planning service that includes:
  • Help with planning and reviewing a will
  • Making full use of exemptions and lower tax rates on lifetime transfers
  • Optimising lifetime transfers between family members
  • Transferring agricultural or business property
  • Transferring assets into trust
  • Arranging adequate life assurance to cover potential inheritance tax liabilities.
Trusts
We also have expertise in dealing with trusts; a very tax efficient way to set aside assets for future beneficiaries outside the inheritance tax net. We can advise on the most suitable type of trust to fulfil your wishes, assist in setting up the trust and provide the full range of accounting services required for trust management.
VAT
Ever changing regulations and the growing demands of HMRC mean VAT compliance can be a difficult administrative process. We can help to ensure that you comply with the regulations and that overpayments are not made. To help you manage this complex area, we provide an efficient, cost-effective VAT service, which includes:
  • Assistance with VAT registration
  • Advice on VAT planning and administration
  • Use of the most appropriate scheme
  • VAT control and reconciliation
  • Help with completing VAT returns
  • Planning to minimise future problems with HMRC
  • Negotiating with HMRC in disputes and representing you at VAT tribunals if necessary.
HMRC Investigations and Enquiries
Being the subject of a tax investigation or enquiry by HMRC can be a stressful and worrying experience. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with HMRC investigations, whether they are enquiries into an individual’s Tax Return, more detailed enquiries into a company’s affairs or employer-related investigations into PAYE and P11d compliance. If you are about to be the subject of an investigation, we can provide expert help and support.
Tax protection
With the increased risk of such investigations it may be worth considering taking out our annual insurance policy to protect you and your business from unexpected costs; an investigation will undoubtedly result in additional accountancy work being undertaken. The amount of work will depend upon the complexity of the case but the cost could be substantial.