Friday, February 12, 2016
ukaccountants posted: "Mitchams Accountants Ltd are an experienced and professional firm of Chartered Accountant that was founded in Ilminster, Somerset, over 60 years ago in 1951. They have a diverse client base that centres on agriculture, family estates, personal tax and "
Thursday, February 11, 2016
ukaccountants posted: "Fisher Phillips is an established firm of chartered accountants in West Hampstead, North West London.  Based in Finchley Road, they offer pro-active business, tax and accounting advice that is tailored to their clients' needs that is aimed at adding value"
ukaccountants posted: "Edward Amber is a firm of Chartered Accountants based on the outskirts of North East London in Loughton, with specialist knowledge and training in the charity sector that offers their expertise to smaller charities wanting Accounts and Independent Examina"
ukaccountants posted: "Richard Place Palmer is a firm of Chartered Accountants in Horsham, West Sussex that was established on 2001 and has built a reputation for giving excellent advice and a first class service to their clients, both in Horsham and the surrounding areas. T"
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I was recently contacted by a friend living just outside the Devon town of Newton Abbot who knew that I worked on websites and asked me if I could recommend a "local accountant".

To start with I was a little confused, not being quite sure why my friend wanted a firm of accountants in North Wales when he lived the best part of 300 miles away (it's almost a 6 hour drive from there to here).  The confusion was cleared up though when he went on to say that he had found accountants in Exeter and Torquay but none in his home town.

I told him that I didn't know of any personally and asked him if there was anything in particular that he was looking for, for example general tax advice, bookkeeping or something more specialised.

Having found out that, as a small tradesman, he was looking for advice about something called the Construction Industry Scheme (or CIS for short) which apparently is something that is used in the construction industry to make sure that the right amount of tax is paid by contractors and sub-contractors.

A quick search for accountants in Newton Abbot brought up nearly 60,000 results and I pointing him in the direction of the Google search - oddly enough I'd actually heard of two or three of the firms listed (Peplows, Tax Assist and Rupp Fraser) but had no idea if they dealt with CIS.  Although they were not on the first page of the results it turned out that there was a local firm called My Tax & Accounts who offer CIS services and advice to clients.

My friend contacted them and reported back to me that Joanne who is the accountant there seemed to know what she was talking about, and that there was an added advantage that they were based north of the A38 between Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Knighton and was only a few minutes from his home so he was going to arrange a meeting.

At the moment I've not heard back about how the meeting went but when I do I'll update this post.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015
At the start of the new year I decided to get something that I've been wanting for the best part of 30 years but had never been able to justify!

One of the local garages had a Series 3 Landrover for sale, I took a look at it and it seemed to be just what I was looking for - a runner with a full year's MOT on it that needed some work as a bit of a project. I debated with myself for a few days and then decided to bite the bullet - so, sitting on my drive now is a 35 year old Land rover 88 pickup.

She (why is it that all machinery is female - is it because males like to tinker with them, or that they take a lot of looking after?) needs a new door, the dash board tidying up, the sun roof fixing so you don't get a shower when it rains and one or two dents sorted out but none of these are big jobs as far as I can tell.

I've brought a Haynes workshop manual, a restoration manual and even a Land Rover Series 3 Owners Handbook (1979-1985 My) and have been avidly reading these for the past couple of days.

I think the first job will be the sunroof (he says looking out of the window at the rain falling from the sky), then I'll get the door and windows for the drivers side - yep, on a series 3 the door and window are separate things.

The plan is to post the various jobs on here and bore any readers silly with the work, although I might start a new blog just for the work.

One final thing, in our family we name our vehicles - for example a Nissan Navara is called Millie after it's number plate (AF05MLE) and my partners car is called Minty (yep, you've guessed it, a VW Polo). We are trying to come up with a name but are stuck on "Landy" which somehow doesn't seem right - if you had a 35 year old Land Rover with the registration OAH484W what would you call it?
This independent firm of Accountants was established in 1982 and have a reputation in the local community for providing excellent advice to their clients from their offices in Leicester.

John Porters'  two partners have a wide range of experience and expertise including giving advice on how to improve and develop your business.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Pure Professionals Ltd is a firm of Accountants based in the Clifton area of Bristol that acts for wide range of clients across many different industries in the local area.

Their two directors have many years experience between them and both enjoy using their knowledge and experience to help their clients make their businesses profitable and successful by legally minimising tax and maximising profits.

They have several testimonials on their website from clients who have used their services commenting on the good service they have had from Pure Professionals.

The above was taken from the UK Accountants Blog on Wordpress  and is used with their permission.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Recently I found the website that lists local UK schools and is searchable by types of school and also by town and postcode.

I struck me that this would be a useful site to visit is you are moving home to a new area and I wondered what other sites there were that might be useful if you move.

As someone that builds websites I can immediately think of at least 3 or 4 dedicated directories that could work in the same way and that I've not seen in my browsing of the net in the past.  The problem is, with all of these ideas, getting the raw data in the first place.  It's all very well to have a directory listing churches/ chapels and other places of worship for example but where would you find a list of all of these places?

Maybe a project for the future is to find someone that has the data for the directories that I'm thinking of and then work out how to get postcode data work out distances from the centre of a postcode.

Fun times ahead.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Honeybee Financial Planners, based in Preston, are specialists in providing a wide range of pension solutions for businesses in Preston and the surrounding area. 

With the new pension rules that are coming into effect for employers (auto-enrolment) and also the new rules about pension release for individuals that are due to come into effect in 2015 it may be worth talking to someone like Honeybee if  you have any questions about what to do.

As an employer you may already know that you will have to enroll all your employees (unless they actively opt out of the scheme) into ether a qualifying group personal pension, group stakeholder, occupational pension scheme or the National Employers Savings Trust (NEST) government scheme.  Some of the countries largest employers have been doing this since 2012 and by 2018 all businesses that employ someone will have to have done so.

If you are in the Preston area Honeybee offer both initial guidance and ongoing support to businesses in the area when it comes to auto-enrollment.

As an individual, especially if you already have a pension plan set up, you maybe more interested in some of their other services such as pension tracking, pension transfers and consolidation or even pension unlocking or liberation (they have a page on their site talking about liberation that warns you about the dangers and possible illegality of such scheme and speaking personally it is refreshing to see such advice on a website).