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Compliance Services


We can relieve you and your business of a significant burden by taking care of all your bookkeeping and accounting needs. This ranges from making use of our in house bookkeeping bureau to the preparation of your annual accounts. We will treat every business individually so that we can tailor our approach to your requirements.

Besides the core bookkeeping, we can also maintain your VAT records, prepare your payroll and take on ad hoc projects to free up valuable time for your staff.

We believe that our high level of IT literacy can help improve our efficiency and help our clients to set-up their accounting systems to be efficient and effective. We are Sage Accountants Club Members and can supply software and hardware.

We can also train you and/or your team in bookkeeping so you can if you wish do your bookkeeping "in house"

We run seminars on bookkeeping at all the offices.

A very small business may just need an analysed and reconciled cash book, other larger businesses may need a more sophisticated system using double entry bookkeeping. Sage is a software package for double entry bookkeeping. We have a seminar to suit whatever your requirements are.

Increasingly clients are moving onto �cloud� based systems. We can work with you on this resulting in minimal disruption to your ongoing bookkeeping.

Remember that HMRC can impose substantial fines if you fail to keep proper books and records.

Get the basics right!

Business Planning

Every business must plan ahead in order to ensure success, but it is too easy to succumb to the daily pressures of work and delay or ignore strategic planning. The result of poor planning is often rushed and misinformed decisions, over/under capacity, inefficiency and missed opportunities.

Every business owner needs to invest time in developing a long-term plan, starting with what you want to achieve from your investment and what your reasons for being in business are, and then developing a plan to help achieve these objectives.

We are well placed to help you develop these plans and have a considerable pool of experience and expertise to draw on. The financial aspects are usually the backbone to any business plan and you need to ensure that this aspect has been adequately dealt with in your plan. Contact us today for a strategic planning review.

Business Start-up

Most people who start up in business do so because they have a good business proposition, not because they are experts in the financial aspects of running a business. These factors can often be quite daunting to the entrepreneur and this is where we can help by evaluating your ideas and helping you develop them into a feasible business.

We can also help you:

  • Decide on the most suitable structure for your business (i.e. sole trader, partnership or limited company).
  • Prepare a business plan, cash flow projections, budgets and trading forecasts to prove the financial viability of your ideas and demonstrate this to the bank / potential investors.
  • Assess your finance requirements and access the most appropriate source of finance.
  • Help you establish relationships with banks, solicitors, etc via our well established network of contacts.
  • Carry out registration procedures with Companies House or HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Set up an internal accounting system which complies with statutory requirements.

Business Valuation

One of our key objectives is to help our clients increase the value of their business. Each year we can carry out a valuation of your business to ensure you are on track.

We will produce a detailed report showing the current value of the business and ideas on how you can maximise its worth.

Company Secretarial

When running a hectic business you cannot afford to use valuable time making sure you are complying with the Companies Act. However you do need to be aware how this legislation affects your company and its directors. We can help by carrying out the company secretarial duties for you. Our services include:

  • company formations
  • preparation and filing of statutory returns
  • preparation of all documentation (such as minutes and resolutions)
  • maintenance of statutory books (share register, minute book, etc)
  • general advice on company law

Financial Performance Review

We will carry out a financial performance review of your business. This will be in the form of a detailed report which includes:

  • Graphs and charts illustrating how your business has performed this year
  • Ratio analysis to highlight areas of strength and weakness
  • Detailed commentary advising you which areas of the business can be improve

Management Accounts

The most important part of our compliance services is the preparation of periodic management accounts. Monitoring and controlling the financial performance of your business is of paramount importance and regular management information is vital to the continued success of your business. We can either carry out this function for you or help you set-up internal systems to generate the information.

We will also take this service one step further by interpreting these figures for you and making suggestions to help you improve your profits or to help your business grow.

Very often the bank will require this information from you. Your bank should be treated as a business partner, so you should keep them informed.


Running your own payroll can be time consuming and complicated, particularly with the ever increasing complexity of taxation and employment legislation. There is an increasing burden on business to comply with these issues and non-compliance can lead to substantial penalties. We can prepare payrolls for businesses with 2 to 200 staff.

Payrolls must now be submitted online under RTI (Real time initiative). Very often a small business does not have the time or facilities to comply with this demanding requirement. We have the knowledge and resources to help you with this.

Our service is comprehensive and confidential and includes:

  • computer generated payslips
  • administration of PAYE, national insurance, statutory sick pay, statutory maternity pay, etc
  • completion of statutory forms (including year end returns)
  • summaries and analysis of staff costs
  • administration of incentive schemes, bonuses and ex-gratia termination payments.

Even if you only have a few employees, you will make savings by engaging us to administer your payroll.

Statutory Accounts & Audit

If you are a limited company then you are required to prepare accounts that must be filed with Companies House in a statutory format. We can help you by preparing your statutory accounts and filing them with Companies House for you.

Currently, all companies with a turnover in excess of £6.5 million must have a statutory audit. We can make this a painless procedure and use the knowledge gained about your business to help give proactive advice.


Corporate & business tax will represent a substantial cost to any profitable business, not only in terms of the tax itself but also in compliance with reporting obligations, investigations with tax authorities and penalties for non-compliance.

We can help you minimise your Corporation Tax payments and relieve you of any administrative burden of complying with tax legislation. We will deal with all business tax matters, including preparing income and /or Corporation Tax computations and preparing and submitting your partnership tax return or Corporation Tax self-assessment return.

Personal Tax

If anything the burden of compliance with personal taxation law has increased over the years. We can help to relieve you of this by preparing your annual self assessment tax return.

We are also able to prepare Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax computations for you. In addition we offer a full taxation planning service, aimed at minimising your future tax liabilities.

Most Trusted Business Advisor

We want all our clients to see us as the most trusted business advisor. We hope that whenever you have some issue in your business you will contact us first. We don't get annoyed that you are bothering us, we want you to phone/email/text so that you do the right thing there and then. It is more difficult to unravel something when it has gone wrong than to spend time getting it right in the first place. If we are placed to help you resolve the issue we will do so. If the matter requires input from other professional advisors we can introduce appropriate people to work with us. This may include:


Corporate finance consultants

Financial advisors


Insolvency practitioners


We work with a carefully selected range of advisors who we trust and are pleased to recommend as necessary.

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