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New accounting standards - how do they affect you?

13 Jan 2015
2015 is a year of change for accounting standards.  The current standards will be replaced by new standards which will apply for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2015. A comprehensive review of changes is outwith the scope of this article, but rest assured that Springfords are prepared for what is the largest change in accounting standards for many years! There will be many changes in the way accounts are ...(more)

Resolution to Grow Your Business

09 Jan 2015
It’s that time of year when we all make personal New Year resolutions ... however how about making one for your business as well – a resolution to find a way to grow sales  and become more profitable. Sound good?  So how can you do this?  Well, if you've thought about seeking some help to get you on the business growth track before, then you may have already found out  that there is a ...(more)

Lest We Forget

08 Jan 2015
With the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the conversation in the admin room inevitably turned to war.  Did anyone have a relative who had served in either of the World Wars? The answer - yes! We’d like to share with you the story of Lorraine Paul’s Grandad, William McAlonie, pictured here as a young recruit, who had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy during WW2.  The ...(more)

Christmas Crackers!

08 Jan 2015
Christmas 2014 was a busy time for Springfords Employee Charity Committee. Our annual kids Christmas Party has grown from strength to strength over the years and this year was the best ever with 19 kids aged 0 to12 enjoying food, games, face painting and – as always the highlight of the evening – a visit from Santa himself.  The party was paid for by holding a Christmas raffle and other fun ...(more)

Strictly Old Bags!

08 Jan 2015
Fiona Donaldson, our Private Client Tax Partner, was delighted to be invited to Andy Murray’s fabulous Cromlix Hotel recently for a very special lunch, including guests Judy Murray and Albert Roux. Fiona was the guest of James Barrack, Managing Director of Knight Property Group, and a member of The Prince’s Trust Scotland Advisory Council, who bid generously for the experience, donated by Judy and Albert, at Lunch with an Old Bag, ...(more)

Client Profile - VisionEvents

08 Jan 2015
Since their  launch as sound and vision specialists over 30 years ago, VisionEvents  have developed into a full event production agency; from creative design to project control and equipment hire. Independently owned and Scotland born and bred, their Edinburgh HQ is the hub of activity and home to key departments, warehouses and members of staff.  VisionEvents  also have warehouses and offices in Glasgow and London and their centralised systems  produce quality ...(more)

Sew Scrumptious

08 Jan 2015
The growing popularity of BBC shows such as The Great British Sewing Bee and The Great British Bake Off has certainly rubbed off on Springfords staff. Anne Turner from our Admin Group has been inspired to get back into sewing.  Armed with a new sewing machine and loads of enthusiasm, Anne signed up for a 6 week dress-making course and one of her first tasks was to make a small shopping bag.  Now ...(more)

Design a Christmas Card for Springfords Competition

14 Nov 2014
Do you know a child who is under 12 years old who would love to win a fantastic colouring set? Do your own children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews enjoy drawing and colouring in?If so, then why don't you encourage them to enter our Design a Christmas Card for Springfords Competition - if anything, it will keep little hands occupied and out of mischief for at least half an hour!The talented winner of the competition ...(more)

Take part in our Family Business Survey 2014 to win an iPad Mini!

23 Oct 2014
Take part in our Family Business Survey 2014 to win an iPad Mini! Springfords and Praxity invite you, or a family business you know, to take part in the Family Business Survey 2014. The purpose of this short survey is to assess key issues which specifically affect Family Businesses. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is entirely anonymous and confidential. As a thank you, you can ...(more)

Re-mortgaging not so straightforward as it used to be

06 Oct 2014
A word of warning for those of you who are looking to remortgage/obtain a new mortgage in the near future – it will probably not be as easy and quick as it was last time! Following the introduction of the new mortgage lending rules from the Financial Conduct Authority, which came into effect from 26 April 2014, Springfords can report our clients are finding the whole mortgage application process an increasingly ...(more)