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A helping hand for local children at Christmas

21 Nov 2016
Thousands of children in the Lothians, living in poverty will wake up to a Christmas without presents this year. That's why Forth 1 are supporting Mission Christmas again, asking you to buy just one extra present - a gift that will be given to a disadvantaged child to make their Christmas morning that little bit brighter.  They are looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people ...(more)

Lunch With An Old Bag

21 Oct 2016
As regular readers will know, Springfords are very proud to support The Prince’s Trust Scotland, through our sponsorship of Lunch with an Old Bag. This year's dazzling proceedings, at Edinburgh's prestigious Prestonfield House, celebrated the 40th Anniversary of The Prince’s Trust, and raised a record-breaking £759,000. Yes, you read that right - £759,000! Our Tax Partner, Fiona Donaldson, who chairs the LWOB Committee, tells us that she’s still gobsmacked! LWOB simply wouldn’t ...(more)

Wedding Bells for Findlay

21 Oct 2016
On the 3rd of September 2016 Findlay Paul, Chartered Accountant and Associate at Springfords LLP, married Dr Sarah Scobie at Kinnaird House in Larbert, a listed building saved by Findlay's grandfather in the 1970s. Heavy rain was forecast that afternoon, however it was a bright day. Homemade white and blue bunting trimmed the tree-lined approach and the venue itself was adorned with numerous crafts and personal touches; jars decorated with lace, ...(more)

Client Profile - FMS Fire and Security Ltd

20 Oct 2016
FMS Fire and Security Ltd, established in 1990, are one of the leading independent fire and security companies based in Central Scotland. FMS Fire and Security provide consultancy, design, installation, commissioning, training, maintenance and servicing of single, integrated and multi-discipline electronic fire and security systems.  These systems incorporate Fire Detection, Fire Extinguishing Systems, Intruder Alarms, Close Circuit Television, Voice Evacuation, Access Control and associated ironmongery and also includes installation and commissioning ...(more)

The Great Escape

20 Oct 2016
For this year's Springfords Outing, we decided to try out the latest craze for "Escape" games. Essentially our staff were split into teams and locked up in themed rooms with names such as: The Da Vinci Room; andThe Darker Side of Edinburgh and given exactly 60 minutes to get out by solving many puzzles, riddles and brain teasers along the way.  Powers of observation are tested to the max and team work is ...(more)

Poorhouse People

20 Oct 2016
Our article in the November 2015 eNewsletter about Westfield Park's (our head office) "Poorhouse Past" was inspired by The Lothians Family History Society who have kindly provided us with more details on the lives of two of the female inmates who inhabited our building for a while, which we thought we would share with you: Margaret Baxter 1861 - 1890 Margaret was the fifth of seven children and was born at Niddrie ...(more)

Cycle to Work

20 Oct 2016
Working long hours can impact on your exercise regime, so cycling to work is worth investigation.  The Government will even assist by offering you a tax sweetner, saving up to 42% on the cost of a commuter bike. The Scheme The employer initially purchases the bike and then loans it to the staff member under a hire agreement.  Monthly rental payments are deducted directly from the employee's salary under a "salary sacrifice" ...(more)

Payroll Update

20 Oct 2016
We thought it would be useful to highlight some current payroll issues which you should be aware of. The first thing to note is that from 1 October 2016, the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increases kicked in: Year                    25 and over      21 to 24      18 to 20       Under 18      Apprentice From:  1 Oct 16         £7.20             £6.95          £5.55              £4.00             £3.40 Up To: 1 Oct 16         £7.20             £6.70          £5.30              £3.87             £3.30 In future, there will be no October review, as both ...(more)

Protecting Your Business Online

27 Jul 2016
Businesses across Scotland are experiencing a new kind of threat to their finances, a threat that causes them to transfer large sums of money directly into the criminal’s bank account.  Social Engineering is the latest and most sophisticated cybercrime to date, designed to specifically target your business finances.” This year alone has seen a marked increase in the number of online attacks focusing on local businesses. The days of receiving a ...(more)

Client Service Profile - Direct Healthcare Services

22 Jul 2016
Direct Healthcare Services is a specialist British manufacturer of pressure area care solutions with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative, award-winning products including mattresses, cushions and overlays. Springfords were recently involved assisting our client, the Management Team of the company, to complete a Private Equity (PE) backed Management Buy-Out (MBO) transaction with NorthEdge Capital. The deal took 10 weeks to complete from start to finish and was valued at £15m. We were ...(more)

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