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Prince's Trust Turns 40

25 Jan 2016
As many of our readers will know, Fiona Donaldson, our Private Client Tax Partner, is Chair of “Lunch with an Old Bag”, the fabulously glamorous annual fundraising lunch in aid of The Prince’s Trust, and also sits on the Prince’s Trust Scotland Advisory Council. In December, Fiona was thrilled to be invited to a fabulous Gala Dinner at Buckingham Palace, attended by HRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of ...(more)

HMRC (and other) email scams

21 Jan 2016
With the tax return deadline looming, it’s the time of year for scammers to send out fake emails, supposedly from HMRC, promising a tax refund. The emails will usually look genuine, complete with high quality HMRC logo, official sounding reference numbers and from an email address ending in ‘’ (although the language is often a bit odd – e.g. ‘your fiscal activity’).  They usually contain a link to a website asking ...(more)

Client Profile - Lochrin Autos (Edinburgh) Ltd

20 Jan 2016
Founded by Michael Mortazavi in 1986, Lochrin Autos (Edinburgh) Ltd originally traded under the name of Lochrin Motors. In conjunction with significant expansion of the business in 1997, the company changed name on relocation to 19 Lochrin Place, Edinburgh. Throughout the years, the company has expanded from a small garageservices provider to a major and well known independent garage and MOT station within the Edinburgh and regional area. Despite growing from ...(more)

Craig's Future Is Green

20 Jan 2016
Even as a young boy, Craig McBirnie, son of Susan McBirnie from our Business Group, was always to be found digging in the garden, picking up leaves and planting. So, when the opportunity came at the age of 16 for Craig to leave school, he jumped at the chance and the only job he wanted was to be a gardener. His Guidance Teacher at Ross High in Tranent arranged a meeting with a member from "TOiL" (Training Opportunities ...(more)

Carol Smashes China!

20 Jan 2016
Carol Wright, one of our partners,  recently attended the Praxity Global Conference in China.  Carol says “It was a chance to meet partners from independent accountancy practices like ours from all over the world, who are part of the global alliance of which we are a small part, and also learn more about the opportunities for businesses in China!  There were some inspiring speakers too – people who have come through ...(more)

Salary Sacrifice

14 Jan 2016
Have you ever thought about offering salary sacrifice schemes to your employees?  The idea behind this is very simple. The employee gives up part of their salary and, in return, you give him/her a non-cash tax free benefit, the most popular being childcare vouchers, additional employer pension contributions and cycle to work schemes. The benefit to you as an employer is the reduction in the amount of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) ...(more)

Alex's Big Adventure

14 Jan 2016
Gone are the days when school trips consisted of a visit to the zoo or a Shakespeare play at the theatre - nowadays the world is your oyster, thanks to organisations like World Challenge who take parties of school children on worldwide educational expeditions. Alex Jones, pictured here, the eldest daughter of Kerrie Jones from our Tax Group, has taken on the challenge from World Challenge ( and signed up for the trip of a lifetime to ...(more)

Understanding IT with Springfords

29 Oct 2015
Investing in new accountancy technology can improve the efficiency of your business and make daily tasks easier. However, choosing the right solution for your business can seem a daunting task. We Can Help We act as the interface between the technology experts and you to ensure that what you want and need from the system is what you get – in other words, we take time to understand your business processes and ...(more)

Client Profile - Central Scotland Joinery

29 Oct 2015
Situated in a purpose built factory and showroom in Falkirk, CSJ is a leading independent home improvement company serving Scotland. From its humble beginnings twelve years ago until now, CSJ has grown to employ over 100 individuals who have collectively served over 14,000 customers. In addition to providing windows and doors, CSJ now have an entire division designing and building bespoke kitchens, sunrooms, orangeries and garden rooms. Working with a variety of ...(more)

"Old Bags" do it again!

28 Oct 2015
Regular readers will know that Springfords is extremely proud to sponsor “Lunch with an Old Bag”, the fabulous  fundraising lunch for The Prince’s Trust in Scotland, held annually in September at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. Fiona Donaldson, our Private Client Tax Partner, chairs the LWOB Committee, which has helped raise over £1.5m at LWOB over the past 3 years. As you can see, they were over the moon about this year’s ...(more)

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