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New Recruits

20 Apr 2016
  Laura Houston After graduating from Napier University with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance , Laura began her training with a general practice firm in Edinburgh and worked there for over 12 years. She joined Springfords in January 2016, and specialises in preparing financial statements for sole traders, partnerships and small companies. Laura was a keen footballer and played at semi-professional level for Hibernian Ladies for many years and even ...(more)

Companies House Changes

20 Apr 2016
Changes in Companies House requirements have recently come into effect, which are designed to increase transparency over control and ownership of UK companies.  To that end most companies and LLPs are now required to keep a new register of People with Significant Control (PSC) and from 30 June 2016 the information on this register must be returned to Companies House under the new Confirmation Statement. Register of People with Significant Control A ...(more)

Outsourcing - The Benefits

20 Apr 2016
With advancements in technology over the past few years, efficient and economic outsourcing solutions are now possible for all businesses, large and small.  An outsourced team of accounting staff and payroll experts bring many benefits to you as a business owner, including: reduced HR burden access to a qualified skill base ability to track your business performance and finances keeps HMRC, your bank and Companies House happy Ensures your employees are paid on time and that all ...(more)

Supporting the Entrepreneurs of the Future

20 Apr 2016
As you know, Springfords sponsor the Lothian branch of Young Enterprise Scotland and Carol Wright, our Business Group partner, spends time helping on a voluntary basis on the Board. The YES program encourages students (‘achievers’) aged 16 to 18 to set up and run their own company over the course of one academic year – as you know it’s not easy running a business!  Achievers need to do everything – from ...(more)

Client Profile - The Union Advertising Agency Limited

19 Apr 2016
The Union is one of the UK’s leading regional advertising and marketing communications agencies, based in Edinburgh and Leeds, and has been in business, and a client of Springfords, for 20 years. The agency employs 95 staff and provides the full range of services to clients: advertising, direct marketing, design, brand consultancy, web design & build, online marketing, sales promotions, partnership and field marketing. This wide range of services is delivered through ...(more)

Springfords Just Keep On Giving

18 Apr 2016
Springfords Employee Charity Committee rounded off another fun packed year of fundraising in 2015 with our annual kids Christmas party, which Connor Dymond, nephew of Kerrie Jones in our Tax Group, is clearly enjoying. Anything to do with food is always popular with Springfords staff so our soup rota and tuck shop continue to raise lots of money, as does our annual bake-off competition.  To try to burn some calories this ...(more)

Sue's Highway One Classic

18 Apr 2016
Sue Bird, Associate in our Business Group, had a classic adventure earlier this month, driving and exploring the infamous Highway One, which takes in some of the California coast’s best known attractions. Setting out, Sue took a slight detour and headed North  to experience one of the highlights of her trip, a visit to Yosemite National Park where she was very lucky to witness the Yosemite Firefall (pictured here) in all ...(more)

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 ‘hmrc.gov.uk’ (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)

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