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Meaningful Management Accounts

04 May 2015
As we come out of arguably the toughest recession that the country has seen for many years, there are many lessons businesses who have successfully survived have learned. One of the main lessons for some businesses is that the approach traditionally adopted by them of relying on their annual accounts and using the bank balance to measure their performance is no longer sufficient. Quality management information is absolutely vital to enable business ...(more)

Cyber Security - how secure is your data?

23 Apr 2015
With almost all businesses processing and storing their accounting and other data electronically, the issue of Cyber Security is one that cannot be ignored.  The risks to a business of a breach include loss of vital information, business disruption, incident response costs and other financial loss as well as potential legal implications. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills have released the 2014 Information Security Breaches Survey.  Some of the statistics quoted ...(more)

Bowled Over!

22 Apr 2015
At Springfords we're not only good with numbers - Emma Brown from our Business Group is proof of this. Emma is a rising star in the bowling world in Scotland.  She started playing outdoor bowls at East Lothian Co-op Bowling Club at the tender age of 10 and by 15 was also playing indoor bowls at East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club.  It was clear from the outset that Emma had talent and ...(more)

Client Profile - Heart of Scotland Tours

20 Apr 2015
The journey began in 2001 when the original 14-seater Wee Red Bus hit the road offering value-for-money guided tours of Scotland.  Since then Heart of Scotland Tours has become one of the most trusted names in the Edinburgh tour industry. The company was one of the first to achieve a 5-star rating by Visit Scotland and has literally pushed touring boundaries with new routes and ideas always to the fore.  For ...(more)

Icing On The Cake for Julie

20 Apr 2015
During a recent visit to Dublin, avid Springfords baker Julie Zasada from our tax department who was also featured in our last Enewsletter, was delighted to meet Mary Berry from The Great British Bake Off.  Julie is pictured here with Mary during a book signing at Easons book shop in O'Connell Street. Unfortunately Julie missed the recent 2015 Great Springfords Bake Off, which was run again this year in conjunction with Red Nose ...(more)

Fiona and Dave Climb to Success

20 Apr 2015
To mark the 125th birthday of the Forth Railway Bridge a limited number of guided tours to the top were offered for sale by Network Rail as part of their Million Makers initiative.....   ........and recently two intrepid Springfords bods were lucky enough to venture to the top, helping the Network Rail Million Makers team raise the fantastic sum of £31,250 to support The Prince’s Trust.           (more)

Welcome!

20 Apr 2015
We're happy to announce three new additions to the Springfords family...........   Nadine Blackhall Nadine started with Springfords in  September 2014 as an accounts assistant joining our Business Group. Nadine holds a HNC and HND in Accountancy and is famed for receiving the Springfords sponsored prize for being the top student in her year in 2006 at her graduation. She has years of bookkeeping experience and currently looks after a number of our ...(more)

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)