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News - 2009

Brain Teaser 2

25 Sep 2009
Take the amount of prize money on offer in the Alba Innovation Challenge, divide by the number of players in the Springfords boules team, multiply this by the number of medals won by Sophie, deduct the number of respondents in the Lumison research then add the current annual exemption for inheritance tax - what's the answer? (more)

Client Profile - Lumison

23 Sep 2009
More than two thirds of professionals have seen their face-to-face contact diminish over the last five years, according to research from Lumison. Only 15 per cent of the survey's 1,000 respondents said this wasn't the case. But as technology allows us to communicate in different ways, is it making us antisocial? Lumison CEO Aydin Kurt-Elli disagrees: "A lot of face-to-face communication has probably always been unnecessary," he said. "Walking to a different ...(more)

Calling All Budding Innovators

16 Sep 2009
The Alba Innovation Challenge Springfords are joint sponsors of The Alba Innovation Challenge which is an exciting new business competition launched recently in West Lothian  - with a prize package of £50,000 on offer to the winning business. The total prize includes a significant financial incentive, free office space for a year in the Alba Innovation Centre and a package of expert advice, including legal and accountancy services.  The competition is open to ...(more)

Sophie Swimming In Success

16 Sep 2009
The Springfords Charity Committee likes to help projects nominated by partners and staff.  We were therefore delighted to support Sophie Connor from Bonnyrigg who swam for the Lothians in this year's Special Olympics in Leicester in July by donating £750. Sophie is the niece of Kerrie Jones from our Tax Team and she didn't disappoint returning with two bronze medals in butterfly and back stroke. 73 athletes represented the Lothians, competing in 9 out ...(more)

Championes!

16 Sep 2009
June saw Springfords, under the moniker of 'Boules-eye', return as reigning champions to Drumsheugh Gardens for the annual Brewin Dolphin Boules tournament. In an identical group to the previous year, the team would have to be on their toes to get through to the next stage.  Easily taking the 'scalps' of Chiene+Tait, Brodies and Fyfe Ireland, a rare loss to Strutt Parker led to a nervous wait before they found out ...(more)

Springfords Duo Carpeted

16 Sep 2009
The Springfords client service team to the Edinburgh International Film Festival, a long standing client, were fortunate enough to be invited to attend the festival's opening night gala and international premiere in June of "Away We Go" a Sam Mendes film.  The photograph shows Alan Jones and Findlay Paul posing on the red carpet at Cineworld in Edinburgh, trying to look more arty than accountant.   You can judge for yourself ...(more)

Caledonian Challenge

15 Jun 2009
"Welcome to the 2009 RBS Caledonian Challenge."  Adrenalin pumping, on a dreak Saturday morning (13th June 2009), the 'Spring into Action' team (Sue Bird, Marius Briedenhann, Fiona Jackson and Simon Gillis) were ready to start one of the world's top fundraising endurance events. Competitors must attempt to walk two miles further than a double marathon within 24 hours through some of Scotland's wildest and most breath-taking countryside along the West Highland ...(more)

Client Profile - Zenith SAS Limited

09 Jun 2009
From the oil fields of Kazakhstan to the gas terminals of The Arabian Gulf, from the industrial chimneys and flare stacks of heavy industry to the cupolas, spires and monuments of historical buildings, Zenith SAS Limited can be seen carrying out major refurbishment projects on structures often in excess of three hundred and thirty metres in height. Located in Loanhead, Zenith has grown to be a world leader in its specialist ...(more)

Brain Teaser 1

02 Jun 2009
We all have important dates in our lives, things like birthdays, anniversaries and the like.  In the world of personal tax, those dates tend to stem from just one very special date - that is the 5th April each year.  This is of course the end of the tax year, but have you ever wondered why we use such a seemingly random date?  Well, now is your chance to find out!  Tell us what you think, and ...(more)

Springfords new Livingston office - Springfords LLP, Scotland

02 Jun 2009
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new satellite office in Livingston, West Lothian.  This location now puts Springfords firmly on the map as being one of the largest independent firms of accountants strategically positioned to service clients right across Edinburgh and the Lothians.  Our new office is based at Integration House, located in the Alba Business Park in Livingston and you will all be relieved to know that it ...(more)

Credit Crunch Outing

02 Jun 2009
Yes it is possible!  Anne and Jane from the admin team were handed the almost impossible task of keeping to the budget set by our Finance Partner, Fergus Kerr and providing a fun packed annual team-building outing. Vogrie Park was the venue and with the help of the weather and the local Park Ranger, Alan Krumholds, Anne and Jane proved equal to the challenge. Partners and staff competed against each other in ...(more)

Jolly Hockey Sticks

01 Jun 2009
Jane Carmichael and Anne Turner from our Admin Team have been busy over the past 3 years encouraging young people in Midlothian to get involved in hockey.  Jane and Anne are part of the Midlothian Hockey Development Group and are pictured here with this year's development squad who were grateful to receive a donation from Springfords towards the costs of their team hoodies.  The kids all attend schools in Midlothian ...(more)

Vital Statistics!

05 Mar 2009
Some interesting statistics came out of a recent business index survey conducted by Springfords in association with Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce - we thought we would share with you a few of these vital statistics with you.  36.4% of the businesses surveyed expected their profit to rise in the coming year with 31.8% anticipating a decrease and the same percentage expecting it to remain about the same. (So ...(more)

Out Of The Frying Pan.................?

25 Feb 2009
Andrew Ewing recently rejoined Springfords as a Partner in our Corporate Advisory team having spent 9 months with HBOS in their Group Mergers & Acquisitions team.  Given the current uncertainty in the financial markets and indeed the wider economy it could be said that leaving a bank to join a corporate advisory team is a case of "out of the frying pan into the fire".  Andrew has a different view ...(more)

Caledonian Challenge

25 Feb 2009
54 miles through the West Highlands.....24 hours to walk them in....that is the RBS Caledonian Challenge 13/14 June 2009 - and the challenge a couple of us here at Springfords, Sue Bird and Marius Briedenhann have decided to take on together with two colleagues from Dundas IT / Onyx, Fiona Jackson and David Inglis. Are we mad?  Quite possibly.  Especially when you consider that of those at Springfords who have already done this ...(more)

Alternatives To Bank Finance

25 Feb 2009
If you are experiencing difficulties in persuading your bank to lend to your business at a reasonable rate, you may want to consider some alternatives such as grant funding, soft loans, business angels, asset finance and invoice finance. Grant funding There are a number of grants currently available - these tend to go to businesses which are able to fill public sector needs for reducing unemployment and addressing skills shortages in economically-deprived ...(more)

Credit Checks

25 Feb 2009
 In these difficult trading times, it is increasingly important for you to check out the credit worthiness of your existing or new customers - there is little point in you taking on the business to boost turnover and keep your employees busy if there is no likelihood of you getting paid for the service provided!  In addition, it is sometimes useful to check out businesses in direct competition with yours ...(more)

Findlay Paul Meets Lucinda Ledgerwood from The Apprentice

25 Feb 2009
Lucinda Ledgerwood from the hit BBC TV show The Apprentice recently spoke at a morning training session organized by Findlay Paul of Springfords for the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Edinburgh. The training session was part of a full day of events which included a whisky tasting event and ended with a Burns Supper in the Radisson SAS hotel on the Royal Mile. The event raised over £1,950 for the ...(more)

Interest Free Loans for Energy Saving Equipment

24 Feb 2009
Could you cut your CO2 emissions by upgrading to energy saving equipment ?  If so you may be eligible for an unsecured, interest free loan from the Carbon Trust and cut your energy bills and carbon footprint at the same time.  Projects could include for example, large lighting installations, boiler replacements, air conditioning or building insulation.    With credit difficult to find these days that's a good offer  -  and there is ...(more)