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News - 2011

Springfords Support Edinburgh Badminton Stars at Aalborg Youth Games

26 Sep 2011
Proudly wearing their SPRiNGFORDS team shirts, twenty-four young players from Edinburgh (including Russell Hume, son of one of our partners, John Hume) returned recently from Denmark after the experience of a lifetime, representing the City at the Tenth Aalborg Youth Games.  The players, aged between 12 and 15, stayed with Danish badminton families, and made many new friends while sampling the Danish way of life.   Danes are the acknowledged masters of Badminton in Europe,…(more)

Burgh Beautiful

23 Sep 2011
Springfords have helped bring a splash of colour to Linlithgow this year by sponsoring a floral hanging basket along the High Street (if you go to Linlithgow to visit, then make sure you look out for it!).  The flowers, planted by the volunteers of Burgh Beautiful and then maintained by a team of Rotarians during the summer (what summer!!), were greatly admired by the judges from Beautiful Scotland.  Thanks to the scheme,…(more)

Staff News

23 Sep 2011
New Recruit - Veronica Coleman Over the past 20 years I have worked in Edinburgh, primarily in accounts processing and with the same company for 18 of these years.  I live locally with my husband and two children (I use this loosely as they are 21 and 30 years old) and spend a lot of my free time looking after my granddaughter who is just 6 months old. It was whilst working…(more)

Client Profile - Execspace

22 Sep 2011
Emma Little the Managing Director of ExecSpace, was recently  awarded the joint accolade of Scotland’s Creative Young Entrepreneur 2011 alongside James Watt founder of BrewDog. The award is run by Junior Chamber International Scotland (JCI) and was launched internationally in 2006. As joint recipient of this award Emma was automatically entered into the International Awards Programme and will be one of 3 world finalists to attend JCI’s World Congress in Brussels in November,…(more)

Happy Families!

22 Sep 2011
We are pleased to announce that, following a comprehensive training program for a number of our partners and staff, Springfords recently gained corporate accreditation with the International Centre for Families in Business. So why have we gone through this process?  Well, we recognise that family businesses play a vital role in the future of the Scottish economy – did you know for example that 50% of the private sector work force in…(more)

Springfords Help Make Wishes Come True

21 Sep 2011
In an attempt to get Springfords' backsides off seats and out into the fresh air, the Springfords Charity Committee decided to organise a sponsored walk this summer and raise money for a charity at the same time.  The chosen charity was the Edinburgh branch of Make A Wish Foundation – over 20,000 children in the UK are living with life threatening illnesses and we wanted to help make some of…(more)

K'nex Challenge

23 Jun 2011
Congratulations are due to Cameron Hutchison (11) and his friend Kåre Hansen, who both attend Heriot Primary School who recently came top in the Scottish Borders trials for the Young Engineers K'Nex Challenge.  Cameron is the son of our Senior Account Manager Paul Hutchison. The boys also represented their area in the regional finals at the Nation Museum of Flight.  The boys thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and are surely budding engineers for the…(more)

Sun Shines On Springfords

21 Jun 2011
Springfords annual outing was a sunny affair this year with organiser, Anne Turner, ordering up the sunniest day of the year so far.  The event took place at Peebles Hydro on Thursday 2 June and featured mini highland games.  Haggis was hurled, wellies were chucked, cabers were tossed and the winning team was presented with haggis, highland toffee and shortbread – no expense spared! After a rousing game of rounders the evening…(more)

Is Your Record Keeping Up To Scratch As Required By Law??

21 Jun 2011
If not, then a word of warning -  HMRC have now advised that they are targeting small businesses in 2011 with a view to carrying out compliance checks on their “live” record keeping to check their completeness and adequacy so that any tax return prepared from them can be relied on for accuracy. If your records are found be poor, then the HMRC officer will conclude that the figures taken from…(more)

Supporting The Entrepreneurs Of The Future

21 Jun 2011
You might be interested to know that Springfords sponsor the Lothian branch of Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) and  Carol Wright, our Business Group partner spends time helping, on a voluntary basis, on the Board. So what does YES do?  Well, 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 – quite a challenge! Achievers have to…(more)

Caledonian Challenge 2011

21 Jun 2011
There will always be some debate over the ultimate test of fitness but the Caledonian Challenge must surely be high up there on the list and the 11th June this year saw a couple of the Springfords staff take on this challenge. For those not familiar with the event it involves teams of four to six people walking 54 miles all day and through the night across some of Scotlands most…(more)

Client Profile - The Magnum Restaurant & Bar

21 Jun 2011
The Magnum Restaurant & Bar lies in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town and some would class it as being one of Edinburgh’s ‘institutions’ – a haven for all sorts of people, from city lawyers to creative types – you are guaranteed a lively conversation if you pull up a stool in the Bar. The man behind the counter who welcomes all to his establishment and I hasten to add,…(more)

Puffins Update

28 Apr 2011
Spring is in the air and the puffins of Craigleith and Fidra islands are starting to return for the breeding season, so we thought you might like an update on how things have gone since Jane Carmichael and Anne Turner from Springfords Admin Group volunteered to help with the massive task of clearing the invasive tree mallow from the puffin nesting sites. Thanks to an amazing amount of hard work, from over…(more)

Glamorous Granny

15 Apr 2011
Congratulations to Lorraine Paul from our Admin Group on becoming a 'Glamorous Granny' at the tender age of 41. Lorraine's oldest daughter, Aimee, gave birth to a beautiful 8lb 3oz baby girl, Evie Lorraine Antonia, on 6 April - both Evie and Aimee are doing very well. Lorraine's other daughters, Rebecca and Rachael are thrilled with the arrival of their first niece and have promised to set a good example to Evie as…(more)

Training Up for Family Business

15 Apr 2011
So what exactly is a family business?  Well the definition is that at least two members of the same family, be it first, second or third generation, are actively involved. Some say the Royal family is a prime example of a family business (they are after all reputed to work for their money!) with grandmother and grandfather, son and daughter plus their respective sons/wives/children.  Given that families find it tough sometimes…(more)

Additions to Springfords Tax Team

13 Apr 2011
In recent years we have seen a significant increase in demand for tax-planning advice. We are therefore delighted to be able to announce the recruitment of Bryan McCreadie and Nana Osei-Oppong to our growing tax team increasing the number of our tax specialists to 14. Bryan McCreadie Having been brought up around a family business, and worked there since I was knee high, I quickly came to realise the importance of the accounting…(more)

Spot The Taxi - Win A Prize!

07 Apr 2011
You may have spotted our new look “Springfords” taxi around the streets of Edinburgh and Lothians…..we hope you like the design! Over the years we’ve found that having a taxi advert is a good way to get our name out there and to get people talking. Some of you even think we have a fleet of taxis … but there is only the one....it’s just being very effective! To celebrate our new…(more)

Biffy Clyro Does Tartan!

14 Jan 2011
Locally based company "the kilt hire co", who celebrate a significant 20 year anniversary of trading in April this year, recently showed  those big fashion cities, New York, Paris, and Milan a thing or two when they were asked to dress top class Scottish rock act Biffy Clyro for their appearance at the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh to see out the auld year and bring in 2011. Tartan trousers were specially…(more)

New Recruit

07 Jan 2011
JJ Maley  After completing a Law degree at Edinburgh University I decided to make a career in private client tax and have worked in this field for thirteen years across a variety of roles in accountancy and law firms in Edinburgh.  My particular focus has been Trust taxation although I enjoy the challenge of all aspects of private client tax work. For so many people tax can be a daunting prospect…(more)

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