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News - 2013

Kids' Christmas Card Design Competition

19 Nov 2013
If you have any children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who are 15 years of age or under, enjoy drawing and colouring and would love the chance to win a fantastic drawing set, why don't you encourage them to enter our Design a Christmas Card for Springfords Competition - if anything, it will keep them occupied and out of mischief for at least half an hour! The talented winner of the competition…(more)

Subo Supports Sophie

16 Oct 2013
Sophie Connor, 21 year old niece of Kerrie Jones in our tax department and great niece of Office Manager Jane Carmichael swam for the Lothian team at the Special Olympics in Bath in August. The team was delighted to have the support of singing sensation Susan Boyle who flew down to Bristol with the team and is pictured here singing at the opening ceremony.  Susan, sporting her Lothian tracksuit, also went…(more)

It's Tough, It's Muddy ..................

16 Oct 2013
........but it's great fun!  So say Hazel Mackay and Jane Carmichael from our Admin Group who teamed up with three friends Lynn McNeill, Eileen McHale and Lorraine Nicholson-Bennett to take part in the Tough Mudder event at Dalkeith Country Park on 24 August which supports the Help for Heroes charity. The team (pictured here during the event) proved that you don't have to be young to be fit.  With an average age on the…(more)

Spot The Different - Win A Prize!

16 Oct 2013
It is with some sadness that we have to announce we have come to the end of our stock of the iconic Springfords green bag and this will soon be replaced by a newly designed bag - yet to be revealed. To mark the occasion we thought we'd have a bit of fun by running a Springfords green bag photograph competition to find the most "unusual" use you have found for the bag (here's one we…(more)

New Recruits

16 Oct 2013
  Julie Zasada After graduating from The University of Glasgow with a Bacc (Hons), I joined the personal tax department at Geoghegans CA in Edinburgh and stayed there for seven years, qualifying as an ATT and a CTA in the process.  I managed a varied portfolio there, ranging from farming partnerships to family trusts and everything in between. A new addition to the family prompted a move closer to home and I have…(more)

Client Profile - Cre8architecture

15 Oct 2013
Cre8architecture is an architectural consultancy established in Edinburgh in 2006 by three partners who had previously been working together in a large UK wide practice. Peter Bowman, Lynn Algar and Ian Hogg all wanted to get back to designing buildings rather than being swallowed up by the bureaucracy involved in managing a large business. In hindsight, this was probably not the best of timing given the economic climate over the last…(more)

Positive Stats

15 Oct 2013
We thought we would share some good news with you! Did you know that over the past year, 49% of family businesses in the UK have increased their profitability?  Surprised?  So were we.  Also that 68% of family business owners plan to “keep it in the family” by either gifting their business or selling  their business to the next generation?  Not so surprised?  Neither were we.  However what does surprise us is…(more)

Springboard To Growth Programme

30 Sep 2013
WHAT WILL THE PROGRAMME GIVE YOU: Commercial tools to use in your business to help it grow and prosper, time out of the day to day operations of the business to reflect and plan on forward strategy, a review of every aspectof how you can make more money. WHAT WILL IT COST YOU: The programme will cost a total of £99 VAT per workshop.You may be eligible for a SDS Grant…(more)


11 Jun 2013
We thought you might like this charming story about Emilia Elder, step daughter of Ian Tomlinson from our Tax Department. Emilia, who is 8, loves writing stories and poems and not only has a Blue Peter Badge for a story she wrote, she also has a Blue Peter Silver Badge for a book of poetry she sent in - next stop Gold! After visiting a local Book Festival recently Emilia sent a…(more)

Brave Hearts - Sore Feet

11 Jun 2013
Once again Springfords staff have taken up the challenge taking part in two very different endurance events:  (more)

Brains & Brawn

11 Jun 2013
Springfords were delighted to sponsor two events held in Midlothian recently:(more)

Client Profile - DentalVets

10 Jun 2013
DentalVets is a specialist referral veterinary practice located in the pretty, coastal town of North Berwick.  As the name suggests, it’s a vets practice that specialises in animal dentistry – indeed, it’s the only one of its kind north of Yorkshire, so cases come to the practice from the north of England and the whole of Scotland. The company was founded in 1998 when Norman Johnston left general practice in Edinburgh…(more)

Winton Re-visited

10 Jun 2013
After the success of last year's office outing, Springfords returned to Winton House in Pencaitland for an afternoon of "nostalgia". The weather was kind enough for the games to be played outdoors and great fun was had by all, playing marbles, quoits, jenga, football, darts, boules, space hopper races, dominoes, Connect 4, hopscotch and skittles.  The runaway winner this year was Iain Beveridge from our business group - clearly Iain benefitted…(more)

Structuring for Success?

10 Jun 2013
At Springfords, we are frequently asked by our clients to advise on how best to structure their businesses’ operations.  Some choose to operate within a single company, whilst others may choose a more complex ‘group’ structure.  It is not uncommon to see businesses change from one structure to another as the business develops. The following are some of the key pros and cons of setting up a group structure.  As this…(more)

Surviving The Information Age

10 Jun 2013
Now that “The Information Age” is well underway, we all have increasing amounts of important information that we rely on electronic storage to keep safe for us. It’s not just our business information, vital as that is, but personal information too – family photos and videos, financial documents, correspondence… the list is getting longer and longer! The one certain fact about all forms of electronic data storage, whether it is the hard…(more)

Maximising the Value of Your Business

10 Jun 2013
Business owners now have to work even smarter to make their businesses as attractive as possible in the current economic climate in order to generate interest from a buyer and to maximise the value on sale.   The key to success is beginning the process early as decisions you make during the natural life cycle of the business will affect the future value of your business. So what is the business equivalent…(more)

Springfords Business Hub

18 Apr 2013
Springfords Business Hub is a new initiative to support entrepreneurs and professionals, developed as part of our Springboard to Growth program, with the provision of work spaces to rent on ‘easy in/ easy out’ terms at affordable rates in the attractive historic listed building of Dundas House in Westfield Park, Eskbank, Edinburgh, EH22 3FB.WorkspacesEach workspace costs £200 per month and includes a desk, filing cabinet, wifi and tea & coffee…(more)

Charity Ends and Begins At Springfords

15 Apr 2013
It’s amazing!  Springfords Charity Committee ended 2012 having raised a staggering £2,960 in the year.  As well as having great fun in fundraising during the year, staff are also encouraged to make suggestions to the Charity Committee as to how the money raised should be divvied up.  Lots of local charities benefit and we thought you would be interested to know who these are:  Bright Sparks Playgroup – Jane Carmichael from…(more)

Old Bags, New Chair!

15 Apr 2013
Fiona Donaldson, one of our Tax Partners, has been appointed chair of the “Lunch with an Old Bag” Committee. Launched in 2009, Lunch with an Old Bag is the brainchild of James Thomson OBE, who generously hosts the event each year at Prestonfield House. To date, the event has raised over £600,000 for The Prince’s Trust Scotland, and is the Trust’s biggest fundraising event outside of London. Last year’s event…(more)

Pub Quiz Returns

15 Apr 2013
Due to the success of the inaugural Springfords’ Charity Pub Quiz last year, we have decided to make this an annual event. This year’s event will take place on 6th June in The County Hotel, Dalkeith and our thanks go to the hotel management for providing their function suite free of charge once again. We were delighted to raise a total of £1180 last year from entry fees and raffle prizes. The funds…(more)

Bouncing Babies

15 Apr 2013
True to our family friendly roots, Springfords are delighted to announce the arrival of two bouncing baby girls - we'd like to introduce them to you.(more)

Benchmarking Your Performance

15 Apr 2013
Would you like to know how your business is doing compared to other businesses in the same trade?  If the answer is yes, then I would advise you to carry out some financial benchmarking. In simple terms, financial benchmarking is the process of comparing your own business financial performance metrics to that of your competitors, or the best in the industry as a whole, in an effort to assess your overall…(more)

Client Profile - RCS Enviro - Cleaning Up By Royal Appointment

15 Apr 2013
“Environmental Services”- the description conjures up many images. We have all seen ‘Life of Grime’ style TV programmes showing the messier side of business that takes place all over the country, out of sight of most of us thankfully. Rats and mice causing mayhem, cockroach infested restaurants, pigeons messing up buildings and of course greasy kitchens and scene of the crime scenarios, are all topics of conversation not associated with…(more)

Chippendale Steals The Show

11 Jan 2013
Congratulations to The Chippendale International School of Furniture on winning the Family Business award sponsored by Springfords at the recent Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Event which was hosted by Queen Margaret University.    Anselm Fraser and his wife Antonia, pictured below with Arthur Johnston of The Business Partnership and David Lochhead from Springfords, set up the international furniture school near Gifford more than 25 years ago.  More…(more)

Trains and Lovers at Lennoxlove

11 Jan 2013
In November, Springfords were delighted to be one of the sponsors at the fourth annual Book Festival held at Lennoxlove House in East Lothian.  The Lennoxlove Book Festival, which grows in stature each year, once again featured a variety of well-known authors and speakers, including J K Rowling (making her only Scottish appearance to promote her new book) and former BBC News correspondent Kate Adie to name but a couple. After…(more)

Client Profile - Crummock

11 Jan 2013
Crummock (Scotland) Limited is a privately owned company which, from its founding roots as an earth moving contractor back in 1991, has grown into a successful and profitable multi-disciplinary construction and surfacing company, with customers throughout Scotland and the North of England. The company has also expanded internationally delivering innovative solutions for the refurbishment of living spaces, water, electrical and HVAC systems in the oil and gas sector in West…(more)

Springfords Support Innovation

11 Jan 2013
As part of Springfords’ continuing commitment to supporting young innovation companies, we are pleased to be co-sponsoring  for the third year running the Edinburgh Bioquarter 2013 Innovation Competition. The objective of the competition is to stimulate researchers and business people with ideas to turn those into tangible new products and services which will both benefit  the health of patients (both humans and animals) and will produce profitable outcomes for the investors…(more)

Staff Matters

11 Jan 2013
New Recruit - Kirsty Ashworth After graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Business and Accounting, I completed my CA training with Findlay & Co in Dundee and later joined French Duncan LLP in Edinburgh.  At both firms, my role was a combination of preparing financial statements and auditing companies and charities. Following three years working in industry, I decided to re-enter practice and joined Springfords 6 months ago.  I believe…(more)

Working From Home

11 Jan 2013
In today’s economic climate, moving your business into your house or allowing your staff  to work from their own homes could provide you with a way to reduce the costs of running your business plus allow you and your employees more flexible working.   Sounding good?  Well, here are a few of the things you should be aware of before taking the plunge. Space requirements.  Clearly the amount of space you need…(more)

River Kids

11 Jan 2013
As you know, Springfords Employee Charity Committee likes to donate to local charities, nominated by members of staff.  Last year West Lothian charity River Kids, was nominated by Julie Leckie (who volunteers as their Treasurer) and we were delighted to support them. River Kids is a charity that runs events to raise funds to help local disadvantaged children.  The charity has just celebrated its 7th birthday and is going from strength to strength. Many events were run last year including a…(more)

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