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News - 2017

Merger with Baldwins Group

08 Nov 2017
It’s over a month now since we announced the exciting news that Springfords has joined the Baldwins Group, a growing accountancy practice with 54 offices across the country, and like us, a focus mainly on family run businesses, SMEs and Private Clients. Of course, it's business as usual for our clients who will still receive the friendly, client-focused, proactive service they're used to, delivered by our highly trained staff. In addition, our…(more)

GDPR: avoiding the information overload

08 Nov 2017
Introduction It's understandable that businesses might panic when there are significant changes to the law. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) has been no exception, not helped by the alarming number of articles written about the equally alarming increases in fines. With so much being written about GDPR it can be difficult to know where to start. So we asked one of our clients, Andy Harris, partner in the commercial law…(more)

Continued Success for Olivia

03 Nov 2017
Regular newsletter readers may recall that last year Olivia Lochhead – daughter of our Corporate Tax Associate, Dave – had the privilege of representing the UK in the Western Riding Youth World Cup in Australia, where the team had remarkable success. This summer, Olivia (‘Liv’ to her mates) has achieved even more success, on her own, in her first European Championships as an Open Rider. The competition, held in Germany this year…(more)

Sophie Brings Home the Medals

03 Nov 2017
In our April Newsletter we told you about the Charity Committee donation towards the Lothian Special Olympics team heading off to Sheffield in August.  We featured a very special young lady, Sophie Connor from Bonnyrigg, and promised to let you know how she got on. Sophie represented the Lothian team in the ten-pin bowling at the Hollywood Bowl in Sheffield in both the singles and doubles competitions (partnered by her best friend…(more)

Commendation for Jane

03 Nov 2017
Jane Carmichael, our Office Manager, was delighted to receive a commendation for services to local sport from Midlothian Council at a ceremony on Friday 27 October.  The award was presented by Adam Montgomery, Provost of Midlothian, and Alison Walker, freelance sports journalist and TV presenter. Jane has been involved in playing and developing hockey in Midlothian for well over 40 years.  Having started her playing career at Lasswade High School, she…(more)

Scotland's Route 66

02 Nov 2017
Hazel Mackay, from our Business Group, and her family, husband Gordon, son Blair and daughter Isla, recently bought a campervan (Bonnie) with the intention of getting out and about and seeing more of our beautiful countryside, and boy, did they do it in style!  So, with 1 campervan, 4 bikes and 1 boat, they set off for a three week adventure along Scotland's answer to Route 66, the North Coast…(more)

AutoEntry - Automate Your Bookkeeping

09 Aug 2017
As technology marches on, more and more options are available to help cut down on the time it takes to maintain your accounting records. Here at Springfords, we are always on the lookout for ways to help you (and us!) work more efficiently. We’ve already told you about a number of accounting packages which have ways in which to automatically feed in your bank statement data or to export lists of payments…(more)

Findlay Hits The Trail for Cancer Charities

09 Aug 2017
Early on the morning of Saturday 20 May 2017, 16 members and friends of Falkirk Round Table and the Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club set off for Ireland to begin their next challenge. Springfords employee, Findlay Paul, was part of the challenge, cycling from Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland, to Mizen, the most southern. The team included 13 cyclists and 3 support drivers with 2 new mini-buses…(more)

Jennifer Endures More Challenges

09 Aug 2017
As mentioned in our August 2016 Newsletter, Jennifer Smith, one of our Senior Account Managers, had signed up for her first Ultra Run, the Glen Ogle 33, which took place in November 2016 - so how did it go? On a cold, but fortunately, dry winter's morning Jen set off from Killin with 370 other participants to complete the 33ish mile run.  Five hours and 45 minutes later, a cold but…(more)

Client Profile - Archerfield Walled Garden

09 Aug 2017
Members of the Douglas-Hamilton family have lived, farmed and nurtured Archerfield Estate since the 1960s and with the creation of Archerfield Walled Garden; the Garden Cafe, Gift Shop, Food Market, Microbrewery, Fairy Trail, running routes and outdoor trails, their legacy is breathing new life into this historic Estate in the heart of East Lothian. The actual walled garden is immaculate with large blooming flower beds, a wildlife area and a vibrant…(more)

Baby Joy

09 Aug 2017
On Friday 9th June 2017, Caroline Morgan from our Business Group and her husband Drew welcomed the arrival of their baby son Jack David Morgan. Jack weighed in at a healthy 10lb 10.5oz and is settling in well. Jack is a brother for big sister Christina who starts Primary school in August and who has been a great help to mummy.  No prizes for guessing which team Jack supports! (more)

Bowling Fun for Springfords

09 Aug 2017
Once again, the sun shone for the Springfords staff outing on the afternoon of 16th May 2017. We featured young bowler Emma Logan (then Emma Brown), from our Business Group, in the Spring 2015 Newsletter.  Emma is a member of East Lothian Co-op Bowling Club and they kindly allowed Springfords the use of their facilities in Tranent. After a short coaching session from Emma, 9 teams of 3 took part in a…(more)

Client Profile - John Noble Electrical Contractors Limited

20 Apr 2017
Started in 1979 by husband and wife team John and Elizabeth Noble, the family business of John Noble Electrical Contractors has gone from strength to strength, building up an enviable reputation for quality and service across the Central Belt. The company undertakes all aspects of electrical work from jobbing repairs to larger design and build projects. In addition, they offer data cabling design and installation services as well as the design…(more)

The Bear, The Old Bags, & The Voice of Rugby

13 Apr 2017
No regular reader of the Springfords Newsletter can be unfamiliar with Lunch with an Old Bag! Springfords are very proud to be sponsoring the event for a fifth year, and we’re told that plans for the 2017 lunch are well underway – but this year, The Old Bags have help – from The Bear! Scottish Rugby legend Iain Milne is undertaking one of the biggest and most crucial challenges of his life.…(more)

Another Bumper Year for Charity at Springfords

13 Apr 2017
Springfords Employee Charity Committee were delighted with the total of £3,542 they raised in 2016 and were happy to be able to support the following impressive list of good causes which were nominated by partners and staff:- Children In Need Sports Relief Marie Curie Wear It Pink Jeans for Genes Macmillan/Make A Wish/Save the Children - Text Santa Loveoliver (childhood cancer research) Falkirk Round Table (380 mile cycle in aid of prostrate and breast cancer) Amuse Me Playgroup (playground…(more)

Wedding Bells for Anne

13 Apr 2017
Anne Turner from our Admin team recently became Mrs Anne Davis at Eskmills Venue in Musselburgh on Saturday 18th March. After “liking” each other on the Tinder App, Wullie and Anne chose a perfect place for their first date: the fabulous Cocoa Black in Peebles, recently named UK Confectioner of the Year. Wullie is still convinced that Anne drove past a few times to check him out before checking in! They had…(more)

Cash For Kids - Happy Faces

13 Apr 2017
  This year our busy Charity Committee is also supporting the Forth 1 Radio 1,000 Faces appeal in aid of Cash For Kids. Forth 1 have signed up 1,000 local people/organisations who have pledged to raise at least £100 each.  All the money will go to Cash For Kids and will be spent locally to benefit children and young people, focussing on alleviating disability, combating illness and generally improving quality of life. For…(more)

Share Insurance: Control : Cash : Certainty

13 Apr 2017
The death of your co-owner/shareholder in a business is an uncomfortable thought, and is an event likely to bring difficult consequences. So, as with many things in life, it’s best to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. When a co-owner dies, two problems usually follow: Surviving owners risk losing control of their deceased colleague’s shares The bereaved family may wait years for a disputed settlement for the value of their…(more)

Party Time at Springfords

19 Jan 2017
Thanks to the continuing baby boom at Springfords, a record 26 kids, from 0 - 13 years donned their best party gear for our 11th annual Kids Christmas Party. It's great fun looking back over the pictures from all the parties which are proudly displayed on the admin office wall, to see how quickly the kids grow up.  For example, Hazel Mackay's (our Financial Controller) son Blair was only 3 months…(more)

Our Thousand Pound Thursday Winner

19 Jan 2017
The children weren’t the only ones to get Christmas presents at our annual Kids Christmas party – Kirsty Ashworth, one of our audit team, received a surprise present too by way of an unexpected phone call.  After hanging up on what she thought was a nuisance caller during the Christmas party and very bluntly informing them that it was not a convenient time to speak, the caller finally managed to…(more)

A Night at the Theatre

19 Jan 2017
Cameron Hutchison (pictured here back row, second right), son of our Associate Paul Hutchison, took part in the National Theatre’s “New Views” Playwriting Competition in 2014, which tasked entrants to write half hour plays. Cameron’s play, together with two others from his year at Galashiels Academy, all made it onto the ‘long list’ of winners, Delighted with the result, the school Drama Group decided to stage all three plays at the…(more)

New Year New Accounting

18 Jan 2017
The world of accounting for most small companies has changed forever from 31 December 2016  - the first financial year end date to which the new accounting standards and other changes to Company law apply. So what is a small company?  Well the definition changed from 1 January 2016 and is now a company that has: turnover of up to £10.2m (previously £6.5m) balance sheet total of up to £5.1m (previously £3.26m) 50 or…(more)

Client Profile - Barnton Pharmacy & Travel Clinic

17 Jan 2017
There were a million reasons NOT to buy a pharmacy in March 2010. Uncertain economy, the threat of a new pharmacy contract opening nearby, lack of business knowledge, and two tiny babies, to name a few. However this didn't stop business partners and pharmacists Leanne Carey and Sally Arnison from approaching Springfords Corporate Finance team to help them secure the funding required to put in a bid to buy Barnton…(more)

Excellent Clients

17 Jan 2017
Springfords recently co-sponsored the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards and are pleased to note that a number of our clients were the proud recipients of prestigious awards on the night.  (We can assure you that the judging was completely independent!) Digital Typeline Publications Ltd, a commercial digital print company providing high quality short run fast turnaround print work, won the Best Green Business award for their…(more)

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