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News - 2018

KickStart Debuts In Scotland With Cash For New Entrepreneurs

26 Feb 2018
Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs are being urged to enter a competition that offers substantial cash and mentoring support, and which has just launched in Scotland for the first time. The KickStart project, which is open to 18 to 25-years-old entrepreneurs, offers the winner a grant of £10,000 along with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice, whilst two runners-up will each receive £5,000 worth of mentoring and advice. The competition, which…(more)

Auto Enrolment Update

19 Jan 2018
A word of warning - The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has now begun carrying out spot checks on employers across the UK to make sure that they are complying with their workplace pensions duties and are providing staff with the workplace pensions that they are entitled to by law. According to TPR these inspections help them to understand any challenges employers are facing, and whether it needs to make any changes to…(more)

Graham Cunning, Head of Corporate Finance in Scotland, looks at the reasons behind a likely continuing increase in business sales well into 2018 .....

19 Jan 2018
Hungry buyers continue to drive business sales During 2017, we experienced a marked upturn in company sales, as many business owners were mindful that Entrepreneurs' Relief could change as part of a Budget, coupled with a healthy pool of potential buyers looking to invest in Scottish companies, helping to maintain a strong market. Sales to management teams (Management Buyouts/MBOs) are also becoming more frequent again. Interestingly, deal making remains buoyant despite…(more)

The Golden Girls

17 Jan 2018
Hard to believe, but between them these lovely ladies have clocked up an amazing 100 years plus of service with Springfords. All four joined Springfords when it was Springford Wilkie Murdoch and based on Bonnyrigg High Street. Linda Johnstone, our Payroll Manager, is the longest serving member of staff, having joined on 1 August 1991. Linda had previously worked as a self-employed payroll administrator when she met Keith Murdoch. When Keith…(more)

New Year - New Challenge for Jennifer

17 Jan 2018
We've often featured Jennifer Smith in our Newsletter – she's hooked on doing feats of endurance - but this year she's attempting one of her biggest challenges yet. Jennifer started long distance walking in 2011 when she agreed to join a Springfords team to complete the Caledonian Challenge – walking 54 miles in 24 hours along the West Highland Way, and that was her hooked. Every year since, Jennifer has set…(more)

New Year - New Post for Emma

17 Jan 2018
Emma Logan, currently part of our Business Group, will shortly be moving into our Audit Group. Emma joined Springfords in 2014 to assist with bookkeeping and VAT Returns and quickly became an integral part of the team. Her role has developed over the years and she is now an Account Manager with a varied portfolio of clients, including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. Emma has nurtured close working relationships…(more)

Fundraising Fun

17 Jan 2018
Well, that’s another year over for the Springfords Employee Charity Committee and it’s certainly been a busy, fun filled, year. The soup rota and tuck shop continue to provide regular income, and partners and staff have taken part in many other fundraising activities covering Red Nose Day, Grand National and Eurovision, with our Bake-Off trophy this year being awarded to Emma Logan in the Business Group. More recently we ran events covering Jeans…(more)

Client Profile - Anderson's Quality Butchers

17 Jan 2018
Anderson's Quality Butchers is a long established successful family run business in North Berwick – you may already know it, as it has a prominent position in the High Street and a great reputation!John Anderson started his career as a butcher working for the Co-op, delivering meat from a van in the East Lothian area. He obviously made an impression as he was promoted to manager of the local Co-op…(more)

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