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Kingston Smith Corporate Finance has advised the shareholders of QBS Software Ltd on the company’s sale to GNR Technology Ltd for an undisclosed sum. QBS is a leading software distributor, providing a comprehensive range of products from a wide spectrum of software publishers.  Headquartered in London, the company employs 40 staff. The Kingston Smith Corporate… Read more

Tim Stovold, head of tax at Kingston Smith, contributes to the discussion on the value of family trust funds. Subscription needed.

Flux Freestyle, a trampoline park in Ipswich, has gone into administration and Kingston Smith has been appointed as administrators. Flux opened on Cardinal Park in Ipswich in July 2016, but suddenly closed in early January. As first reported in the Ipswich Star, Kingston Smith & Partners has been appointed as administrators of Flux Freestyle Limited.

The government launched its Employment Status Consultation on 7 February to look at whether the existing case law tests for being an employee should be written into statute. If not, the alternative is to create a whole new set of tests to remove the ambiguity and complexity of the court decisions of many years. The… Read more

Making tax digital HMRC is inviting businesses to take part in a ‘Making Tax Digital’ pilot scheme due to start in April this year. These businesses are submitting their VAT returns in a way that is intended to test the new system. HMRC says that the benefits of taking part include being ‘ahead of the… Read more

The Charity Commission has published its response to the consultation it held on the Annual Return 2018. It includes the changes that will apply to schools for their financial year-ends on or after 1 January 2018 hence the 31 July/August 2018. These changes are aimed at promoting transparency and accountability and many of the new… Read more

Some amendments to FRS 102 have recently been published one of which will significantly impact accounting by trading subsidiaries of schools. The Financial Reporting Council have now ruled that gift aid payments from school trading subsidiaries should not be recorded in the profit and loss account but instead accounted for as distributions. The FRC appear… Read more

A record £1.7 billion of growth equity capital was raised across 416 deals in 2017, significantly ahead of 2016’s £1.3 billion across 321 deals, and even surpassing 2015’s previous peak of £1.4 billion over 360 deals. This was the result of a confluence of factors, namely investors gaining comfort with the new backdrop since the… Read more

I’ve not only helped clients recruit and been a recruiter myself, I’ve also been a candidate. I’m still genuinely surprised when employers reduce the salary allocated to a role because the applicant earns considerably less in their current job. Especially when you consider that, if the applicant earnt more, employers would be unlikely to increase… Read more

You might as well recruit someone random off the street if you don’t get your recruitment process right! During my time working in HR, I’ve seen businesses cover the whole spectrum when it comes to assessing individuals for a job. At one end of the scale, there’s the hiring manager with a shortlist of candidates… Read more

Kingston Smith Corporate Finance advises QBS Software on its sale to GNR Technology

12.02.18 / Insight posted in

Kingston Smith Corporate Finance has advised the shareholders of QBS Software Ltd on the company’s sale to GNR Technology Ltd for an undisclosed sum. QBS is a leading software distributor, providing a comprehensive range of products from a wide spectrum of software publishers.  Headquartered in London, the company employs 40 staff. The Kingston Smith Corporate… Read more

ft.com – Tim Stovold, partner at Kingston Smith, comments on the value of family trusts

08.02.18 / Insight posted in

Tim Stovold, head of tax at Kingston Smith, contributes to the discussion on the value of family trust funds. Subscription needed.

bbc.co.uk – Kingston Smith & Partners appointed administrators of Flux Freestyle

08.02.18 / Insight posted in

Flux Freestyle, a trampoline park in Ipswich, has gone into administration and Kingston Smith has been appointed as administrators. Flux opened on Cardinal Park in Ipswich in July 2016, but suddenly closed in early January. As first reported in the Ipswich Star, Kingston Smith & Partners has been appointed as administrators of Flux Freestyle Limited.

Government launches Employment Status Consultation

08.02.18 / Insight posted in

The government launched its Employment Status Consultation on 7 February to look at whether the existing case law tests for being an employee should be written into statute. If not, the alternative is to create a whole new set of tests to remove the ambiguity and complexity of the court decisions of many years. The… Read more

Weekly VAT Update – 6 February 2018

06.02.18 / Insight posted in ,

Making tax digital HMRC is inviting businesses to take part in a ‘Making Tax Digital’ pilot scheme due to start in April this year. These businesses are submitting their VAT returns in a way that is intended to test the new system. HMRC says that the benefits of taking part include being ‘ahead of the… Read more

Schools Update – Charity Commission Annual Return for 2018

02.02.18 / Insight posted in

The Charity Commission has published its response to the consultation it held on the Annual Return 2018. It includes the changes that will apply to schools for their financial year-ends on or after 1 January 2018 hence the 31 July/August 2018. These changes are aimed at promoting transparency and accountability and many of the new… Read more

Significant Changes for Schools with Trading Subsidiaries

02.02.18 / Insight posted in

Some amendments to FRS 102 have recently been published one of which will significantly impact accounting by trading subsidiaries of schools. The Financial Reporting Council have now ruled that gift aid payments from school trading subsidiaries should not be recorded in the profit and loss account but instead accounted for as distributions. The FRC appear… Read more

2017 a record year for growth equity capital fundraising

01.02.18 / Insight posted in

A record £1.7 billion of growth equity capital was raised across 416 deals in 2017, significantly ahead of 2016’s £1.3 billion across 321 deals, and even surpassing 2015’s previous peak of £1.4 billion over 360 deals. This was the result of a confluence of factors, namely investors gaining comfort with the new backdrop since the… Read more

Does it matter what a candidate earns right now?

01.02.18 / Insight posted in

I’ve not only helped clients recruit and been a recruiter myself, I’ve also been a candidate. I’m still genuinely surprised when employers reduce the salary allocated to a role because the applicant earns considerably less in their current job. Especially when you consider that, if the applicant earnt more, employers would be unlikely to increase… Read more

Would you fill your vacancy with a random person off the street….?

01.02.18 / Insight posted in

You might as well recruit someone random off the street if you don’t get your recruitment process right! During my time working in HR, I’ve seen businesses cover the whole spectrum when it comes to assessing individuals for a job. At one end of the scale, there’s the hiring manager with a shortlist of candidates… Read more

Property Seminar – Setting the scene for 2018 and beyond

Starts: February 20, 2018 4.30pm registration | RH1 1DL

Philip Hammond’s autumn Budget saw a raft of significant announcements for the UK property sector. As the dust begins to settle, it is now possible to assess with greater clarity the extent of the changes and to interpret more fully the implications. As part of this seminar, we will review these as well as other… Read more

Kingston Smith debate – Is it the end of the (business) world as we know it?

Starts: February 21, 2018 5.30 registration | EC1A 9HQ

Brexit negotiations are fully underway and Theresa May has declared that the UK and EU “must step forward together”. However we can’t ignore that large corporates and regulatory bodies are reconsidering their physical presence in our capital. The European Medicines Agency is relocating to Amsterdam. Perhaps more concerning are the potential relocations of UK jobs in Deutsche Bank, UBS, Goldman Sachs,… Read more

Did you know that you could be eligible for Research and Development tax relief?

Starts: February 22, 2018 5.00pm registration | W1T 1QL

The government’s ongoing drive to encourage businesses to invest in Research & Development (R&D) has resulted in increased rates of tax relief available to UK companies. However, there still are many companies, especially those in the media industry who aren’t aware of R&D tax relief, or are not sure if they are eligible. What does… Read more

GDPR – Trade Associations and Membership Bodies – Are you ready?

Starts: February 27, 2018 4.30pm registration | EC1M 7AD

With the first major review of Data Protection in the UK for 20 years, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings significant change and therefore risk for all organisations that process the data of members. The GDPR is set to empower the public to take back control of their data like never before, with wide… Read more

GP Pensions, tax and super-partnerships – are you fit?

Starts: February 27, 2018 6.00pm registration | RH1 1DL

A free seminar hosted by GP accountants Kingston Smith LLP and solicitors Cripps LLP covering: NHS Pensions How to pay less tax Super-partnerships, to join or not to join Seminar programme Using plain English, the seminar includes some ‘quick wins’ and useful reference materials. GP pension planning Recent changes to the legislation on GP pensions,… Read more

GDPR – Friend or foe for SMEs? – FULLY BOOKED

Starts: February 28, 2018 8.00am registration | EC1M 7AD

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. WE STILL HAVE PLACES AVAILABLE AT OUR OTHER GDPR SEMINAR ON WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE. The new GDPR comes into force in just over four months and there’s a lot for businesses to think about and prepare. You may be holding vast amounts of data on… Read more

Top tips for year end planning

Starts: March 6, 2018 8.30am registration | W1T 1QL

With the end of the tax year looming, join us for our top end of year planning tips – don’t miss out on some valuable year end planning! Kingston Smith Financial Advisors and Mike Hayes, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP would like you to join us for a breakfast seminar on Tuesday 6 March 2018. Some… Read more

The Journey of an SME Business “Your Potential, Our Expertise”

Starts: March 13, 2018 8.30am registration | E14 5HQ

We are running an exclusive Business Journey event on 13 March 2018 at HSBC’s head office in Canary Wharf. This event aims to give attendees the practical insight, direction and professional support needed to start or develop their own business as well as see it survive and thrive. What’s involved? Start Up – Setting up… Read more

Business Toolkit Breakfast

Starts: March 13, 2018 8.00am registration | RH1 1DL

Optimising employee engagement through company benefits: how are you faring? The provision of employee benefits plays a pivotal role in supporting, attracting and incentivising employees. Savvy employers are optimising the use of employees benefits for both their gain and ultimately that of their employees; a clear win-win scenario. How are you faring? In this session,… Read more

Corporate Finance Drinks

Starts: March 14, 2018 6.00pm | EC1M 4DE

Kingston Smith Corporate Finance are hosting an informal evening over drinks and canapes. Take this opportunity to meet with our team and network with other like minded business people. Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Venue: Clerkenwell & Social, 2-5 St John Square, London, EC1M 4DE Time: 6pm – 9pm RSVP: By 2 March 2018 Places… Read more

‘Maximising value for sale’ part 2

Maximising Value for Sale – Getting your tax position right

Maximising Value for Sale – Getting your legal position right

Maximising Value for Sale – How to get your market position/brand positioning right

Maximising Value for Sale – Attracting Buyers

Maximising Value for Sale – The seller’s perspective

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, considers how businesses can manage organisational changes and the challenges it can present

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, explains the various options for businesses in terms of offering the right salary and benefits

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, explains onboarding and how to onboard new staff effectively

Dinah Regan, Senior Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses the important factors to keep in mind during the recruiting process

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