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Back in March 2017, the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities released a report recommending that: “All charities should be seeking independent evaluation of their impact on their beneficiaries, in order to ensure that they are delivering for them and to demonstrate this to beneficiaries, funders and the public.” (Recommendation 12) This is a… Read more

Carillion is the second largest construction business in the UK (behind Balfour Beatty) with huge construction projects under its wing. The government has relied on the completion of many varied high-profile contracts – from HS2 to the provision of school meals – to provide the very infrastructure of our economy. In business, it is wise… Read more

Kingston Smith is delighted to announce the charity winners of its fourth annual Creative Vision Award films supported this year by the Institute of Fundraising. For 2018, there are two winners in the small charities category: DEMAND and Access All Areas and two in the regular charity category: Rethink Mental Illness and Book Aid International…. Read more

From April 2018, the employment tax rules are changing again! It is crucial that all employers are aware of these changes and consider the impact they may have on their internal procedures and controls and any necessary communication with employees.

Christopher Purkiss and Michaela Hall of Kingston Smith & Partners LLP (the corporate recovery and insolvency arm of accountancy firm Kingston Smith) have been appointed trustees to the bankruptcy estate of Steve Watson, the former Newcastle United and Everton footballer who was declared bankrupt on 4 September 2017. Chris Purkiss said: “Mr Watson will be required… Read more

And so the Brexit negotiations roll on – and the only predictable thing is unpredictability.  What has been agreed so far? Er, I’m not too sure…  ‘sufficient progress’  needs to be put into legal text and there are lots of details to be addressed. What does ‘full alignment’ at the Irish border actually mean? In… Read more

Assessment served personally on a director of a company for alleged deliberate errors This case involved some substantial penalties, and whether the inaccuracies were properly identified and  time limits for assessing a personal liability on a director. There were two companies involved We Are Electricals Limited and WAE + Limited. HMRC raised a company assessment… Read more

As President Trump and The Republican Party celebrate the tax reform bill going through both Houses, here are some initial thoughts on what it could mean for UK businesses that operate in the USA. The main rate of federal corporate income tax reduces from 35% to 21%, meaning those companies with high US profits are likely… Read more

Kingston Smith is to be the first European adopter of an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solution to improve audit analytics. The technology is supplied by Canadian fintech start-up MindBridge and can identify complex, nonlinear patterns in large data sets in real time and at scale.   Becky Shields, partner, Kingston Smith, said: ‘There has been… Read more

HMRC clarify policy regarding construction of new buildings qualifying for zero-rating HMRC has recently issued an information sheet, number 07/17, clarifying their policy on construction services being treated as zero-rated where a new building incorporates an element of a building or buildings that previously stood on the site. This applies to the construction of a… Read more

Government acknowledges that all charities should be seeking independent evaluation of their impact

16.01.18 / Insight posted in

Back in March 2017, the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities released a report recommending that: “All charities should be seeking independent evaluation of their impact on their beneficiaries, in order to ensure that they are delivering for them and to demonstrate this to beneficiaries, funders and the public.” (Recommendation 12) This is a… Read more

Carillion to be liquidated – how can this happen?

15.01.18 / Insight posted in ,

Carillion is the second largest construction business in the UK (behind Balfour Beatty) with huge construction projects under its wing. The government has relied on the completion of many varied high-profile contracts – from HS2 to the provision of school meals – to provide the very infrastructure of our economy. In business, it is wise… Read more

Charities Rethink Mental Illness, DEMAND, Book Aid International and Access All Areas win Kingston Smith Creative Vision Award films

12.01.18 / Insight posted in

Kingston Smith is delighted to announce the charity winners of its fourth annual Creative Vision Award films supported this year by the Institute of Fundraising. For 2018, there are two winners in the small charities category: DEMAND and Access All Areas and two in the regular charity category: Rethink Mental Illness and Book Aid International…. Read more

Employment Tax changes commencing 6 April 2018

12.01.18 / Insight posted in ,

From April 2018, the employment tax rules are changing again! It is crucial that all employers are aware of these changes and consider the impact they may have on their internal procedures and controls and any necessary communication with employees.

Kingston Smith & Partners appointed as Trustees in Bankruptcy of former professional footballer Steve Watson

10.01.18 / Insight posted in

Christopher Purkiss and Michaela Hall of Kingston Smith & Partners LLP (the corporate recovery and insolvency arm of accountancy firm Kingston Smith) have been appointed trustees to the bankruptcy estate of Steve Watson, the former Newcastle United and Everton footballer who was declared bankrupt on 4 September 2017. Chris Purkiss said: “Mr Watson will be required… Read more

And so the Brexit negotiations roll on…

04.01.18 / Insight posted in ,

And so the Brexit negotiations roll on – and the only predictable thing is unpredictability.  What has been agreed so far? Er, I’m not too sure…  ‘sufficient progress’  needs to be put into legal text and there are lots of details to be addressed. What does ‘full alignment’ at the Irish border actually mean? In… Read more

Weekly VAT Update – 2 January 2018

02.01.18 / Insight posted in ,

Assessment served personally on a director of a company for alleged deliberate errors This case involved some substantial penalties, and whether the inaccuracies were properly identified and  time limits for assessing a personal liability on a director. There were two companies involved We Are Electricals Limited and WAE + Limited. HMRC raised a company assessment… Read more

US tax reform – What does this mean for UK investors?

21.12.17 / Insight posted in

As President Trump and The Republican Party celebrate the tax reform bill going through both Houses, here are some initial thoughts on what it could mean for UK businesses that operate in the USA. The main rate of federal corporate income tax reduces from 35% to 21%, meaning those companies with high US profits are likely… Read more

Becky Shields talks pioneering artificial intelligence with CCH’s Accountancy Live

20.12.17 / Insight posted in

Kingston Smith is to be the first European adopter of an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solution to improve audit analytics. The technology is supplied by Canadian fintech start-up MindBridge and can identify complex, nonlinear patterns in large data sets in real time and at scale.   Becky Shields, partner, Kingston Smith, said: ‘There has been… Read more

Weekly VAT Update – 19 December 2017

19.12.17 / Insight posted in ,

HMRC clarify policy regarding construction of new buildings qualifying for zero-rating HMRC has recently issued an information sheet, number 07/17, clarifying their policy on construction services being treated as zero-rated where a new building incorporates an element of a building or buildings that previously stood on the site. This applies to the construction of a… Read more

GDPR – friend or foe for media businesses?

Starts: January 23, 2018 9.45 registration | W1T 1QL

The new GDPR comes in to force in just over four months and there’s a lot for media businesses to think about and prepare. Agencies can hold vast amounts of data for and on behalf of their clients, which puts the industry in the direct line of fire. But it doesn’t have to be laborious, GDPR… Read more

How to raise Growth Capital successfully

Starts: February 1, 2018 6.00pm registration | W1T 1QL

We are delighted to invite you to our Growth Capital event where our experienced speakers will share top tips on successfully raising growth capital. The event will focus on the various options available to media, marketing and technology companies interested in raising funds to grow their business. Speakers at this event: Trevor Hope, Partner at… Read more

Kingston Smith HR Consultancy Employment Law Forum

Starts: February 13, 2018 9.00am | RM1 3PJ

We are delighted to invite you to our first HR & Employment Forum. Event details Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018 Time: 9.00am to 10.30am Location: Kingston Smith, Orbital House, 20 Eastern Road, Romford, Essex RM1 3PJ (conveniently located within walking distance from Romford train station) Parking: Brewery car park, 5 minute-walk to our office Booking… Read more

GDPR – Friend or foe for SMEs?

Starts: February 13, 2018 5.00pm registration | EC1M 7AD

The new GDPR comes in to force in just over four months and there’s a lot for all business to think about and prepare. You may be holding vast amounts of data on your customers, and perhaps on their behalf too. But it doesn’t have to be laborious, GDPR is an opportunity to review your processes when… 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

Kingston Smith Schools Conference 2018 – Save the Date

Starts: March 15, 2018 9.00am registration | EC2V 6BR

We are pleased to announce the date of our annual Kingston Smith 2018 Schools Conference. As ever, we have put together a packed agenda designed to provide delegates with the key topics that are affecting the sector today. Our keynote speaker for 2018 is David Woodgate, Chief Executive of ISBA who will share his experiences… Read more

GDPR – Friend or foe for SMEs?

Starts: April 25, 2018 5.00pm registration | EC1M 7AD

The new GDPR comes in to force in just over four months and there’s a lot for all business to think about and prepare. You may be holding vast amounts of data on your customers, and perhaps on their behalf too. But it doesn’t have to be laborious, GDPR is an opportunity to review your processes when… 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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