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Welcome to the summer 2018 edition of Professional Firms Insight. Ongoing Brexit negotiations continue to dominate the political and economic sphere. In this period of Brexit uncertainty, the majority of our professional firm clients are reporting solid but unspectacular growth in fee income and flattening profits as firms continue to invest in people, technology and… Read more

Mergers and acquisitions in the marketing and media sectors have maintained momentum seen at the start of the year. In fact, at the time of writing, Q2 activity levels are the strongest ever recorded for Kingston Smith’s Marketing & Media Deal Tracker. Brexit and GDPR continue to impact activity levels. The latter has catalysed increasing… Read more

More people are making the decision to transition from one gender to another and making their decision public knowledge. As employers, you need to be fully prepared on how to handle such situations in the workplace. Earlier this year, Primark lost a constructive dismissal case, where one of their retail assistants was harassed for being… Read more

Brexit Update: Deal or No Deal?

18.07.18 / Insight posted in ,

So what are the scenarios facing the UK come next March? And what does No Deal look like? Theresa May wins the day: The broad outline of the Chequers White Paper are accepted by the EU27 in December. The EU27 is clear that Parliament’s rejection will result in Britain leaving the EU with the hardest… Read more

Brexit Blog – It’s all White now

18.07.18 / Insight posted in

So we are well into our second summer, since Article 50 was invoked. The talk now is all about political infighting and the most intractable issue in British politics for generations is heading for the buffers – hard. A hard Brexit maybe?….. Since my last blog, we now have the Government’s Brexit White Paper –… Read more

Kingston Smith Corporate Finance Limited, part of accountancy firm Kingston Smith LLP, has advised the shareholders of Healthcircle Advertising, a specialist healthcare advertising and creative communications agency, on its sale to the Fishawack Group. Healthcircle’s founder shareholders had approached Kingston Smith Corporate Finance for support to secure a “transformational deal” to develop their business. Kingston… Read more

Volunteers give up their time to support not for profit organisations like yours and are often a vital resource that charities rely heavily on. But you don’t employ them. A recent Supreme Court case, where two volunteer lifeboat-crew members were stood down, has thrown up issues around the treatment of volunteers. The volunteers had exchanged… Read more

Circularity of legislation Circularity of legislation can arise where a taxpayer wishes to sell an opted building or land but  and at the point of sale, the building or land is not a capital item in the capital goods scheme. However if the sale price exceeds £250,000 and is subject to VAT due to the… Read more

Early this year the government announced its plans to launch a public register listing the beneficial ownership of overseas entities owning UK property by 2021. The government has confirmed that a draft bill will be published in the coming months. In the article below Luke Parker looks at the key points to consider and summarises… Read more

Wednesday 27 June 2018 Ironmongers’ Hall, London Chair: Sir Michael Snyder Panel: Professor Tony Travers, London School of Economics Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Former Commercial Secretary and Minister of State Maureen Penfold, Managing Partner, Kingston Smith The latest in Kingston Smith’s EU debate series, this event heard views exchanged on the potential political, economic, social and cultural… Read more

Professional Firms Insight – Summer 2018

20.07.18 / Insight posted in

Welcome to the summer 2018 edition of Professional Firms Insight. Ongoing Brexit negotiations continue to dominate the political and economic sphere. In this period of Brexit uncertainty, the majority of our professional firm clients are reporting solid but unspectacular growth in fee income and flattening profits as firms continue to invest in people, technology and… Read more

Mergers and acquisitions in the marketing and media sectors – Q2 2018

19.07.18 / Insight posted in

Mergers and acquisitions in the marketing and media sectors have maintained momentum seen at the start of the year. In fact, at the time of writing, Q2 activity levels are the strongest ever recorded for Kingston Smith’s Marketing & Media Deal Tracker. Brexit and GDPR continue to impact activity levels. The latter has catalysed increasing… Read more

Transgender employees – the latest hot topic in employment you should be prepared for

19.07.18 / Insight posted in

More people are making the decision to transition from one gender to another and making their decision public knowledge. As employers, you need to be fully prepared on how to handle such situations in the workplace. Earlier this year, Primark lost a constructive dismissal case, where one of their retail assistants was harassed for being… Read more

Brexit Update: Deal or No Deal?

18.07.18 / Insight posted in ,

So what are the scenarios facing the UK come next March? And what does No Deal look like? Theresa May wins the day: The broad outline of the Chequers White Paper are accepted by the EU27 in December. The EU27 is clear that Parliament’s rejection will result in Britain leaving the EU with the hardest… Read more

Brexit Blog – It’s all White now

18.07.18 / Insight posted in

So we are well into our second summer, since Article 50 was invoked. The talk now is all about political infighting and the most intractable issue in British politics for generations is heading for the buffers – hard. A hard Brexit maybe?….. Since my last blog, we now have the Government’s Brexit White Paper –… Read more

Kingston Smith Corporate Finance advises on acquisition of Healthcircle by the Fishawack Group

13.07.18 / Insight posted in

Kingston Smith Corporate Finance Limited, part of accountancy firm Kingston Smith LLP, has advised the shareholders of Healthcircle Advertising, a specialist healthcare advertising and creative communications agency, on its sale to the Fishawack Group. Healthcircle’s founder shareholders had approached Kingston Smith Corporate Finance for support to secure a “transformational deal” to develop their business. Kingston… Read more

Do you employ volunteers? Technically, no one does!

11.07.18 / Insight posted in

Volunteers give up their time to support not for profit organisations like yours and are often a vital resource that charities rely heavily on. But you don’t employ them. A recent Supreme Court case, where two volunteer lifeboat-crew members were stood down, has thrown up issues around the treatment of volunteers. The volunteers had exchanged… Read more

Weekly VAT Update – 6 July 2018

06.07.18 / Insight posted in ,

Circularity of legislation Circularity of legislation can arise where a taxpayer wishes to sell an opted building or land but  and at the point of sale, the building or land is not a capital item in the capital goods scheme. However if the sale price exceeds £250,000 and is subject to VAT due to the… Read more

Property Update – Register of beneficial owners of UK real estate – Big Brother or a step in the right direction?

03.07.18 / Insight posted in

Early this year the government announced its plans to launch a public register listing the beneficial ownership of overseas entities owning UK property by 2021. The government has confirmed that a draft bill will be published in the coming months. In the article below Luke Parker looks at the key points to consider and summarises… Read more

EU debate – London’s place in a new world – A Summary

28.06.18 / Insight posted in

Wednesday 27 June 2018 Ironmongers’ Hall, London Chair: Sir Michael Snyder Panel: Professor Tony Travers, London School of Economics Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Former Commercial Secretary and Minister of State Maureen Penfold, Managing Partner, Kingston Smith The latest in Kingston Smith’s EU debate series, this event heard views exchanged on the potential political, economic, social and cultural… Read more

Is it curtains for the buy-to-let property scene?

Starts: August 23, 2018 4.30pm registration | RM2 5QB

The buy-to-let property market is in flux and landlords like you are taking action to shore up their situation. Join Kingston Smith and NatWest for this free seminar on the current state of the buy-to-let property market and challenges for landlords. Get expert advice and positive solutions from our property and tax specialists. You also… Read more

Harnessing good governance to maximise your charity’s effectiveness

Starts: September 4, 2018 4.30pm | EC1M 7AD

Good governance is fundamental to the wellbeing of all charities so it is important that trustee boards take the time to review their governance arrangements and ensure they are fit for purpose. This session will show you how to maintain a robust governance framework by embedding the principles of the new Charity Governance Code into… Read more

Annual Kingston Smith Alumni Party

Starts: September 11, 2018 6.30pm | W1D 7DT

Join us for our 2018 annual Kingston Smith Alumni party, this year at the fantastic Ham Yard Hotel roof terrace, Soho. This chic venue is the perfect place to meet up with old colleagues. Enjoy drinks and canapés at the private rooftop bar boasting views over London and a lush summer garden. This exclusive event is a… Read more

Is your charity ready for strategic change?

Starts: September 12, 2018 8.00am | EC1M 7AD

The charity sector has experienced unprecedented change, which is likely to continue for some time. Data privacy, new regulations, impact measurement and pressure on funding are among the current upheavals charities are facing. Join our Kingston Smith experts for a seminar on topical issues that charities across the sector are grappling with. Now is the… Read more

60 minute guide to interpreting a set of accounts

Starts: September 25, 2018 8.00am registration | EC1M 7AD 

This seminar builds on the highly popular ’60 minute guide to understanding accounts for non-accountants’ and will equip you with all the tools needed to understand accounts and the jargon commonly used. Several sets of accounts will be reviewed to pick out the underlying (and perhaps hidden) messages, all of which will help you to further… Read more

Kingston Smith HR Forum

Starts: September 27, 2018 4.30pm registration for 5.00pm start | RH1 1DL

Your Local HR Forum We are delighted to invite you to our first HR Forum. The aim is for you to gain useful insights to take back to your own organisation. About the Forum Staff are your most valuable asset and the Forum is the perfect opportunity for you to keep up-to-date with recent HR… Read more

What does Making Tax Digital mean for you?

Starts: October 4, 2018 5.30pm registration | UB3 1HA

It may seem a long way away but Making Tax Digital comes into effect on 1 April 2019 and needs preparing for now. From 1 April 2019 onwards, businesses and other organisations with VATable turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep their VAT records digitally. This includes the self-employed and landlords…. Read more

Grasping the responsibilities of a Data Protection Officer

Starts: October 9, 2018 4.30pm registration | EC1M 7AD

The new General Data Protection Regulation is now in place and your charity has appointed its in-house DPO. It’s now vital that you ensure your DPO fully understands what their ongoing role entails. As GDPR advisers, we’re already getting queries on recurring themes, so we’ll give you plenty of practical examples. This seminar will go… Read more

Charity Finance Summit 2018

Starts: October 11, 2018 8.45am | EC2M 3YD

Incorporating the Charity VAT & Tax, Strategy & Risk and Investment conference streams, the Charity Finance Summit has grown to become the key learning and networking event for charity finance teams in the autumn conference season. Debbie Jennings, VAT Principal at Kingston Smith will be talking on the following topics. New HMRC guidance on grants… 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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