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Welcome to our Business Services Newswire.

Firstly I’d like to take this opportunity to say many thanks to all the clients and contacts who voted for us in the City of Manchester Business Awards (COMBA) – we’re absolutely delighted to have received the COMBA 2014 Best Accountancy Firm of the Year award for the second year running. We believe our clients had a major part to play in our win as the amazing growth in our business and the fact that 70% of this growth came from recommendations or referrals from existing clients and contacts, was a key factor in our retention of the award.

As part of our commitment to supporting our clients with their business development and growth as well as helping you keep up-to-date with the latest developments, we’ve once again got a packed newsletter to share with you. Whether it’s helping you reduce fraud, explaining the alternatives to bank overdraft funding or reviewing the options if you’re looking for growth or exit, you’ll find articles to help you whatever your business need.

Over the last year we’ve been busy making full use of our membership of the HLB International Association of Accountants. Membership enables us to increase our international presence via referrals of work from fellow member firms worldwide and to put our clients wanting to expand overseas in contact with other accountancy professionals in the relevant country or region. Clients have benefitted from the contacts to enable local branches and companies to be set up in countries including The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the United States of America and India.

So, if expanding overseas is of interest to you, or you need advice on any aspect of trading overseas, make sure you contact us to discuss your situation.

If you are interested in pioneering new markets in the UK or overseas or want to connect your business with overseas investors you may also want to consider booking your place at the International Festival for Business 2014. The event is designed to accelerate your global business growth by connecting you with the smartest entrepreneurial minds and best business opportunities in the world.

IFB2014 will feature hundreds of world-class events from June to July 2014 in Liverpool, attracting 250,000 visitors from across the globe, and bringing £100 million worth of investment into the UK economy. Find out more at www.ifb2014.com.

Whatever the size of your business and whether you’re looking to grow or simply wanting to get on with business in the most effective way possible, it’s important to have people around you who are able to offer sound advice and expertise. So, as always, if you want more information about anything in this newsletter, or we can help in any way, please get in touch – you can find all our contact details under the ‘contacts’ tab.

 


Phil Roberts
Managing Partner

 

 

 

 

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Please note that this newsletter is provided for your information only. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, information contained in the newsletter may not be comprehensive and you should not act upon it without seeking professional advice.

 

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Mind your own business!

Graham Salmon FCA CFE, Head of anti-fraud consultancy at Beever and Struthers highlights some simple steps business owners can take to protect their business from fraud.

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Have you incurred VAT in other EU Member States?

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Contact Details - Business Services

For further information or to discuss any of the issues in this newsletter please contact us by phone or email.

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