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From music to money management: Ruaridh Oglivie joins Warrener Stewart as graduate accounts trainee

06 October 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

A wide variety of small to medium-sized clients, many of whom are located in and around Warrener Stewart’s Fulham base, was enough to lure Scottish born Ruaridh Ogilvie south of the border to start as our latest graduate accounts trainee. 

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Ruaridh applied for a job with us last year, after studying music at Newcastle University and incorporating several business and accountancy modules into his degree. With remarkable commercial mindedness, he recognised his potential to commence a career in the financial sector early on. “I really enjoyed the freedom and variety of studying music, but also wanted to continue learning about business having studied it at A Level”, he explains, “so I decided to study business and accountancy too.”

Armed with this knowledge and experience, Ruaridh looked at the big four accountancy firms and quickly realised he wouldn’t get much in the way of client contact time as a graduate. A Google search for SME accountants in London put Warrener Stewart on his radar.

Ruaridh was tempted by the breadth of our services and the variety of clients we work with, including the instrument manufacturer Percussion Play, as he is a keen drummer. Positive client testimonials and case studies sealed the deal, so he proactively reached out to Warrener Stewart. Following an interview in January 2020 with Colin and Nick, he was offered a job with a start date in early September. When Covid-19 hit, he was reassured that he could still take up his place with us when the time came.

Since starting, he has been working in the office with Jess and James in audit, and learning about the software he’ll need use in his day-to-day role. Across September and October, he will also be completing a course of virtual learning to begin his training to become an ACA qualified accountant. We wish Ruaridh the best of luck as he embarks on his new career and look forward to seeing him forge his own path at Warrener Stewart.

 

New working practices for the post-COVID era

07 August 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

At Warrener Stewart, we have been operational throughout the COVID-19 crisis, supporting our existing clients in an uncertain time. Our focus on nurturing successful relationships and facilitating regular contact has remained high, thanks to the technology available to us.

As the economy starts to move, with record mortgage approvals as a result of the stamp duty holiday and businesses bouncing back with changing cultures, planning for the future is vitally important. In the ongoing ‘new normal’ circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we are implementing new working practices, including virtual meetings via video conferencing and remote working. In lieu of face-to-face meetings with clients, we are communicating using a variety of online platforms including Teams, with all of our account handlers working normal office hours remotely, in order to work with clients as usual.

“Despite the challenges of recent months, we continue to provide an exceptional service to our new and existing clients,” says Colin Edney, Director. “Businesses will need to adapt, by revisiting budgets and business plans or reforecasting growth, which is where Warrener Stewart can really make a difference. We are confident that virtual meetings are the way forward in working successfully together as we navigate the post-COVID era.”

For a tailored approach to your business accounting or your personal tax liabilities, please contact us at info@warrenerstewart.com or visit our website for strategic advice and support.

New starters join Warrener Stewart during lockdown

20 July 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Despite the challenges of lockdown, work has continued at Warrener Stewart, supporting individuals and businesses in this challenging time. We’ve welcomed four new members of staff, with strong financial backgrounds across a range of disciplines with much to bring to the team.

James Hipkiss – Accounts and Audit Assistant

James joins us from Birmingham, after making the move to London in April amid the chaos of Covid-19. He has a strong background in accounts, with 6 years’ experience.

Following an apprenticeship directly from college, he worked at one of the top 10 firms auditing and accounting for large corporations turning over more than £100 million and small businesses, before moving into an industry role in internal management accounts.

James made the move to Warrener Stewart based on our ‘standout’ location and people, looking to build on his current knowledge with a more diverse service-based client facing role.

Maxine Howard - Tax Consultant

A qualified chartered accountant, Maxine started with Warrener Stewart mid-lockdown in May. After studying Finance and Accountancy at the University of Cape Town, she initially worked for a London firm, firstly in VAT administration and then in audit for SMEs and not-for-profits.

Realising she wants more exposure to UK and international tax and to move away from audit, Maxine joins us as a tax consultant to support our corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

Shakaela Carroll - US/UK Tax Advisor

Shakaela moved from Manchester to London four years ago to pursue a career in accountancy. She took a trainee accountancy role straight from A Levels and has a solid background in both technical and international taxation, especially US tax. She is currently working through her professional exams as well as assisting our UK-resident US citizen clients in her role as a US/UK tax advisor.

Shakaela chose Warrener Stewart as we have ‘an enormous amount to offer, including intellectual stimulation in the range of clients, and a wealth of options in terms of specialisms’. She is looking to develop her own client portfolio alongside completing her qualifications.

Samantha Langer - US/UK Junior Tax Consultant

Hailing from the south of France, Samantha brings with her significant academic experience in law, with a Masters in French Business Law from Aix-Marseille University. She has a strong background in legal internships, focusing on tax, problem solving and legal research. In her previous roles, she worked in personal taxes, particularly French and Italian.

Following the completion of her LLM in London, Samantha felt Warrener Stewart was the ‘perfect fit’ thanks to our location outside the City coupled with a wide range of clients. Now, wanting to learn something new, she’s focusing on US tax as one of our trainee US/UK tax consultants.

Joint Managing Director Colin Edney commented: “We have continued to provide a vital service to our clients throughout the pandemic. This is an important time for all our clients to talk to our accounting, tax and advisory teams so that we can help them with any financial implications caused by the current circumstances. We would like to wish our new recruits all the best in their new roles and we look forward to seeing them excel.”

Chancellor’s Update – July 2020

09 July 2020 • HMRC News

Here is a review of the headline announcements from the Chancellor’s most recent statement to the House of Commons regarding the additional measures being implemented to support the opening up of the UK economy.

The Furlough Scheme Bonus

The phased withdrawal of the furlough scheme is to continue as previously announced, coming to an end in October 2020.

In order to encourage employers to bring their furloughed employees back to work, the Chancellor has committed to pay the Employer £1,000 per employee.

There are conditions to be met before the bonus will be paid including a minimum salary requirement and employees remaining on the payroll until January 2021.

The Kickstart Scheme

A further announcement to encourage Employers to take on 16 to 24 year olds is known as the KickStart Scheme.  The Treasury will support Employers with funding where new jobs are created which are in excess of 25 hours per week.

The funding is expected to last six months and will apply from next month.  The Chancellor announced there is to be no cap on the number of new KickStart employees.

Apprenticeships

The current apprenticeships arrangements are to be extended for the next six months with bonus payments being made to Employers for taking on new apprentices.  The bonuses will be £2,000 per apprentice under 25 years old and £1,500 per apprentice aged over 25.

Energy Efficiency Vouchers

In order to encourage homeowners and Landlords to invest in energy efficient infrastructure and thereby increase work for those in these sectors, grants of up to £5,000 will be available to cover up to 2/3rds of the cost of increasing energy efficiencies.

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

In order to encourage movement in the housing market, the Chancellor also announced an increase to the lower SDLT band from £125,000 to £500,000 for the period 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.  This means that homebuyers will not pay SDLT on the first £500,000 on the acquisition of a new home.

For those acquiring additional residential property, the 3% surcharge will still apply in the period to 31 March 2021.

VAT Rate Reduction

To also encourage further spending on the hospitality and tourism industry, there has been a VAT rate cut up to 12 January 2021.

The applicable rate will be 5% instead of the standard rate of 20% during this period.

Eat Out to Help Out

The final announcement by Mr Sunak was this innovative discount scheme which is to apply for the month of August.

In addition to the reduction in the VAT rate for these establishments, diners will be able to claim a discount of up to £10 per person on food and non-alcoholic beverages when eating out on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in August.

The pub or restaurant will be able to apply to be part of the scheme by registering online and then claim back the cost of the discounts applied direct to the Treasury for reimbursement within 5 days.

If you would like to discuss any of the above please call 020 7731 6163 to talk to a member of our tax team or get in touch with your usual Warrener Stewart contact.

Stuart Barbour promoted to Associate in Warrener Stewart

26 May 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Since joining Warrener Stewart ten years ago, Stuart Barbour has developed a strong corporate tax team to help and advise many of the company’s largest corporate clients. He has also been instrumental in opening Warrener Stewart’s Edinburgh office and driving business growth north of the border.

In recognition of his contribution the Directors are pleased to announce that they have promoted Stuart to Associate in the Firm.

"Stuart is a vital part of our team," remarked Colin Edney, joint managing director. "Throughout his time at Warrener Stewart he has always gone the extra mile, ensuring our clients get the right tax advice at the right time for their business needs. He is also highly regarded for his attention to detail and willingness to support clients at every stage of their business cycle. We are all delighted to congratulate Stuart on achieving this next step in his career with us."

Stuart will continue to grow the Edinburgh team while focussing on his portfolio of clients, helping them with their tax needs whether it be advice on how to improve their business or reviewing their financial accounts for compliance.

Commenting on his promotion Stuart said: “I have really enjoyed working with the wide variety of clients at Warrener Stewart. It is always satisfying working alongside business owners and managers, providing the advice and recommendations required for the business to thrive.”

Embarking on the next step with Warrener Stewart

02 April 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Warrener Stewart, like many private practices, offers trainee Chartered Accountant positions for graduates. 

Camilla Bole is their most recent trainee accountant who, already part way through her qualification, has joined the audit and accounts team.  Having graduated from Durham University in 2015 with a degree in Chemistry, Camilla decided to embark upon an accountancy career. Having stated her training with a mid-tier firm in London’s West End, Camilla joined Warrener Stewart’s Fulham based accountancy practice where she intends to complete her training.

“My chemistry degree taught me many transferrable skills which I use each day as a trainee accountant,” notes Camilla. “As a someone who loves order and talking to people becoming an accountant is a perfect fit for my skills. I am enjoying the responsibility of working directly with Warrener Stewart’s many clients helping to prepare their accounts and learning to conduct audits.”

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