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Three new recruits join Warrener Stewart

28 May 2021 • Warrener Stewart News

If there is one defining word for how the last fourteen months have gone then it’s resilience.  Faced with incredibly challenging circumstances our lives and working methods have adapted, whilst our economy has recently proved resilient too. The ONS reported only a 1.5% decrease in GDP for the most recent Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar 2021).

Chartered accountants in Fulham, like Warrener Stewart, have continued to provide actionable business intelligence and support helping both existing and new clients navigate their way through the pandemic. At Warrener Stewart the head of their audit department, Gary Chapman notes, “Over the past twelve months we have actually seen an increase in demand for our statutory audit services. Throughout the pandemic businesses have still had to adhere to hard deadlines - having a statutory audit and filing audited accounts at Companies House is one such requirement.”

To cope with the increased demand for statutory audit Warrener Stewart recently welcomed Josh Taylor (pictured above) to the firm as an audit and accounts assistant. Josh joins from BDO, where for the past four years his has he worked within their consumer markets division, assisting with the audit of businesses involved in retail, hospitality and sports.

Josh, who is halfway through his Chartered Accountancy (ACA) exams, wanted to move to a smaller practice where he would be a more integral part of the team, working more closely with clients.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone at Warrener Stewart even though we have not had much time in the office together,” comments Josh. “I am especially looking forward to getting more involved, and physically meeting with, the firm’s clients over the coming months and years!”

The specialist US tax team at Warrener Stewart has also seen a high demand for their US tax services over the past twelve months – this has led to two more tax specialists joining the busy team.

Robyn Davis (pictured above) is both a US Enrolled Agent and an ATT qualified UK tax assistant. As a dual tax agent, she can advise and work across both tax systems.

Following a degree in sociology at Goldsmiths Robyn went travelling before starting work on the technical team at Frank Hirth. From there she trained to become an Enrolled Agent (EA) and worked assisting US citizens and expats working in the UK with their personal tax returns.

Robyn joined Warrener Stewart to work more closely with a range of clients and gain more experience in different areas of tax. Since joining Warrener Stewart, she has predominately worked with many ‘accidental Americans’ helping them with delinquent filing.

“Often it’s only when people open a bank account, or something where they need to state their place of birth or citizenship that they realise they should have been filing a US tax return,” says Robyn.

Like Josh, Robyn joined Warrner Stewart during lockdown back in December 2020 so has mainly been working from home, only going into the Fulham office once a week, so likewise is keen to meet the rest of her colleagues!

The final addition to the firm is Darren Arnold  (pictured above) – who also joined Warrener Stewart from Frank Hirth. Darren has spent the past eleven years progressing his career working most recently as a client service assistant, helping to prepare US tax returns.

Darren wants to become an Enrolled Agent so leapt at the chance to undertake the studying and exams required whilst working in Warrener Stewart’s US tax department. Since joining in December 2020, Darren has been helping prepare US tax returns for delinquent filers.

“I enjoy working with people and helping them. It is really gratifying to hear the relief in their voices when they realise that we can assist them with their US tax filing requirements,” confirmed Darren.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas

16 December 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

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It’s been an unusual yet busy year for us here at Warrener Stewart. This year, in lieu of Christmas cards, we are donating to our chosen charity Glass Door Homeless Charity, who coordinates the UK’s largest open-access network of emergency winter shelters and support services for people affected by homelessness.

Thank you for supporting us throughout 2020 – we look forward to working with you in brighter times in the New Year and beyond. Over the Christmas period our offices will be closed from end of play on Thursday, 24 Dec 2020 and reopen on Monday 4 Jan 2021.

Welcoming our newest apprentice

10 November 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Warrener Stewart extends a warm welcome to the newest member of our team: Rajeev Sriskantha.

Joining Warrener Stewart to assist our senior staff with bookkeeping and VAT returns for clients mainly in the energy sector, Rajeev supports in the review of client-submitted data, flagging queries and preparing returns, as well as capturing and reconciling entries on the bookkeeping side. His role helps us to enable clients to focus on the running of their business while we take care of their finances.

Rajeev has long held an interest in finance, completing work experience in the accounting department of his local GP surgery. Alongside his work, Rajeev is pursuing his AAT level 3 qualification, attending college once a week.

A Londoner himself, Rajeev chose to apply to Warrener Stewart based on the case studies of clients we’ve worked with.  After completing his qualifications, Rajeev hopes to become a chartered accountant. “Being an apprentice gives me the best platform to gain experience,” he says.

Outside the office, Rajeev is a keen sportsman, playing football, badminton and cricket and has a strong interest in electronics, building circuit boards from scratch.

We look forward to seeing Rajeev’s career develop throughout his time with us.

 

Five years at Warrener Stewart: Freddie Hollom qualifies as CTA

28 October 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Congratulations are in order for our longstanding team member Freddie Hollom, who has recently qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor.

Freddie has been with Warrener Stewart for five years, during which time he has completed all his qualifications, including ATT.

His most recent qualification took three years to achieve, for which Warrener Stewart allowed generous time off for studying and exams. Freddie sat his final exam consisting of a 2500-word essay in July at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown, in isolation at his home. An invigilator and camera had access to his computer! Despite the unusual circumstances, Freddie received his results in just six weeks.

Freddie now has a roster of his own clients, including high net worth individuals and SMEs, assisting them with UK personal tax and corporation tax. He also works closely with Damian Talbot on tax planning exercises.

Freddie, who has worked hard to reap the rewards of his studies and is a valued member of our team, still finds time to pursue his love of steam engineering. Having previously worked in museums, when not in the office, he volunteers at the London Museum of Water and Steam.

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.

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