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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.

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.”

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