We work with you to find solutions that are cost-effective and we help you to implement them.
We prepare accounts for all kinds of businesses including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and LLPs. We will ensure your accounts comply with the relevant accounting standards and are filed with the relevant authorities in the appropriate format. Your accounts are a really important tool to help you make business decisions and we will assist you to make the right ones.
We can save you the expense of employing under-used, under-qualified staff to fill the gap in your own skills and expertise. A further benefit is that we can take a continuous, detached, independent overview of your way of doing business and make positive suggestions about how you might improve it.
The Pensions Act 2008 brought about fundamental changes in pension law, introducing a legal requirement for employers to arrange and contribute to workers’ pensions. The Auto Enrolment regime began to be phased in from October 2012 and all employers had to be registered with the Pensions Regulator by February 2018.
With cloud accounting, it’s far easier to get real-time reporting and visibility throughout your organisation. More and more businesses are switching to cloud accounting software to make the most of the benefits of online accounting to help streamline their core processes. As a small business owner, you may find it tedious to keep on top of your bookkeeping but accounting software like Sage, Xero and Quickbooks allows you to make your entire operation run smoothly and they give you more time to focus on building your business. We have specialist teams who are trained and accredited on Sage, Quickbooks and Xero and can assist with all stages of cloud accounting including set up, training and monitoring.
Your business may require a full audit or fall outside of these requirements and our team will establish exactly what’s required for you. Our audit team are experienced in all areas of audit including statutory audits, client money audits and charity audits and you can be confident that your audit will be conducted by an expert team who work to the highest standards.
Paying your workforce timely and accurately is the first requirement of any business. Regardless of holidays, illness or overseas commitments, your staff need to be paid on time. We can do this for you, professionally, with a dedicated specialist team. We’ll ensure that staff queries are answered and acted upon in a prompt and professional manner.
If you need help with your day to day record keeping we can assist you by taking care of your book-keeping. We use the best cloud accounting software packages to ensure that your records are kept up to date in real time and we make sure your VAT returns are accurate and filed on time.
We have a team of specialist tax consultants who ensure all legitimate allowances are maximised.
Corporate Tax Planning
The UK corporate tax system is complicated, has onerous reporting obligations, and severe penalties for non-compliance. By taking our professional advice, you will not only benefit from a reduced administrative burden but also have confidence that your business is maximising the tax relief and allowances that are available.
Although the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has made it appear simple and easy to submit one’s own return, the fact of the matter is that it is a very complex process. With legislation changing regularly and severe penalties for errors or late submission, taking professional advice is often the best way forward.
Personal Tax Planning
By taking the professional advice of our team of tax specialists you will be confident in knowing that your tax affairs are both fully compliant and efficient.
This complex and evolving tax regime requires specialist knowledge and professional management. From submitting a quarterly return through to advising on VAT-efficient corporate structure, our experts are on hand to offer whatever level of guidance and support your business requires.
We pride ourselves on our flexibility and honesty and providing a first class service to our clients. We offer independent advice for all corporate finance activities.
Business Plans and Forecasts
Business planning is essential if you are to maximise the profit potential of your business. Howards offers a business planning service to help identify appropriate targets and set key measures for your company’s performance and profitability.
Whether starting up or expanding, choosing the right finance is imperative to maintaining a healthy business. Howards has long established contacts with many financiers including all the major banks, as well as independent finance houses, and can therefore work with your existing bankers or introduce new financiers.
If you are thinking of selling your business, how do you know how much to sell it for? Do you base your price on the amount of profit your business produces every year? Do you take into account future projections? What will it be worth next year ? Howards will help you answer all these questions and give you support and guidance.
Howards ensures its support and advice is tailored to meet the requirements of each of our business clients and to help improve your profits and growth.
Whether you are an established business or start-up, our aim is to give you the practical advice your business needs for profitable growth and future success.
Howards will attend your board meetings, business meetings and strategy meetings. However you refer to them, we will make sure that you, your directors and managers keep focused on your goals. Howards will make sure that you, your directors and managers remain accountable for the actions and tasks allocated to them.
Our experience of working closely with businesses in all kinds of sectors has allowed us a uniquely privileged position of being able to watch what makes organisations more or less successful. By drawing on those observations, we’re able to provide sound business advice with the clarity of vision only afforded to the outsider.
Whether you are buying or selling a company, looking into financing, expansion, acquisitions or franchising, we are there to help.
Our highly experienced company secretarial service team will provide advice throughout the business lifecycle, from forming the company. You may be looking for a helping hand for busy periods, or interim support to cover the role of Company Secretary over a period of leave. Whatever you are looking for, Howards has the right solution for you.
Status and CIS Protection
Our status and CIS protection team can assist and work with you to provide consultancy and insured solutions, to safeguard your business and protect your commercial relationships.
Tax Enquiry Insurance
With HMRC investigations happening more and more frequently tax investigations pose a risk and can be disruptive to you, this could be increased risk to your business. Ask us for how Tax investigation insurance works.
You are busily filling in your business tax return, doing fine with the income and the expenses, but suddenly you are brought to a grinding halt in confusion. Capital allowances, what are they all about? Let Howards support and help you with the basics.
Research and Development
We have assisted limited company clients in accessing R&D tax credits reliefs, let Howards help you maximise this area for you.