Hundreds of mumpreneurs from across Sussex are set to attend the BusinessMums Summit 2011. For the second year running Spofforths is sponsoring the event which will take place at the Thistle Hotel in Brighton on Monday 10th October. Some well-known speakers including ITV presenter Kate Garraway and Laura Tenison of JoJoMamanBebe will make appearances.
We have just received confirmation that Spofforths is a finalist in the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2012. Following successful nominations and visits from the judges we have been shortlisted in the Business of the Year and Corporate Responsibility categories.
We are inviting business people who are interested in developing their Linked in profiles to attend an interactive course, run by Sussex Enterprise, at our Horsham office on Tuesday 29 May 2012. As the largest professional online network, LinkedIn is a great way to exchange information, ideas and opportunities.
I am encouraging SMEs who are interested in learning about international trade to join me at an ‘Entrepreneurship and Growth’ event on Thursday 28 June. The free advisory session is being held at the Arora Hotel, in Crawley, to mark ICAEW Business Advice week which runs from 25 to 29 June 2012. I have been invited by event organisers, ICAEW and Coast to Capital, to make a presentation about business export and how it could help you to achieve growth.
We are delighted to announce that Mark Spofforth will take up the role of President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) on Wednesday 13 June 2012. The annual Presidential Handover is being held at Moorgate Place, in London, and Clive Parritt will pass over the President’s badge.
I am looking forward to attending the Business Matters Awards at Effingham Park Hotel on Friday 20 July. Spofforths are sponsoring the Large Business of the Year category and I will be presenting the winning business with their Award.
As the Adur and Worthing Business Awards 2012 launch this week, we are encouraging you to make nominations for the businesses you believe deserve some special recognition. We are proud to sponsor the awards for the third year running as it is such a popular event for the business community. There are 18 categories to choose from including overall business of the year, start-up business and innovation. Award winners will be announced on Friday 16th November at the Worthing Pavilion.
The annual ‘Dressed for Success’ window dressing campaign is set to launch on Wednesday 12 September and once again we are proud to be headline sponsors. For the third year running we will be working closely with Horsham Unlimited, the town centre business partnership, to raise awareness about the initiative. It forms part of a five year vision to ensure that Horsham becomes renowned for its business windows.
At the Southern Business Awards gala evening on Friday September 28 I was delighted to present the Innovation category award to Anthony Robins of Paint-with-Light. This company has invented a process of using a completely black space to allow a long camera exposure. The result is that you can "paint" and annotate objects or create the most extraordinary pictures including freezing motion with light. Have a look on their website www.paint-with-light.com and be astounded by the beauty of the photos produced.
Adrian Pearce, our Farming and Agriculture specialist, was delighted to attend the South of England Show media Breakfast hosted by Penelope Keith on 6 June. After the breakfast Nicholas Soames MP launched the public voting for the Sussex Food and Drink awards 2013/14.
Finalists of the 2013/14 Sussex Food and Drink Awards gathered at the South of England Showground yesterday. The next phase of the Awards is extremely important and finalists were encouraged to attend the event so that they could to meet sponsors and judges and to gain advice about how to attract votes from customers.
Alison Jones, Partner in Spofforths Brighton office has been named a finalist in this year’s Employer of the Year category in the NatWest Venus Awards Brighton and Sussex, which saw almost 900 submissions in total.
Viewing us as your business adviser, as well as professionals trained in traditional accountancy and tax compliance, could boost your company’s bottom line. We are experienced at guiding businesses through the start-up period and, as well as advising you on what to do, we can give you some tips about what not to do.
Having worked closely with education providers and charities for decades, Spofforths can bring you sector-specific advice and relevant experience. Our education team offers audit, accounting, taxation, payroll, VAT, governance, and business advisory services to many different types of schools, educational charities, grant-making bodies and tutoring businesses.
Spofforths are sponsoring Business of the Year category at the Selsey Business Awards, which is open to all businesses in the Selsey and Sidlesham area. We have chosen to sponsor the awards because we have experience working with entrepreneurs and SMEs. We help to balance their private and business priories, at the same time as supporting their business growth; which is why it is a great awards to sponsor.
Yesterday evening we held our seminar “20 things you MUST know when selling a business”. The evening was a great success and our presenters Mark Spofforth, Daniel Grainge, Alex Spofforth and Philip Wise were superb.
Spofforths sponsored this years ‘Business of the Year’ category at the Worthing and Adur Business Awards which took place at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing on Friday 18th October. The overall winner Business of the Year was ETI and the evening was a great success!
The Prime Minister has pledged additional support for small businesses and promised £2,000 worth of expertise and advice to 20,000 small businesses, as part of a new growth voucher pilot scheme championed by Lord Young, the PM’s enterprise adviser. The scheme matches business leaders with mentors to help them grow, through a marketplace-style website.
The launch event of the Chichester Young Professionals Group yesterday at Trent’s Shed bar in Chichester was a great success. The aim of the Chichester Young Professionals group is to provide an opportunity to get together and talk with like-minded individuals. It also gives young business people the chance to uncover exciting opportunities have fun whilst attending interesting and lively events.
In a demanding society our needs, both business and personal, are constantly changing and evolving, making it hard to predict the next step. The advancement of cloud software has meant that the way in which we can now do business has changed beyond all recognition.
Spofforths are proud to be sponsors of the Horsham District Food and Drink Festival which is taking place from 6th September until 5th October. The festival allows you to explore what local producers have to offer over four weeks with various events, promotions and offers.
We are delighted to announce that Spofforths Chichester office partner Mark Spofforth has been shortlisted in the “Practitioner of the Year” category of The British Accountancy Awards 2014. The event organised by Accountancy Age celebrates excellence in the profession.
Earlier this month it was announced that more than 300 new jobs will be created from the grants awarded by the Coast to Capital Business Growth Grant scheme to businesses across the region, including Brighton and Hove, Croydon, Gatwick Diamond, Lewes and West Sussex throughout 2014.
The Charity Commission has released a detailed guide on how to register a charity. Usually you must register a charity with the charity commission when your charity has over £5,000 of income in the year, unless you are a charitable incorporated organisation which must register whatever its income.
Xerocon 2015 runs from 10 to 11 February at the Battersea Evolution, London and has an impressive lineup of speakers from one of the UK’s most influential businesswomen to a renowned brand expert, a leading technology journalist to a broadcasting innovator.
This was the title of the Education Conference lead by Barlow Robbins, solicitors, attended by Sarah Ediss, Horsham partner. The evening focused on the relationship between the Head, Bursar and Governors
Statistics released by Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) show that the number of self-employed professionals rose by almost 9% over the last year to reach 1.88 million.
Spofforths are delighted to have beaten the competition to partner with the Brighton i360 in a unique commercial relationship to build business in the region. The agreement with Brighton i360 Ltd means by working together Spofforths can leverage the opportunities which the exciting new attraction and venue will bring to the area.
This morning, Wednesday 9 September, Sarah Ediss and Simon Webber, from Spofforths' Specialist Education Team, hosted a breakfast symposium in our Chichester Office. During the symposium Sarah and Simon discussed the key changes to the 2015 Academies Financial Handbook and Accounts Direction.
We have received some super feedback from our clients who attended our Academy School Symposium Breakfast, hosted by Sarah Ediss and Simon Webber from Spofforths' Education Team. The Symposium, held on 8 September in our Chichester office, focussed on the key changes to the 2015 Academies Financial Handbook and Accounts Direction.
Exit planning is a powerful and proven way for business owners to align their personal and business goals, enabling them to optimise the value of their companies and achieve above average prices when the time comes to sell up.
The recent sale of Spofforths’ long standing client Takbro Group features in this month’s edition of Lawyer monthly. Spofforths originally advised the shareholders on their management buy-out 17 years ago. On this occasion the Spofforths’ Tax Consultancy Team planned, prepared and navigated Takbro through their business sale.