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businessmums summit 2011

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.

spofforths is a finalist in the gatwick diamond business awards

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.

businesses get linked in spofforths

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.

free export advise for sme's

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.

mark spofforth to become icaew president

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.

new bluebird electric car prototype on show

Spofforths’ client, Don Wales chatted with fans outside The Theatre Royal Haymarket this week, whilst showing off the shell of the new Bluebird GTL Formula E prototype, an electric circuit racing car.

Spofforths’ client, Don Wales chatted with fans outside The Theatre Royal Haymarket this week, whilst showing off the shell of the new Bluebird GTL Formula E prototype, an electric circuit racing car.

Business Matters Awards 2012

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.

Adur and Worthing Business Awards Launched

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.

Dressed for Success 2012

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.

Paint with Light announced as winners of Innovation Award at Southern Business Awards

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 and be astounded by the beauty of the photos produced.

Why not enter the Chichester Observer & Gazette Business Awards 2013

Submit your entry into the Chichester Observer & Gazette Business Awards you may even receive an editorial profile in the paper free!

Horsham networking event

We are encouraging Horsham business managers and owners to join us for a free networking event, organised by Horsham Unlimited on Thursday 18 April 2013.

Sarah Ediss is attending the Academies Show 2013

Sarah Ediss is attending the Academies Show 2013 in London, Excel Centre.

Voting is now open for the finalists of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards

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.

Sussex Food and Drink Award Finalists gather

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.

Spofforths join Horsham Independents Month

Spofforths have joined 25 other companies to promote ‘Horsham’s Independent Businesses’ with a month long focus on the traders and the importance of what they do for the town and surrounding villages.

Spofforths named employer of the year finalist in Natwest Venus Awards Brighton & Sussex

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.

Spofforths sponsor Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Spofforths are sponsoring Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in the West Sussex County Times 2013 Community Awards.

We can guide you through the start-up period

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.

Spofforths dedicated education team

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.

Nominations are now open for the Selsey Business Awards

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.

Successful Seminar "20 things you MUST know when selling a business "

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.

Natwest Venus Womens Business Awards Brighton tonight

This evening is the Natwest Venus Womens Business Awards being held at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton.

ETI Wins Adur and Worthing Business Awards

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!

Growth Vouchers for small businesses

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.

Chichester Young Professional Networking event a great success

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.

Top tips for working in the cloud

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 partner Alison Jones talks about her mentoring role with the Cherie Blair Foundation

Alison Jones from our Brighton office was recently interviewed by Laura Cartledge from etc magazine about breaking down the boundaries in business.

Spofforths Blog Achieves Top 25 Blogs you Must be Reading

Spofforths are delighted to have been listed on the Mercury Talks list of 25 UK Business Blogs you Should Be Reading.

Spofforths Sponsor Horsham District Food and Drink Festival 2014

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.

Mark Spofforth short listed "Practitioner of the Year" The British Accountancy Awards 2014

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.

Horsham Office Relocation

Spofforths Horsham office is moving to new offices in the heart of Horsham.

Spofforths Financial Planning Limited to relocate

Spofforths Financial Planning Limited has been operating from our Storrington office since the late 1990s, where unfortunately our lease is due to expire.

New jobs created from grants awarded by the Coast to Capital Business Growth Scheme

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.

Accounting software shouldn’t be a chore to use

If you want your business to work smarter and faster, online accounting software like Xero is a wise investment and can save your company time and money.

Charity Commission releases guide on how to register a charity

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.

Spofforths join panel discussion at Xerocon 2015

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.

Top Tips for Xero Users

"Spofforths ' Top Tips for Xero Users" February edition featured some tips and tricks on how to:-

Open multiple windows
Deal with regular invoices
VAT clarity

The Selsey Florist wins Business of the Year at Selsey Awards

At the Selsey Business Awards Gala Dinner on 28 February Spofforths' Rob Beasley was delighted to present "The Selsey Florist" with their overall Best Business Award.

Your Invitation to find out all about Xero

What is online accounting and how does it work?

Chichester Young Professionals Group Event – Wednesday 17 June

The June networking event for the Chichester Young Professionals is on Wednesday 17 June at 5pm at Chichester Golf Club.

So, who is in charge of this school anyway ?

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 show number of Self Employment Professionals continues to grow

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.

Applications open for Coast to Capital Business Growth Grants

Coast to Capital Region Small Grants Programme (grants between £5,000 and £20,000) and Region Business Growth Grants (£15,000 and £100,000) are now open for application.

Spofforths appointed Accounting Partner to i360

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.

Sussex Food and Drink Award finalists announced

Harveys Brewery in Lewes hosted the Sussex Food and Drink Awards "Big Reveal" event on Monday 6 July.

Leading accountants and lawyers join forces with Brighton i360

Today's announcement regarding the appointment of legal and accounting partners to the i360 has produced a lot of media interest.

Chichester Young Professionals Group next meeting announced

The next Chichester Young Professionals Event will be on the 16 September 2015.

Summer Edition of Top Tips for Xero Users

The Spofforths Online Team regularly produce newsletters demonstrating shortcuts, tips and tools for xero users.

Spofforths client listed in Fortune Magazine "50 Companies that are changing the world"

Fortune magazine, which is published globally by Times, Inc., recently published their list of “50 Companies that are changing the world”.

Spofforths' Education Team Hosts Breakfast Symposium for Academy Schools

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.

Spofforths sponsor Arun Business Partnership "Business of the Year Award 2015"

Spofforths are delighted to be sponsoring the Arun Business Partnership "Business of the Year" (over 10 employees) category 2015 Awards.

Great feedback from client attending Spofforths' Academy Symposium

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.

Masterclass : How to build shareholder value and maximise exit prices

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.

Spofforths' Alison Jones features in September issue of 'The Business Sussex'

Spofforths' Brighton office Partner Alison Jones recently launched a new business networking club for businesswomen in Brighton.

Spofforths’ Tax Consultancy Team feature in Lawyer monthly magazine

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.