Monthly Archives: November 2016

Never look a Zebra in the mouth…

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsicas-1A key date in any chartered icas-2accountants calendar is the annual ICAS dinner, this year hosted at the Sheraton in Edinburgh.  Needless to say, a group from Drummond Laurie attended the event on Friday evening.  A room full of accountants – sounds dull I hear you say!  However, the after dinner speaker was in fact Rory Bremner, who definitely provided some great entertainment.  The successful evening was rounded off with David winning a golf day at Gleneagles and kissing a zebra!

Cosy Kids Kicks Off

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bedrocDrummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsFor the second year Drummond Laurie are delighted to support Bedrock’s Cosy Kidscosy-kids Campaign and as you can see we already have quite a collection in our kitchen.  Any friends or family who have unwanted clothes or if you’re needing to do a wee clear out please send them our way!

We’ll keep you updated throughout December and in particular with news from our Bake Off where we hope to raise some funds for this too.

More information on Bedrock and this campaign can be found here.

 

Autumn Statement Update

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsautumn-statementOn Wednesday 23rd November 2016 our new Chancellor Phillip Hammond presented his first Autumn Statement.  As it turns out, this will also be his last Autumn Statement!  One of the few surprising announcements was that in future his Annual Budget will be delivered in the Autumn, which is a break from a very long tradition in the UK.  Therefore, in 2017 we will have 2 budgets, one in the Spring (the last Spring Budget) and then the first Autumn Budget later in the year.  In early 2018 we will then get the first Spring Statement.

Drummond Laurie’s summary of the 2016 Autumn Statement is now available here Autumn Statement

There were no major surprises delivered in the Autumn Statement and it appears that our new Chancellor will be more “conservative” than his predecessor with rabbits being pulled from hats in short supply.  Our summary has been written in plain English and we have included our comments on the more important changes together with any planning opportunities.  There is a useful summary of the main tax and allowance rates for both the current and the coming (2017/18) tax years towards the end of the report.

This summary will remain on our website for you to refer to as and when you need it, however, if you have any questions please do not forget that we are here to assist you in planning your way through the complex tax maze which successive UK Chancellors have created over the last 20 years and more.

 

 

 

More baking, eating & donating…

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsbedrocThroughout December we will be supporting Bedrock a local charity that we have helped in the past with their Cosy Kids Campaign.

The team at Drummond Laurie will be helping by bringing children’s clothes that perhaps their children have outgrown and asking their friends and families to do the same.

In addition we’ll be having a Bake Off in the office on Tuesday 13th December, the five volunteer bakers have been tasked with making a Showstopper and a Technical Challenge by our very own Mary Berry, Kathleen Horne!  The cakes will be brought in anonymously and the team will pay to taste and judge!

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Scottish Agricultural Wages

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsagri2The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) recently decided to change the effective date of annual changes to the Scottish Agricultural Minimum Wage Rate from the 1st of October, to bring it into line with the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage changes. This means that no changes will be made agri1until 1st April 2017. 

Although no changes have been made this year, it is important that employers ensure their agricultural employees are not paid less than the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.

 If you would like to discuss any agricultural related accountancy query, then please contact Margaret Bunyan on 01324 4 41266 or email margaret.bunyan@drummondlaurie.co.uk

 

 

Looking to the Future

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grad1Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsDrummond Laurie were delighted to attend career events within Stirling University and Glasgow University recently, in the hope of finding future students who could gain valuable work experience or begin their accounting career with us.grad2

At Drummond Laurie, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our staff and giving students the opportunity to experience the wide range of services we offer. We found that this approach was well received by those attending the event who recognised the benefits of the variety of work they could look forward to.

For more details on working with Drummond Laurie visit our web pages Careers

 

 

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