Be Inspired…Education & Learning

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsYesterday we had a fantastic day at the DYW Forth Valley’s inaugural Conference.

The event was about engaging educators and employers in developing innovative partnerships to support Scotland’s Young Workforce.  As a local employer it is so important to take the time to support our young people, almost a third of our team are studying while working to achieve qualifications such as C.A. or ACCA.

There are lots of options available for young people and we were able to facilitate at some of the breakout sessions.  Our session “Standing Out from the Crowd” together with Forth Valley College was about some of the options for work based learning.  Hear more about our ICAS school leaver route HERE.

Jessica one of our ICAS trainees has also written a case study and if you’d like a copy please get in touch, email adviser@drummondlaurie.co.uk.

 

 

We’re still walking…

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsWe’ve now reached the half way point in our steps challenge and we are such a competitive bunch, clocking up nearly £4,000,000 steps!

This is not all just for fun though, everyone taking part in the Steps Challenge paid to join in and we are delighted that this year, at Christmas, we will be supporting the Kersiebank Community Project in Grangemouth.

On Tuesday next week we’ll be having a soup day and we’ll be doing lots more throughout December.

Our Year!

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Earlier this week we held our annual get together to review our year and a very important part of that is our support in our communities with our team and their children.

 

 

We also highlight our very special partnership with Strathcarron Hospice.  It’s amazing when we look back at just how much we can achieve!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all Good News

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsAnother wee arrival last week as Stephanie and Graham Anderson welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Archie, on 24th October, weighing 6lb 9oz.  We are all looking forward to meeting him very soon.

This week we are delighted to announce two promotions in the office Chris Todd to Manager and Michelle Collins to Assistant Manager.

Chris & Michelle have worked incredibly hard in their respective roles over the years to manage and ensure the smooth running of our outsourcing department.  As individuals they are hard-working, committed and well respected by their colleagues and clients.  Congratulations Chris & Michelle we wish you a very long and successful career with us.

 

 

 

Walking at lunchtime & recharging our batteries!

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Autumn is often not the best time of year to try and motivate ourselves to get outside. The nights are drawing in, theDrummond Laurie Chartered Accountants temperature drops, we live in Scotland and so it’s  often raining and windy!

A few months ago, a few of us started a lunchtime walk and we’ve decided that for the month of November we will have a walking challenge.  We are hoping that this keeps us motivated and active – even when it’s raining!

Walking can bring us lots of benefits including reduced risk of a variety of diseases and can also lead to improved mental health and well being.

So far, it’s been easy to fit into our daily routine and perhaps one of the best things is just having a bit of fun and banter together as we walk.  We’ll keep you updated, as you know we’re a competitive bunch!

 

Pirates Stole my Accounts…and more excuses

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountants

Every year companies house receive unusual excuses from directors who fail to file their company accounts on time, here’s a few of them:

 

“goats ate my accounts”

“I found my wife in the bath with my accountant”

“we delivered the accounts to the betting office next door to Companies House”

“a volcano erupted and prevented me from filing”

“slugs ate my accounts”

“it was Valentine’s Day”

The companies that gave these excuses received a late filing penalty and their appeals were not surprisingly unsuccessful.  Companies and directors must be aware of their responsibility to file accounts with Companies House.

This can all be avoided by making sure that you have an advisor who will take care of this for you.  Just ask us how, for more details please contact us on 01324 441280 or email gillian.niven@drummondlaurie.co.uk

 

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary

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How time flies when you’re having fun, this week we celebrated our 5th anniversary as Drummond Laurie.    Thank you to everyone who has supported us to date and especially all of our clients.

In our usual style we had a wee day out, this year we headed to Bo’ness Railway and have a lovely journey on a steam train followed by a BBQ.  Here’s some pictures of our day!

 

 

 

 

 

Become a CA

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsWe had a lovely evening last week at Stirling University talking to students interested in a career in accountancy.

If you’re thinking about a career in business, accountancy or finance, then becoming a Chartered Accountant can take you there. It could be one of the best choices you ever make.

The stereotype is that chartered accountancy is dull and boring. However, the reality is anything but! You’ll do so much more than crunch numbers: as a CA you will get to grips with what it means to make (and keep!) a business successful.

ICAS CAs have truly amazing careers, working for top brand names and setting up successful businesses. The ICAS CA qualification is internationally recognised and respected around the world.

Companies, no matter their size, need chartered accountants. If you choose to become a chartered accountant, your career is likely to be stable with strong demand for your skills.

If you want your career to be challenging, rewarding and exciting, becoming an ICAS CA offers all of this and more.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards becoming a CA, our trainee vacancies for 2019 can be found here.

HMRC changes that will impact your business – MTD

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As a VAT- registered business over the £85,000 turnover threshold there are major changes coming Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsfrom HMRC that will affect your business.

Making Tax Digital means that from April 2019 businesses will need to submit their VAT Returns through compatible software and keep digital records of their accounts.

We have previously advised you that we are looking into this and please trust that, behind the scenes, we continue to do so.

We always have our clients well being at the forefront of what we do and we want to find a solution for you that both meets the HMRC requirements and is economical and manageable for you.

HMRC are still testing MTD and how it will work in practice and most of the accounting software suppliers are still setting their prices for the upgrades required for their systems, therefore, there is still much to be confirmed before all options are available for businesses.

Every business is different in respect of software and book-keeping options and we don’t believe that there is one solution which fits all.   We will be in touch with each of our clients individually explaining their options for MTD.

If you do have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact Julie McVicar, julie.mcvicar@drummondlaurie.co.uk or your usual Drummond Laurie contact.

 

Developing our Future

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We were delighted recently to be invited to take part in a video with Developing Young Workforce Forth Valley and we were even more delighted when Jessica, one of our C.A. Trainees agreed to be our star for the day!

DYW exists to encourage and support businesses to create and develop meaningful, sustainable partnerships that develop young people by engaging directly with education, and encouraging local businesses to employ more young people.

Here are a few good reasons to be involved:

  • helping young people develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge for your business
  • inspiring young people to work for you and securing a talent flow
  • promoting a positive awareness of your business in the community
  • promoting improved career choices and supporting diversity in the workplace
  • giving something back to your community
  • applying the perspective and skills of young people to your business challenges
  • providing development opportunities for your staff
  • it makes good business sense!

All employers, regardless of size and type, can make a valuable contribution to preparing young people for the world of work, and it makes good business sense to get involved in developing your potential workforce.

To see Jessica’s video click here

For more information on our current vacancies visit careers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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