Monthly Archives: May 2015

Supporting in our Community

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountants We were delighted to be able to support Falkirk Foodbank with donations of food and our time as volunteers, but where we have really been able to add value is in assisting them with their accounts and some marketing support. foodbank_logo_Falkirk-logo Falkirk Foodbank is the 2nd largest in Scotland, run by an army of volunteers, and aims to provide nutritionally balanced food for 3-4 days to those in need. Families or individuals access the service through referrals from approved agencies such as Social Work, Benefits Agency, Citizen Advice Bureau as well as other charities and churches. The main reason for referrals is benefit delay followed by benefit changes, homeless and low income. This year they have managed to deliver food to over 6000 people and because of the very generous food donations they have been able to increase the size of the food parcels to 6 days. Working with local manufacturers like Malcolm Allan and Oliphants Bakery they are now also able to supply fresh produce as well. Currently they supply approximately 5.6 tonne every month! For more information on the Falkirk Foodbank, email or Drummond Laurie Foodbank_large

Emergency Budget Update

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DL-ICON-SMALL-pound-60x60Chancellor Osbourne has announced that he will unveil an emergency budget on 8th July, his second in four months.  In this budget Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantswe expect him to lay out in more detail how he plans to implement the key changes laid out in the Conservative election manifesto.  These will include plans to raise the tax free personal allowance, to raise the higher rate tax threshold and his long awaited plans to increase the inheritance tax threshold.  We also expect to see the details of how the Chancellor will make the £12 billion a year savings from the welfare bill whilst protecting the most vulnerable in society.

As always, Drummond Laurie will keep you fully updated with all of the changes announced and how they will affect you.  If, in the meantime you would like a chat about this or any other financial matters, please email

What a week!

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsDSCF1258It was all fun at the office this week as Falkirk goes into meltdown for the Scottish Cup final on the 30th May.  We were delighted to get a visit from our client with the cup and a couple of the Falkirk FC players!

As a Charity Partner for Strathcarron Hospice we were delighted to be able to host a “Bake a Cake for May” staff, clients and visitors to the office were encouraged to eat cake and donate!  baking

Life here at Drummond Laurie is never dull and this week it all tasted good too!




Scottish Cup Fever at Drummond Laurie

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsWith lDSCF1258ess than three weeks until Falkirk play Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup Final, football fever is hitting Falkirk.  We were delighted to get a surprise visit from our client with the cup today!

All of us here at Drummond Laurie hope the boys from Falkirk FC are holding it aloft on the 30th May!




Employment Allowance

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The Employment AllowanceDrummond Laurie Chartered Accountants allows employers to reduce the amount of employer’s Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) payable by up to £2,000 for each tax year beginning with 2014-15. Most employers can claim the relief although there are some notable exceptions which include businesses doing more than half their work in the public sector or, service companies with only deemed payments of employment income under ‘IR35 rules’.

There are some complex rules for employers with multiple payrolls or groups of companies.

The Employment Allowance can be claimed at any time during the tax year via your payroll software.

budget 1Even if you have ‘missed the boat’, all is not lost. You can make a claim up to 4 years after the end of the tax year to which the Employment Allowance applies. For example, a valid claim for the Employment Allowance for the tax year 2014-15 must be made by the 5 April 2019, although clearly it makes sense to make the claim as soon as possible

Drummond Laurie can help you with this, for more information please contact Gillian Niven, or 01324 441280.

In Partnership with Strathcarron Hospice

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There are many ways that businesses can work with Strathcarron Hospice, all of which can help support the work of that they do.   Drummond Laurie have pledged to continue their support by joining with the hospice as a charity partner.


David Wheeler Managing Partner of Drummond Laurie said “we are delighted to continue our support of Strathcarron Hospice by joining their Charity Partnership scheme. As part of our partnership we will encourage and support our staff to take part in fundraising events organised by the Hospice and we will also continue to raise funds within our offices.  Strathcarron Hospice provides a wonderful care service within the community and we are only too happy play our part in their support.

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