Monthly Archives: April 2016

Drummond Laurie Recruiting Now!

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We are very excited to be expanding our team again within Drummond Laurie and have two more vacancies, Audit Senior and Accounts Assistant.

As a fast growing independent firm of Accountants based in the central belt we are looking for talented people to join our 40 strong team and to support an expanding client base. The role offers career progression as well as a competitive salary, and as a firm who strongly believes in the wellbeing of its employees, a generous benefits package is also included. Based in modern and accessible offices our location has plentiful parking facilities.

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Andorra here they come…

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Piper U12 DL sponsorshipDrummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsThe U12 Boys National Development Squad are travelling to Andorra today to play in the annual Tim Pirineus Andorra basketball tournament.

Piper McGowan, who has been sponsored by Drummond Laurie, along with his Alba team will be facing LIGA 1 Catalan opponents: CE Leita and CB Granollers as well as the Andorran National team before their Classification U12 Scotland Boys Team 2016games on Sunday.

andorraGood luck Piper and the rest of the team from all of us here at Drummond Laurie!

Fruit & Cakes

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsfruitThis week saw the introduction of a lovely fruit bowl for the team at Drummond Laurie.  Our healthy eating did not last too long as we had a double celebration that had to involve cakes.  Happy birthday to her majesty 90ththe Queen who was 90 this week and to Strathcarron Hospice who celebrated their 35 years.

Any excuse for cakes is good enough for us…



Important Changes for Companies and People with Significant Control (PSC’s)

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsFrom 6 April 2016 Companies must keep a register of individuals or legal entities that have control over them. This is in addition to keeping other information, such as a register of members and a register of directors.

From 30 June 2016 onwards Companies will have to deliver this information annually to the central public register at Companies House when making a Confirmation Statement. Also, those seeking to incorporate a new company will have to send a statement of initial significant control to Companies House, alongside the other documents required for an application to incorporate.

The aim of this new legislation is to increase transparency about the ownership of UK companies so as to tackle tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing as well as to increase trust in UK corporates more generally.

This may impact your company’s systems and processes.

If Drummond Laurie are currently engaged to submit your company Annual Return and deal with any other company secretarial matters, then this briefing is for information purposes only as we will deal with the submission of the Confirmation Statement for you.

Who are PSCs? 

For most companies these will be people who:

  • hold more than 25% of a company’s shares
  • hold more than 25% of a company’s voting rights
  • have the right to appoint or remove the majority of directors

In summary the changes are as follows;

  • From June 2016, the annual return is being replaced. Instead, companies will file a ‘confirmation statement’ at least once a year.
  • All companies must keep a register of people with significant control (PSC) from April this year and inform Companies House of who they are in June.
  • PSC information will be made public on the Companies House website.

More detailed guidance can be accessed at the following link PSC Guidance

If you have any queries or would like to discuss further please contact either Julie McVicar or Lucy Murray at Drummond Laurie on 01324 441250.

Drummond Laurie supports Round the Houses

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsround the houses2Drummond Laurie were delighted to show their support for the athletic community by being one of the sponsors for the annual  ‘Round The Houses 10k 2016 race’ run last Sunday.

This was organised and run by the Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Falkirk Community Trust. It was a round the houses 4special race this year with it being the 50th anniversary.

falkirkWell done to all those who ran!round the houses

Drummond Laurie Recruiting Now!

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsWe are very excited to be expanding our team within Drummond Laurie and have two vacancies, Accounts Senior and Accounts Supervisor.

Both roles are based in our modern and very accessible offices in the central belt and offer the applicants the opportunity to join a fast growing independent firm of Accountants.   The roles offer career progression as well as a competitive salary, and as a firm who strongly believes in the wellbeing of its employees, a generous benefits package is also included.

For more information use this link current vacancies

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New Arrival!

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Robert McMillan, one of our colleagues has had a long wait but we are all delighted today to hear that baby Hope McMillan arrived safely on Sunday afternoon!

Congratulations to Robert and Julie, she is gorgeous, we look forward to seeing her at Drummond Laurie soon!





New Associate Director for Drummond Laurie

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsally3 (800x543)Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountants are delighted to announce that Alastair Herbert has recently been promoted to Associate Director.  Alastair, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005 and is well known in the local business community.  Managing Partner David Wheeler said “Alastair has progressed well in recent years and his promotion is very much deserved.  He is popular with his colleagues and clients and they are all delighted to see him progressing and wish him well in his future career.”

Based in modern offices in the Gateway Business Park in Grangemouth, Drummond Laurie are an independent local firm who provide accountancy, taxation and business advisory services to clients who are typically local, owner managed, family businesses.

So we thought we would take this opportunity to put Alastair on the spot and use the blog as an opportunity for you to get to know him a bit better!

Where were you born?

Uphall, Broxburn.

Are you married / Do you have a partner?

Yes, I have been married to Kim for almost 4 years. 

ally2Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have a working cocker spaniel called Oscar.

Where is your favourite place in the World?

I could not decide!  Las Vegas and Santa Barbara are joint winners  for vastly different reasons.  One is full on where you see things you would not believe and the other is very relaxed and laid back.

 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first? ally1

A long holiday for friends and family.

Finally, share with us one of your favourite pictures. 

This is a picture from our wedding day….just as Kim realises what she has done!

National Living Wage

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsFrom April 2016, the government will introduce a new mandatory national living wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and above, initially set at £7.20 – a rise of 50p relative to the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate. That’s a £910 per annum increase in earnings for a full-time worker on the current NMW.

Employers need to take these four steps to be ready for the change:

  1. Check you know who is eligible in your organisation. You can find out more about this at
  2. Take the appropriate payroll action.
  3. Let your staff know about their new pay rate.
  4. Check your staff under 25 are earning at least the right rate of National Minimum Wage.

NationalLivingWageYou can find out everything you need to know about the new National Living Wage, including the new rates of pay, on the page.

For more information on our payroll and auto-enrolment services please contact Gillian Niven on 01324 441280 or email





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