Specialist Areas

At Accapita we understand that many owner-managed businesses are family run and traditionally rely upon the skills and efforts of one person to attract new work and deal with the administration of the business. This can lead to a loss of focus and overburden of paperwork, which in turn can detract from the main reason for being in business - to make money!

The key to overcoming this problem is to identify the areas that take up most of the owner’s time but bring little reward. We can combine a range of services that are both cost effective and relieve the administration burden to help you in your business.

Through strategic planning, we advise on ways to reduce tax whilst maximising profits and to provide a flexible framework for the business so that they have the best opportunity to attain their long term goals.

Charities

Charities and not-for-profit organisations face similar challenges to profit making businesses, the aim is to succeed in the current economic climate. To succeed they have to be run and managed as viable organisations satisfying the needs of their stakeholders whilst also adhering to current financial framework and legislation.

Education & School Academies

Since its introduction in 2010 to allow schools to convert in to academies, the academies sector has seen a major shift over the last few years. There are significant benefits and opportunities to be gained from the conversion, but this also brings with it new challenges and risks.

Accapita look after a number of academies and provide a very personal, tailored service. Our ability to assign a team member as your contact to look after your needs, and yet have the full support of the practice, gives us the strength to provide this specific service.

We understand the requirements of an academy school are bespoke and need to be tailored to provide a valued service that brings benefits and efficiency. Accapita offer a full range of services to help you every step of the way. Whether it’s assistance with registering for academy status or a helping hand post conversion, we can guide you along the way. We provide audit services to ensure you comply with all the requirements, as well as non‐audit advisory services to assist you in the day-to-day management of the academy.

Healthcare

The healthcare sector in general has seen many changes over the last few years. In order to keep on top of all the compliance and regulatory obligations, we offer services and support to a variety of business sectors including:

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Care homes
  • Pharmacies
  • Opticians

We offer specialist advice on tax planning opportunities, retirement and succession planning as well as growth opportunities and raising finance.

Solicitors

The rules governing audits of solicitors’ client accounts were changed to an "outcomes-focussed" approach in 2011.The Principles set out by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) apply to all aspects of practice, including the handling of client money.

These require solicitors to - protect client money and assets, act with integrity, behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services, comply with your legal and regulatory obligations and run your business or carry out your role in the business effectively.

If at any time during an accounting period, a solicitor has held or received client money, or operated a client's own account as signatory, they must deliver to the SRA an accountant's report for that accounting period within six months of the end of the accounting period. This duty extends to the directors of a company, or the members of an LLP, which is subject to this rule. The rules for auditing client accounts and the format of the report are detailed and stringent. A checklist to the approved SRA format must also be completed. We at Accapita can carry out all compliance work necessary to ensure the legislation is adhered to.

Motor Industry

The rules and regulations for motor dealerships can be confusing, whether it is the Marginal Scheme for second hand goods or the Qualifying Scheme for VAT on new cars, we are able to assist you in the implementation and upkeep of systems to ensure that calculating VAT within the motor trade is as simple as possible. Both of these schemes are subject to rigorous internal controls with which we can assist.

There are many rules and regulations that form part of the motor trade, one notably under the Second Hand Goods Scheme is that you are required to hold a stock book. This should detail what, where, when and the price you purchased the motor for and then the subsequent sale details of the vehicles with the profit you had made on said motor.

Computer Systems

The need for information systems in the current business climate is paramount, whether that be computerised cashbooks with a reconciliation feature or accounting software that can handle a multitude of transactions, we at Accapita can assess and assist in the creation & implementation of systems to improve effectiveness and efficiency which in turn is the basis for growth.

Whether it’s a spreadsheet that requires tweaking or there are data errors in your accounting software, we have capable staff who can either walk you through the processes to rectify the fault or visit you onsite.

If you are looking for new hardware within your business we can source or upgrade your current technology to make sure you are always in line with current standards.

As an Accountant Partner with Sage, we can offer the best advice and training when it comes to wanting to computerise your accounting systems. Our skilled staff are able to guide you through the journey of choosing the right system for you, coming out to your premises to install the software and the subsequent training on the system to suit your business needs.

Property

The accounting and tax implications relating to property matters can all too often be overlooked. Without careful planning and specialist property advice financial returns may well fall short of expectations and transactions may not lead to the desired outcomes.

Based on our experience we are able to provide guidance and support on the acquisition, sale and development of property, whether it forms part of an investment portfolio, is used solely to accommodate your business, or is a residential buy to let proposition.

Agriculture

Agriculture and rural businesses continue to face an ever changing business environment and operational conditions. Changes in subsidy regimes and increasing focus on the environment make it essential that the impact of these factors are properly considered by all those reliant on agriculture for their income.

Auto Enrolment

You may have received a letter from The Pensions Regulator regarding auto enrolment for your business. Whether you have one employee or 1,000 employees, auto enrolment places significant responsibilities on an employer. Employers will need to enrol many of their employees into a work based pension scheme and pay some pension contributions.

Your responsibility as an employer is to have an appropriate pension scheme. We cannot provide advice to you as this is the province of an Independent Financial Adviser or pension consultant. But we can provide you with details of pension schemes which have been established to cater for small or medium sized business to suit your needs.

Ideally you should choose an appropriate pension scheme provider and apply to that scheme 6 months before the staging date. We can help you along the way with setting up the scheme once you have decided the route to go down, process the payroll for you and ensure that all taxes and liabilities are noted to you on time and to make sure you are fully aware of your responsibilities as an employer.

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