I have been running my specialised electronics business alongside another unconnected family business and following a discussion with Ashdown Hurrey, it was evidence that it would be better if the electronics were separated out. I was a bit concerned that these things take time, but I was surprised how quickly the new separate company was put in place once I pressed the go button. Simon Lawrence and Mick Murduck have provided advice and support with my business activities generally and I am pleased to see this carrying on with the new business. Like a lot of small businesses, I have all the skills that my customers want, but do not have much spare time to ensure that the administrative burden is catered for, but I do recognise that I ignore these requirements at my peril. Having Simon and Mick there to guide me through it saves me a lot of time and I am also reassured that with their years of experience they can keep me on the straight and narrow.
Barry Ingham, BSF Electronics Limited
We moved our accounting and advisory requirements to Ashdown Hurrey in the spring of 2016. We have gone from simply receiving a very reactive service to being in a position where we understand our figures and where our results are leading prior to the financial year-end. Director, Jeff Moore, and his colleague, Martin Copland, have become an integral part of the George Wilson Group and we very much appreciate the levels of advice and service given.
George Wilson MBE - Chairman, George Wilson Holdings
We have been clients of Ashdown Hurrey since June 2016. Rather than simply reviewing our historic financial information, Jeff Moore and his team are actively involved in our business as we very much focus on current issues. We have invested a lot of time in updating our internal financial systems, so that we can understand where we stand on a day to day basis. The service levels have been exceptional.
Scott Monk, Managing Director
We work in a very people orientated world with our staff, parents and most importantly the nursery children being the focus of our activities. We also work in a highly regulated and controlled environment so we are used to dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s to make sure everything is dealt with correctly. With this in mind, it was reassuring to have our accounts and taxation affairs dealt with by a company which shared those values, Simon Lawrence has been advising us for a number of years and we respond well to his professional approach.
Whilst none of us are particularly keen to pay unnecessary tax, we recognise our obligations but appreciated Simon bringing to our attention some of the things that we could do to ensure that we got the best tax breaks through our investment in our business. Simon’s advice enabled us to not only make suitable pension provisions, but also to see the benefit of maximising tax reliefs. Ashdown Hurrey’s close association with Spectrum Financial Services gave us access to a similarly committed IFA in Graham Peters and he not only dealt with the pension arrangements but also helped secure the reliability of the nursery through Key Man Insurance. It is good to work with people who share our philosophy who enable us to build on the strength of our business.
Mark Ryalls, Amberley Nursery Limited
I hadn't realised how stressful a tax enquiry could be until I was on the end of one myself. The accountant I was previously using unfortunately wasn't up to the task. It was a great relief to be recommended to Ann Grant who dealt with the questions asked by HMRC in a firm but professional manner. She was proactive, tenacious and knowledgeable on the detail regarding the tax laws surrounding my specific case. This secured me a positive outcome, and saved me a significant amount of tax. From my point of view, I want to work with an accountant who has the knowledge and experience to meet all my needs. Ann put me at ease through the process, and I am very happy with the results.
We have worked with Ann Grant since we first started the business in 1992, and Ann tells us that we were one of her very first clients, so we really do see her as being integral to the business.
Over the years, we have been through VAT inspections, an Income Tax enquiry and a PAYE enquiry as well as all the usual business dramas and Ann has been the constant factor bringing a sense of calm to these potentially stressful situations. We have told Ann that she cannot think of retiring at any stage in the future, as we would have to as well, and we are not ready to do so!
Mark Jackson and Steve Gatcum, Bo-Peep Limited
We have been clients of Ashdown Hurrey for a number of years and found their approach to business and the services they offer very helpful.
They are refreshingly proactive when dealing with statutory and taxation matters and Sam Carter has been readily available both face-to-face or by telephone whenever we’ve had any queries that require attention.
We have no hesitation in recommending their services to any of our clients.
Dyer & Hobbis