Green & Co Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Green& Co BAA2017 - Finalist Badge - Independent firm of the Year - Wales & Midlands, England

We are pleased to announce that Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors have been shortlisted in the Independent Firm of the Year – Wales & Midlands, England category in the British Accountancy Awards.

The Award recognises firms that have played a fundamental role in enabling their clients to achieve their business goals through the provision of effective, innovative and unique services.

When we last entered this Award, in 2014, we were fortunate enough to be announced as the winner, and we hope to bring you equally pleasant news on 13 October 2017, when the winners are announced at London Hilton.

Fingers crossed!

Cwmbran tax specialist recognised in national competition

Leanne Flanagan with David Gauke MP

This weeks edition of the South Wales Argus features an article on Leanne Flanagan, our Tax Senior who has been recognised in a national competition.

A Tax Senior at a Cwmbran-based accountancy firm has been commended by the industry’s governing body for an essay submitted as part of a competition.

Leanne Flanagan, Tax Senior at Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors, submitted an essay to The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) entitled: Can personal tax compliance be achieved through an app on your smartphone?

The article was commended in the national competition, beating off stiff competition from the industry’s top performers in England and Wales.

The essay argued that smartphone technology could help regulate tax compliance, while reducing non-compliance from those individuals and organisations who fall foul of regulations.

The essay argues that whilst an app, and wider technology, is not a simple fix and easy-to-access solution, it would help bodies such as HMRC communicate with those who currently fail to comply.

Ms Flanagan said: “I am thrilled that the essay has been commended by the ICAEW. It’s incredibly satisfying knowing that my work has been highlighted and so well received. The essay was centered around how we can be realistic about reaching wider masses and improving compliance, with apps and technology a key tool that we can use in order to achieve this.”

Ms Flanagan attended an award ceremony in London recently to collect her cash prize, along with a set of Tolley Yellow and Orange Handbooks.

Director at Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors Ed Gooderham said: “We’re incredibly proud of Leanne and her achievement. This is another example of how a Green & Co staff member has gone above and beyond what is expected of them.”

Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors specialise in business growth and tax minimisation for businesses across Wales and the South West of England.

For proactive advice, contact Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors on 01633 871 122, follow @Green_and_Co on Twitter or email

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Green & Co’s Own Leanne Flanagan Achieves Runner Up Prize


We are extremely proud of our staff here at Green & Co. And for good reason. Tax Senior Leanne Flanagan is attending an awards ceremony in London today for here essay on ‘Can personal tax compliance be achieved through an app on your smartphone?’

Leanne, who was one of three runners up in the essay competition organised by ICAEW and sponsored by tax publishers Tolley, receives a cash prize and a set of Tolley Yellow and Orange Handbooks.

You can read the article on ICAEW, or can read Leanne’s essay here.


Why Awards Can be Rewarding…

www.greenandco.comRecently Green & Co were delighted and honoured to be awarded Independent Firm Of The Year – Wales at the 2014 British Accountancy Awards, and the achievement has caused a buzz of excitement and pride around the office here at Pembroke House. Apart from the great feeling of having hard work acknowledged, it’s very reassuring to know that, whatever it is you are doing, you are doing it right! However, aside from the glass trophy and the after-dinner drinks, there are many rewards for any business that puts itself up for, and wins, a business award.

As has been the case here at Green & Co, one of the first benefits is the huge boost to staff morale particularly for those who have been directly involved in the application process. A business is only as good as the people who work for it – whether they be the owners or employees – and an award is as much a pat on the back for them as it is for the business itself. Employee job satisfaction plays a large part in the smooth running of any business and everyone likes to work for a successful enterprise. Awards can even help rank your business high in the recruitment market.

Of course having a plethora of awards adorning your letterheads can also be of great marketing value, particularly if the awarding body is well-known and respected. It can give you the edge with potential customers, particularly if you are competing with other firms or businesses for a particular contract or deal. Existing customers will also be reassured that they have made the right choice in dealing with you, rather than anyone else.

Entering for an award may seem daunting – there are often several stages to overcome before you can even be considered as a contender – but many business owners admit that the process gives them a chance to step back and take a broad view of what they have achieved and what they hope to achieve in the future. Many award schemes involve staff and customer consultation and the feedback from such can be both eye-opening and useful in reviewing your plans for moving forward in your particular industry. Even if you don’t make it to the finals in one year, you can use the experience to identify and improve upon any weaknesses or shortcomings, so that perhaps in future years, you may be a winner.

It’s well worth doing a little research and finding out what award schemes are relevant to your business . Whether it be trade, conservation, innovation or employer awards, there is a category to highlight your strengths – sometimes several, so there are plenty of opportunities to show your business off.

It might even be fun – and you could find yourself reaping the many rewards of being considered “The Best”!

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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Green & Co Announced As Winners Of Independent Firm Of The Year, Wales

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have won the title of Independent Firm Of The Year, Wales at the British Accountancy Awards 2014.

Winning this award is hugely exciting for us. We pride ourselves on constantly striving to provide the best possible service to all our clients, and the British Accountancy Awards seek to reward firms that provide the highest quality of services that are fundamental in enabling clients to achieve their business goals.

This news comes at the end of a year of success for us, as we received Investors in People Gold Accreditation back in April and were also finalists in the Best Employer category of the British Accountancy Awards 2014 for the third year running.

Nick Park, Director, attended the award ceremony in London on Tuesday evening, collecting the trophy from Comedian, Writer and TV Presenter Sandi Toksvig.

7 Reasons Why Entering Awards Is Good For Business


For any business, entering awards requires time and energy, but the investment can bring many benefits.

Here are 7 reasons why entering an award could be good for your business:

  1. Boost your profile: Winning or being short listed for a business award gives you the opportunity to share your success with the local press, boost your standing in the local business community, and increase your brand awareness. If you have a website or blog, make sure you publicise your achievement, and share it across social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
  2. Win new business: Business awards are a great way to drive home the fact that you are the best, or one of the best, in your field, differentiating your company from competitors, cementing your reputation as a trusted authority in your field and attracting new customers.
  3. External benchmarking: The application process for entering a business award can often force you to fully appraise your business and compare yourself to your competitors, challenging you to identify strengths and weaknesses, and encouraging you to find new and innovative ways to be the best.
  4. Expert feedback: It is often possible to receive feedback on your award application, meaning you benefit from an independent assessment of your company from knowledgeable business experts. Some awards use employee feedback as part of the application process, which you can later use to identify areas needing improvement, ensuring staff satisfaction.
  5. Employee motivation: Achieving recognition in business awards can have a positive effect on staff morale, motivation and retention. Employees enjoy working for successful companies and winning or being shortlisted for an award to have this officially recognised can really motivate your team and give them a boost.
  6. Networking: Award ceremonies give you the opportunity to build contacts, meet and network with other business leaders and professionals, and build an all-important network of contacts within a forum for business development and best practice knowledge exchange.
  7. Attract talent: Business awards validate your hiring stature among new recruits. By pitching yourself as the best, you can attract the talent you need to push your business forward.

There are a huge variety of awards around from local to national, industry based or with specific criteria such as best employer. Whether you win or are shortlisted, make sure you update your corporate literature with the award logo, including business cards, newsletters, website, email and sales material, so that customers and potential customers are aware of what you have achieved.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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Chartered Tax Advisor Qualification for Green & Co

Everyone at Green & Co would like to congratulate Jenny Fielding on passing her Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) exams, the highest level of tax qualification in the UK.

After first attaining her ACCA qualifications, Jenny (pictured below) chose to do two years of additional study in order to become a specialist in tax. Passing all her papers at the first attempt (for both ACCA and CTA), she specialised in Individuals and Owner-Managed Businesses.

Seen as the gold standard for tax professionals, this is a significant achievement for both Jenny and Green & Co, and we would like to congratulate her on it.