Second National Award for Cwmbran Accountancy Firm

Green & Co, British Accountancy Awards, Independent Firm of the Year
R-L: Katie Williams, Leanne Flanagan, Barrie Kenyon (Green & Co) with awards host Hugh Dennis.

Green & Co’s success has been covered in the South Wales Argus.

Cwmbran accountancy firm Green & Co have won a national award for a second time in four years.

Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors has beaten firms across all of Wales and the Midlands to bring a prestigious national award back to Gwent. The Cwmbran-based firm struck gold as they achieved Independent Firm of the Year category at the 2017 British Accountancy Awards held at the London Hilton Park Lane.

It is the second win for the firm after scooping the award back in 2014; albeit for the category covering Wales only, not the Midlands as with the recent award.

Speaking of the win, Barrie Kenyon, Partner, said:

“It is a great honour for us to be acknowledged, once again, with such a prestigious accolade. It shows the hard work and dedication of all our staff to continue to provide our clients with the best service and advice possible. Our business has developed hugely since we last won the award. With the advent of cloud-based accounting and Making Tax Digital on the horizon, accountancy is taking a bigger role when it comes to helping clients run their business.”

Mr Kenyon continued:

“We have focused on developing unique services to offer to clients to enable them to achieve their business and personal goals. We seek to add value by working alongside our clients to help them grow their business and minimise both their personal and corporate tax.

Over 750 guests from accountancy practices all over the country attended the ceremony, which was hosted by comedian and TV personality Hugh Dennis.

The British Accountancy Awards recognises firms that have provided the highest quality of service to their clients. The judging criteria for this award looked at how the firm’s services have been fundamental in enabling their clients to achieve their business goals. The judges noted that:

“Green & Co presented strong strategic planning across many areas of the business. They also have a really positive attitude towards work/life balance.”

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 barrie@greenandco.com.

Landlords Educated on Importance of Fire and Electrical Safety

Gwent Landlord Forum

The South Wales Argus cover the success of the new series of the Gwent Landlord Forum.

The new season of the Gwent Landlord Forum kicked off in style on Tuesday 26th September at the Parkway Hotel in Llantarnam, Cwmbran.

The free event, sponsored by Cwmbran-based Rubin Lewis O’Brien and Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors, saw three guest speakers educating local landlords on issues such as fire proofing the home and preventing electrical faults. The forum was aimed at informing landlords in the wake of the tragic events of Grenfell Tower.

The first speaker was Adrian Moyse, Group Manager of Business Fire Safety at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Mr Moyse spoke about the legislation behind fire safety including HMO’s, the importance of risk assessments and the likely impact Grenfell Tower will have on shaping rules and regulations across the next five years.

The second talk was also delivered by South Wales Fire and Rescue, this time by Tony Redman. Mr Redman discussed the statistics behind fires in the home, with 2027 ADF’s (Accidental Dwelling Fires) occurring in Wales between 2014-2017. 63 per cent of these fires started in the kitchen, 51 per cent involved appliances and 37 per cent of cases involved people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The evening was wrapped up by Robert Jarvis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First; a national charity that lobby the Government on the dangers of house fires and electrical household items.

Mr Jarvis-Gibbons spoke to the attendees regarding the 350,000 serious injuries sustained every year in the UK as a result of fires caused by electrical faults in the home, which result in 52 deaths. Another topic covered was that of the mandatory checks coming into force via the Renting Home Wales Act.

Ed Gooderham, Director of Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors said:

“We would like to thank all three speakers for providing an informative insight into a very serious issue. Fire safety is paramount to all homeowners, landlords and tenants alike; I know our attendees got a great deal of value from all three fantastic talks.”

Managing Partner at Rubin Lewis O’Brien, Sam George, said:

“We aim to cover pressing and topical issues for our guests at every event. This was a perfect way to kick off our new season, and we urge all landlords in the area to visit us at our next event in November.”

The next Gwent Landlord Forum will take place at the Parkway Hotel in Cwmbran on Tuesday 28th November from 6-8pm.

For more information, please contact Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors. Alternatively, landlords and those with an interest in the buy-to-let market, can follow @GwentLandlord on Twitter.

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

Cwmbran Accountancy Firm Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

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

Our recent achievement of being shortlisted in the British Accountancy Awards has been covered by the South Wales Argus.

Cwmbran-based Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors has been shortlisted for a national award.

The firm has been named as a finalist at the 2017 British Accountancy Awards in the Independent Firm of the Year category for Wales and the Midlands.

The ceremony is being held on Friday 13th October, and Director Ed Gooderham hopes it proves a lucky day for practice.

He said: “This is incredibly satisfying news. Over the last three years, we have invested heavily in evolving our business in all the right areas. These include regular goal setting, valuable team away days and personal and professional development for all staff.

“Being shortlisted is a welcome reward for all the hard work the team has put in over the last few years. When applying for the award, we demonstrated our commitment to growing our business in the right areas, with respect to the changing landscape of accountancy.”

Green & Co Accountants, based at Pembroke House, won the award in 2014, and since then, the firm has grown exponentially both in terms of staff and clients.

Mr Gooderham continued: “Our business has developed hugely since we last won the award. With the advent of cloud-based accounting and Making Tax Digital on the horizon, accountancy is playing a bigger picture when it comes to helping clients run their business. It’s not just about finances and compliance; it’s about forecasting growth, implementing financial improvements and attracting new clients.”

More than 750 guests from accountancy practices all over the country will attend the ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The British Accountancy Awards rewards firms that have provided the highest quality of service to their clients. The judging criteria for this award looked at how the firm’s services have been fundamental in enabling their clients to achieve their business goals.

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 ed@greenandco.com.

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

The UK Sepsis Trust – Michael’s Story

Green & Co Charity Car Wash

At Green & Co, our staff choose the charities they would like to support in our fundraising events. On this occasion, it is Michael Williams’ charity choice – The UK Sepsis Trust.

MICHAEL’S STORY

Green and CoIn September 2015 my father (Kevin) received a heart transplant and after a very positive recovery period he was on the mend and felt completely revived. Just a few weeks later he came home and started getting back into the routine of normal life, slowly allowing himself to do more. Planning for the future, he was booking holidays and breaks away and we even planned to move to a smaller home with my mum and myself to make it easier for Dad, something he had always wanted to do.  Nothing was impossible.

In March 2016 my dad became unwell, showing flu like symptoms; his breathing was irregular, he had a fever and he seemed very weak. We were due to go to Blackpool for a weekend away with the entire family, which he had planned, but he was taken into our local hospital instead. My dad’s immune system was non-existent because of the transplant and this meant it was a lot harder for him to fight infection, but the hospital seemed positive that he could have some intravenous antibiotics and be home by the end of the weekend.

Days later he was becoming increasingly worse, shivering out of control; his breathing also deteriorated and, once seen by the doctor, he was taken straight to intensive care where he was put on high oxygen. He could barely talk; I remember the weather being nice and he told me to go outside, as he didn’t want me stuck inside the hospital on a nice day.

That evening, he had become worse. They called the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham (where he had the heart transplant). They wanted my dad to be transferred as soon as possible.

The following day we all traveled down and they had put my dad on a full face mask, and he battled with this mask for 12 days with no sign of any improvement – we were told that this was a record and they had not known anybody to be able to stand the mask for that long. His oxygen levels were decreasing and the doctors were trying to control the amount of Co2 in his blood.  Drugs were flown in from America and we were told that in matter of days my dad would be dancing around the room.

A few days later my dad was ventilated and sedated; he had been in Birmingham for over 30 days and at this point his blood pressure was dropping and they were using drugs to control it. It was only when we Googled this that we had first come across the words ‘Septic Shock’.

We were called to the hospital in the early hours of the morning, and told that we should prepare for the worst. We were told that my dad’s organs were shutting down and there was nothing more they could do. We lost my dad to Sepsis on May 3rd 2016.

If only we had been more aware of Sepsis, something that is so common – the THIRD biggest killer in the world! Every 3.5 seconds someone dies from Sepsis.

How could we not have known that it could have been Sepsis?

The UK Sepsis Trust is very important to us as a family now. Going back just over a year, we had never heard of Sepsis. People need to be made aware about Sepsis and how severe it can be. If only we had known about the condition, we could have asked the doctors ‘Could it be Sepsis?’

My family and I are so overwhelmed that Green & Co have chosen to hold a charity event to raise money and awareness for Sepsis Trust – a charity very close to our hearts.

We would love it if you felt you could support us and our cause by coming along to our car wash or by donating via our JustGiving page.

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Landlord Forum to Share Advice on Fire and Electrical Safety in Wake of Grenfell

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The South Wales Argus cover the new series of our Gwent Landlord Forum.

Fire and electrical safety is to be the subject of the first meeting of the new season of the Gwent Landlord Forum later this month.

The free event, sponsored by Cwmbran-based Rubin Lewis O’Brien and Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors, will be held on Tuesday. September 26 at the Parkway Hotel in Llantarnam, Cwmbran.

It will kick off the third year of forums aimed at educating landlords from across Newport and Gwent.

The format will continue on a guest speaker format, with September’s forum covering the tragic events regarding Grenfell Tower.

The speakers, who will be from South Wales Fire and Rescue as well as Electrical Safety’ First, will discuss how landlords can ensure their properties are compliant and safe, as well as what measures need to be implemented if they currently fall foul of regulation.

Ed Gooderham, director of Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors, said:

“In the wake of tragic events in London, it is vital that we educate local landlords on the importance of compliance with safety regulations. Our main aim is to provide local landlords with as much information and support as possible, and from feedback we have received from our attendees we know that they really benefit from the events.”

Managing partner at Rubin Lewis O’Brien Sam George said:

 “This is an opportunity to hear from the experts about potential dangers in your properties and ask the all important questions to put your mind at rest. Our continued partnership with Green & Co gives us a wide range of professional expertise and experience to help you with your Buy to Let property portfolios.”

The event will start at 6pm and is due to finish by 8.30pm.

For more information, please contact Rubin Lewis O’Brien or Green & Co.  Alternatively, landlords and those with an interest in the buy-to-let market can follow @GwentLandlord on Twitter.

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

Accountancy Firm Attains Green Standard as It Encourages Clients to Go Paperless

Green & Co

Our recent Green Dragon Environmental Award has been covered in the South Wales Argus.

A Cwmbran accountancy firm has been awarded an environmental standard due to its commitment to going paperless.

Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors has achieved Green Dragon Level 4.

Ed Gooderham, Partner, said: “As a company, we feel it is important to understand, monitor and control our impact on the environment. We have been moving towards a paperless office for some time and Green Dragon has been a great way to measure our progression. We achieved level 2 in 2012 and took the jump up to level 4 this year. Not many firms make the jump of two levels in one go; so we’re particularly pleased with our progress as of late.

Green Dragon is structured into five steps allowing organisations to implement a recognised Environmental Management System and demonstrate an environmental credential at a level which is appropriate to an organisation’s’ size and activity.

The paperless move has transcended to clients, with Green & Co implementing a file-sharing software that reduces the reliance on paper and postage.

Mr Gooderham continued:  “Our new online portal, OpenSpace is encouraging clients to move paperless and be aware of their impact. We’re delighted that this environmental standard demonstrates that we are certainly practicing what we preach in our bid to move away from paper and towards online.”

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 ed@greenandco.com.

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

Green & Co Achieve Environmental Standard

Green Dragon Logo

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved Level 4 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard.

Green Dragon is a prestigious accreditation that recognises our determination to work in a more environmentally responsible way. It recognises businesses that have set up an effective Environmental Management System, allowing them to understand, monitor and control their impact on the environment.

Our biggest new change has been the incorporation of IRIS OpenSpace. This is our new, secure file sharing service which allows us to share information online. Not only does this help our clients get used to online platforms ready for Making Tax Digital, but it cuts down on our paper usage, costs and carbon foot print with less mail going in the post.

The accreditation comes following our success in achieving Level 2 in 2012 and is recognition of how, as a firm, we have further improved in our pursuit of upper levels of environmental compliance and our commitment to continue to do so.

To find out more, or to see our Environmental Policy, please go to the Awards section of our website.

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!

Landlords Kept in the Know as Renting Homes Act Moves Forward

Neil Soundy and Daniel Bellis

The South Wales Argus highlight another successful Gwent Landlord Forum.

Landlords from across south east Wales have again received expert advice, support and insight into the ever-changing rental landscape as part of the bi-monthly Gwent Landlord Forum.

The event, held by Cwmbran-based Rubin Lewis O’Brien, Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors and Lettings agency SerenLiving, took place at the Parkway Hotel.

Two guest speakers gave informative presentations to a packed room, where landlords were informed of the ins-and-outs of operating as a limited company, AIRBNB and the Renting Homes Wales Act.

Opening the evening was mortgage advisor Neil Soundy, who spoke about the benefits of buying property as a limited or trading company, the basic taxation on limited companies and buy to lets, lower rental coverage requirements and AIRBNB for landlords.

The second speaker was Daniel Bellis, a policy officer for the Residential Landlords Association. Daniel discussed the growing concerns of landlords as the Renting Homes Wales Act has come into effect, including the creation of standardised contracts across the rental sector, fit for human habitation regulations, changes in abandonment procedure and changes to joint contracts.

Ed Gooderham, director of Green & Co Accountants, said: “It’s great to see the forum grow with more and more people attending every session. Both speakers were of great quality, providing our landlords with an informative insight into complex topics. Our continued aim is to provide local landlords with as much information and support as possible, and attendees regularly feedback to us how much they enjoy these events.”

The next Gwent Landlord Forum will take place at the Parkway Hotel in Cwmbran on Wednesday July 12. For more information, please contact Rubin Lewis O’Brien, Green & Co or SerenLiving.

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

Accountant Cycles 360 Miles and Raises £10,000 for Charity

Tour De Cymru

This weeks edition of the South Wales Argus features an article on Nick Park’s 360 mile cycle as part of the Leonard Cheshire Tour de Cymru.

A Cwmbran accountant successfully cycled 360-miles across Wales as part of the Leonard Cheshire Tour de Cymru team challenge; raising more than £10,000 in the process.

Nick Park, partner at Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors, braved the terrain of rural Wales as he cycled across five days from Anglesey to south east Wales, finishing at the Leonard Cheshire home in Llanhennock, near Newport.

Nick said: “It was a huge privilege to take part in the Tour de Cymru organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability to celebrate 100 years of the birth of Leonard Cheshire.”

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the second largest disability charity in the UK and it supports thousands of people by improving their opportunities and helping them to pursue their goals and to live full lives.

Nick said: “We travelled 360 miles visiting eight of the Leonard Cheshire Services in Wales. The welcome we had from the residents and staff was overwhelming. Their enthusiasm and engagement was inspiring. Many of the residents had taken part in the challenge by riding static bikes in whatever way their disability allowed. They were awarded medals for their enormous efforts and it was very emotional and humbling to see how much it meant to them. One resident at Danybryn in Cardiff said that taking part had renewed her determination to learn to walk again.”

Nick and his team has so far raised £10,537.

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

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