Cwmbran Accountancy Firm Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Accountancy Firm Holds Free Seminar on Xero

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This weeks edition of the South Wales Argus features an article on our  Introduction to Xero Seminar.

Cwmbran-based accountancy firm Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors is holding a seminar on an introduction to Xero; the cloud-software product.

The free seminar will be held on Thursday, June 8 from 9am until 11am at Parkway Hotel in Llantarnam.

At the seminar, the team will outline what Xero is, the benefits of using the software and how it will help businesses become compliant in the run-up to Making Tax Digital; the government’s commitment to ensuring future tax data submitted by individuals and organisations are online.

The seminar, which will be delivered by Ian Phillips from Xero, is targeted at businesses who are using spreadsheets or offline bookkeeping methods, as well as those looking to understand a little more about Xero.

Ed Gooderham, director at Green & Co said: “We want to use this opportunity to communicate the numerous benefits of Xero to organisations; from micro-businesses to large corporations. The automation element of Xero not only minimises errors but saves valuable time and money whilst relieving administrative stress.”

If you interested in attending the event, contact Katie Williams on 01633 871 122 or email katie.williams@greenandco.com or register on Eventbrite.

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.

Commercial Tenancy Forum Launches

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Last weeks edition of the South Wales Argus features an article on our new Commercial Tenancy Forum.

Organisers of the Gwent Landlord Forum have launched a sister-event aimed at the commercial market.

The first Gwent Commercial Tenancy Forum will be held at the Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran, on Tuesday 20th June from 6.30-8.30pm. The event will inform local business owners who currently rent their commercial premises to keep up-to-date on the latest tenancy legislation.

Cwmbran-based Rubin Lewis O’Brien and Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors are behind the successful residential event.

Sam George, Managing Partner at Rubin Lewis O’Brien, said: “We’re really excited to launch the Gwent Commercial Tenancy Forum and we hope that it will continue to build on our already successful residential landlord forum.

“This is set to be a fantastic opportunity for commercial tenants to learn of the support and funding that is available to them. We aim to ensure both tenants and landlords are fully informed on all aspects of commercial lettings.”

The guest speaker will be Andy Harvie, Director of TPG Consulting, a group of Chartered Building Surveyors who offer property professionals expert advice on all building and property related matters. Mr. Harvie’s range of experience has seen him offer solutions to clients with complex requirements, his talk will focus on the the dilapidations of commercial properties.

Mr George continued: “We are keen to continue informing both commercial tenants and residential landlords that there is available support to all parties. Andy is an experienced and knowledgeable professional who will be able to help those in commercial lets understand the continually changing policies and the potential financial implications.”

Please contact the organisers directly for tickets to the free event, or register online:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gwent-commercial-tenancy-forum-tickets-34570251553

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

Nick Park Is Cycling 350 Miles for Leonard Cheshire Disability

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Next week, Green & Co partner, Nick Park, is swapping his business suit for Lycra and cycling 350 miles across the tough, challenging terrain of Wales.

Over the space of 5 days (24-28 May), Nick and 9 other cyclists will be taking part in the Tour de Cymru, a cycling challenge around Wales from Anglesey in the North to Llanhennock in Monmouthshire in the South East.

The Tour de Cymru is being organised by the wonderful people at Leonard Cheshire Disability to celebrate the founder, Leonard Cheshire’s centenary year. It will take place over 5 days and during each stage there will be an opportunity to visit all of the Leonard Cheshire Disability services and to meet the staff and residents in those services who will be benefiting from the fundraising efforts.

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

The money raised from the Tour de Cymru will be used to support people who use the services of Leonard Cheshire Disability in Wales to have access to adapted sports and physiotherapy equipment, as well as helping disabled people gain access to sporting events in the local area.

You can find out more about the Tour de Cymru and the work of Leonard Cheshire Disability here.

What now?

We would love it if you could support Nick and his 9 companions by donating to this worthy cause and helping them achieve their fundraising target of £10,000.

Donating is easy, you can either contribute via JustGiving by clicking this button…

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Or alternatively, you can donate by

Texting LCTC65 + £ (amount) to 70070

We would like to thank you in advance for your support.

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Nick Park with the Tour de Cymru team at last nights press launch at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay. The two cyclists on the end are residents of Leonard Cheshire Homes and are using bikes adapted for people with disabilities.

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