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C H Jefferson & Co – IN THE NEWS

July 2018

This month has seen us say goodbye to Marlena, our ACCA trainee, who has made the decision to return to her native Poland with her family. Although we are sad to see her go, we wish her and her family happiness and success for the future (we are also going to really miss her Polish baking treats!)

June 2018

After a busy month in May making sure we were ready and compliant for the introduction of the new general data protection regulations (GDPR) we are pleased to say that all our new systems are up and running smoothly in this respect.

We are also now focussing keenly on Making Tax Digital (MTD) with the first phase due to be implemented by HMRC in April 2019. Our CCH accounts and tax software has been updated to incorporate the 'one click' workspace which can be accessed by both ourselves and also our clients. We will be contacting clients about this new feature shortly.

We are also continuing to talk to clients about ensuring they have the correct bookkeeping records in place to comply with MTD for VAT so they are ready when it is introduced in April 2019. We partner with Kashflow Software and have introduced several of our clients to this very user friendly and intuitive bookkeeping solution. If you are interested in discussing any of the above further with us, please get in touch and we will organise a meeting and a demonstration of the software with you.

May 2018

CH Jefferson & Co for the 5th year in a row sponsored and manned the Jelly Baby station at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. It was a scorching hot day which was fantastic for us helping out but really tough conditions for all who ran. Well done to everyone.

Sponsor Jelly Baby Station

April 2018

Funding opportunities for either establishing or growing a business, or sometimes just to get over a temporary cashflow problem, is something that we are often asked about. With this in mind Helen S attended a seminar hosted by North Lincolnshire Council at Humber UTC in Scunthorpe, with a presentation by Grants4Growth, was attended by Helen S.

There were some useful pointers for what funding, either in in the form of grants or loans, is and isn’t available for locally as well as tips on the application process and eligibility criteria. If anyone is looking for additional finance for their business please contact us and we may be able to point you in the right direction for obtaining the best grant and/or loan options for your individual circumstances,

On 25 April 2018 Claire and Helen S again attended a CCH Roadshow, this time in Manchester. This was the official launch of our accounts and tax software providers 'One Click' solution designed to deal with the new upcoming reporting and information integration regime being introduced by HMRC which you may have already heard something about called 'Making Tax Digital'. CCH are one of the first software providers to launch their solution and are now in a position to fully implement 'One Click' once the final interfaces are available from HMRC and as such this puts us in an ideal position to be ready for the introduction of the first round of Making Tax Digital for VAT registered businesses which is planned for April 2019.

We will keep you up to date once we have arranged installation of the relevant updates to our software and how this will affect our clients. We will also shortly be contacting all clients who we believe will fall into this first phase of Making Tax Digital to discuss how this may affect them and any changes that they may need to make to their record keeping and reporting to HMRC to comply with the new requirements.

If you wish to discuss this at an earlier date, or indeed if you are not currently a client but would like to know what advice we are able to offer, please contact us.

March 2018

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provisions due to come into force on 25 May 2018, Claire, Helen S, Catherine and Marlena attended a seminar in Hull to ensure that we are all familiar with the new rules and can make sure we will be fully compliant within the necessary timeframe.

GDPR is something that will apply to all businesses and organisations that either 'processes' or 'controls' personal data, including that held in respective of employees. With the prospect of heavy fines and penalties for non-compliance, this is an area that all businesses and organisations should be reviewing and taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance. If anyone is concerned that they may not be prepared for these new regulations when they come into force, give us a call and we can try to advise where to get the necessary information and tools to resolve your position.

February 2018

We are now fast approaching the tax year end, 5 April 2017. All clients will shortly be receiving from us various prompts and checklists to help the tax year end planning and collation of information processes run smoothly and efficiently. These will be circulated to all existing clients by post or email –if you don’t receive anything from us before the third week of March at the very latest, please get in touch and we will ensure duplicates are sent out to you as soon as possible.

If anyone who is not already a client with us requires help or advise with the approaching tax year end, feel free to contact us to see how we could assist you.

January 2018

As well as being a busy month for submitting tax returns to HMRC before the 31 January deadline, January was also a very sad month for us at CH Jefferson & Co as we said goodbye to a friend and former colleague, Rita Wells. Rita cleaned for us, both at Oswald Road and our new office in Park Square, for many years and she will be sadly missed.

December 2017

Some of our clients will be familiar with Tim Ross of LEBC Group Ltd, who has helped with dealing with their investment affairs. We have worked with Tim for more than 30 years and we would like to wish him all the best for his well-earned retirement at the end of this month and also thank him for all his time and efforts dealing with our clients.

October 2017

A networking event for Women in Business held at the Humber UTC in Scunthorpe was attended by Helen S and Lindsay – with lively and interesting presentations from both Ness Knight and Jean Stewart, together with an opportunity for networki8ng with other local business women, this was a very enjoyable and informative event.

Also this month we again attended the annual Women@1/Pro 6 annual lunch hosted at the Ashbourne Hotel in North Killingholme. Claire, Helen S, Catherine, Helen G and Marlena all enjoyed the very interesting after lunch talk given by Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Co-op together with catching up with some familiar faces from previous lunches and events and also getting to some new faces.

June 2017

With inheritance tax and will planning issues in mind, Claire and Helen S attended a course in Leeds outlining the benefits and opportunities for utilising the different types of trusts for consideration in these situations.

May 2017

CH Jefferson & Co again sponsored and manned the Jelly Baby station at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon.

Claire and Helen S also took the opportunity to meet up with members of the ‘Lifecycle’ team from Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group. Lifecycle is a unique network for accountants giving us the opportunity to offer clients the specialist services they need at every stage of their business’s life and we are pleased to be looking at the opportunities this may offer us and our clients going forward.

March 2017

Helen G has attended a course in Leeds this month called 'Transition from the FRSSE' - she will be feeding back the information from the course to help us deal with the up[coming changes to the corporate accounting framework.

December 2016/January 2017

Following on from the successful implementation of our new accounts and tax software, the next step was to review our payroll software. From January 2017 onwards the more observant payroll clients will notice a change in the layout of the reports and payslips produced by us following our new Moneysoft Payroll Manager software being phased in from December 2016. After a period of running dual software, we are now confident the new software is running smoothly for all clients.

An added bonus with Payroll Manager is that it also has the facility to deal with forms P11D for reporting employee's' benefits in kind to HMRC, therefore enabling all payroll related matters to now be dealt with via the same software application.

November 2016

On 23 November Claire and Helen headed down to London to attend CCH’s Move On event at Alexandra Palace. With both regulatory and technological transformation happening in the tax and accountancy industry, this free event was provided by our integrated software providers to highlight the changes that will be affecting both us as accountants and our clients in the not so distant future and to present their proposed software updates and improvements to respond to these changes.

With keynote speakers such as Sir Richard Needham, ex director at Dyson, Rebecca Harding, economist and chair at the British Bankers Association, Christian Majgaard, ex creative and business development director at Lego and Ben Towers, one of Britain’s youngest entrepreneurs and Daniel Susskind, author and a fellow in economics at Balliol College, Oxford, a panel discussing relevant topics hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, a demonstration of the new developments in CCH software and also a little light relief with appearances by Flawless and Rob Brydon, it was a long but informative day. It gave us the opportunity to chat with other CCH software users and experts and also gave us the confidence that CCH are well on with the development and implementation of new features in their software suite.

Helen S and Catherine also attended a North Lincolnshire Business Network event this month at San Pietro in Scunthorpe with a seminar presented by Andrew Jackson Solicitors titled 'What could Brexit mean for UK employers' – it was an interesting morning hearing the differing and opposing views of how different people perceive the implications of Brexit!

October 2016

The Women@1 networking group, a group of local women in business who meet up every two months or so with the aim of promoting local business and making useful contacts in a relaxed, friendly and non-pressured setting, co-hosted their annual lunch at the Ashbourne Hotel in North Killingholme with the Grimsby based Pro 6 group. Helen S, Catherine, Helen G and Marlena all attended and enjoyed networking over an excellent lunch and later hearing about the life and work of the very interesting guest speaker, Amanda Murphy, HSBC Head of Corporate Banking.

September 2016

This month Claire attended a Mental Health First Aid course run by Mind. For those of you who don’t already know, Claire is also a trustee for the Scunthorpe and District branch of Mind so was attending the course with two different perspectives, but as these type of courses tend to focus on the problems and issues that employees may have to face in the workplace, anyone who has employees may find something like this useful.

July 2016

With the future firmly in mind, particularly the roll out of HMRC’s Much talked about programme of 'Making Tax Digital', we made the major decision to change our accounts and tax software with the planned changeover to take place at the end of July 2016.

Although we knew it would inevitably mean several weeks of disruption whilst we transferred over all our data and information from the old system to our new CCH integrated software suite, we were, and continue to be, very well supported by the Wolters Kluwer installation and support staff. There were of course a few hiccups along the way, but overall the transition has proved to be reasonably problem free; as we become more familiar with the software ourselves we will continue to implement further enhancements and functionality to the software to ensure that we are always able to offer clients the best possible service.

We are please to have been one of the main sponsors for Scunthorpe Annual 10k again for 2016. All runners did very well in the heat.

May 2016

For the 3rd year in a row we are proud to have again sponsored the all-important Jelly Baby Station at just before the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon on 15th May 2016. All staff and partners manned the stand and had a great time supporting.


June 2015

May 2015

We are again proud to be sponsoring the Jelly Baby Station at the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire half marathon. We had great fun encouraging the runners last year and will be cheering everyone on again in 2015. Good luck to all the runners!

For the 3rd year in a row we are proud to be again sponsoring the all-important Jelly Baby Station at just before the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon on 15th May 2016. All staff and partners will be manning the Jelly baby stand. Good luck to all taking part in the Half Marathon and give us a wave when you pass!

April 2015

Allan Retirement

After some 38 years as a partner at CH Jefferson & Co, Allan Clark decided that it was time to take life a little easier and so retired from the practice on 31 March 2015. Going forward Allan will still be available as a consultant to the firm, and will still undertake audit work through our sister company CH Jefferson & Co Limited, so he hasn’t quite escaped altogether! Even though Allan had already cut back on his time in the office to 3 days a week, his presence will be missed - it’s definitely much quieter without his witticisms. Allan intends to fill his days spending time with family and working in his extensive garden. Of his retirement, Allan says "I can now begin to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life, knowing that the practice is in the safe hands of Claire and Helen"

Having been instructed to not make a fuss!! We ignored what was said!

February 2015

Well we are getting settled in our new offices at 5 Park Square. It is certainly much quieter here than at Oswald Road - we think we actually miss the sirens, buses and traffic noise! Here are some photos of the new place

Our move even made the news!

www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/dpdpdpdpdp-dpdpdp-dpdp/story-26302449-detail/story.html

C H Jefferson & Co, Accountants appoints new Partner

Scunthorpe based ACCA quality checked accountancy firm C H Jefferson & Co have announced the appointment of Helen Staniforth as a partner.

The firm say the promotion recognises the important contribution Helen has made during the time she has been with CH Jefferson & Co, particularly since qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2007.

Over the last two decades Helen has built up a strong reputation with existing clients. She is a well-respected member of the firm dealing with all aspects of general practice including audit, business accounts and tax, VAT, payroll and personal taxes.

Helen said "I am delighted to join the partnership. CH Jefferson & Co is a great place to work. I am really looking forward to developing my relationships with existing clients as well as building up a portfolio of new clients and exploring ways in which to expand and help move the practice forward".

One of the existing partners, Claire Phillips said: "Congratulations to Helen on being appointed a partner. This is well deserved. We are delighted and look forward to her helping guide the firm to further success."

CH Jefferson & Co offers a no obligation free one hour consultation for prospective clients. If you would like to make an appointment, Helen can be contacted on 01724 282236 or by email at hstaniforth@chjefferson.com.

May 2014

We are proud to be sponsoring the all-important Jelly Baby Station at the half way stage of the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon on 4th May 2014. As some of you will know, several of our staff have an extremely sweet tooth but manage to keep off the pounds by regular running, so this seemed a very apt thing for us to be involved in! All staff and partners will be manning the Jelly baby stand at half way. Good luck to all taking part in the Half Marathon and give us a wave when you pass!

www.tape2tape.co.uk/events/north-lincs-half-marathon

Automatic Enrolment

Over the last few months Catherine has been busy attending events and meeting various people in connection with pensions and payroll as well as working closely with our software providers, independent financial advisers and pension providers in connection with auto enrolment.

All employers will need to act to comply with the law which came into force for large employers from October 2012 to help more people save for their retirement. Employers will be advised by The Pensions Regulator of the date from which they must start to comply with the new law. This is known as an employer’s staging date and it could be anywhere between October 2012 to February 2018.

Employers need to act in good time to ensure that they are ready to comply with the new law by their staging date. Employers who do not comply can face immediate fixed penalties of £400 and additional daily fines can also be issued between £50 and £10,000 per day (depending on the number of staff employed). With 30,000 employers due to stage in 2014, and the number increasing significantly from 2015 onwards when small employers start to stage, the pensions industry is set to face a capacity crunch and it is VITAL that employers start preparing early to secure a pension scheme. We recommend that you take action 12 to 18 months before your staging date.

Whether you would like advice on finding out your staging date, understanding and complying with your new responsibilities, finding a pension provider, or any other queries you may have, we can offer assistance. If you would like more information please contact Catherine ctrevethick@chjefferson.com

December 2011 - UK Steel Enterprises Ltd

Allan and Claire had a very informative meeting with Alan Wood of UK Steel Enterprises Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Steel which is tasked with the responsibility of helping the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry.  The organisation is looking to raise its profile in the Scunthorpe area and is seeking to provide equity/loan finance to small and medium sized businesses in this area.  Amongst other things, to apply you will need a well thought out business plan. There are low cost loans and grants available too starting at less than £1,000 up to £750,000.  If you are interested and would like some more information please speak to either Allan or Claire and/or visit the website: http://www.uksteelenterprise.co.uk/home.asp?nid=75&pid=1

December 2011 - CHJ out and about!

Claire and Lindsay attended their first Lincs Tweet Meet they had a great time meeting a lot of people who were also interested in Social Media. If you’re on Twitter then please follow Claire @CHJefferson and Lindsay @LindsayJayne76 .
Lindsay did a great job of escaping the cameras but Claire was having such a good time enjoying herself that she got papped! by Laser Red of Lincoln.

Claire and Lindsay really enjoyed the chance to network and listen to some great speakers sharing tips, knowledge and their experiences with everyone.
Liam Lally of Zaddle Marketing was one of the speakers on the night and proved to be a fountain of knowledge and gave Claire and Lindsay lots of tips and ideas on how to improve their presence on Twitter.

Photos by Laser Red - Web Design Lincoln

July 2011 - Make £5 blossom

Throughout May, June & July we took part in a youth enterprise initiative organised by North Lincolnshire Council called Make £5 Blossom.  Local businesses loaned £150 (£5 per pupil) to pupils of local primary schools who then had to use that money to hopefully make some more, thereby learning all about business skills. Here at CHJ we were linked with Gunness & Burringham C of E School.  The money was loaned to their enterprise club. We met with them on several occassion both at the school and here at CHJ's offices and gave them the benefit of our advice.  The children decided to set up their business around their school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The Children made a whopping £450 profit from advertising, cake and sweet sales, refreshments and raffle. Our £150 was paid back to us at the presentation on 15 July 2011 http://bit.ly/nM8kCF

North Lincolnshire Council are looking for local businesses to take part in the next Make £5 Blossom http://bit.ly/qqdcF8  We would definitely recommend local businesses to take part.

June 2011

Wedding Bells saw the wedding of CHJ's  Helen Trevethick to James. A fabulous day was had by all, Helen was a beautiful bride as we all knew she would be. In keeping with her arts and crafts hobby Helen with the help of Catherine had made all the table decorations and bunting, but she did draw the line at making her own wedding cake saying that this would be just too stressful! So Helen T is now Mrs Glew just in case you thought we had a newby on meet the team.

February 2011

CHJ said good bye to Malcolm Dunford who retired after spending 41 years with the practice. He will be sadly missed by his clients and colleagues. Staff and Partners ensured Malcolm had a good send off with presents and cake! And not just any old cake it was a one off creation in the shape of a calculator from our in- house cake makers Helen & Catherine!

November 2010

Kerry Padley Qualifies as a Chartered Certified Accountant

October 2010

Twins Helen & Catherine Trevethick – Family ACCA Success

July 2010

John Leggott Maths Challenge sponsored by C H Jefferson & Co for over 20 years

Fundraising 

2011 - The Charity chosen to benefit from CHJ's fundraising this year will be Diabetes UK kicking off with our fun day on 7th September 2011. Other sponsored events will be a 13 miles walk, 40 meter Zip Slide, The Great North Run and a 22 mile swim. You can sponsor us here at https://www.justgiving.com/ch-jefferson-co-accountants/  

September 2010 – CHJ supported the Scunthorpe Branch of the Alzheimer's Society in 2010, taking part in a Memory Walk across the Humber Bridge and back. They also organised a 'Fun Day', at the office challenging and competing against each other to Wii Games. A grand total of £495-00 was raised.

October 2009 – CHJ’s nominated charity for 2009 was Children In Need. Staff and Partners all took part in a ‘Bikeathon’ where they had to take it in turns ensuring a member of the team was cycling at all times, this was carried out for 7 and 3 quarter hours (a whole working day at CHJ). A very impressive £963-80 was raised.