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Cwmbran based Accountancy firm Green & Co has been nominated as finalists in the British Accountancy Awards 2013.

The business has been selected for the Independent Firm of The Year Award in Wales and the South West. Green & Co is the only independent firm in Wales to be selected for the award and one of only five candidates to be nominated in their category.

Co-Director Nick Park said: “We are very excited and honoured to be finalists. It is testament to all the work that the team here are doing and the service we are providing for clients. It is a great opportunity to independently verify the firm and the quality of the service we provide.”

The award ceremony takes place in The Pavilion at the Tower of London on 20th November 2013. The judging panel includes some of the most notable people in the industry and the awards strive to highlight the most exceptional companies within their sector. Now in their third year, the award ceremony usually attracts over 500 guests from practices all across Britain.

Founded in 1993, Green & Co has experienced consistent annual growth over the past 20 years and now services over 700 corporate clients across the breadth of the UK. The firm specialises in minimising tax liabilities and helping business owners identify and achieve their objectives.

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Cwmbran based law firm QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O’Brien has expanded their business with the appointment of two new Partners.

Helen Barry and Gregor Tay-Lodge have been appointed as part of a wider recruiting process the company is currently undergoing.

Helen Barry, a senior solicitor within the firm, joined QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O’Brien in March 2012 from a Legal 500 practice as Head of Residential Conveyancing. Helen has considerable experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing and has acquired a number of key contracts with major estate agents and mortgage advisors for the practice; whilst also obtaining the Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation for the department.

A senior lawyer with considerable management experience; Gregor Tay-Lodge has been appointed as Head of Civil and Commercial Litigation. He joins the firm from a national practice and has extensive experience in his field; representing clients in High Court, County Court and the Appeal Courts. His role will be to manage and promote all areas of civil and commercial litigation as well as to oversee the new expansion of the department. Greg is also a highly experienced Regulatory and Compliance lawyer.

Speaking of the appointment Helen said: “I’m thrilled to be appointed as Partner to QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O’Brien. I hope to continue the growth of the department and increase local awareness of the services we offer.” Greg is delighted to have joined the firm and said: “The firm is well positioned to take advantage of the improvement in market conditions, both in South Wales and nationally.”

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A South Wales man has lost nearly two stone in weight without exercising, instead deciding to focus on changing his diet and lifestyle –scooping a £600 prize in the process.

Anthony Barber from Brynna in RCT lost the weight over a period of 60 days from simply changing the way he ate and his approach to food; resulting in an underlying medical condition clearing. The prize money came from a diet plan called Body by Vi, which is operated by an international organisation called Visalus.

Anthony, who runs a photography business, said ‘‘I was aware that I’d put on several stone in recent years due to a sedentary lifestyle and a lack of exercise. I thought I was eating reasonably healthily but can now see that I wasn’t. For a number of years I suffered with persistent back pain and have been taking daily Omeprazole tablets to control stomach acid. So I was determined to lose the weight to help me get rid of the back pain and reduce my dependence on the tablets.’’

Anthony’s doctor reviewed his prescription as recently as January but the decided was made not to reduce his dosage due. Since dieting, Anthony has experienced increasingly less pain in his back and as an added bonus, has stopped taking the tablets completely with his doctors’ approval.

‘‘My motivation for starting the diet was to stop the back pain which was being caused by the weight of my stomach putting strain on it. The added bonus, which I wasn’t expecting, is that I no longer need the tablets to control stomach acid.’’ Said Anthony, 47.

Explaining the choice not to exercise he said ‘‘Seven years ago I lost a similar amount of weight through exercise. However, I ended up needing extensive physiotherapy on my ankles and surgery on my knee. Therefore, I stopped exercising and the weight piled back on.’’

Anthony stuck to a strict diet of healthy shakes and sensible portions to aid his weight loss.

Speaking of his long term aims and the effect the weight loss has had on his life, Anthony said ‘‘This diet has had a massive change on my life. I have so much more energy, feel healthy inside and thoroughly enjoy the products.’’

He continued ‘‘My long term goal is to remain healthy and keep to my target weight (once achieved) – cut out the yoyo dieting. I will continue to drink the shakes each day as the routine they create makes eating healthily so easy.’’

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South Wales based management consultancy and training firm OpenGround has appointed Claire Scowcroft as Operations Manager.

Claire’s responsibilities will include trainee support work, marketing and office administration. Her principal responsibility will be liaising with existing and new clients during the firm’s period of growth.

A notable aspect of the appointment is that Claire is the daughter of OpenGround MD Andrew Scowcroft. Andrew felt that her current professional development was not progressing in her former role, and upon reviewing her skill set and qualifications, he offered his daughter the chance to further enhance her proficiency.

Andrew spoke of the appointment “Developing and realising the potential of employees and leaders is what we do. That makes it vital for our credibility that we practice what we preach. Therefore I am overjoyed to be giving Claire the opportunity to realise her full potential. I aim to build a formidable team with Claire that will continue servicing our clients whilst improving the range of services we offer.”

Alongside Claire’s duties, she will complete an NVQ in Business Administration in order to develop a long term career within the industry.

OpenGround has been providing businesses in the UK and India with management consultancy and practical leadership training for over 12 years. Andrew established the company after careers in healthcare management and leadership development for public sector bodies.

Andrew believes that there could be a large number of employers in South Wales that are not correctly developing their staff. “For apprentices in particular; the clue is in the name.  They are there to learn, not just be told the minimum necessary to fill a vacancy. Our partnership with Claire will ensure she gets the development opportunities she deserves, within a truly supportive environment, in return for the contribution she  makes to the business.” 

As part of its training portfolio, OpenGround offer a Business Simulation Programme that is used by several UK universities, PLCs and one of India’s largest companies. This programme is used to develop and then test business leadership skills. The firms’ aim is to consolidate partnerships with SME’s in South Wales and the South West and contribute to the development of world class talent.

Andrew spoke of his vision “The practice of management is universal and the ways to engage, support, motivate and yield the talents of employees are the same across all workplaces. Get these basics wrong and all you get back is high turnover, uninspired staff, and a minimal approach. Providing the employer gets it right, employees can truly realise their potential.’’

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Two talented students at Green & Co received commendations last week recognising their exceptional performance in the third year of their university studies.

The two students, Leanne Flanagan and Lucy Whittington, were amongst five in the UK to be selected for commendation by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Examination Board.

Green & Co business owners Ed Gooderham and Nick Park are delighted that the hard work of their two employees has been recognised by the ACCA. “We are thrilled that the ACCA have chosen Leanne and Lucy for commendation,” said Ed Gooderham. “They have both worked brilliantly and have been such an asset to our company.”

The privately owned accountancy firm services a small number of local clients as well as a large number of corporate and agricultural firms across the breadth of the UK.

Green & Co draw on their agricultural and commercial expertise to offer accountancy, bookkeeping and tax advising services to businesses across Wales and the South West of England. They serve over 600 clients, the majority of which are farming and agricultural firms.

‘‘We focus a great deal on client retention,” says Nick Park. “We aren’t a sales orientated business. We like to take care of our existing clients and let our reputation attract new business – and that is how we approach our staff. We want them to become the best at what they do whilst receiving reward, development and progression.”

Since the business was founded in 1993 the company have experienced consistent annual growth and specialise in minimising businesses liabilities. On average, they save their clients £2,500 in tax for every £1000 of fees.

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Cwmbran based accountancy firm Green & Co is celebrating their nomination as Best Employer by a national financial publication.

Accountancy Age magazine, which is aimed at financial professionals, has named Green & Co accountants for the second year running as one of the country’s leading employers. The news comes as the practice celebrates twenty years in business.

The privately owned firm is owned by Ed Gooderham and Nick Park. The business has grown from servicing a small number of clients locally to acquiring a large number of corporate and agricultural clients across the breadth of the UK.

Speaking of the nomination Gooderham said ‘‘We are delighted to be nominated for the second year in a row. We place a great deal of emphasis on staff development as well as reward. Nick and I have both been employed in environments where we felt under- stimulated; that is the last thing we want our staff to feel.’’

Gooderham continued ‘‘It is vital that we not only reward our staff for their hard work and dedication to the company and our clients, but we ensure they are continuously progressing in their own careers.

Park added ‘‘We focus a great deal on client retention. We aren’t a sales orientated business. We like to take care of our existing clients and let our reputation attract new business – and that is how we approach our staff. We want them to become the best at what they do whilst receiving reward, development and progression.’’

Green & Co currently serve over 600, with over half of that figure representing farming clients. The company have experienced consistent annual growth since the business was started in 1993 and specialise in minimising businesses liabilities. On average, they save their clients £2,500 in tax for every £1000 of fees.

Green & Co are regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), draw on their agricultural and commercial expertise to offer accountancy, bookkeeping and tax advising services to businesses across Wales and the South West of England.

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Torfaen based accountancy firm Green & Co have just celebrated twenty years in business with the acquisition of Pembroke House based in Llantarnam Park Way, Cwmbran.

The new premises, situated close to junction 26 of the M4, see Green & Co take ten of the 27 offices in the 8000 square foot property with the remaining 17 rented out to other businesses; thus creating one of the largest commercial hubs in Torfaen.

The privately owned firm was founded by Hugh Green in June 1993 and he was soon joined by Nick Park in 2006, Ed Gooderham joined the firm after Mr Green’s retirement. The business has grown strongly since it was first formed and now has a large number of corporate and agricultural clients across South Wales.

Speaking of the new offices Gooderham said ‘‘Pembroke House was too good an opportunity to miss. Its location, quality of offices and size presented us with a real opportunity from which to further grow the business. We have experienced consistent annual growth since the first year, despite the current economic conditions, and are adamant that our new headquarters will provide us a platform to achieve and surpass our targets for the next 20 years.’’

Green and Co currently serve over 600 business clients, with over half of that figure representing farming clients. Nick Park, 51, heads up the faming division and explains how farming has been a vital facet to the success and longevity of the firm.

‘‘Advising agricultural businesses is a huge part of what we do. My family have been farming in South Wales since 1901, so it’s in my blood. I still run the family farm, so I understand the important tax and succession issues that farming families face. We have a huge wealth of experience in our team to help farmers get the most effective tax advice and guidance on how to run their businesses. It has been at the heart of Green and Co for two decades, and will continue to be integral to our business here at Pembroke House.’’

Gooderham, 35, said ‘‘We see ourselves as business advisors as well as accountants. Due to the firm’s longevity, we have developed a wide array of contacts in South Wales who are able to help businesses get the best out of their activity.’’

When it comes to tax advice, Green & Co know how to minimise tax liabilities ‘‘On average, we save our clients £2,500 in tax for every £1000 of fees.’’ continued Gooderham.

Green & Co, who are regulated by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), draw on their agricultural and commercial expertise to offer accountancy, bookkeeping and tax advising services to businesses across Wales and the South West of England.

For more information regarding Green & Co Accountants, please call 01633 871 122 or email mail@greenandco.com

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Image: L-R Ed Gooderham (Director), Hugh Green (Consultant) and Nick Park (Director)

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A Penarth based Mortgage broker has backed the market to improve for first-time buyers.

John Pearson of Mortgage Search Go, a brokerage firm based in the heart of Penarth, has urged first-time buyers that the market is gaining momentum and confidence is starting to come back in to play.

Pearson, 54, believes that the mortgage market is becoming a possibility for those with minimal deposit. ‘‘You could be forgiven for thinking that it’s been impossible to obtain a mortgage unless you can lay your hands on a deposit in the region of 20-25%. The reality is now, thankfully, somewhat different.’’

The Stanwell Road based firm has seen an increase in 95% mortgages, with over twenty more products on the market than this time last year. ‘‘In recent months we’ve even seen schemes designed for first-time buyers that have included features such as free standard valuations, cash-backs, and no completion fees. There are some really attractive deals on offer at the moment.’’ continued Pearson.

‘‘It is worth noting, however, that these products are only available for a short period of time. They won’t be around for long.’’

Pearson’s encouraging words are reinforced by the increase in the average percentage of loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage ratios for buy-to-let properties throughout 2013. The average LTV ratio has increased from 65% to over 75% in the last twelve months

‘‘It is positive news for landlords as the confidence increases throughout the market; It’s great to see a variety of products, and competition. I just hope this trend continues and we see more completions above 75% in the coming months.’’ said Pearson.

Despite the positivity across the market and the gradual growth, Pearson stressed that getting a foothold on the property ladder isn’t necessarily right for everyone.

‘‘I always look at each case individually. A young couple may have enough for a five per cent deposit, but purchasing the property may not be in their best interests. You have to look at the bigger picture. Consider the monthly payments, the stamp duty, the length of the mortgage and any penalties that may apply should you wish to change the terms.’’

‘‘People often comment on the British obsession with owning your own home.’’ continued Pearson. ‘‘However, statistics show that our fixation on home ownership does not reflect our percentage of homeowners, with countries such as Hungary, Spain, Greece and Italy all having higher percentages than the UK.’’

For more information regarding first-time buyer or buy-to-let mortgages, please visit www.mortgagesearchgo.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtgSearchGo.

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