Accountants see surge in charity work

Groundwork Cheshire
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Accountants Beever and Struthers now represent more than 170 charitable organisations nationwide after achieving a 10 per cent increase in client numbers during the past year.

Winning new clients and successfully retendering for existing work throughout 2018 and in the first quarter of 2019 allowed the firm with offices in Manchester and Blackburn to secure a double-digit rise in fees from charities and not-for-profit organisations.

New clients won by Beever and Struthers in 2018 and early 2019 include The Big Life Group, National Society of Epilepsy, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, Rapport Housing and Care, Viaduct Care, ALSG (Advanced Life Support Group) and Trafford Carers Trust.

Phil Alty, finance director of The Big Life Group, said: “Big Life is a complex group and we felt that Beever and Struthers offered an all-round professional service in terms of disciplines that Big Life Group required.

“We also felt that Beever and Struthers was able to give the personal level of client service that larger accountancy firms have difficulty in putting into practice.”

Core services for charities provided by the firm include external and internal audit, independent examination of accounts, accounts preparation and financial reporting, business assurance, risk management, payroll, charity taxation and VAT and grant compliance.

Charitable organisations also benefit from ‘added value’ services such as governance and risk management reviews, IT audit and data mining, business planning and cash flow forecasting, HR support, anti-fraud consultancy, due diligence, advice on viability and restructuring, insolvency and data analytics and benchmarking.

This wide range of specialist skills available to clients of Beever and Struthers cover care and welfare, sport and leisure, culture and arts, social housing, health and well-being, social enterprise, charitable foundations and education and training.

Sue Hutchinson, partner and head of the firm’s charity sector, said: “Thanks to outstanding teamwork and investment in the sector across various departments at Beever and Struthers, we are able to provide excellent services, technical expertise, locally-based unrivalled experience and easily accessible staff for clients from our three offices.

“Our achievements throughout 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 are hard won and well deserved and with further investment in our team and services we look forward to replicating our success throughout the rest of this year and beyond.”