TAKING CARE OF YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS
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Swindells Chartered Accountants & Tax Advisors is based in Uckfield & Seaford in East Sussex. Our three teams have been specifically trained to take care of you and your organisations’ financial needs
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Swindells Business is our accounting & tax team that takes care of your company. We work with businesses at every stage; from large multi-nationals to family run businesses to start ups across Sussex & the South East
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Read about how we have taken care of our clients and helped them to achieve their dreams. Including our latest content for helping you navigate the business world in Sussex & the South East
Estate Planning, Trusts & reducing Inheritance Tax
Worrying about how your family will manage after your death is a common concern. We can help reduce your worries by making sure that your wealth and assets are distributed with your family’s best interests at heart. As part of our estate planning service we also make sure that you are financially secure in later life knowing that everything has been taken care of.read more >
Why Will Davenport chooses Swindells as his accountants (accounting for vineyards)
CEO Davenport Wineries
Will Davenport owns one of the oldest Organic Vineyards in the country. He specialises in English Organic Wines and supplies Michelin starred restaurants across the country. Swindells provides Will with the expertise and advice he needs to concentrate on growing his business.read more >
How can I get paid faster and avoid late payments?
Get paid faster
Does your business suffer from late payments? Cash flow is one of the top reasons that small businesses fail within 18 months of their inception. You can’t pay your bills without cash. Small businesses need to develop a plan for the payment of their invoices, so that cashflow does not become the reason the business fails. Here are some tips to help you get paid faster.read more >
Swindells sponsor MDHUB Awards
Swindells business community
This month we had the pleasure of attending and sponsoring the MDHUB Lunch and Awards. MDHUB are the premier peer to peer business growth network for Managing Directors and their Senior Board Directors.read more >
Why Steve & Matt (Sussex Beds) Choose Swindells
Why do Matt & Steve at Sussex Beds choose to work with Swindells?
Sussex Beds is a family business founded in Hastings over 35 years ago by Matt and Steve’s father. Three years ago Matt (Financial Director) & Steve (Managing Director) took over the running of the business with further directors that are all part of the extended family group. Read why Matt & Steve choose Swindells…read more >
An award winning accountancy practice
An award winning accounting practice. Swindells have won the Medium Business Award at the East Sussex Women In Business Awards that took place on the 20th July at the Cavendish Hotel. It’s a great honour to be set alongside some of the other amazing businesses in the county and we’re very proud of the achievement. […]read more >
Coping with change positively: in business and life
Some change happens slowly and some overnight. In 2012 our office in Uckfield Highstreet was burned to the ground in an arson attack overnight, we know a little about change. This article will discuss how you can cope with change in the business environment and at a personal level.read more >
How to cope with the stress of running your own business
Are you burnt out?
Starting a business is brave, running a business is without doubt stressful. You can find that the lines between work and life become blurred becoming a source of difficulty in your life. There are no set hours and you are fully invested in it, emotionally and financially. This article reviews the information around recognising signs of stress and how to cope with it.read more >
What are the main advantages of a limited company?
Changing from sole trader to limited company
Many people in the UK operate as a sole trader however, there are many advantages to be gained by switching to a limited company. This article will discuss the benefits of incorporating your business into a limited company.read more >
Why Julian Parker chooses Swindells
Vintage Car Conservation
I’ve worked with Swindells & Melanie for the past 5 years and they cover my end of year accounts. They came highly recommended to me by friends that were using London firms and switched to Swindells and I’ve been very pleased with their consistently great service. I always get positivity from Melanie, she’s not a suitread more >
Why photographer & consultant Stuart chooses Swindells as his accountants
Photographer & Brand Consultant
Stuart is a Travel Photographer & Brand Consultant. He works with clients all over the world and is abroad most of the time. Swindells provides Stuart with a flexible and responsive service that allows him to travel and keep on top of his finances.read more >
What do I need to do as a director of a limited company?
IN THE KNOW
As a director of a limited company, you have to file various official documents each year with Companies House and HMRC. This article will cover what you have to file and when you need to do that by.read more >
Ten online tools your business should be using in 2019
FREE TOOLS FOR BUSINESSES
There’s a myriad of free tools that you can take advantage of online. Tools that can enhance workplace communication, help you to understand your customer better and increase productivity. Here is a list of the most useful tools you can integrate into your business in 2019:read more >
Do you know where you and your business are going…really?
How to find clarity
It’s all too easy today to get lost in the myriad of online self congratulatory positivity. We’re shown and told what success looks like on social media, radio and television and it can become highly detrimental to our business and our own personal development. This article will discuss how to obtain clarity around you and your business’ path forward.read more >
CAPITAL GAINS TAX – PAYMENTS ON ACCOUNT
Are you ready?
Capital Gains Tax Payments on Account are coming from April next year. At the moment, Self Assessment taxpayers have to pay Income Tax payments on account in January and July each year and then maybe a balancing amount in January after the end of the tax year, whereas the payment date for any Capital Gains Tax is 31 January.read more >
Top reasons HMRC might choose to investigate you or your company
IN THE KNOW
Anyone can be selected for investigation, a business, director or individual tax payer. £34 Billion is the estimated tax gap between what HMRC collects and what it should collect. They are proactively targeting individuals and businesses using software to indicate anomalies. This article will discuss some of the main reasons HMRC may be interested in you or your business.read more >
Why John & Caroline @ Uckfield Garage choose Swindells
The Geoghegans approached Swindells to help them set up a whole new online accounts system with Quickbooks, as well as payroll and pensions. As the business was already trading they needed to act quickly and ensure that there was no interruption to the business from day one.read more >
Business trends for 2019 – What’s coming up?
2018 has been a tumultuous year both politically and economically. The steam train of technology is hurtling down the tracks, contributing to a more modern, online and savvy consumer while businesses are trying to keep up to stay ahead of the competition.read more >
Why George & Rebecca Choose Swindells
Swindells' advice directly translated into the decision we ended up making
George & Rebecca co-founded and manage ILS, International Location Safety, a business set up to provide NGO staff with the skills necessary to work in hostile environments. Here’s why they choose Swindells…read more >
Why Leslie & Jane @ Gorringes Auctioneers choose Swindells
Gorringe’s was founded in the early 1920s when Rowland Gorringe opened offices in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, as an estate agent and auctioneer. Just after the war in 1946, Gorringe’s Auction Galleries moved to its current site in Lewes. Read on to learn how Swindells support Gorringesread more >
Top Ten Reasons Why Businesses Fail
BACK ON TRACK
According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 start ups fail within 18 months – a huge number. But if you are understand the reasons why businesses fail, you can plan ahead and keep your business on track.read more >
What is your company’s tax strategy for 2019/20?
Does your business have a tax plan or strategy for the coming year? Are you sure that you’re claiming everything available to you and that your business is structured in the most tax efficient way possible? This article will discuss the strategies that you might be able to use to implement the most tax efficient decisions for your business.read more >
What is the reverse charge on VAT? Will it affect you?
Are you ready?
From the 1 October 2019, CIS registered businesses which are also VAT registered will have to withhold the VAT element of an invoice when paying those suppliers which are also CIS and VAT registered. The withheld VAT must then be paid over to HMRC on the next VAT return.read more >
Tax avoidance vs tax evasion: What you need to know
IN THE KNOW
Tax avoidance and tax evasion are sometimes confused and used interchangeably. Whilst the terms avoid and evade are similar linguistically, they stand for very different concepts legally. Both are ways used to pay less tax however, tax avoidance is legal whereas tax evasion is illegal. This article will discuss the two concepts and tell you all you need to know.read more >
Don’t get caught out. Scam emails & texts from ‘HMRC’
DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT
I recently received an email seemingly from HMRC, telling me that I am due a tax refund and giving me a link to click on to claim it. And I’ll admit it carries HMRC logo’s, uses HMRC’s green colour scheme and the amount it said I was due wasn’t unreasonable…read moreread more >
What is a trust and why set one up?
COULD THIS HELP YOU?
Often thought to be the reserve of the ultra-rich or landed gentry, trusts are an excellent way of protecting and holding important family assets. Asset protection, control, flexibility and tax efficiency are major reasons why more and more clients are using trusts as part of their planning. This article will discuss trusts and why you should consider them as a major part of your personal tax planning strategy.read more >
Swindells Sponsor Seaford Business Awards
This month Swindells were a sponsor of the Seaford Business awards, we are very proud to sponsor and support the thriving business community that Seaford has become.read more >
Why Anna Shephard (MD at E&S Heating & Ventilation) Chooses Swindells
Why Anna Chooses Swindells
MD Anna Shephard took over the management of E&S Ventilation & Heating Ltd. from her Mother & Father in 2010, taking the reigns in one of the most tumultuous times for the industry in recent years. Read about how Swindells have supported her & E&S over the last 5 years…read more >
The benefits of filing tax returns early for Limited Companies and the Self-Employed
Tips & Tricks
Rather than wait till the last minute this year, why not get ahead of the game and enjoy the benefits that early tax return filing can provide? This article will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to filing your Corporation Tax Return & Self-Assessment early.read more >
6 reasons why your business isn’t growing & how to fix it
Tips & Tricks
We have worked with thousands of businesses over the years. We have seen periods of stagnation and unprecedented growth. You can’t always be up…and periods of slow or no growth do happen. This article will talk about the reasons for poor growth and how to fix them in the future.read more >
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CAPITAL GAINS TAX BILL (2018/19)
Reduce your tax
Capital Gains Tax (CGT) receipts are set to come in at over £9 billion in 2018/19, having risen steadily for a decade. Are you aware of the strategies and actions you can put in place to reduce the amount of Capital Gains Tax that you are required to pay? This article will discuss CGT and explain some simple options you might like to consider to create a less intimidating tax bill.read more >
Why Brenda Smith @ Agaso chooses Swindells
I’ve worked with Swindells through Agaso for the last two years from conception of the idea through to the launch and beyond. They produce our accounts and VAT returns, I’m always very happy with the quality of the work and service that I receive.read more >
Making the most of all of your tax allowances (PODCAST)
Ensuring you are making the most of all of your tax allowances within a fiendishly complex overall tax system is always a challenge. Hence why in our latest podcast, we are talking with Robin Stevenson (Head of Private Clients at Swindells Accounting) about how to make sure you’re maximising all of your available tax allowances in the run up to the end of the 2018/2019 Tax Year.read more >
The top 9 tips for writing your business plan in 2019
Tips & Tricks
We’ve worked with thousands of businesses over the years here at Swindells. We’ve learned the nuances in different sectors, how to gain access to funding and how to increase the chances of success. The reasons for writing a business plan are varied, from structuring your idea, to securing funding & investors whilst providing an actionable route to success for your internal stakeholders.read more >
6 tips to keep your business productive this summer
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
The summer can be a disruptive period for business, a recent study found that productivity decreases up to 20%, attendance decreases by 19% projects take 13% longer and workers are 45% more distracted…This article will cover several tips on how to keep your business productive and moving forward this summer.read more >
Why Jon Scott chooses Swindells as his accountants
Owner of ITM Monitoring
Jon Scott is the Managing Director of ITM Monitoring and has over 30 years of experience with instrumentation and monitoring work on civil engineering projects all over the world. Jon chooses to work with Swindells as he needs an accountants he can trust.read more >
How to get yourself and your business out of a rut
Professionally and personally you can fall into a rut, a funk or just a dip…who knows why it happens, one day you’re sailing along, the next you’ve lost your way, the leads dry up, something feels off and there’s no apparent reason…this article will discuss how to push forward and through and come out of the other side stronger.read more >
Are you aware of the new year tax changes for the 6th April 2019?
Keeping you up to date
With the new tax year comes new changes to tax rates and thresholds that you should be aware of. Here is our summary of the most important changes coming into play from the 6th of April 2019, that will be useful for businesses and employees / self-employed alike.read more >
Save time & money with cloud accounting: QuickBooks in Sussex & the South East
TAKE YOUR ACCOUNTS ONLINE
Cloud accounting is similar to traditional accounting software installed on your computer however, it is not installed on your servers, but on a virtual network for which you pay a monthly fee. Read on to find out about the benefits for your company.read more >
The modern-day role of the accountant
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
Today the responsibilities of accountants range from business analysis to legal compliance and reporting. They are more intertwined with the commercial and financial success of their clients and not only here to fulfil the traditional roles of preparing financial statements, tax planning and auditing. This article will discuss the multitude of ways in which your accountant can support your business aside from more traditional services.read more >