• Artists
  • Application Software Developers
  • Authors
  • Architects
  • Banking Consultants
  • Beauticians
  • Boarding Houses
  • Bookkeeping Agencies
  • Cabinet Makers
  • Carpenters
  • Caterers
  • Child Entertainers
  • Chiropodists
  • Cinema Film Makers
  • Clothing Manufactturers
  • Commission Agents
        Computer Industry

During the early 70's, Alan Secker became involved in systems analysis and software selection before the advent of the microcomputer in 1975.

Anticipating the impact of this forthcoming technology, he joined the Amateur Computer club, meeting some of the brightest minds then in the industry. Their advice was to 'soak it in through the pores'. This is precisely what he did, becoming treasurer of the ACC in the late 70's. He took hardware and software courses at night school and built his first machine in 1978. Professional relationships with a wide variety of companies and individuals followed. Since then there probably isn't an inch of the industry that we haven't touched.

  • Cabling Specialists
  • Computer Aided Design Specialists
  • Computer Software Purveyors
  • Contract Programmers
  • OEMs
  • Programmers
  • Solution Providers
  • Systems Analysts
  • System Maintenance Enterprises
  • Website Developers
  • Construction Industry
  • Corporate Manual Developers
  • Corporate Publicity Specialists
  • Corporate Training Specialists
  • Custom Furniture Builders
  • Decorators
  • Dentists
  • E-Commerce Developers
  • Electrical Appliance Retailers
  • Electricians
  • Engineering Specialists
  • Enterprise Consultants
  • Estate Agents
  • Estate Managers
  • Fabric Designers
  • Fashion Retailers
  • Field Marketing Consultants
  • Film Makers
  • Furniture Designers
  • General Builders
  • Graphic Artists
  • Greyhound Racing Trainers
  • Hairdressers
  • Heating Engineers
  • Hotel Procurement Specialists

Our experience ranges from small red-brick Victorian family hotels to large Central London institutions.

Hotels are like small towns. Each corner can be both a cost centre and an income centre. From the night-porter who arranges cabs or flowers at outrageous times, to the banqueting suite. It all has to be controlled and accounted for and the systems put in place have to be up to the job.

  • Importers and Exporters
  • Independent Financial Advisors
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Insurance Consultants
  • Interim Financial Managers
  • Interior Designers
  • Investment Specialists
  • IT Manual Developers
  • IT Trainers
  • Jewellers
  • Joiners
  • Journalists
  • Landscape Gardeners
  • Lighting Designers
  • Medical Consultants
  • Manufacturers
  • Memorabilia Specialists
  • Management Consultants
  • Motor Traders
        Music and Recording
  • Musicians
  • Music Teachers
  • Sound Studios
        Night Clubs
        Non-Residents and Ex-Patriates

For several years a growing segment of our practise has been devoted to the UK tax affairs of ex-patriates and other non-residents with income arising in the UK.

Most of them had been unaware of their entitlement to allowances that could reduce their UK tax liabilities and were surprised when we obtained significant repayments for them.

In recent years the range of people that are eligible for personal allowances has been increased to include EC citizens.

With tax credits on dividends becoming irrecoverable, the range of income upon which repayments made be gained is reduced but not eliminated. If you have earnings, trading or property income arising in the UK, contact us.

  • Pet Shops
  • Plant Hire
  • Public Houses
        Printing and Publishing
  • Artists
  • Authors
  • Book Publishers
  • Book-binders
  • Cartoonists
  • Copy Writers
  • Corporate Brochure Publishers
  • Journalists
  • Magazine Publishers
  • Newsagents
  • Photographers
  • Photographic Processing
  • Printers
  • Print Farmers

During the '50s and '60's it was deemed a natural step to sell one's manufacturing business, plough the proceeds into property and retire on the rents. Inflation and value added ... refurbishing war-worn or dilapidated buildings enhanced values.

The British banking world, unable to see further than the end of its pre-war pre-eminence saw land, bricks and mortar as the only security. Money it seemed, was always available for property speculation but little else.

It was during this period that Alan Secker was weaned as a young accountant's clerk. Articled to a firm peppered with small property investment clients, he cut his teeth on void relief and maintenance claims.

After qualifying with Goodier Smith & Co, he went to Stoy Hayward to garner some experience of large clients and on his first day was presented with a fast growing public property company, with a multiplicity of subsidiaries to audit. Scraping by with a little help from his friends, he was amazed to be called back at the request of the M.D. to take over as chief accountant for a year.

The authority granted was enormous as was the responsibility but the training and experience gained at both professional firms, when brought to bear, contributed to cash flow, general efficiency and the only reliable source of information for the management department since the inception of the company.

The reason, you see, is that knowing when to collect rents and monitoring payments is not enough. When are the insurances renewal dates? what is the maintenance cycle? What is happening to occupancy? We must not forget to give notice on the right dates, and so forth.

Today, this is child's play using even basic database systems but then it meant using cleverly designed stationery to minimise pen-strokes not key strokes.

In the early 70's we experienced a recession and a property crash. Inflation went into reverse and the banks' collateral diminished. They called in their loans. How on earth can you convert bricks and mortar into cash? Only by selling to a market that had no available borrowing power.

During the melee that followed, we saw former self-appointed millionaire geniuses contemplating suicide as their capital gains tax bills loomed. We negotiated a get-out for a client owing a fringe bank a £1M by paying a single once-and-for all payment of £1,000.
        We act for:
  • Developers
  • Estate Agents
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Property Dealing Companies
  • Property Consultants
  • Property Investment Companies
  • Property Management Specialists
  • Surveyors
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Recordng Studios
  • Recreational Equipment Manufacturers
  • Recruitment Specialists
  • Restaurants
  • Slimming Clinics

A report of the Investigation and Monitoring Unit of the Law Society covering a 7 month period, found after undertaking:

1,916 Monitoring visits of which
1,451 concerned accounts; and
  465 investments that;

Compensation Fund payouts were 'limited to' £10,700,000
Referrals to the unit in respect of fraud, increased by 28%
Inspections revealed breaches in the Accounts Rules of 43%
Monitoring Inspections revealed breaches in the Solicitors Accounts Rules 1996 of 50%

Before you become a statistic, take advice from someone who knows your business.

We have been involved in providing solutions to in-house accounting difficulties, without contemporaneous disruption to day to day operations, for the long term benefit of clients.

Some of our solutions have included redesigning stationery, such as requisitions. Or targeting computer operating instructions for each type of user (fee earners, cashiers and so on). Not everyone in the firm needs to labour through a two inch manual.

We maintain a careful watch on changes in Law Society rules and practise. All obligations placed upon our clients devolving from the Solicitors' Accounts Rules and other regulations are met both in substance and form.

Our clients benefit from having accountants with an in-depth knowledge of the processes at every level of a legal practise.

  • Sound Studios
  • Telephone Service Companies
  • Teleprompters

We have been involved with the travel industry since the late '60s. Preparing reports for ABTA, IATA and the Newspaper Publishers Advertising watchdog. We have considerable experience of High Street agencies, on-line agencies, Tour Ooperators (the dreaded Tour Operators Margin Scheme - TOMS) and Tour Organisers. We've arranged finance for bonds and written specifications for dedicated computer systems.

  • Tour Guides
  • Tour Operators
  • Travel Agents
        Wallpaper Distributors