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Emergent Crown


Emergent Crown may not be a household name to most of us, but the company is a major player in the world of office furniture. Across the UK, its desks, chairs and storage units can be found in thousands of offices, including medical centres and police stations.

The business can trace its history back to 1945, when metal and woodworking specialists Ernest Gill and Son began life in the village of Northowram, near Halifax. Emergent Crown itself was formed in 1988 in a collaboration between The Crown Suppliers (TCS), a government body supplying office furniture to the public sector, and Ernest Gill, to offer TCS goods and services to the private sector. Today clients include leading purchasing organisations, acting on behalf of consortia of Police Authorities, Health Authorities and Universities.

The two Halifax-based companies, which employ a total of around 80 people and have a combined turnover of several million pounds, are still family-run. That continuity also applies to their relationship with Lambert Roper & Horsfield.

Philip Gill joined Emergent Crown in 1988 and for as long as he can remember, the accountancy firm has been part of the business, dating back to the days when he recalls his father, Ronald, working with Keith Roper, father of David Roper, who deals with their affairs today.

With the day-to-day finances handled in-house, it is for expert advice and support on issues including accounts, audit and tax that Emergent Crown and Ernest Gill turn to Lambert Roper & Horsfield. Philip says: “We speak regularly, probably on a monthly basis, and there is always something to discuss or refine.

“For example, our accounting system is part of an integrated package based on manufacturing software, which also deals with issues like stock control. As a result, we can get variations that need a degree of interpretation and we will use David’s expertise to ensure that the information we have extracted is correct.”

David’s specialist knowledge is also useful in technical areas. For example, following a substantial investment of hundreds of thousands of pounds in a new piece of equipment, he will advise on setting cost recovery rates for the machine as well as its depreciation and overheads rates.

Lambert Roper & Horsfield’s advice is also called on when new business opportunities are under consideration. A few years ago, Emergent Crown was considering the acquisition of a competitor firm and although the company eventually decided not to proceed, David’s support was in the process was valuable.

Philip says: “Working with Lambert Roper & Horsfield means we benefit from the personal touch. They have an in-depth knowledge of our companies and the unique set of circumstances that make us different from the next business.”

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Only a few days are left to submit applications for the third SEISS grant

January 22nd, 2021

Any applications for the latest round of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) must be submitted by the deadline on 29 January 2021.

This grant offers a taxable support payment equal to 80 per cent of the average of three months’ trading profits (up to a maximum of £7,500) to eligible individuals.

If you believe that you are eligible for this grant, you should apply immediately.

Many of those who have previously used the scheme may still be eligible, as long as they are a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership, have trading profits of no more than £50,000 per year and meet the following criteria:

You must have traded in both tax years:

  • 2018/2019 and submitted your Self-Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
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You must also either:

  • Be currently trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to Coronavirus; or
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  • You reasonably believe there will be a significant reduction in your trading profits.

Further clarification on what constitutes reduced demand or a significant reduction in trading profits can be found on the GOV.UK website here.

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Funding via a fourth grant should be available soon, which will cover the period from February to April 2021. The details of this fourth grant, including its launch date and the amount of financial support available through it, are yet to be confirmed.

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