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Whiteley’s (Leaded Lights) Ltd.

Double glazing firm bosses Mark Thornton and Richard Little say they have never looked back since becoming Lambert Roper & Horsfield clients. Now they are looking forward to a bright future, which includes plans for a move to bigger premises.

Mark and Richard both joined Leeds-based Whiteley’s (Leaded Lights) Ltd, a family-owned business founded in 1981, straight from school. They worked their way up through the company and when the Whiteley family decided to sell, they bought the business in April 2003.

During the buy-out, they were represented by a Halifax-based accountant. When he suffered serious ill health a year or so later, which prevented him continuing his work, he put them in touch with Lambert Roper & Horsfield, where they have developed an excellent working relationship with Keith Lyons.

Mark says: “We’ve never looked back since meeting Keith. Richard and I had a shop floor background and were relatively new to running a business, so we had lots of questions and queries. Keith was very accommodating and broke it all down for us in a very simple way, without ever being condescending.”

The business, which employs 13 staff, sells mainly to the trade and prides itself in its expertise and experience in leaded lights – the modern equivalent of stained glass. Day-to-day financial issues and payroll are dealt with in-house, with Keith providing six-monthly management accounts, annual accounts, advice on tax issues – for example, the benefits of taking dividends rather than salary – and wide-ranging business coaching.

Mark particularly values the way Keith uses clear, user-friendly charts, graphs and tables to present financial information in the management accounts or to illustrate the relationship between percentage changes in pricing and the resulting profits, for example. He says: “It’s really simple and that’s the way we like it.

“Keith doesn’t say you should do this or that but he explains all the implications of the different choices and leaves us to make up our own minds. That advisory role is really useful, so now that we’re thinking about moving to bigger premises in a couple of years, with a trade counter, we’ll talk to Keith about whether to buy or lease.

“The service we get from Lambert Roper & Horsfield is very proactive and very efficient. When we started working with Keith we weren’t very clued up about running a business, so we were a bit of a blank canvas for him – but I think he’s enjoyed the experience!”

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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
  • 2019/2020.

You must also either:

  • Be currently trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to Coronavirus; or
  • Have been trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to Coronavirus.

You must also declare that:

  • You intend to continue trading; and
  • 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.

You cannot claim the grant if you trade through a limited company as a director or you operate through a trust.

To confirm your eligibility and to make an application, please use the link below:

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Those who have used the scheme previously or intend to apply for the latest grant should be aware that all SEISS grants are taxable in the 2020/21 tax year.

This means that no element of the SEISS grants should be reported on a 2019/20 Self-Assessment tax return, which should be filed by 31 January 2021.

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.

Claims for the SEISS have to made by the taxpayer themselves and cannot be made by agents, such as accountants.

However, if you need support preparing a claim for the SEISS, we can assist you.

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