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Champion Accountants Client Manager shortlisted in top finance award

May 16th, 2019

We were extremely excited when our own David Herd was shortlisted for Insider’s Young Accountant of the Year, and whilst he may not have taken home top prize on the night, we are hugely proud to have David recognised amongst the North West’s best young talent. The Young Professionals Awards celebrate those under the age […]

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Champion retains Platinum ACCA accreditation

February 27th, 2019

Leading SME advisors, Champion Accountants, has retained its Platinum Learning Partner Status from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), demonstrating its continued commitment to staff training and development. The ACCA’s Approved Employer Programme recognises employers with outstanding training programmes and those providing the highest level of support to their trainees in order to achieve […]

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Donations that count this Christmas

December 17th, 2018

Christmas is the season of giving and our offices have been working hard to make sure that those less fortunate receive some festive cheer. Rather than giving one another Secret Santa presents this year, our Preston practice has instead donated the equivalent £55 that they would have spent on gifts for one another to The […]

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R&D Tax Relief claims: The latest figures from HMRC

December 10th, 2018

Claims for R&D tax relief are on the rise according to new statistics released by HMRC, demonstrating that more businesses are seeing the value in the government incentive scheme. R&D tax credits were introduced in 2000 to encourage investment in innovation, allowing businesses to claim tax relief on eligible activities and qualifying research and development […]

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Banking Switch Scheme explained

December 4th, 2018

Many business owners are still in the dark about the Business Banking Switch Scheme, so let us explain what the new incentive means for SMEs. The Business Banking Switch Scheme was set up by the government following the financial crisis, as part of the bailout of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). As a result, […]

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Making the most of R&D tax relief

November 30th, 2018

So many businesses are overlooking research and development (R&D) tax relief, not realising that they could be eligible for the Government incentive, which can help to reduce your Corporation Tax bill or provide a cash repayment on the money invested. In fact, according to figures from HMRC, only 26,255 (0.3 per cent) of SMEs are […]

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Championing long service

November 6th, 2018

We’re celebrating an even richer staff history across our network of offices in Manchester, Chester, Preston and Blackpool, as more of our team reached the milestone of 10 years’ service with Champion. This now brings the total number of our staff recording more than a decade with us to 39, with a combined service of […]

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Champion Accountants expands R&D tax team

October 31st, 2018

Champion Accountants’ Manchester office has welcomed group tax planning associate, Martin Frain, into its specialist Research & Development (R&D) team to support the growth in tax relief claims. Martin played a key role in Champion Contractors’ expansion into Scotland earlier this year and spent the past six months coordinating the opening of its new Falkirk […]

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Blackpool laces up for three pier walk

October 1st, 2018

Our Blackpool office recently joined racers, runners and walkers to raise more than £3,000 for local charity, N-Vision. The annual three pier walk gives participants the option to run or walk either three, five or six miles, looping the distance between each of Blackpool’s South, Central and North Piers. The sponsored event raises vital funds […]

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MYTH BUSTING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) TAX RELIEF

September 6th, 2018

What is R&D tax relief? The Government tax relief rewards innovation by enabling businesses to reclaim part of their investment on research and development activities, through a reduction in corporation tax liabilities or a cash repayment from HMRC. Do I qualify? To qualify for the SME R&D tax credit scheme, you must be a UK […]

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