Yearly Archives: 2019

Champion passes £25m milestone in R&D claims

July 19th, 2019

Champion Accountants has helped its SME clients secure £25million of tax relief through the government’s Research & Development (R&D) tax credit scheme. The accountancy group, with practices in Manchester, Chester, Preston and Blackpool, maintains its 100% success rate, with every R&D claim submitted to date resulting in a tax benefit or cash payment for its […]

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It’s the big 5-0 for the Champion of accountancy training

July 3rd, 2019

Here at Champion, we’ve shown our commitment to development, career progression and upskilling of local talent by reaching the milestone of 50 industry qualifications achieved by our staff in the last five years. Our group of practices offer young people the opportunity to build successful careers, supporting them throughout professional exams, whilst also giving trainees the chance to earn a competitive […]

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Tax spotlight: Transferring property to your spouse

July 2nd, 2019

Transferring property between spouses is a popular way of maximising rental income. Often, the owner will transfer the property if their partner is in a lower Income Tax band, as any rental income will be taxed at a lower rate, resulting in a better return on investment. Transferring ownership, or part-ownership, also has advantages in terms of […]

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R&D myth busting – what is eligible?

June 26th, 2019

Businesses are missing out on substantial tax savings because they’re unaware of what counts towards a Research and Development (R&D) tax relief claim. Many still wrongly believe that R&D only applies to scientific industries, when in reality, eligible activities can, and do, span a variety of sectors. Government research looking at R&D claims by industry […]

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Champion named red rose county’s best accountancy firm

June 21st, 2019

What a superb night it was for Champion Accountants recently, after we were named Financial Services Firm of the Year at the Lancashire Business Awards 2019. With practices in Preston and Blackpool, we’ve a rich history supporting businesses across Lancashire, with us working with a number of family owned companies through multiple generations of ownership and supporting others from start-up right […]

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It’s the final countdown… for PPI claims

June 11th, 2019

You may have noticed a recent surge in publicity surrounding Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), and that’s because claim management companies are ramping up their efforts to act on your behalf before time runs out to make a claim. The deadline for submitting a claim for compensation for missold PPI is 29th August 2019. With billions of pounds set aside by financial institutions […]

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Chester accountants champion staff growth

May 30th, 2019

Chester accountancy practice, Champion Accountants, has laid the foundation for further growth of its specialist Trust and Estate Tax service following the promotion of Claire Lightowler. Claire’s remit as Trust and Estate Tax Manager is to act as the key point of contact between trustees, executors, solicitors and HMRC. Her responsibilities within the new role […]

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Cyber-attacks: The silent threat to businesses

Dan Maloney, managing director at Champion Insurance Group, explains how to protect your business from the consequences of a cyber- attack. In current times, it is crucial for all businesses, regardless of size, to be aware of cybercrime. Although the media tend to focus on cases involving large scale corporations, such as the 2015 TalkTalk […]

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Making the most of staff costs in your R&D claim

May 28th, 2019

Introduced by the Government in 2000 as an incentive to promote innovation, Research and Development (R&D) tax credits provide tax relief for eligible activities carried out by UK businesses. Tax relief is calculated based on the company’s spend on R&D, providing relief of up to 230% on qualifying activities. You can claim under the SME […]

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Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief… What counts?

May 24th, 2019

We know that Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief isn’t simple. Time after time, many of the businesses that we talk to about R&D relief have the same misconceptions about what they can claim for, such as: We pay a lot of rent on our premises… that will form a huge part of our R&D claim. As […]

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