Monday, 23 December 2019

Minimum Wage for casual beaters on shoots

Running a shoot can be very enjoyable, although it does come with a number of pressures. Making sure that there’s enough healthy game and praying for the right weather conditions are just a couple of worries, and then there are the financial commitments, such as the Minimum Wage for casual beaters on shoots.


Friday, 20 December 2019

BLOG - Top 10 things to include in an Information Memorandum for prospective buyers

An Information Memorandum is a document shared with parties interested in buying your business. Typically, these parties have already signed a confidentiality agreement, and this is the first time that the identity of your business is revealed.


Thursday, 12 December 2019

Primary Care Networks – what next?

Now that Primary Care Networks (PCN) have been up and running for several months, I’m writing a series of blogs around this topic. Part 1: The Clinical Director.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Our political leaders promise spend, spend, spend!

When writing last month’s blog, the political world was in a state of flux. I was looking forward to Sajid Javid’s Budget, an orderly Brexit and everything being rosy. At the time of writing, the Labour party has just published its manifesto and the Conservative manifesto is due to be published over the weekend.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019


A new round of Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grants was announced on 4 November.


Thursday, 05 December 2019

BLOG - Top 10 tax considerations when selling a business

Tax considerations can be vital in a business sale. The ability to structure a sale on a tax-efficient basis is central to maximising shareholder value. A review of the position in advance of marketing a business for sale may identify opportunities which can be capitalised on or risks which can be dealt with.


Friday, 29 November 2019

Disbursements for VAT purposes in the law profession

When you make payments on behalf of your customers, for goods or services received and used by them, you might be able to treat these payments as ‘disbursements’ for VAT purposes. 


Thursday, 28 November 2019

Regional nursery provider goes into liquidation

The Great Yarmouth Community Trust, which runs nurseries and days centres in Norfolk and Suffolk, is to go into liquidation.


Thursday, 28 November 2019

Amalgamation of Larking Gowen’s Dereham and Fakenham offices

As part of our long-term commitment to build bigger and better specialist teams, to help and support our clients, Larking Gowen has taken the decision to combine our Dereham and Fakenham offices.


Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Employers and the National Minimum Wage rules: don’t get caught out

Falling foul of the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage rules is all too easy, and for most employers, it’s an innocent oversight that will catch them out.


Monday, 25 November 2019

What’s the right price for farmland?

Land, of any sort, is difficult to value. As accountants, we often have to value assets of one sort or another, and there are various tools that we can use to do so. However, none of these tools is particularly helpful when we look at farmland.


Friday, 22 November 2019

UK farming and subsidies: a kiwi comparison (part two)

Last week, Laurie Hill looked at how New Zealand farmers pushed through a period of harsh economic set-backs in the 1980s to become a world leader in agriculture exports. Now he discusses whether UK farming can learn any lessons from that New Zealand experience.


Friday, 22 November 2019

Larking Gowen wins Norfolk’s top employer award

Larking Gowen is delighted to be named Best Employer in this year's Norfolk Business Awards. The firm was shortlisted for the award last month along with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Holkham and


Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Holding effective business meetings

We all know the feeling of being in a business meeting we couldn’t see any benefit in attending. We’re stuck in a loop of people discussing (or arguing) their side of the story. All structure has gone out of the window and the only bright side is the offering of biscuits, presumably to give a sugar boost to get everybody through safely to the end!


Friday, 15 November 2019

UK farming and subsidies: a kiwi comparison (part one)

Laurie Hill discusses UK farming subsidies, and compares the tough economic pressures facing farmers in the UK to the difficulties faced by New Zealand farmers when they lost their subsidies in the 1980s. 


Thursday, 14 November 2019

Wills and probate: a recent lesson

It was worrying to read recently that Lloyds Bank has discovered thousands of customers’ wills stored in its ‘safe custody’ service, which was closed to new customers in 2011. This situation is a good reminder to anyone making a will or who already has a will.  Read on for advice on avoiding the pitfalls.


Tuesday, 05 November 2019

What are the major parties’ tax policies?

Sajid Javid had intended to deliver his first Budget on 6 November 2019, but, with a general election now looming, this has been delayed, probably into the new year. If he does get the opportunity to deliver his post-Brexit Budget, he will set out the plan to shape the economy for the future and trigger the start of our infrastructure revolution.


Monday, 04 November 2019

NEWS - Experian MarketIQ UK & ROI League Tables 2019

Published recently, the Experian Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) report for Q3 of 2019 ranked Larking Gowen’s Corporate Finance team joint second by deal volume in the region, with the firm advising on 14 deals in the East of England.


Friday, 25 October 2019

Land and property: who owns what?

Most landowners know exactly what the family owns, including the finer details of boundaries, tenancies and history. However, they may be less clear about exactly who owns which property and what’s on the business balance sheet. It’s not uncommon for someone to think they own land, when in fact it’s still held in the names of grandparents’ executors, or for them to think it’s owned jointly with a spouse when that’s not the case.


Friday, 18 October 2019

New SRA Accounts Rules

Our recent blogs have discussed the new SRA rules, to be implemented from 25 November. As the date is creeping ever closer, let’s consider them once again.


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Larking Gowen shortlisted for Best Employer in the Norfolk Business Awards

Larking Gowen are proud to announce that we’ve been shortlisted as one of four finalists in the category of “Best Employer” in the Norfolk Business Awards hosted by the Eastern Daily Press.


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Local accountancy firm helps local RSPCA branch raise funds whilst doing their bit for the environment

Following a rebrand in 2019 Larking Gowen found themselves with an excess of old branded canvas bags. As the bags are great quality, rather than leave them to waste, Larking Gowen are pleased to announce that two local charities have benefited from the donation. 


Tuesday, 08 October 2019

VAT planning for Brexit

With the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we’ve spoken to businesses with a wide range of approaches towards no-deal Brexit planning. As a result, we’ve outlined a number of simple and no-lose steps that businesses can take to make sure they have an idea of the potential impact of Brexit from a VAT and duty perspective.


Wednesday, 02 October 2019

Making Tax Digital

We’re now well into the new regime for Making Tax Digital for VAT registered businesses over £85,000 (the current registration limit). The problems and chaos predicted didn’t come to much and HMRC even relaxed some of the rules for filing VAT. 


Thursday, 26 September 2019

SRA Accounts Rules 2019 – The practical bit

Following on from Richard’s previous blog, what do the new Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Accounts Rules mean for you in practice?


Friday, 13 September 2019

HMRC Announce 12 month delay to introduction of the Domestic Reverse Charge for VAT

On Friday 6 September, HMRC issued Revenue and Customs Brief 10 (2019) announcing that the introduction of the Domestic Reverse Charge for construction services will be delayed for a period of 12 months, until 1 October 2020.

With just weeks to go to the introduction, HMRC have now responded to the concerns raised by industry representatives around the impact of the new measures.


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

BLOG - Top 10 benefits of a management buy-out over a trade sale

An MBO, or management buy-out, occurs when a business is sold to its existing management team. A trade sale is when a business is sold to another, often competing, business. In this blog I explain some key benefits of an MBO.


Monday, 09 September 2019

HMRC Preferential Status

On Budget day, all eyes are typically focused on potential tax increases, the state of play of UK finances and whether there will be a rabbit pulled from the hat which shocks and surprises us all.


Friday, 30 August 2019

Larking Gowen welcomes new apprenticeship students in Norfolk and Suffolk

Larking Gowen is pleased to welcome new trainees to the firm. The students, who will be based across Norfolk and Suffolk, will each be completing either their AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) or ACA (Association of Qualified Accountants) apprenticeship with the firm.


Thursday, 29 August 2019

Research and Development tax credit – the highest gross margin project you’ll undertake?

There’s a common misconception that your company has to be involved in rocket science to be eligible for Research and Development (R&D) tax credit


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