Exam Success!

Congratulations to Simon McDonagh & Mark Johnson on qualifying as Chartered Accountants!

Simon & Mark are Seniors within our Business Services Department undertaking accounts preparation and audit for Hart Shaw’s varied Client list.

They have worked hard whilst studying towards the qualification and it is very well deserved.

 We look forward to them enjoying a successful career here at Hart Shaw.



Welcome to Beth & Fern!

Hart Shaw are pleased to welcome Beth McNeal & Fern Hitchen, who are both with us on placement from Sheffield Hallam University.

They have joined the Business Services Department & will contribute to the accounts production for Hart Shaw’s expanding Client list.

Beth: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Hart Shaw so far and have settled in very well, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It’s a great work environment to be a part of and I have learned so much already. “

They are a great addition to the team & have a couple of months to settle in before Business Services embark on their busiest time – Academy Season!




Hart Shaw are now accredited partners of Xero, a cloud based accounting software aimed at Small Businesses.

By using Xero you are able to keep your accounts up to date in real time by directly and securely linking to internet banking & other software applications.

As your accountants, we are able to access your accounts remotely & give assistance when needed rather than scheduling an appointment at your premises or ours.

You are able to access your accounts wherever you are on phone, tablet, laptop – all you need is an internet connection.

If you are interested in learning more about Xero, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Johnson on 0114 251 8850 or mark.johnson@hartshaw.co.uk




Hart Shaw’s annual ‘Fun Day’ had a slightly different approach this year, and turned into a ‘fun month’ of fundraising for our 2 charities; St Luke’s Hospice & The Alzheimer’s Society.

Staff were divided into 8 teams & each given £10 seed money to turn into as much money as possible to be donated to the charities. This was met with great excitement & each team quickly came together to come up with ideas.

There was an array of food on offer in the Hart Shaw kitchen throughout the month of June; there were breakfast sandwiches, bake sales, samosa sales, even an all you can eat lunch buffet! Not only was the fundraising pot expanding, but most people’s waistlines too!

It wasn’t all food though, some teams played hosts to a Poker Night, Pub Quiz & different games around the office. Sophie Barnett, Tax Assistant, decided to hold a raffle & got a great list of prizes donated by the wonderful shops & restaurants in Meadowhall. Staff even took advantage of the warm weather & held a car wash!

There were some individual sacrifices too. Simon McDonagh, Business Services Senior, decided to give into the balding process & agreed to shave his head for donations. Ross Cawthorne, IT Assistant, Damian McDonagh & Michael Elvin, both in the Business Services Department, had their legs waxed for donations. You could even donate a little extra to pull a strip off yourself!

The most anticipated & well attended event though was Hart Shaw’s Senior Partner, Paul Dawson, taking a seat outside for wet sponges to be thrown at him!

All in all, this was a great month of Fundraising & there was a real buzz around the office. Hart Shaw managed to raise a huge £1,861.25 which has been split between the 2 charities.

As a thank you & celebration of all their Fundraising efforts, Staff enjoyed an afternoon at Doncaster Races to let their hair down & socialise with each other.

I wonder what next year will bring……


Autumn Statement 2015 – further detail

Following draft legislation published on 9th December 2015, we have produced the attached document Autumn Statement 2015 - update - December 2015to provide you with more detail on specific areas included in the summary.

The further details cover the following areas:

  • Dividend allowance
  • Personal savings allowance
  • Employment taxes – trivial benefits
  • Employment taxes – intermediaries and travel and subsistence
  • Replacement of wear and tear allowance
  • Non UK domiciles
  • Simple assessment

Download our further information summary here.


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Research & Development – making claims easier for smaller and medium companies

The government views investment in research & development (R&D) as a key to economic

Download the 'Research & Development' briefing here

Download the ‘Research & Development’ briefing here

success. It is therefore committed to encouraging more smaller and medium sized (SME) companies to claim R&D tax relief. Claims by SMEs for enhanced tax deductions have more than doubled over the last five years and claims for cash repayments have increased by 126% in 2014/14 from 2012/13.

The recently published government plan to improve access to R&D highlights the need for more SME companies to understand what relief is available and how the process of claiming tax relief works. Recent changes to R&D scheme rates have increased the relief available so a clear understanding is needed to ensure that companies are aware of how the tax rules work.


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Changes and choices for micro company financial accounts

Over the next year or so the statutory accounts that small companies have to prepare and send to Companies House are changing because of revision to the Companies Act and some connected changes

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Download the ‘Changes and choices’ briefing here.

to UK Accounting Standards, often referred to as UKGAAP.

Smaller limited companies (known as ‘micro-entities’) will often be able to choose between two version of UKGAAP, one of which is considerably simpler than the other. However, companies which are ‘small’ but not small enough to be micro-entities will not be able to take advantage of this option.

To find out more download our latest briefing.

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