Posts Tagged ‘Anna Madden’

Curo featured in Economia magazine

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

We’re delighted to be featured in this month’s Economia magazine, the official publication of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The article covers Curo’s early days, issues faced and how the business has expanded over the years. It also explains Curo’s unique approach to accountancy which has led to the firm being recognised as one of Worcestershire’s leading professional practices.

Here is a link to the feature – enjoy!

Curo Chartered Accountants

February 2014

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How to avoid a fake accountant

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Accountants are all the same, right?

Wrong.

Just about anyone who deals with numbers could call themselves an accountant. They don’t have to be trained or qualified in anything or be subject to monitoring from any recognised professional body.

Being ‘chartered’ means someone is professionally qualified and includes not only accountants but also surveyors and engineers. Chartered professionals have had to train to the highest standards there are and maintain a high degree of ethics and professional conduct. We’re also obliged to undertake regular technical training to ensure we can offer the best and most timely advice to our clients.

When you first come across an ‘accountant’, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) suggests asking:

  1. Are you a qualified chartered accountant?
  2. Do you offer the services and have the experience I need?
  3. Are you authorised to do audit work?

Some of the areas we can help businesses with include:

  • Planning your business, so accessing finance, preparing a business plan and advice on self-employment and limited company status
  • Starting your business – Tax advice for owner-managers and the employer aspects too, VAT, record keeping, forms and legal issues
  • Managing your business – we can advise on cash flow, budgeting, management accounts and employing staff
  • Expansion of the business – access to different types of funding, restructuring issues, exit planning

We also offer personal tax services from tax compliance and capital gains tax to estate planning and trusts.

Curo Chartered Accountants is also part of the ICAEW’s Business Advice Service. Chartered accountant members of this service offer a free hour’s advice to businesses and help guide them in their plans.  If you are interested in speaking with a qualified chartered accountant, please either get in touch direct on curo.info@curoca.co.uk or try the Business Advice Service on www.businessadviceservice.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Curo Chartered Accountants

January 2014.

When is an audit necessary?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Even if a company isn’t required to be audited by law, there can still be good reasons for appointing an auditor to undertake this exercise and produce an audit report.

Essentially, an audit provides reassurance that the figures in the financial statements are ‘true and fair’. Commercially speaking, this places the company in a strong position in the eyes of various stakeholders as a clean audit report lends more credibility to the accounts.

The audit requirements changed for companies with a year ending on or after 1 October 2012 and the changes are explained below.

If you would like to discuss how appointing an auditor could help your company, please contact Curo’s head of audit, Anna Madden on 01527 558539 or email Anna on anna.madden@curoca.co.uk.

Companies required by law to have an audit

The rules governing which companies are required to have an audit have changed. For company year ends ending on or after 1 October 2012, a company may qualify for an audit exemption if it is ‘small’. That means that it can satisfy 2 out of the following 3 criteria:

  • has assets worth no more than £3.26m
  • has an annual turnover of no more than £6.5m
  • has on average fewer than 51 employees

However, even if a company qualifies for an exemption based on the above criteria, it may still be required to undertake an audit after consideration of prior years’ results and group considerations. Additionally, some companies are specifically unable to take the exemption.

To discuss your audit options, contact Anna Madden, Curo’s head of audit on anna.madden@curoca.co.uk or call Anna on 01527 558539.

Curo Chartered Accountants grows by five new recruits

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Worcestershire-based Curo Chartered Accountants continues to grow at a rapid pace and has recently added five new recruits to its award-winning practice.

The team is now strengthened by further experienced technical staff for both the audit and taxation offerings.

Says Partner Anna Madden “We’ve been fortunate to recruit some excellent regional talent, including another ex ‘Big 4’ auditor and a returning staff member. Our offering to clients is stronger than it’s ever been and our recruitment drive is in response to a growing client portfolio”.

Curo’s expansion has continued throughout the recession and its latest growth corresponds with news that the economic recovery is gaining momentum across most sectors.

Continues Anna “What has helped us continue growing is sticking to a clear business plan, yet reacting quickly and positively to new opportunities in our market”..

Worcestershire Women of the Year finalists interviewed

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The Worcestershire Women of the Year awards lunch is taking place on 27 September. The finalists were filmed talking about their achievements to date and plans for the future. This can now be viewed on You Tube.

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Curo Chartered Accountants now in London

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

We’re delighted to announce that Curo Chartered Accountants now has a base in central London, making it easier for us to meet with our southern-based clients and contacts. We’re still based in our offices in Bromsgrove and it’s business as usual from all of the team.

Curo’s London address is in the heart of Mayfair (map here) and please get in touch if you’d prefer to meet us down in the city instead.

We look forward to continuing our expansion and servicing our exciting client base across the West Midlands, throughout the UK and beyond.

Curo Chartered Accountants
August 2013.

Curo staff summer party

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

 

Curo staff and families soaking up the sunshine

 

We were so fortunate to enjoy some glorious sunshine last Saturday when the partners invited all staff and their families for a BBQ.

The football bouncy castles were out, giant chess, jenga and table tennis and it was a great time spent relaxing, catching up and reflecting on how far Curo has come in eight years.

Gareth, Tom, Emily and Suzanne

We have a close knit team and are looking forward to the year ahead which includes lots of exciting plans for the practice. We’re still looking for some enthusiastic technical staff to assist us with our expanding client portfolio and help us continue to be one of the region’s highest calibre professional service providers.

Curo Chartered Accountants

July 2013

 

Curo is a Bromsgrove-based firm of Chartered Accountants.

Look who Anna bumped into last week at Wimbledon!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Curo’s head of audit, Anna Madden took a day off last week to watch some tennis at Wimbledon.

Here is Anna with two well-known faces!

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Audit exemption limits – does your company need an audit?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The rules governing which companies are required to have an audit have changed. For company year ends ending on or after 1 October 2012, a company may qualify for an audit exemption if it can satisfy 2 out of the following 3 criteria:

  • has assets worth no more than £3.26m
  • has an annual turnover of no more than £6.5m
  • has on average fewer than 51 employees

However, even if a company qualifies for an exemption based on the above criteria, it may still be required to undertake an audit if:

  • a shareholder owning at least 10% of the shares requests one or the company falls into one of the following categories:
    • a public company (unless it’s dormant)
    • a subsidiary company (unless it qualifies for an exception)
    • an authorised insurance company or carrying out insurance market activity
    • involved in banking or issuing e-money
    • a Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) investment firm or an Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) management company
    • a corporate body and it shares have been traded on a regulated market in a European state

Finally, some ‘exempt’ companies will elect to continue the audit process as they may believe it helps with access to finance, investment decisions and general PR.

To discuss your audit options, contact Anna Madden, Curo’s head of audit on anna.madden@curoca.co.uk or call Anna on 01527 558539.

Suzanne Blundell

Curo Chartered Accountants June 2013

 

 

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We’re looking for an administrative manager

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

We’re on the hunt for an administrative manager to join our expanding team. The role is full time and previous experience in a similar practice is an advantage.

The role will be based in Curo’s Bromsgrove office and you will be working with one of the region’s most dynamic and successful practices.

For more information about the role, please contact Anna Madden on anna.madden@curoca.co.uk or call Anna on 01527 558539.

Curo

May 2013.