October 30th, 2012 / Insight posted in

Specialist services

If your association is facing change, for example developing new services or activities, or planning a merger, a review of your governance structure and operating systems is often an essential first step. We have helped many organisations to plan change in terms of: company law compliance, staffing and other resource requirements, stakeholder buy-in through consultation, market research and marketing strategy, budgeting, business planning and fundraising.

Our team of specialist partners and experts can solve complex tax and VAT issues for you. We can undertake ‘health-check’ reviews of VAT, PAYE and corporate tax compliance as well as reviewing the association’s tax structure to ensure you take advantage of all available tax exemptions on profits from trading with members.

Access to timely and accurate management information is vital in ensuring the right decisions are taken at the right time. To facilitate this we have a dedicated team available to work closely with your in-house resource to undertake bookkeeping, management accounting and payroll functions.

For most Trade Associations, statutory or internal audits are a necessity. Our audits are planned to give value for money as we endeavour to use the process to identify opportunities where changes can be made to improve performance as well as providing a robust review of the efficiency of the association.

Our services for Trade Associations are completely bespoke. In some instances, clients want us to provide services to their members and at other times directly for themselves. As outsourced HR Advisors for Trade Associations, we provide practical HR advice and on-site support whenever it is needed – from help with employment contracts, handbooks and policies to ensure that you and your members always have the right documentation in place, through to providing support on any employment, performance or payroll issues that arise in the workplace.

By working closely with clients, our team provides a full range of IT advisory services to help you get the best from the rapidly changing world of technology. Our services include helping you to run your technology economically, effectively and assisting in providing protection to all your information.

Our specialist outsourcing team (Kingston Smith Association Management) provides key secretariat and administrative functions to not for profit organisations, bringing financial savings and improving efficiency. We can provide the complete secretariat solution: membership database administration; management accounting; conference and event management; website management; newsletter production and servicing meetings. We can also assist by providing expertise for specific projects or events.

We are in a unique position to provide trade associations with a cost-effective online membership and e-commerce package.

We have considerable skill and experience in advising Trade Associations on strategies for diversifying their income streams and enhancing offerings to the membership. For example: developing corporate relationships; helping with the process to obtain grant funding for publications and statutory contracts; strategies for developing earned income streams such as training and consulting services.

Using our marketing expertise, clients have been able to reach more members and users, and to raise awareness of their work among the wider public. Similarly, using our management services, clients have been able to refocus their mission and aims, and put appropriate structures and resources in place to deliver them.