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Valuation Services

We provide valuations for tax purposes, commercial valuations and valuations in the context of dispute resolution.

Tax valuations

We deal with the complex issues surrounding the valuation of assets for fiscal purposes and work to achieve a beneficial outcome for our clients as well as to satisfy the requirements of the tax authorities. We can prepare all types of valuations and negotiate as appropriate with the relevant tax authorities, for both businesses and private clients.

Corporate finance valuations

We have advised on the sale of many businesses across various sectors, we monitor and track deal activity and we review the growth capital market and produce a quarterly update of our findings. We will work closely with you to establish a realistic valuation of your business.

Forensic accounting services – business valuations

Our forensic accounting team provides consultancy and expert witness services to parties involved in business and financial disputes concerning criminal cases and professional regulatory matters, both in the UK and internationally. We can enable you to reach a satisfactory outcome in any type of valuation dispute.

Find out more information about our services using the links. If you need advice on valuations, please get in touch.

Digital Transformation

With the pandemic accelerating the rate of change and business leaders needing to proactively manage across multiple scenarios, we work alongside our clients to help them evolve their businesses to meet their customers’ changing needs.

We understand that it’s never been more important to be able to get real-time data to critically evaluate performance, anticipate trends and plan for the future. Competitive advantage comes from being able to rapidly interrogate the right data to get the right information.

At Moore Kingston Smith we start with insight. As highly skilled accountants and auditors, we are uniquely placed to identify what insights our clients need and then help them to join up all the necessary technological pieces. Crucially we understand the culture of our clients’ businesses across all of the sectors in which we operate and excel at change management to ensure the digital transformation runs smoothly and resonates deeply.

We pride ourselves in our ability to achieve quick wins by helping our clients to optimise their existing platforms, but are equally adept at developing entire digital strategies with brand new operating systems and transformative new technologies.

We leverage the partnerships we have developed with software and hardware providers along with one of the world’s leading outsourcing companies for maximum benefit.

Our wide ranging digital transformation services include:

  • Investment and strategic analytics
  • Data visualisation, discovery and big data
  • Process review and automation
  • Data engineering and architecture
  • Data governance
  • Change management

Insights

–  Moore Kingston Smith make Real-Time Advisory (RTA) a reality
–  How to implement AI in your practice
–  Digital strategy in a post-COVID world: reimagining business and operational priorities for the future

Research and Development (R&D)

The UK has one of the most attractive R&D tax credit regimes in the world. It is designed to reward business innovation and boost intellectual property across the country. However, many small and medium-sized businesses are unaware of the schemes and thus missing out on a vital source of funding.

Our specialist team of scientists, engineers and tax advisers are here to help.  From identifying surprising activities that qualify as research and development to considering additional tax implications,  we take care of everything, leaving you to concentrate on running your business.

Just some of the areas that qualify as research and development are:

  • Software development
  • Outsourced innovation
  • Research costs
  • Product development
  • Working in collaboration on a project
  • Trialling-related costs and prototypes
  • Process development (or improvements to manufacturing processes)

Strategic Growth Services

When was the last time you took a step back and thought about running your business? We’re not talking about the day-to-day management, but your goals and aspirations? As the old saying goes, if you don’t know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else. And, even if you do know where you’re going, do you know where you are now – your starting point?

We know it’s hard to step away from the day-to-day running of your organisation, but it’s vital. Ensuring you have a defined, clear and measurable strategy is the most likely route to achieving your ultimate goals, whether they are profit related, driven by a sale, personal aspirations or a change in circumstances.

Our advisers specialise in improvement and growth, helping our clients not only develop a strategy completely aligned to their goals, but most importantly supporting them to deploy and manage change.

We use our KS360 diagnostic tool to give you a situation report on where your business is, right now. From then on our approach begins with the end in mind helping clients define goals, identify target audiences and ensure they are being presented with a proposition that resonates with them in a powerful way. We use business insight and real-time data to measure effectiveness of sales functions and delivery to clients in a profitable way. In terms of operations, naturally we are experts in financial analytics, but we can also support your people function, which can very often have a huge impact on output. And we can help you grow, if that’s what you want, making sure that when you scale-up you already have the foundations in place.

To find out how our strategic advisory service can improve your organisation and propel you towards your goals, download our brochure or get in touch.

 

 

Controls Assurance, Risk Management & Technology Advisory

Moore Kingston Smith Consulting (MKSC) provides governance, controls and technology risk management advice and assurance. Failures in any of these areas can affect an organisation’s brand and reputation, not to mention the legal and regulatory ramifications. We provide our clients with a high level of independent assurance and audit regarding their risk management and compliance policies, procedures and practices. MKSC operates in a number of sectors, including financial services, gaming, healthcare and marketing services companies. We also work for entrepreneurial businesses, charities and not-for-profit sector clients.

Corporate Finance

Truly expert advice

Getting the right outcome from any deal is critical. Whether you’re selling, borrowing, merging, expanding or buying. And having the trust and confidence that you’re making the right decision is priceless.

At Moore Kingston Smith we draw on the full expertise from across the firm, as well as our global reach, to help you achieve your goals and to build value. We do this by expertly finding you the partner that gives you the right strategic fit and on the terms that suit you best. And we make sure you get exactly what you’re expecting.

Business owners or financial institutions

We work with owners selling or seeking finance options for their business, as well as a vast global network of buyers, investors and financial institutions.

End to end support

Our expertise and reach means we’re on hand with practical advice and support whenever and wherever you need us, working with colleagues across the firm to give you fully integrated advice. We help some clients throughout the whole lifecycle of their business. With others it’s to guide them through a transaction.

What remains the same is our dedication to helping those we work with to thrive. Both now and in the future.

Business Recovery & Insolvency

At Moore Kingston Smith Licensed Insolvency Practitioners, we support our clients through the tough times as well as the good times. So if you are facing challenges – such as performance dips, mounting debt or reduced cash flow – we can help.

Our expert restructuring team has decades of experience in creating positive outcomes from difficult situations. And the sooner you call us, the greater our chances of guiding you towards a successful recovery.

As Licensed Insolvency Practitioners, we have long-standing relationships with banks, alternative funders, key suppliers, landlords and HMRC and can handle negotiations on your behalf. You can trust us to secure the optimal commercial solution for you or your business whether via a solvent or insolvent route. And at every stage, you’ll find us straight-talking, empathic and flexible.

Our restructuring and recovery services include:

The business recovery and insolvency team works closely with the corporate finance team, who assists with restructuring advisory and mergers & acquisitions.  Moore Kingston Smith is a member of Moore Global Network Limited, one of the world’s leading global accounting and advisory networks.

Fee Protection

Tax investigations and queries initiated by HMRC are expensive, time-consuming and stressful. Our fee protection services allow us to resolve most queries direct with HMRC on your behalf, at no cost to you.

All your professional fees are covered up to £125,000 and that generally includes any queries related to directors or partners, and their spouses, in your business too.

To purchase our fee protection service please click here. The terms of our fee protection are provided here.

If you would like to speak to an adviser about our fee protection service, please contact feeprotectionservice@mks.co.uk

Financial Planning

When it comes to your finances, do you have a plan for the future? If so, does your plan meet or exceed your financial expectations and will it continue to be appropriate in terms of risk, should there be a change in circumstances? More often than not, people haven’t taken appropriate steps to address their financial planning.

How we can help you

We can provide you with a succinct financial planning service that will identify your specific and general financial objectives and create a clear strategy that will allow these objectives to be met.

We take a holistic approach to financial planning, coordinating input from financial, tax and legal specialists to take account of your full circumstances, and giving special consideration to risk and tax issues. This enables us to provide you with a clear and tailored strategy to deliver improvement across a range of parameters.

As we are totally independent and work on an agreed fee basis, we are able to provide you with the most suitable solutions, utilising the products and services from carefully selected UK and international financial institutions.

Our financial planning services include:

Financial advice is provided by Moore Kingston Smith Financial Advisers Limited, an appointed representative of Best Practice IFA Group Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA does not regulate some forms of buy to lets, commercial mortgages, tax advice, wills, trusts or certain offshore investments.

Moore Kingston Smith Financial Advisers Limited, a limited company registered in England and Wales, no. 07694501. Click here for our terms and conditions.

Moore Kingston Smith Financial Advisers (MKSFA) are Chartered Independent Financial Planners, as awarded by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) the leading professional body for financial planners. Find out more about what chartered status means.

Forensic Accounting

Moore Kingston Smith’s highly respected forensic accounting team has decades of experience to call upon, in complex cases ranging from listed companies to privately owned businesses and individuals. We provide expert witness, advisory and investigation services and have given evidence in the High Court, Family Court, Crown Court and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), as well as in arbitral and disciplinary tribunals. We also have extensive experience of acting in alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediations and expert determinations.

Feedback from our clients is that we write clear and comprehensive reports, which are measured and credible. Where we are providing advisory services, we ensure our advice is pragmatic and focused, so as to enable our clients to achieve the best possible outcome. Our forensic accounting services include:

Restructuring Solutions

Time and time again, it’s the most adaptable and entrepreneurial businesses who have the highest chance of surviving tough times. The businesses who endure are those who focus on building value as well as protecting it. Those who read the marketplace and find their niche in it. Those who move with the times and stay current.

If, like so many SMEs right now, you are in the throes of reimagining your future, you’ll be having to find your own way through this. Every SME is individual and what works for your nearest competitor won’t necessarily work for you.

At Moore Kingston Smith, our market intelligence tells us that SMEs are tackling this in different ways. Some are considering some kind of turnaround approach to salvage their bottom line. Some are re-evaluating their aims and objectives and trying to find a toe-hold in the new unfamiliar landscape. Some are looking at overhauling their structure to meet the requirements of the new normal.

Some are way ahead, having already changed their direction, knowing where they’re heading. Others simply don’t know where to start and need a steering hand.

At Moore Kingston Smith, we’ve helped many owners safeguard their business during rocky periods. For example, in the last financial crisis, some of our team were here to guide clients through it, while others were actually managing businesses themselves, and survived.

Whether your business has only 50 employees or its own dedicated finance department, we can give you the level of assistance that you need. You might just need reassurance that you are, in fact, doing all the right things. Or you might be concerned that your cash resources won’t see you through your various forecast scenarios. Or you might need specialist hands-on consultancy in several areas of your business.

Whatever level of support you need, we will help you not only survive but thrive. Our business plan pressure test will reassure you that your business is on the right track and that you’re all set. Alternatively, you might need to reset your business for growth, with us assessing your current situation and drawing up an action plan to get you through the immediate to mid-term future.

Contact us for a no-obligation confidential conversation about your business circumstances and how we can help you.

Family business

Helping family-run enterprises realise their ambitions

Running a family business comes with some unique challenges. Your business isn’t just about the financials and keeping shareholders happy, after all. It’s highly personal. Every decision means considering the needs of your family, too — now and in the future.

How we can help

We help family-run businesses realise their ambitions. We can help you put a growth plan in place, support your day-to-day decisions, advise on ways to preserve your business, and ensure you pass on your business and assets to the next generation in the smartest possible way.

A team you can trust

Our multidisciplinary Family Business team have decades of experience working with some of the UK’s most successful family-run enterprises. Comprising tax, legal and advisory experts, we’re dedicated advocates of family-run businesses and the benefits you bring to the economy and communities you serve. We work with family-run enterprises at all stages of growth — whether you’re just starting out, looking to expand, or thinking about retirement.

Our services

  • Family and wealth governance
  • Succession and continuity planning
  • Managing competing demands and visions
  • Generational transition
  • Tax efficient renumeration planning
  • Legal documents including wills, lasting power of attorney, shareholder agreements and family charters
  • Modernising a legacy family business
  • Creating charitable trusts
  • Digital strategy and cyber security

To talk to us about how we can help your family business, reach out to Sylvia Vitiello, lead partner.

Global Mobility

Maximise the efficiency of your cross-border workforce

As an SME with international operations, you can rely on us to handle the essentials of your expatriate tax, social security and international reward planning, as well as compliance, audit and bookkeeping.

However, it is your responsibility to ensure each international secondment is as successful as possible. There are the standard considerations of visas, permits, logistics and cross-cultural training but the actual key to deploying your employees effectively is more complex.

Whether you are seconding someone abroad or hosting an international employee in your country, it is crucial to know how each assignment fits into the global landscape. This might be identifying work motivation across cultures, the specific challenges of managing virtual global teams or strategies for building successful cross-border teams, to name but a few areas.

Our global mobility experts conduct extensive country profiling, drawing out the fundamentals, dynamics and subtle nuances of the relevant country’s society and culture. Even between neighbouring countries, these can vary widely – for example, the underlying fabric of society, behavioural norms and perceptions of timing, civil freedoms, equality and diversity. Then there are Coronavirus and Brexit adding further complications.

Here are some of the main areas we can help you with:

  • Understanding potential concerns about your business’s global footprint and managing regulatory issues appropriately.
  • Designing a strategy for managing your global teams and building mutual knowledge.
  • Planning your intra-company cross-border coordination and communication.
  • Briefing your employees about practical, and often sensitive, cultural differences before they go.
  • Developing your own awareness of cultural considerations in other locations by identifying unknown risks and hidden costs.

Having good relations with the host country is largely influenced by work culture and the behaviour of the secondee. Essentially, we help you develop global management skills so you can then mobilise your staff on this basis. Your employees will avoid conflicts and your business will enjoy a good reputation.

Contact us for a free no-obligation consultation.

Fundraising & Management

We want to support our clients as much as possible during this very uncertain time. Our Coronavirus Hub provides you with all the latest updates from the government and our own insights which provide areas of key considerations we think you will find useful.

What’s the secret to getting it right when you are fundraising for a good cause?

The first step is to articulate what you need money for and to understand who is likely to give it.

But to be truly effective, you need to add the how. That means evidencing impact – how does your work sustain and improve lives, how do you measure outcomes and how are you making a difference?

MKSFM is a strong team of specialist charity strategy consultants and a division of Moore Kingston Smith. We have helped raise many millions for not-for-profit organisations with our fundraising and impact measurement expertise.

Our key services include:

We offer every client a free, entirely no obligation, two-hour consultancy session to explore how we can help you manage your organisation with greater impact, fundraise more effectively and grow.

Combine your potential with our expertise and together, we’ll make what you do really count.

Data Privacy and Cyber Security

What is data protection?

Simply put, data protection is about guarding people from the misuse of their personal information, by creating legal responsibility for keeping that information held as securely as possible.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the first major overhaul of data protection in the UK for 20 years. Its purpose is to:

  • Give data subjects more rights to their information
  • Create more transparency surrounding how organisations and companies use the data they hold
  • Ensure that any organisation which collects, handles or shares personal data, does so with a clear and lawful purpose

HR Consultancy

Your people, your business

If you’re scaling up or transforming your business, or if you just want to see performance improvements, your overall approach to your people needs to add value.

How you attract, retain and reward people needs to bring out the behaviours and performance that will help your business meet its ambitious goals.

It’s forward-looking and firmly connects your HR to your overall business values and objectives. We’ve helped many businesses to do it and we know the impact it can have.

How we can help
Our flexible approach allows us to create custom solutions based on your situation. It could be help with a specific day to day issue, ongoing support, or more strategic projects. To find out more about how we can help you, speak to our team.

What our clients say
“One of the key benefits is their flexible approach to understanding the needs of different functions within the business and the challenges they may bring. The team is happy to challenge local company thinking, suggesting alternative approaches when necessary, to arrive at an agreed outcome.”
David Amos, Managing Director, Zeelandia

Recruitment

Pro-Finance part of the Pro-Recruitment Group is the trusted recruitment partner of Moore Kingston Smith providing a seamless recruitment service to clients. They provide an agile, tailored and innovative recruitment service that can be designed and delivered to any requirement.

Pro-Recruitment Group is an owner managed recruitment consultancy operating in three distinct markets through dedicated brands; Tax, Finance and Legal (www.pro-recruitment.co.uk). Their philosophy is that recruitment is not about filling gaps, it is about making a difference to companies and to individuals. They are committed to making that difference. As a specialist accounting & finance consultancy, they can provide appropriate, adaptable and tailored recruitment solutions.

For employers, they will assist you in attracting the most talented individuals in the market and for candidates aiming to assist you in securing the best possible career move, with organisations you can excel. They have a team of experienced consultants with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the sector. Actively listening to clients and candidates, they always go the extra mile to help them achieve their goals.

Accounting & Finance Specialists

From part qualified to CFO, Pro-finance can help you with your next hire. They specialise on specific role levels and sectors in order to provide clients with dedicated and specialised approach within the industry. Some of their clients include:

Private Sector Public Sector Professional Services
Retail & FMCG Central Government Big 4 Audit Firms
Pharmaceutical Local Government Top 20 UK Firms
Energy & Utilities Charities/Not for Profit Top 50 Firms
Leisure & Hospitality Housing SME Practices
Technology/ Media Education Sole Traders
Marketing & Communications Regulatory bodies Magic Circle Law Firms
Property & Construction Associations Silver Circle Law Firms
NHS Top 500 Legal Practices

 

The Pro-Finance Approach

Pro-Finance’s strict recruitment processes has helped them to gain an enviable reputation in delivering quality levels of service. Working with Pro-Finance means you feel confident as they take the time to understand the culture and requirements of your business. For more information, please contact Andrew Clark, Associate Director Pro-Finance tel: 020 7269 6351, mobile 07961 179379, alternatively email on andrew.clark@pro-finance.co.uk