Shipshape: Winter 2021/2


Shipshape: Winter 2021/2

This page was last updated on December 14, 2021

Managing Principal Viewpoint


Time for a change

Regular readers of Shipshape Viewpoint will spot that, unusually, this time it’s a double-act – no comparisons please!

Having completed my second term as Shipleys’ Managing Principal, I passed on the baton to fellow Principal, Steve Foster, on 1 November.

It’s been a real privilege and very rewarding to have led the firm over the past six-and-a-bit years. As many businesses would I’m sure testify, the past 18 months have been quite a challenge and I am enjoying my return to full-time client work. It’s reassuring, though, that the firm has maintained a strong position and, looking forward, it is certainly in good hands.

If you haven’t met Steve, he trained and qualified with Baker Tilly and then spent six years as director of finance at a London-based media business. He joined Shipleys LLP as a Principal in January 2008 and advises a diverse portfolio of clients, ranging from ambitious start-ups to public companies.

In the role of Managing Principal, he will lead the firm’s strategic direction and overall management. He will also oversee the development of our people and ensure our top-quality client service is maintained.

Simon Robinson

A heartfelt thank you

I and my fellow Principals are hugely grateful to Simon for all his hard work as Managing Principal over the past six years. During that time the firm has grown both organically and by acquisition. It also adapted quickly to the working challenges of the pandemic.

I’m really looking forward to further building on Shipleys’ success to date and guiding the firm in its future development. It’s an exciting time, as we support clients as they adapt to the post- pandemic landscape. Our focus will remain to help clients thrive and it’s a privilege to take on this leadership position.

Steve Foster

Moving on up

Since our last issue, there have been more positive signs that the economy is recovering. The Chancellor’s Budget in October was a case in point. With better Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts for projected economic performance, the Chancellor was in a spending rather than taxing mood.

You can read more about the key implications of the Budget in our Autumn 2021 Budget Summary.

We’ve also highlighted some key VAT developments to be aware of on page 7.

Our house

While the Chancellor didn’t initiate the capital gains tax offensive some people were fearing, there have been some changes regarding CGT on property – see page 2. Also, if you’re considering purchasing or selling property in France, be mindful of new implications following Brexit – see page 10.

Waiting on the world

Climate change was brought into sharp focus as politicians from across the globe descended on Glasgow for COP26. To coincide with the event, new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements for larger companies have been announced. Find out more on this and other environmental considerations for businesses on page 4.

Climb that hill

As the economy slowly recovers, many businesses are assessing how to grow in still challenging conditions. Speed of growth is often influenced by access to finance and on page 5 you’ll find a summary of different finance options now that many government-backed schemes have closed.

Growth also comes from being able to draw on the right talent. As there’s a tougher recruitment pool in many sectors post-Brexit, on page 9 there’s a summary of tax- efficient benefits to help incentivise staff and boost retention.

Game on

Shipleys has a long tradition of supporting the media industry and it’s been great to see the output of the film, TV, animation and video games sectors increase over 2021, despite tough conditions. A recent change to the reliefs for film and TV production is worth noting – see page 6.

Also, we are delighted to feature our video games sector specialism (page 6) and the achievements of one of our clients – Unit 9 (page 8).

With a little help from our friends

2021 has been another year few will forget. We’ve been delighted to work closely with clients to help them survive and thrive in tough conditions.

Throughout, we’ve been very proud of the agility and professionalism all our colleagues have shown. As a case in point, we’re also pleased to announce that Sarah Leek, who some of you will know, was recently promoted to Director.

Furthermore, we’d like to congratulate all our staff who passed their professional exams in 2021. It was a challenging year in which to study, and we are very proud of the results they achieved.

And finally, thank you to all our clients and contacts for your support over the past 12 months. On behalf of everyone at Shipleys we wish you good health, prosperity and happiness in 2022.

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