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Andy Turner and Martin Coulson compete in the A.O.Miles trophy

Andy Turner and Martin Coulson recently represented Mercer & Hole in the A.O.Miles trophy. Every year since the early 1900’s (when the trophy was donated by the then president of the ICAEW) accountancy firms from around the country compete in a pairs golf competition at Moor Park. Andy and Martin came a very credible second after a hard...


Date: 12th September, 2019
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

An afternoon of activity at our summer event 2019

Our team enjoyed a great day of activities at our summer event, which was held on the Luton Hoo Estate on Saturday 7 September. Across our four offices, everyone was invited to take part in an afternoon of outdoor pursuits, including archery, clay pigeon shooting and croquet. Everyone met at Warren Weir for tasty breakfast rolls and a welcome...


Date: 10th September, 2019
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Lisa Spearman provides an update on IHT and Office of Tax Simplification second report

With everything that is going on at present it is very difficult to be precise about what tax changes we might expect and when. The second report of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) looking at the future of Inheritance Tax has just been published, suggesting that those changes may not be too far distant. We will need to see where the new...


Date: 26th July, 2019
Author: Lisa Spearman

Take 5 with Tom Dinwiddy

Take a coffee break getting to know our Business Advisory and Outsourcing Director Tom Dinwiddy. Tom’s knowledge of the fast moving tech and outsourcing market means he is able to adapt to clients’ needs and give the right advice at the right time. What three words describe you the best? Pragmatic, enthusiastic and committed. How do...


Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Retirement - what are the considerations?

In my role as a financial planner I meet clients with all different sets of circumstances and plan for when and how they intend to retire. However, when it comes to those who are running a business, two particular scenarios are often prevalent. These are: They are too busy running the business to give their retirement adequate consideration...


Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Michael Lapham

Preparing to sell your business and realising its value

If the business owner feels the company is almost at its peak, and/or it needs investment to move it forward, then it may be that a decision is made to exit the entity. All business owners should consider their exit strategy in order to realise a company’s true value. Preparing a business for sale is one of the most important periods in a...


Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Mike Orton

A collaborative approach to managing technological changes

Mercer & Hole has been around for a long time, since 1905 in fact. I like to think of myself as a custodian, guiding a progressive business with a collaborative approach with my partners and teams. Here is my account of how we are growing and developing through an exciting time in our history. My predecessors weathered two World Wars so I am...


Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Paul Maberly

Developing your business and easing those growing pains

Transitioning a business from its launch phase into a sustainable period of growth is an area where we can offer full support and help avoid insufferable growing pains. A business plan incorporating forecasts and careful cost management should enable growth. An impartial review to ensure the growth is manageable and profitable, rather than...


Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Jolene Upshall

Startups – getting it right from the beginning

There are a number of key things you need to consider when starting up a business: what is the legal form of your business, how will you fund it, what reporting requirements need to be considered and, if needed, how will you attract and reward employees?  At the outset of any new business, the owner or owners should have a clear understanding...


Date: 17th July, 2019
Author: Helen Cain

Mercer & Hole unable to do the double in cricket match against Debenhams Ottaway

After last week’s warm up against H E Stringer, the Mercer & Hole cricket team were back in action, this time against Debenhams Ottaway solicitors in a 20 over match at Kings Langley Cricket Club. Sandy Bell, Peter Godfrey-Evans, Daniel McCloskey (captain), Daniel Bisby, Chris Dennell, Chris Geaney, Stas Toates, Will Readman, Ravi Desai,...


Date: 16th July, 2019
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

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