Posts Categorised: News

ACCA gold training status pays off

Dan’s ACCA Accolade Lewis Smith & Co. is delighted to announce that Dan Bayliss has passed his ACCA qualification to achieve the status of chartered certified accountant. Dan is the latest member of member of the team to benefit from our long term commitment to training. The company achieved Approved Training Practice gold level status… Read more »

Supporting the Mayor’s Cricket Match

In and out for Team Alfie Several members of staff from Lewis Smith & Co. were drafted in to play cricket on behalf of local charity The Friends of Alfie Johnson on July 1st. Team Alfie had been invited to participate in the Mayor of Dudley’s charity cricket match at Stourbridge Cricket Club and needed… Read more »

Tax Free Childcare

Are you tax ready for the new childcare scheme? A new scheme to help families meet the costs of childcare, Tax-Free Childcare, is due to launch in early 2017. It is designed to eventually replace the Employer Supported Childcare Scheme and offers to pay working families 20% of their childcare costs. The government has issued a… Read more »

HMRC Taskforces Map

Are you on the map? HMRC’s map. Lewis Smith & Co. frequently highlights HMRC’s drive to uncover tax evasion and the knock-on impact of investigations on, completely innocent, small businesses. Now HMRC has created a site ( that shows the locations and the business sectors targeted by its investigation taskforces. These investigators reclaimed as much… Read more »

Self-Build? Reclaim VAT

New builds and property conversions could be a little cheaper The popularity of programmes such as Grand Designs shows that there is an appetite for people to create a home that’s just that bit different. What you may not have realised is that you can get a refund of VAT on building materials and services… Read more »

Charity Begins at “Cardiac Hill”

Lewis Smith & Co. director-duo complete 8.5 fun run Directors Andrew Smith and Craig Beale yet again dragged themselves around the Great Midlands Fun Run recently. The run, which starts and finishes in Sutton Coldfield town centre, is renowned for its “tricky” moments as it traverses Sutton Park including the oh-so steep Cardiac Hill at mile… Read more »

Logistics Client Drives 60% T/O Increase

Making Sense of the Numbers Long standing Lewis Smith & Co. client “Möbile – people.powered.logistics” is reaping the benefits of a modernisation and rebranding programme it started last year. The Birmingham-based company, which was founded 35 years ago under the name Mobile Freight Services, has seen turnover increase by nearly 60% to £4.1m.  That is… Read more »

Concerned about tax inspections?

You don’t have to do anything wrong to be inspected HMRC has the right to investigate your financial affairs whenever it likes. Enquiries can be started entirely at random whether you have done something to arouse their suspicion or not. This means that businesses of all sizes and categories have been subject to investigations of business records,… Read more »