Wednesday 23rd of May 2018
Another Success

We are pleased to announce that How Planning LLP has been acquired by the international property firm, GVA. How Planning was founded by Gary Halman and Richard Woodford in 2001 and provides expert planning guidance to blue chip clients such as Bentley Motors, Aldi, Royal London, Bruntwood and The Far East Consortium. It was voted North… Read more »

Tuesday 20th of February 2018
Latest Promotions

We are pleased to announce 2 promotions within the firm. Nicola Tucker has now taken on a Director role and Lauren Gibb has been appointed as a Client Manager. Nicola has been with the firm for more than 10 years, originally joining as a graduate trainee and Lauren moved to us just over 4 years ago… Read more »

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018
Murray Smith Success

We are pleased to have been appointed as external auditors to The Challenge Academy Trust which is the new Multi Academy Trust based in Warrington. It includes Priestley College together with 5 local schools. Murray Smith won the appointment against tough competition from a number of regional and national accounting firms. This expansion of our education client… Read more »

Tuesday 1st of November 2016
MBO at £700M Turnover Recruitment Group

The MBO of the de Poel recruitment outsourcing business was widely reported in the region’s financial press. The Knutsford based business was established in 2001 by Matthew Sanders and Mike Campbell and Murray Smith has acted as accountants and auditors for de Poel ever since its start up. Matthew purchased Mike’s share in 2010. The… Read more »

Tuesday 30th of August 2016
Newly Qualified Accountants

We are very pleased to congratulate Rachel Lightfoot and Phil Decker for qualifying as Chartered Accountants following this summer’s exam sittings. They have both worked very hard to reach this milestone. Murray Smith has an impressive record in helping trainee accountants to achieve their ambitions with full study support and time off to attend all… Read more »

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016
Exam Success All Round

It is very pleasing to report the continued success of all our accountancy trainees. Over the last couple of months they have all passed their latest professional exams with excellent marks. So we would all like to congratulate Rachel Lightfoot, Phil Decker, Lauren Gibb and Catherine Broadhurst for all their hard work. We would also… Read more »

Sunday 17th of January 2016
Tax On Farming Profits

Over the last few years Murray Smith has been helping farming clients to save tax by setting up limited companies which run alongside a farming partnership. This structure allows some profits to be taxed at corporate rates of 20% compared to a possible 40%. This approach has saved certain clients considerable amounts of tax each year. Going forward the… Read more »

Thursday 12th of November 2015
Pension Tax Relief Restrictions for Higher Earners

The availability of substantial tax relief for high earners is gradually being withdrawn through successive announcements. In the summer budget it was announced that relief for pension contributions is to be restricted for those with income above £150,000 per year. We were told that this is intended to fund the increase in the inheritance allowance… Read more »

Thursday 5th of November 2015
How to Impress Your Customers

By far the most successful way to build most businesses is to concentrate on building up an income stream. This means making sure that customers keep coming back to you. If instead you concentrate on one off transactions where you need to keep replacing customers the business has no security and is often very difficult… Read more »

Thursday 29th of October 2015
George Osborne Supports The Forum

The Knutsford based Forum of Private Business was pleased to welcome George Osborne to their offices in September. The Forum has been a Murray Smith client for almost 10 years and is a membership organisation which provides practical support and money saving assistance to SME’s throughout the UK. Mr Osborne commented that “he would like… Read more »