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Practice News

We are running to support The Wellspring

Bennett Verby will once again be supporting local charity The Wellspring at the Great Manchester 10k Run on 19th May. 

We have supported The Wellspring for nearly a decade through various charity events and donation drives, with the Manchester 10k becoming an annual tradition for some of the team. This year will see the company’s best turnout yet, with ten team members signing up to run. 

Vincent Simmons, Director of BV Corporate Recovery & Insolvency, said “I’m really pleased to be taking part in the Manchester 10k again this year. We’re supporting a fantastic local charity in The Wellspring and any donations made on our behalf will make a difference to homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport.”

Vincent continued “Our team will be running a combined 100km on the day, with many more hundreds of kilometres of training beforehand. My fellow directors and I are delighted that so many BV staff are showing their commitment by running or donating to the charity.” 

To donate and support Bennett Verby in their mission to raise funds for The Wellspring, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bennettverby10k

Bennett Verby joins with ActionCOACH for a seminar on ‘Building a Better Business’




This week, North West accountants Bennett Verby joined with ActionCOACH to host a lunch and learn workshop on ‘The 6 Steps to a Building a Great Business’, held at the Cornerstone at Stockport Homes.

The event, which was jointly presented by Martyn Alderson of ActionCOACH and Bennett Verby director Neil Jones, gave Stockport business owners a chance to discuss strategy and learn about business growth through time management, marketing, recruitment and retention.

Neil Jones, Bennett Verby director, said “The workshop was a huge success, which was not only thanks to a great turnout, but also because our visitors engaged with the ideas put forward and took the time stay afterwards and discuss the points raised.”

Neil continued “We would also like to thank Stockport Homes for the use of the Cornerstone and for catering our lunch event. They provided the perfect space for presenting our seminar as well as room for networking and mingling afterwards.”

Martyn Alderson said “It was really great to engage with some interesting business owners in Stockport and to learn of their challenges and how they intend to overcome them.  The feedback has been very positive, and having seen the reception to this first event, we’ll definitely be conducting more.”


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Recruitment drive at Bennett Verby


As part of an ongoing strategy for growth, Stockport accountancy practice Bennett Verby is looking to boost headcount to by 20% across all departments by the end of 2019.

Bennett Verby CEO Bernard Verby said “We are looking forward to the next chapter for our business. Having celebrated our own and our clients’ successes over the past year, we are planning to grow our teams with staff who will help us continue to offer outstanding service to our clients old and new.”

Following a 21.5% rise in client numbers over the last twelve months, nearly all from referrals, Bennett Verby is on the hunt for accounts and audit staff at all levels. Bernard Verby commented “As the business goes from strength to strength, we need team members who are dynamic, forward-thinking and skilled to help us reach our targets.”

Although experience is key at all levels, the company is always prepared to invest time and money to develop its staff. Having hired its first apprentice over twenty years ago, Bennett Verby already has a long history of hiring and developing young people to achieve the company’s business goals. One of the firm’s directors and three managers began their careers with Bennett Verby as apprentices.

Director Neil Jones, who began his career with the firm back in 1999 as an apprentice, said, “As a company, we are passionate about hiring young, local people. As well as investing in the local economy, our apprenticeship scheme gives young individuals the skills and confidence they need for the world of work. It’s incredibly rewarding for everyone involved.”

If you are interested in a career at Bennett Verby, please get in touch here.

About Bennett Verby

Bennett Verby (www.bvllp.com) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary independent accountancy practices within the North of England. We are renowned for our forward thinking and innovative corporate culture, with client service at the heart of everything we do. The company specialises in providing accountancy, audit, tax planning and business advice to their clients, who range from owner-managed businesses to large companies.

A charitable week for Bennett Verby

It’s been a charitable week at Stockport Accountants and Tax Advisors Bennett Verby. Tax Senior Judith Burr arranged a food drive for the Wellspring resource centre, which serves around 100-150 meals per day to homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport. The team donated hundreds of pounds’ worth of food, toiletries and warm clothes, which Judith took to The Wellspring on Wednesday. 

Judith said, “The Wellspring is a huge part of the community in Stockport and is a charity we have supported for many years. Thanks to everyone here I was able to take a car boot full of food to help over Christmas.” 

On Thursday the practice celebrated Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children, raising money for the charity and keeping very warm in the process! The day was organised by auditor Chloe Lancashire, who also arranged games and activities to boost donations. 

Bennett Verby Chief Executive Bernard Verby said “We are tremendously proud of our team’s commitment to raising funds for charity. It is very important, especially at this time of year, to consider people less fortunate than ourselves and both The Wellspring and Save the Children are fantastic causes. I would also like to personally thank Judith and Chloe for their efforts and enthusiasm in getting everyone involved.” 

For more information about both charities, visit www.thewellspring.co.uk/support-us/ and https://christmasjumperday.org/

Bennett Verby Retains Platinum Accreditation for Trainee Development

Stockport Accountants Bennett Verby have retained their Platinum Accreditation from the ACCA, given in recognition of their excellent training and development programme. 

To gain platinum status, a company must demonstrate high standards of staff training and development, showing interest and investment in its employees. 

Adam Rhodes, Training and Development Manager at Bennett Verby, said, 

“We are proud to be recognised as an ACCA Platinum Employer, resulting from the support our team has provided to trainees working towards their ACCA qualifications. We are tremendously proud of our trainee staff members, whose excellent results are testament to our training programme.” 

The latest staff member to successfully complete the ACCA examination programme at Bennett Verby was Zoe Evans, who gained her membership in July. Zoe said, 

“As a qualified member of the ACCA, I am now a member of a recognised and reputable network. While working at Bennett Verby, I was given not only the time to study but also the support and resources to help me succeed.”

Bennett Verby announced as finalists in the Talk of Manchester Awards 2018

Accountants and Business Advisors Bennett Verby are delighted to announce they have reached the finals of the Talk of Manchester Awards, which celebrate outstanding businesses in the North West. The Manchester and Stockport-based firm has been nominated for the Best Accontancy Firm and Best Corporate Finance awards.

The Talk of Manchester Awards, or TOMS as it is also known, is one of the region’s most recognised business awards. It is voted for by clients, which is what makes this award ceremony extra special.

Bernard Verby said: ‘We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the for Best Accountancy Firm and Corporate Finance awards once again. Our staff are dedicated and talented, and being nominated as a finalist for two Talk of Manchester awards is testament to their hard work and commitment to client service.’

Votes are taking place online up until 5pm, Friday 12 October. The winners will be announced at the awards on Thursday 6 December at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel.

To cast your vote or to book a seat at the awards, click on the link below:


Adam Rhodes of Bennett Verby wins Damar Training Annual Apprenticeship Award

Adam Rhodes, Training Manager at Stockport Accountants Bennett Verby, has been named winner of the 'Apprentice Supervisor of the Year' award by the Damar Apprenticeship Awards.

Adam commented,

"I am delighted to be recognised by Damar Training and to have been nominated by Bennett Verby. It is a pleasure to support and encourage our apprentices, a job which is made much easier by their hard work and enthusiasm. I also thank the directors at Bennett Verby for their continuing commitment to apprenticeships".

Bernard Verby, Chief Executive Officer at Bennett Verby, said,

"Adam's work is crucial not only to the success of the company's apprenticeship programme, but also to the apprentices themselves, whose exam results and feedback show that they are benefiting hugely from the support given to them. We can say with absolute confidence that, having seen the benefits our apprentices bring not only financially but to the dynamics of office life, we will be continuing to grow and develop our apprenticeship workforce".

Damar is one of the country's leading providers of apprenticeships and, over the past year, has worked with over 2,000 apprentices at more than 500 employers nationwide. Winning an award has become harder as Damar has grown and so great credit goes to the 2018 winners.

Jonathan Bourne, Damar managing director, added,

"The standard of this year's nominations was exceptionally high. The winners and nominees tell inspirational stories of apprentices who are learning, progressing and taking on additional responsibility at work. Organisations are enriched by enthusiastic new talent and supervisors are finding that working with apprentices is helping them to develop new skills. Many congratulations to our winners and my thanks to all of our partner employers and Damar colleagues who have made such a difference to individuals and organisations over the past year".

The award was presented to Adam Rhodes by Damar managing director, Jonathan Bourne at the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Monday 5 to Friday 9 March.

Bennett Verby is recognised as a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

Stockport accountants Bennett Verby have been recognised in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

The list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place on 18 January at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

After a tough selection process, the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all of the National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.

Bernard Verby, CEO of Bennett Verby said “We are delighted to be recognised in this way and feel it is a testament to the quality of our apprentices. Bennett Verby has a strong corporate culture and focus on the people within the business, and this is reflected onwards in the personal way we treat our clients.”

Accountants Bennett Verby have been shortlisted for the British Accountancy Awards

Accountants Bennett Verby who are based in Stockport, Manchester, Newcastle-Under-Lyme and London have been shortlisted for the 'Mid-Tier Firm of the Year' at this year's British Accountancy Awards.

The awards are organised by Accountancy Age, the highly respected voice of the Accountancy Profession. The awards are now in their 5th year, with 29 categories, celebrating both individuals and practices from small local firms to the larger regional, national and global players that have demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and excellence in the accountancy profession over the last 12 months.

The Mid-Tier Firm of the Year is for practices with a turnover of between £3m and £35m that have demonstrated excellence in providing the highest quality of service to clients. In addition firms have to demonstrate innovation and a commitment to the professional development of their people.

Bernard Verby, CEO said: "We are delighted to have reached the finals of the British Accountancy Age Awards. Our team work hard to provide clients with a professional and proactive service. It is wonderful to be recognised by our profession for the outstanding work that we do." The results will be announced on Tuesday 24th November at a black tie event in London.

Bennett Verby supports women going back to work.

Employees at Accountants, Bennett Verby have donated over 10 large bags full of smart business clothes to local charity Smart Works.

Bennett Verby employees collected blouses, dresses, jackets, trousers and skirts.

The clothes were donated to Smart Works, a charity which provides clothes, styling advice and interview training to women who are out of work, on low incomes. The aim is to boost confidence and to help them succeed.

Smart Works has recently opened up an office on St Petersgate in Stockport, the first office outside London.

Adam Rhodes, Training Manager, at Bennett Verby organised the collection after he heard Laura Dalby, Manager of Smart Works talk to local businesses about the devastating impact that a recent break in had had on the new business. Much of their existing stock of clothes, bags and shoes had been damaged by vandals and was no longer wearable.

Adam immediately asked staff in the Stockport office to help and he was delighted with the response. Adam said: "Our team were really keen to help and the response we had was great. We are pleased to be able to support Smart Works and the valuable work that Laura and her team do."

Laura added: "Smart Works is a charity that helps women on low incomes get a job and become financially independent. With extensive knowledge of the problems that these women face, we provide interview clothing and interview training, enabling them not only to feel more confident but to believe in their own ability to succeed and move on with their lives. Since we opened on 1st June, 66% of our clients have succeeded at getting a job within the first month of visiting Smart Works, so this is a programme that really works. And with the help of companies like Bennett Verby and their employees who have donated work appropriate clothing, shoes and accessories, we are able to continue dressing women to give them the best chance to succeed at their job interview."

If you would like to support Smart Works Greater Manchester as a volunteer, as a corporate organisation, or if you have some clothing you would like to donate, then please get in touch greatermanchester@smartworks.org.uk

For more information about Smart Works Greater Manchester visit www.smartworks.org.uk/manchester

Stockport Accountant Neil Jones reaches the finals of the Manchester Young Talent Awards.

Neil Jones, Director at Bennett Verby Accountants has been shortlisted for Finance Professional of the Year.

The awards are organised by the Manchester Junior Chamber and feature talent across varied sectors in Manchester including finance, legal, property, recruitment, marketing and media.

To reach the finals Neil Jones had to demonstrate that he has made an outstanding contribution to the financial services industry and that he is amongst, both the technically and the commercially best within the region.

Neil Jones began his career as an apprentice with Bennett Verby in 1999 and last week spoke passionately about the benefits of Apprenticeships to local employers at Stockport Council's Apprenticeship Store. Two years ago, aged 30, he became a Director at Bennett Verby. He has continued to make his mark, in particular within the Corporate Finance team as well as leading the development of the practice's new Cloud Accounting service.

Neil Jones said:

"I am delighted to reach the finals of the MYTAs. There is a huge amount of talent across the region and I am honoured to have been shortlisted."

Now in its 6th year, Manchester Young Talent Awards have received a record number of nominations and once again the standards were extremely high. The awards aim to inspire and challenge young people in Manchester by recognising the success of outstanding professionals and entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 39.

The winners will be announced on the 19th November at the awards ceremony at the Imperial War Museum.

Marketing Stockport members Bennett Verby and Robinsons Brewery's Stuart Taylor have been revealed as finalists in the North West Finance Awards 2015

Accountants and Business Advisors, Bennett Verby has been nominated in the Accountancy of the Year category and Stuart Taylor has reached the final in the large company (£50m+) Finance Director of the Year.


The North West Finance Awards recognise excellence and talent in accounting and financial roles across the North West region and are supported by leading financial professional associations as well as the cream of professional and business talent.

Bennett Verby are particularly proud of their achievement as there have been more nominations than ever this year where standards have been high and the competition has been fierce.

Bernard Verby said:

'We are delighted to have reached the finals of the North West Finance Awards. The Accountancy of the Year category is a tough category. We have talented and dedicated staff at Bennett Verby; being nominated as finalists in the Accountancy of the Year category is testament to their hard work and commitment to client service.'

The winners will be announced on Thursday 1st October at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.

Stockport accountants Bennett Verby have demonstrated their first-hand support of Apprenticeships at an event hosted by the Federation for Small Businesses at Stockport Council's Apprenticeship Store where more than 30 members heard about the benefits of Apprenticeships to local businesses.

Bennett Verby Accountants spoke passionately around the benefits of Apprenticeships, and staff from the 14-19 Services team at the Council was on hand to answer questions and supply information. A number of businesses that attended are now looking to recruit an apprentice to enhance their workforce.

Councillor Shan Alexander, Stockport Council's Executive Member for Safe & Resilient Communities, said:

'Apprenticeships can help young people in the borough gain confidence and get their first experience of working for a local organisation, which in turn will boost the local economy. I am very encouraged by the excellent response from local employers and providers.'

The Federation for Small Businesses was formed in 1974 and has around 200,000 members nationally, with more than 2,500 locally promoting and protecting the interests of self-employed and small businesses.

If you feel that your business would benefit from an apprentice, please call into the Apprenticeship Store from Monday to Friday from 10am until 4.30pm, or phone 0161 474 4745, or email apprenticeships@stockport.gov.uk. The Apprenticeship Store is located at Stockport Exchange, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK1 3TA.

There is also a live web-chat facility on the Council's Apprenticeships webpage www.stockport.gov.uk/apprenticeships

Bennett Verby announced as finalists of the Skills for Business Awards 2015

Bennett Verby have reached the finals of the Skills for Business Awards, whilst achieving the highest award for Trainee Development from the ACCA for the 10th year running.

The Business for Skills Awards, delivered by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub and in association with Pearson, is an annual award, celebrating the outstanding contribution that skills and learning make to businesses across Greater Manchester. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 1st July at the Skills for Business Awards 2015, at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Bennett Verby have reached the final due to the learning and training interventions that are being undertaken, its commitment to invest in its workforce and recognition of the business benefits through investment in skills.

The business is supported by local apprenticeship provider Damar Training, who have also been nominated as Learner Provider of the Year.

Bernard Verby said, 'We are delighted to have reached the final as Bennett Verby has always believed that comprehensive training and development is one of our business' key success factors."

The Platinum Award for Trainee Development demonstrates that Bennett Verby provides learning opportunities for its employees working towards accounting and financial management qualifications.

Commenting on the Platinum award, Training Manager, Adam Rhodes said, "We join a select club of organisations who have reached the highest standards of support for their employees. We recognised the importance of developing our talented staff to their full potential. We want our staff to share the most up to date industry knowledge with our clients' in order to provide proactive, high quality advice."

Bernard swaps business for bikes in charity challenge!

Bennett Verby CEO, Bernard Verby swapped his car for his bike this week to take part in the gruelling Geneva to Nice cycling challenge. Bernard, who is part of a 30 strong team, aims to raise over £100,000 for a number of local charities, including Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, 'A Smile for Orly'.

The challenge began on Monday 15 June at the spectacular lakeside in Geneva. Bernard and the team will cover 120 kilometres a day and climb twice the height of Everest in 4 days. Following part of the historic route Napoleon, Bernard will arrive in Nice, on Friday 19 June.

Bernard, a keen cyclist, said: 'I decided to get back onto the saddle after to help raise some seriously needed funds for worthwhile charities.' He added, 'I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity and wish to thank everyone who has sponsored me'

Those wishing to support Bernard's can do so by visiting his Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/bernardverby2015

Bennett Verby celebrates opening of Manchester office with new recruitment drive

Accountants and business advisers Bennett Verby is embarking on an ambitious recruitment drive as it celebrates the opening of its Manchester office at Spinningfields. Bennett Verby said it is recruiting 13 members of staff in a move that will increase its workforce by 18 per cent to meet growing client demand for its services. The firm is taking on nine new recruits from apprenticeship to director level to boost its tax and accounts and audit teams across its Stockport headquarters and newly launched offices in Manchester and London. Bennett Verby is also taking on three graduates and one apprentice.

Last month, the firm announced the opening of a new office at 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields as a base for its corporate team which is now headed up by founder and Managing Director, Bernard Verby.

To celebrate the Manchester launch, Bennett Verby entertained more than 150 guests at a barbeque at the newly refurbished Lawn Club in Spinningfields. Earlier this year, the firm opened its first office in London on Heddon Street in Mayfair, after it saw the number of clients based in the south east double over the previous 12 months.

In 2014, the firm relocated its Newcastle-under-Lyme office to larger premises. Managing Director Bernard Verby said: "The firm has seen huge organic growth over the last 12 months following the opening of new offices across the UK and a substantial increase in the number of new clients.

"We are recruiting across the board from apprenticeship to director level to meet the increasing demand from clients many of which are fast-growing, entrepreneurial companies.

"The vision is to continue this growth particularly in the North West and Manchester where we see huge opportunities which reflects are move to open an office in the city centre."

Bennett Verby opens Spinningfields office as new base for its corporate team

Press Release
April 2015

Accountants and business advisers Bennett Verby is opening an office in Manchester's Spinningfields as a new base for its corporate team.

The move to 3 Hardman Street is designed to help the firm meet growing demand for the services of its five-strong corporate team which is now headed up by founder and Managing Director, Bernard Verby.

Mr Verby said the team has had an excellent 12 months completing more than 20 transactions and with demand increasing, it made sense to have an office in the heart of Manchester's financial district.

The Stockport headquartered firm opened an office in Manchester on King Street back in 2011. However Mr Verby said the relocation to Spinningfields reflects its growing focus on the provision of corporate services.

He added: "It has been a very busy year for the team and transactions are back to levels last seen before the 2008 financial crisis, therefore it makes perfect sense base ourselves in the centre of Manchester's business district."

Performance Management Breakfast Seminar: Your people, your biggest asset!

How do you manage the performance of your team? Do you worry that underperformance is impacting on your profits? How do you tackle these issues?

On Wednesday 22nd April Bennett Verby Human Resources, People Matters HRC and Jobwise recruitment agency invite you to join them for a free Breakfast Performance Management Seminar at Robinsons Visitors Centre presented by Niel Cope (Bennett Verby/People Matters) and Leanne Goodwin (Jobwise).

The seminar will cover how to:

  • Get it right in the first place: effective job descriptions and person specifications
  • Manage performance
  • Differentiate between capability and conduct
  • Conduct difficult conversations
  • Undertake investigations
  • Manage a hearing


  • 8.00 am - breakfast and registration
  • 8.30 am - seminar begins
  • 9.30 am - Q & A and seminar ends


The Old Tom Room at the Robinsons Visitor Centre, Apsley Street, Stockport, SK1 1JJ.

To book a place please email s.allen@bvllp.com with your delegate name(s), company name and any special dietary requirements or call 0161 476 9000.

Presenter Biographies.

Niel Cope Managing Director
Bennett Verby HR
(A Trading Name of People Matters (HRC) Ltd)
Talk of Manchester 2014 Business Awards Nominee
People Matters voted the Best Loved HR Consultancy 2013 and 2014

Leanne Goodwin, Managing Director

Winner of Corporate Businesswoman of the Year (NW and Isle of Man) – 2011

Peter Ashley Car Parks Ltd lands car parking deal with major airport hotel


A commercial landscaping business from Styal has successfully diversified and won a significant new contract with a major airport hotel.

Peter Ashley Car Parks Ltd has secured a £1.35m facility from Barclays to assist with the purchase of a new car park site. Stockport-based accountancy firm, Bennett Verby Ltd advised on the deal.

The acquisition of the car parking site on Irvin Drive has helped secure a new contract with the major airport hotel, to park guests' cars when flying from Manchester.

Peter Ashley Ltd was established in 1962 and has developed into one of the North West's premier contractors in all aspects of hard and soft landscaping. In recent years, the business has also been operating a smaller car parking site at its headquarters on Moss Lane, Styal but the acquisition of the Irvin Drive site represents an exciting new opportunity to expand this side of the business.

Managing Director, Peter Davies said, "Our long standing relationship with both Barclays and Bennett Verby Ltd meant our proven track record of successful business implementation secured our vision for the expansion of the airport car parking business. We are now able to provide the most secure, professional hotel parking solutions within close proximity to Manchester Airport, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Barclays & Bennett Verby for their help and support and, look forward to further expansions of the business over the coming years."

Ian Jones, Relationship Manager at Barclays commented: "Peter Ashley Ltd is a long standing customer of Barclays and this deal represents a very exciting new phase for the business. They are a well-run family business with over 50 years of experience and an appetite to invest and expand. With their strong track record and very capable management team, we have been able to support them take a new business idea to the next level and their drive and determination has been rewarded by securing the this major contract.

"At Barclays we run a range of programmes to help our customers get the finance and skills they need. Starting or managing a business can be rewarding but it needs good financial planning, especially if you need to apply for a business loan, mortgage or overdraft. We're passionate about helping businesses to grow and to support their journey we have launched free, nationwide 'Fired up for Growth' clinics which help small businesses to unleash their growth potential."

Neil Jones, Director at Bennett Verby Ltd added:

"Bennett Verby Ltd is delighted to have assisted in this deal between Peter Ashley Ltd and Barclays. We understand from our wealth of experience that the thorough preparation and correct presentation of business finances to lenders results in a higher success rate. Business owners are much more likely to secure the full funds that they need for growth by working in partnership with their accountant.''

New Year, new HMRC campaign targeting solicitors

Tax avoidance has made headlines throughout 2014 and at the start of the New Year, HMRC were quick to announce their next campaign to investigate solicitors.

Previous campaigns have targeted medical professionals, plumbers, electricians, on-line traders, landlords and health professionals. The government claims that these campaigns have to date raised over £1bn from voluntary disclosures.

HMRC is giving those solicitors who work in a partnership, company or for themselves a chance to come forward and tell them about any undeclared income.

Solicitors have until 9th March 2015 in which to tell HMRC that they would like to take part and until 9th June 2015 to disclose their undeclared income.

Previous campaigns have been successful as HMRC ensures that it has already thoroughly researched the sector it intends to target. Therefore if you have undeclared income the chances are that you are already in HMRCs sights.

For those solicitors, who have not declared all their income, it is important to register with the campaign by the 9th March 2015 and to then begin to put their financial affairs in order. Once registered solicitors will be expected to disclose their pay by 9th June 2015 and it is important to seek advice from an accountant or tax advisor as they can help you prepare and present your financial affairs to secure the best settlement terms.

Tax director, Nick Lowe says: 'If you know that you have undeclared income it is much better to open up a dialogue with HMRC and put things right. Working together with your accountant or tax advisor enables you to present your case in the correct way and ensure that your tax affairs are in order moving forward.'

For those that come forward voluntarily HMRC has already said that the penalties will be less harsh: from spreading payments over a period rather than a lump sum to avoiding the publication of your identity and a criminal investigation.

Bennett Verby Press Release: December 2014

Tis' the season to be giving!

Xmas Jumper Day

Wellspring Food

Bennett Verby supported two charities close to their hearts, rather than sending Christmas cards this year.

The firm supported the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day last Friday and this week staff collected a range of tinned foods and festive treats for local charity, The Wellspring.

The Christmas Jumper campaign aims to raise funds for the work that Save the Children does around the world. Saving children's lives, fighting for their rights and helping them fulfil their potential.

The Wellspring, a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people, based in Stockport town centre is dependent on donations so that it can provide its numerous services 365 days of the year.

CEO, Bernard Verby said: "We are proud of the team. These are great causes and we are glad that we have been able to support them."

Bennett Verby opens London office

Accountants and business advisers Bennett Verby is opening an office in London to meet the demands of its growing client base in the South East. The office on Heddon Street in London's Mayfair, which will open in early January, will initially offer corporate recovery and restructuring services. However, with the growing number of London based clients wanting the full range of accountancy and tax services, the firm has ambitious growth plans for the new office.

Bennett Verby has doubled the number of London based clients in the last 12 months, with its corporate recovery and insolvency division (BV CRI), headed up by Partner Vincent Simmons who will be working in the London office, seeing particular demand for its services in the South East.

Managing Director Bernard Verby said: "The firm has seen organic growth over the last 12 months following the opening of new offices in the North West and Midlands. The vision is to continue this growth with the new office in London and expand the services on offer to meet the anticipated client demand from our client base in the South East"

Bennett Verby feeling positive following the Autumn Statement

Bennett Verby autumn newsletter

North West Accountants Bennett Verby are delighted to see the Chancellor acknowledge the significant role the region is playing in the economic recovery. In addition, the company is feeling positive given the number of tax measures that will directly affect individuals, employers and small businesses.

Bernard Verby, CEO, commented: ''The Economy has been improving and it is important that we can continue to support clients with their tax affairs in light of the announcement of these measures. We are also delighted to see that further funding will be made available to small businesses with growth potential, as well as those businesses that are looking to expand, by exporting to emerging markets.''

For small high street shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants the extension of the Small Business Rate Relief will be most welcome as it can be one of their largest outgoings.

Additional increases in Research and Development tax relief for both small and large businesses will be of great benefit for those who continue to invest in new processes and products. The Bennett Verby tax team have worked with a number of clients, in manufacturing, IT, business services and the medical industry to secure more than £5million over the last 5 years.

Tax relief will now extend to those in the creative sector will also benefit with tax relief for companies that produce high end TV programmes, video games or theatre productions.

Bernard added: 'We have seen the benefit that R&D tax relief brings to businesses and their owners. It is encouraging to see that there has been an increase in this tax relief however business owners need to seek professional advice to ensure that they are not missing out.''

The introduction of zero rate of employer's NI for apprentices will continue to support businesses that are looking to bring in and nurture new talent. As a local employer, Bennett Verby has a strong apprenticeship programme that benefits from the wealth of talented young people in the area and the company believes that it is vital to the growing economy to invest in young people.

For individuals an increase in the income tax personal allowance from April will be most welcome. This year there have been a number of changes to pension regulations with a further announcement yesterday that at death you can now pass on an ISA tax free to spouse or partner.

Bernard advised: ''For those who have not reviewed their retirement or Inheritance Tax planning recently, this is a good opportunity to review current plans, in light of the changes announced.''

For further information, please see our Autumn Statement Newsletter

Bennett Verby Payroll Services see organic growth

Bennett Verby Payroll Services have seen over a 30% increase in clients over the last 9 months as a result of organic growth at the practice and the introduction of RTI and Auto-enrolment.

Mel Esson, Payroll Manager at Bennett Verby believes that business owners are outsourcing their Payroll as it allows the business to be more efficient and save money.

‘There is no need to purchase additional payroll software or invest in additional time or staffing,’ said Mel Esson. 'Our payroll team are highly skilled at what they do and we take the stress and administrative burden away from the business owner.

With RTI employers had to submit PAYE information to HMRC each time they paid their employees. Now with the introduction of Auto-enrolment employers will need to produce opt in and opt out reports, keep records of the contributions paid and when. Employers will need to assess new starters, as well as monitor the ages and earnings of their employees.

With Auto-Enrolment for companies with less than 250 employees now in progress, it has been predicted that between now and 2018, over 1 million companies will be staging.

Bernard Verby, CEO, commented, 'our Payroll Services are just one example of how Bennett Verby are enabling clients to respond to the new Pension Reforms. We have experts in Wealth Management that are providing guidance on pension schemes and we are encouraging business owners to use this opportunity review both their personal and business financial planning. Proposed changes to IHT and the new flexible pensions will have a positive impact on individuals however some business owners remain concerned about the financial implications of Auto-enrolment. We have found that we are able to reduce those concerns when working with them.'

Bennett Verby proudly sponsors The Players in their 90th Anniversary Season

Accountants and Business Advisors Bennett Verby are proud to sponsor The Players Dramatic Society in their 90th Anniversary Season.

Based in Cheadle Hulme and established in the 1920s the Society performs four main productions throughout the year, together with one Youth production and one Youth Showcase.

After an award winning season last year: Best Senior Production 2014 (Festival of one Play Acts), Outstanding Actress 2014 (Greater Manchester Drama Federation) and Best Production (Settlement Players Trophy) 2014, the 90th Anniversary season promises to, once again, deliver and build on the success of this talented company.

Bernard Verby says: ''Bennett Verby were delighted to be asked to sponsor The Players this season. As a business we are passionate about nurturing talent. Sponsoring the Players during their anniversary season is a great opportunity to support local community theatre''

The first production of the 2014-2015 season is Cash on Delivery by Michael Conney. A hilarious, fast moving comedy about benefit fraud, it combines traditional British bawdiness with numerous twists and turns as characters leap to assumptions, are forced to pretend to be things that they are not and talk at cross purposes - all to hilarious effect. The play includes multiple impersonations an escaping corpse, cross-dressing and en exploding washing machine! Directed by Barbara Ritchie Cash on Delivery will run from 20th-27th September.

For tickets contact the ticket secretaries on 0161 485 7704


Bennett Verby helps coffee pod duo become part of the crowd with funding deal

Bennett Verby in exclusive partnership with award winning HR consultancy

Accountants Bennett Verby has helped coffee pod duo – Grindsmith – become part of the crowd and secure funding to set up an eco-friendly coffee unit in the heart of Manchester.

Grindsmith, which is the brainchild of Peter Gibson and Luke Tomlinson, has raised around £10,000 from crowd funding – a new way for budding entrepreneurs to raise finance for their business ideas.

Together with a £15,000 start-up loan and £5,000 of their own cash, the pair are now serving freshly-brewed coffee from their eight-seater wooden coffee pod in Greengate Square

Pete, who runs an outdoor adventure business which operates mainly from March to October, met Luke at a high rope course.

Luke, who has a background in graphic design, already had a mobile coffee unit and Pete often 'babysat' the coffee machine while new dad Luke had his hands full with his baby. Two years later, the pair decided to move on to bigger and better things. Luke sold his wheels and the pair formed Grindsmith last November.

Their dream was to have an eco-friendly pod to provide a haven in the city for coffee lovers. They found a location that been developed by the council and set about raising funds.

Neil Jones, director at Bennett Verby, gave them lots of initial advice about finance and made sure that they checked all financial opportunities open to them included start up loans.

Pete said: 'Neil gave us such great advice and all of accountancy work now goes through Bennett Verby'

The pair decided on crowd funding after financial planning/ forecasts showed them that their initial overheads would be very high if they just used a loan to finance the business. It would have taken six months to a year to have seen a gain.

The pair researched crowd funding and the 'Kickstarter' scheme seemed the best option.

Knowing they only had a 30-day window to promote their project to potential backers, Pete and Luke spent six months planning the content. They also backed other projects to experience what it was like to be a backer and to consider what to offer backers in return for their support.

Pete said: "We realised how crucial it was to get the video and wording format right. You only have 30 days to raise your target funds, if you don't achieve your target you get nothing.

"After a slow start, the project gathered momentum in the last few days and in the end we got 89 backers mainly from the North West although we even got one from as far as Australia."

Pete and Luke hit their £10,000 target and used the funds to buy the espresso machine as well as cups, saucers, food and drink display units and bar-brew equipment. The coffee pod recently opened for business.

Peter said: "Crowd funding was a way to protect the business. It enabled us to build up a following/ customer base right from the start with people wanting to come and experience the café because they had been supporting the business. We have even had a visit from an American lady - her father had seen their project on Kickstarter. "

He added : "Kickstarter has allowed us to re-invest early and expand the business. We have just confirmed a location for a coffee trike on Great Northern Square serving straight onto Deansgate. It will be a mobile unit but still with Grindsmith's great coffee and Eco-ethos."

Bennett Verby in exclusive partnership with award winning HR consultancy

Bennett Verby in exclusive partnership with award winning HR consultancy

Accountants and business advisors Bennett Verby has agreed an exclusive tie-up with a human resources consultancy.

Stockport-based Bennett Verby said the agreement with People Matters and its founder Niel Cope is designed to significantly expand and grow its human resources division as more businesses look to recruit and develop staff in the post-recession economy.

BV Human Resources currently provides a comprehensive range of employment law, health and safety and HR advice to around 100 SMEs and owner managed businesses across the North West.

In the past three months, client numbers have doubled as business owners look once again to invest in their companies and comply with auto enrolment requirements.

The tie-up with Bury-based People Matters – winner of the best loved HR consultancy in the UK in 2013 and 2014 – will enable directors to implement an effective HR strategy in order to develop existing staff and recruit and keep the right people to help grow their business.

Linda Saleh, who heads up BV Human Resources, said: "In a climate of greater confidence and optimism directors are reviewing their business structures and working with us across areas such as succession planning, recognition and reward structures, training and development to support growth.

"Businesses that are looking to recruit need to ensure that this is done effectively. For example, it is imperative that companies have an effective induction process as this if often key to new employees' success and retention. Recruiting badly could cost your business £20k a year. Over five years that's £100,000.

"We are also helping companies to comply with their auto-enrolment requirements as well as developing health care and other benefits which allow employers to reward their staff in an innovative way.

Linda added: "Niel brings a wealth of HR experience having worked in the public, voluntary and private sectors. He builds excellent relationships with clients by going the extra mile to create positive changes in their business. We are delighted to welcome him on board."

Niel said "I'm delighted to be working with Bennett Verby. Our company's share the same values of being fair, consistent and putting our clients and their people first. We are passionate about people management and this is a great opportunity to work closely with more businesses across the Greater Manchester area to promote and support them in managing and developing their people as we grow out of the recession together".

Bennett Verby run 10k for the Wellspring


Accountants Bennett Verby are supporting local Stockport charity The Wellspring in this Sunday's Bupa Great Manchester Run.

The 5 strong Bennett Verby team, all keen runners, are delighted to be running to raise funds for The Wellspring.

Accounts and Audit Manager Helen Cain says: ''The Manchester 10k is a brilliant event. There is always such a positive atmosphere and great support for those running. The Wellspring raised over £25,000 last year and we are really pleased to be able to help with their fundraising efforts.''

The Bennett Verby team have been in training over the last few months and are all aiming to complete the 10k course in under an hour. On Sunday they will join more than 300 runners, racing on behalf of Team Wellspring.

The charity, which receives no funding from the council or government, relies on the local community to support its vital work; from fundraising to volunteering and donations.

The Wellspring is open every day of the year to help people in the Stockport area. The needs of the people who visit the centre vary from simple ones: such as a hot meal, companionship, a hot shower or cloths, to more complicated needs: such as addressing problems like addiction, unemployment, homelessness, health or education requirements.

Text BUPA10 £1 to 70070 from any mobile phone and £1 will be donated to The Wellspring or visit www.justgiving.com/BennettVerbyLtd

Nicola gets her insolvency licence


Accountants and business advisers Bennett Verby has added to the number of Licenced Insolvency practitioners in its Corporate Recovery and Insolvency division.

Nicola Baker, who joined the Stockport-based firm in 2010, has now obtained her insolvency licence after passing the Joint Insolvency Examination Board exams (JIEB).

Nicola's exam success coincides with Bennett Verby Corporate Recovery and Insolvency (BVCRI) relocating its Newcastle-under-Lyme office to new, larger premises as it continues to gain market share in the area.

Nicola began her career in 2005 at Tenon (now part of Baker Tilly) and in 2006 completed the CPI Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency.

After moving to Bennett Verby, she wanted to further develop her career and started working towards becoming a licenced insolvency practitioner.

Insolvency is a highly regulated industry and the JIEB exams are notoriously difficult - the pass rate is less than 50 per cent. It is also an industry where the majority of licenced practitioners are male.

Nicola joins Partner Vincent Simmons and Julie Bridgett as BVCRI's third licenced insolvency practitioner.

Nicola said: "Passing the JIEB has allowed me to build on my technical knowledge and has also given me greater confidence.

"The industry is often overlooked in its role in helping businesses avoid insolvency in the first place, both through providing advice to individuals and businesses as well as instigating formal rescue procedures."

Vincent added: "We are delighted that Nicola has got her licence which is thoroughly well deserved. It is exciting times for BVCRI with our move to larger premises in Newcastle-under-Lyme with our growing market share in the region."

Bennett Verby helps aspiring entrepreneur acquire first business venture

Accountants Bennett Verby has helped an aspiring entrepreneur realise a lifelong dream of becoming her own boss with the acquisition of her first business venture.

When Bijal Rathour, who has a background in operational management, wanted a new challenge she quit her job and decided to undertake six months voluntary work as a care assistant.

Inspired by the work, Bijal decided she wanted to buy a successful care home. After researching available properties that had good Quality Care Commission (QCC) ratings, she acquired Bolton-based Astley Grange Nursing Home which has 26 bedrooms.

With the help of Bennett Verby Directors John Sutcliffe and Neil Jones, Bijal and business partner, Nehal Patel, secured funding and paid around £800,000 for the business.

She now has ambitious plans to completely refurbish Astley Grange and acquire further properties to build a portfolio of care homes that meet the highest standards of the QCC.

Bijal said: "I wanted a change of direction so decided to do some voluntary work. I soon realised I wanted to acquire a care home where I could maintain a quality personal service to residents."

With its good QCC rating, Astley Grange was perfect. We are now looking at further acquisitions to build a portfolio of the highest quality care homes.

Bijal added: "The acquisition process was not without complications but the team at Bennett Verby produced excellent financial forecasts and business plans which enable us to secure funding and successfully complete the deal."

Bijal is continuing to work with Stockport-based Bennett Verby to help grow the business. Data from the BDRC SME finance monitor calculates that of those 17 per cent of UK SMES which produce monthly management reports and stick to their business plans, have been able to sustain growth of around 30 per cent for three consecutive years.

Bennett Verby Director John Sutcliffe added: "We were delighted to advise Bijal and Nehal on the acquisition of Astley Grange and looking forward to helping them successfully grow their business in the future."



The Corporate Recovery and Insolvency division of Stockport-based accountants Bennett Verby has sold a recruitment firm in a move that has helped around a 100 temporary staff.

Buxton-based Forward Recruitment, which recently went into administration, has been bought by Wrexham-based Gap Personnel Holdings for an undisclosed sum. Vincent Simmons, Partner and Licenced Insolvency Practitioner at Bennett Verby Corporate Recovery and Insolvency (BV CRI) said: "The sale of Forward Recruitment, which provides temporary staff to the food packaging and engineering industries, has resulted in no job losses and continuity of the business for all customers.''


Polish Division

Fast-growing accountants Bennett Verby has launched a new division dedicated to servicing the growing number of Polish businesses across the North West.

The firm has brought together a five-strong team of Polish speaking accountants and bookkeepers and already has around 50 businesses on its books.

The Polish Consulate estimates that there are 30,000 Polish people working in the Greater Manchester area.

While figures from the British Polish Chamber of Commerce reveal around 3,000 people from Poland are currently running their own business.

Managing Director Bernard Verby said the firm is primarily targeting companies in the construction and property development sectors many of which are fast-growing and entrepreneurial businesses.

Bennett Verby's Polish division is headed by Senior Accountants Adriana Wyrzykowska and Weronika Nycz who are members of the Polish Networking Club in Manchester. The team also includes three Polish speaking bookkeepers.

The team regularly attend events at the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and Polish Business Link which provide help and advice to Polish entrepreneurs.

Bernard said: " the past few years we have seen a significant rise in the number of new businesses set up by Polish entrepreneurs in the region."

"Many of these are in the construction and property development sectors. More often than not, these companies have been set up by an individual who was given an initial contract and needed a couple of workers to help fulfil that contract. Since then they have evolved and developed into fast-growing and profitable firms."

"Our team has a wealth of experience advising owner-managed business and this combined with their Polish language skills and in-depth cultural knowledge means they are ideally placed to advise this rapidly growing sector in the North West business community."



Fast growing accountants Bennett Verby has expanded its apprenticeship scheme in a move to help young people get a foothold on the career ladder without racking up huge university fees.

The Stockport-based group has taken on three apprentices in its 2013 intake and is looking to recruit three more.

Bennett Verby has a long history of trainee programmes dating back to the Youth Training Scheme (YTS) in the 1980s. A large number of staff joined on apprenticeship programmes and have gone on to become managers and even directors.

Former apprentice, Neil Jones, was last month promoted to a board director. After joining on an apprenticeship scheme as an accounts trainee, Bennett Verby supported him through his Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) qualifications and he quickly moved up the ranks to become a manager.

Case study

Looking to following in the footsteps of Neil is 19-year-old Lee Wilks. After completing A Levels at Xaverian College, Lee decided he didn't want to go to university because of the potential debt and no guarantee of getting a job at the end.

He joined Bennett Verby instead and attends college one day a fortnight to study for his Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualification which should take him about four years. He then wants to study for his ACCA to become a chartered accountant.

Lee says: "This was 100 per cent the right choice for me and is really enjoyable."

Bennett Verby has also taken on another apprentice who is studying for the AAT certification with the hope of becoming a chartered accountant. The third apprentice left school after GCSEs and is working towards an NVQ in Business Administration.

Bennett Verby, Chief Executive Bernard Verby, said: "It has always been a strong belief and commitment of the business to help and support young people within our community".

"A good number of staff who have joined these apprenticeship programmes have moved through the ranks, become chartered accountants and most recently joined the board of directors".

"The introduction of tuition fees has meant that university is not an option for everyone but this shouldn't mean that young people can't pursue their chosen career".

"At Bennett Verby we believe that everyone should be given a chance".


Neil Jones and Peter Gibbons

ACCOUNTANTS Bennett Verby has promoted two directors to its board as equity shareholders as part of its ambitious growth plans.

The promotion of Neil Jones and Peter Gibbons brings the total number of board directors at Stockport-based group to eleven. Chief Executive Bernard Verby says he intends to appoint further directors in the coming months.

Bernard says the promotions form part of the firm's long term strategy to bring younger members onto the board in order to take the business to the next level.

He says: "We are implementing a very substantial and aggressive growth plan to expand the business over the next five years which should take us to double the size. This is only the first round of promotions to the board and we plan to have further additions over the next 12 months."

Peter joined the firm 20 years ago as a semi-senior accountant. Within five years he became a manager and now runs the small business and start-ups department. Many of his original clients are still with him and some have seen their turnover grow to more than £30m.

Neil joined aged 16 in 1999 on a Modern Apprenticeship as an accounts trainee. The business invested in his training and development and supported him through CAT and ACCA qualifications. He became a manager eight years ago.

Bernard added: "Neil and Peter have been awarded promotions not only due to their length of service but recognition for their hard work and excellent client service

"We are committed to promoting from within to recognise the hard work and commitment achieved by members of our team."

Bennett Verby launches international division

Accountants Bennett Verby has launched an international division to help the growing number of clients looking to tap into new markets abroad.

Stockport-based Bennett Verby, which is currently helping around 50 North West companies with their international ambitions, decided to launch a specific division after demand for help and advice on expansion abroad had grown significantly.

Bennett Verby has also joined 2020 International – a network of global accountants who share knowledge and expertise. Bernard says membership of the network helps the firm ensure clients get the best local advice on taxes, customs and laws in foreign regions.

Managing partner Bernard Verby said the firm had been helping businesses expand internationally for 20 years but growing demand, particularly in the manufacturing sector, has prompted it to launch a specific division to focus on clients' needs.

Bernard said: "The region's manufacturing industry is performing extremely well and the UK is internationally renowned for its technical expertise and quality. Many manufacturers are seeing demand for their products and machines soaring across global markets.

"One of our clients recently received an order from the States that will double turnover."

The firm offers the complete range of advice to help companies achieve success on the global stage from raising funding and identify new markets to local tax advice.

Bernard said: "We have helped clients with both tax and commercial advice and also deciding which locations to be based. For example, if you want to expand in America you really need a permanent base over there with local employees.

"When preparing your business plan you need to know how local businesses work and what the costs are in those regions. In the States, for example, you have to pay for staff health insurance and this can be as much as the actual salary costs. Also each state has its own local taxes so it can be more efficient to operate in certain areas."

Bernard added: "We offer a true commercial hand holding service so our clients don't feel like they are going into the unknown alone."

Bennett Verby launches App for busy entrepreneurs on the move


Forward thinking accountants Bennett Verby has launched an innovative FREE App designed to help business people save valuable time and manage their tax affairs while on the move.

The Stockport-based firm said the App is in response to client demands and provides instant and relevant tax advice. It also has a number of functions to help the user save time and free them up to concentrate on running their business.

Features include an expenses calculator and business mileage tracker which uses inbuilt GPS to track distances and store them on the phone until needed.

The App has a number of tax tables and its tax calculators include Corporation Tax, Stamp Duty, Income Tax and Capital Gains. There are also plenty of tax savings ideas.

Chief Executive Officer Bernard Verby said: "We realise that the world has changed with around 80 per cent of people accessing online information via their mobile device. We have listened to our clients who have asked us to provide an App which will enable them to access valuable information at a time that suits them instead of when they are in front of their computer in the office."

The App is just one of a number of initiatives which form part of Bennett Verby's commitment to providing clients with the highest levels of help and advice and to support the growth of businesses.

The App, which was developed by Crosby Associates in Liverpool, is available to download free of charge from iTunes and Google Play, for further information contact Bennett Verby Ltd on 0161 476 9000.


The Bennett Verby 5-A-Side Team, once again proved that they are not only talented accountants and business advisors, but footballers too.

Adam Rhodes, Ryan Thomas, Ian Heyl, Lee Wilks, Rick Sutcliffe, Mel Esson and captain, Neil Jones played in the 20 Team inaugural Marketing Stockport 5-A-Side Business Cup on Tuesday 2nd July at the fantastic new sports facility, Stockport Sports Village in Woodley.

The team put in a first class performance and were runners up in the group stages. They made it to the semi-finals, where they dug deep and fought hard against a highly talented team representing Starkey Laboratories Ltd. Disappointingly a defeat ended their campaign to be the first winners of the cup and Trooper Beer.

Neil Jones, captain and senior manager at Bennett Verby said "It was a brilliant team effort and there were some great moments".


Accountants and business advisers Bennett Verby is on the acquisition trail as it posts an 18 per cent hike in turnover.

The Stockport-based firm has seen turnover soar to £5.6m in the year to December 2012 - up from £4.6m in the previous year.

Managing Partner Bernard Verby said the growth was fuelled by new clients, an increase in core activities across all divisions, in particular a rise in corporate finance deals, and expansion into new specialist areas.

He said the firm has ambitious plans for 2013 and is looking to complete a number of acquisitions of North West businesses.

Bernard said: "Our acquisition targets would typically be a practice with one to five partners which has a strong client base of SMEs. We are in advanced discussion with a number of firms and hope to complete a deal in the coming months."

In 2011, Bennett Verby opened an office in Manchester city centre and last year completed the acquisition of Wigan-based practice McGinty Demack.

It has been a busy 12 months for Bennett Verby. The firm has rebranded, launched a new website and branched out into new specialist areas including Insurance Services and Wealth Management.

Staff numbers have increased to 85 and the firm has secured a number of new clients, taking the total number to around 2000.

Bennett Verby provides the full range of accountancy and business advisory services and also offers clients HR, health and safety and legal advice through is human resources business.

The firm has three core divisions, Start-ups with a turnover of up to £1m, Commercial which covers businesses with annual sales of between £1m and £25m, and Corporate for companies with a £25m-plus turnover.

Bernard says the firm has a particularly strong client base in the manufacturing industry which is enjoying something of a renaissance in the North West, and advises a number of high-growth companies in the e-commerce and digital sectors.

Bernard added: "It has been an excellent year at the firm which has seen strong organic growth on the back of a large number of client referrals and expansion into new areas"

"We are still in difficult economic times but I believe our traditional values of offering excellent client service at good value for money are key to our ongoing success."

"It is exciting times at Bennett Verby and we are now poised for a period of rapid growth through our ambitious acquisition strategy."



Karen was appointed in September to assist with Marketing/PR and Business Development. She has built up a wealth of experience in Marketing and PR and has a proven background in building business relationships. Karen has worked successfully on some big marketing projects in her previous role at JD Sports and Topshop.

Karen has joined the team at Bennett Verby to oversee our Business Development Team. In addition to networking, building new relationships and organising our company events, Karen will also work in close partnership and assist the CEO Bernard Verby.

Comment from Bernard Verby
"We are very excited to welcome Karen to our team here at Bennett Verby. Karen's experience will be an asset to us and I look forward to working with her moving forward"

Commenting Karen said
"I am delighted to be joining the Bennett Verby team. The business has a great reputation in the industry for quality service and a market leading innovative approach. I very much look forward to being part of the future of success"



Following on from the announcement earlier this year that Stockport based Accountants Bennett Verby are to open an office in Manchester City Centre, they have now had the opportunity to celebrate with clients and contacts alike.

Thursday 10th November saw an informal gathering at Pall Mall Court in recognition of the move to the City Centre for the firm. Over 150 attendees enjoyed a relaxed setting and a chance to view this central location over a drink and a nibble. In line with their established CSR policy Bennett Verby made a contribution to Kidscan to mark the event and the charity had an opportunity to inform members of the business community about the valuable work they do.

'We kicked off the festive season with an informal celebration for a wide selection of our clients and contacts' said Bernard Verby, Managing Partner. 'It has been an exciting year and we relish the year ahead where we hope to see more of our growth plans realised.'

'It is great to hear some positive business news' said Nigel Haddon, Chief Executive, SAS Daniels. 'It was a most enjoyable event and we wish Bennett Verby continued success in the future.'



Bennett Verby Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Services are planning to capitalise on a successful, growing presence in the 'Potteries' and surrounding area by opening a new office in Newcastle Under Lyme.

Julie Bridgett a well-known and respected practitioner with a great deal of experience within this region will head up the new office. Julie has worked within Corporate Recovery and related insolvency work for over 13 years and is a member of both the Insolvency Practitioners' Association and the Association of Business Recovery.

'It is a natural progression for us' said Vincent Simmons, Head of Bennett Verby Corporate Recovery. 'We are delighted to welcome Julie to the team and her reputation within this area will be a great asset. I have worked for a number of years within this area to great effect and I look forward to further growth within the region over the coming months. This is one step in an ambitious development plan for us and we look forward to more announcements early 2012 for further expansion.'

Bennett Verby has been established in the North West for nearly 40 years and operates from their head office building in Stockport.



BV Human Resources are pleased to announce a further strengthening of the team as they welcome Yvonne Chernick as a full time Human Resources Consultant. Yvonne is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development with over 10 years experience offering professional, effective HR services to a wide and dynamic customer base.

Yvonne's appointment follows that of Alan Hawkes earlier in the year as the Company grows from strength to strength. Turnover has increased 20% in the financial year to January 2011 and is on target to reach or surpass the 3 years target of a further 50% incremental growth.

Hawkes is a professional manager qualified in Human Resource Management, Strategic Business Solutions and Operations Management. With over 25 years experience, he counts as one of his major achievements the merging of differing organisational cultures in acquisition and merger situations.

'It is always rewarding when growth is organic and driven by customer recommendation' said Linda Saleh, MD. 'The future is looking very positive and we are excited about the realisation of ambitious growth targets in a difficult economic environment.'



BV Human Resources are celebrating after a key client, ServicePower are short listed for a prestigious national business award. The National Business Awards is the UK's premier recognition platform for businesses of all sizes, from all sectors - public or private.

ServicePower is a Stockport based Company providing software solutions, which enable service businesses to improve efficiency within the service supply chain. Aided and advised by BV Human Resources they have embarked on an comprehensive project of transitional change which has seen an ambitious three year plan bring progressive initiatives throughout the business and turn what was a 'lifestyle' organisation in 2008 operating without profit to an International Commercial business on track to achieve turnover in excess of £19.5m by the end of 2012.

Receiving a nomination for ' The Transformational Change of the Year' is recognition of the brave yet sensitive approach the Company have adopted to implementing changes that affected almost all employees working within the organisation.

'It is a well deserved recognition of a fantastic achievement for ServicePower' said Linda Saleh, MD of BV Human Resources. 'It has been my privilege to work alongside the team throughout the process. Staff communication has been paramount to the success of the transition with the new executive team ensuring an 'inclusive' approach was adopted throughout.'

Saleh went on to say 'We wish ServicePower every success and look forward to celebrating further following the award ceremony in November.'

Linda's involvement has been key' said Kathryne Jobling, Chief Operating Officer at ServicePower. 'Having an expert in all HR issues has allowed the executive team to focus on the more technical aspects of the transition. We are, as every organisation is, as good as our people and it was extremely important when implementing such wide reaching change that everything we did was focussed on our staff.'

In summary, ServicePower is truly a success story of a niche technology company whose heritage and technology was born out of ICL and represents a significant turn around in fortune and profit in the space of three years. Through this change project, BV Human Resources has secured the employment of teams of people in Stockport and multiple sites in America with their technology now embedded in some of the world's largest companies.


STOCKPORT firm Bennett Verby Accountants and Business Advisors have been appointed to advise on the business development and future growth plans of Bacup based, Viking.

Viking formerly know as Viking Trailers is a long established family business with an enviable reputation for the design, manufacture and installation of steel structures. Viking has a specialism in providing bespoke steel solutions to the airport industry supplying many of the world's major airports, airlines and carriers. In addition they have a dedicated trailer division building on over 30 years of providing quality product to this market.

Steven Rhodes, Partner at Bennett Verby said, "As a long established successful family business, Viking has the ideal base from which to realise their ambitious plans for future growth and development. A recent re brand and an exciting programme of new product development will help drive the business forward. Our expertise in business strategy coupled with our hands on approach is an ideal fit for Viking and the future looks very exciting indeed."

Viking was founded over 30 years ago by John Watkins and is now owned and run by his two children David and Angela Watkins.


A Stockport town centre accountancy firm is all set to help kick start enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit with a new service for local businesses

Bennett Verby Accountants' new free service is aimed at helping those looking to set up a new business in the North West and who are seeking valuable advice on how to go about it.

"The business news is full of cuts, unemployment and job devaluation," says Bernard Verby, Managing Partner. "We are counteracting this negativity by encouraging budding business owners to take up the challenge of starting a new enterprise and we aim to help as much as we can."

The Start up Surgery will run for half a day twice a month and will allow potential entrepreneurs to spend time with highly experienced business advisors who will be able to give an independent and effective review of their business plan. In addition, attendees will receive practical advice on how to progress into the business world. They will hear essential advice on tax planning plus guidance on navigating the complex systems for raising much needed capital.

'If we are really going to turn the economy and create employment, we have to encourage private sector growth' said Bernard Verby, Managing Partner. 'Private business is inevitably going to be the sector of the economy leading the path for economic development and if we can help this process along then we are happy to do so.'

The Surgery will be held at BV's head office in Stockport on the first and third Friday of each month. To book one hour appointments please contact Paula Dann via email at


Accountancy firm set on expansion following record growth.

Bennett Verby, one of the regions leading firms of Accountants and Business Advisors are planning to capitalise on their success achieved in 2010 by opening a new office in Manchester City Centre. Plans to develop operations in the City centre are a direct reaction to the growth of their Corporate Division.

'The opening of Bennett Verby's Manchester office is an important step towards realising our expansion goals' said Bernard Verby, Managing Partner 'The new office in Kings Street, will be the first of many changes for the Company in 2011. We are planning further growth, a re brand, developing key service divisions and an increase in marketing activity.' In addition to organic growth, the firm are looking to complete further acquisitions of North West businesses before the end of 2011.'

Mr Verby adds 'our last financial year has been excellent. In order to succeed we recognised that we had to acknowledge the changing face of the SME market, which makes up our core client base. We have had to develop along side the changes, work harder and smarter ensuring we understand the key issues affecting our clients and that we have appropriate and effective answers for them.

Bennett Verby has been established in the North West for nearly 40 years and operates from their head office building in Stockport.

BENNETT VERBY – a wise choice by Sage

Firm selected as Stockport's only Sage Accountant Partner.

Bennett Verby is proud to announce its selection by Sage to be an Accredited Accountant Partner in the Stockport area. There are just 161 Partners currently in the UK with Sage aiming to limit the programme to 200 in the future.

Recognising the importance of Sage products in facilitating business success, Bennett Verby has been a preferred supplier of all Sage products for a number of years. This new status recognises that commitment and means, Bennett Verby customers will ultimately benefit from a premium service, such as, early knowledge of new product development, seminars and web sessions and also further discounts on Sage products.

"We have always enjoyed a positive and rewarding relationship with the worlds leading supplier of business software," said Managing Partner Bernard Verby. "To be a member of such an elite group is going to further strengthen our ability to provide the very highest level of client service we can. Our staff will benefit from pre-release knowledge of software plus an intense and consistent programme of training." In addition our clients can benefit from in house training together with the help and preparation of instant management information either on site at their premises, or produced remotely".

Sage supplies business software solutions to 5.7M customers worldwide and is recognised as being a leading force in business support for organisations of all sizes. In these challenging times, it is crucial that businesses have the right tools coupled with effective advice to ensure survival and growth. In creating this group of Sage experts around the country, Sage is ensuring businesses have access to the very highest level of expertise and product knowledge in their area helping them achieve their business objectives.

As a Sage Accredited Accountant Partner, Bennett Verby will not only benefit from additional product knowledge and training, but will also be involved in Sage hosted focus groups and software development. This will see the practice take an active role in the direction of product development offered by Sage, a fact that will ensure that the support packages available to businesses continue to meet the fresh and emerging demands on local businesses.

Carry on Currying

BV hosts their second Client Curry Club

Bennett Verby hosted the second of their Client Curry Club at the Rajdoot restaurant in Manchester on Thursday 10th February. This lunchtime event was attended by over 40 business owners and senior managers from the North West area. Attendees were treated to a relaxed atmosphere in which they can enjoy great food, stimulating Company and an opportunity to network with likeminded business professionals.

'It was a very enjoyable event' said Rick Robinson of Alexander Windows Ltd. 'The atmosphere was relaxed yet focused and this resulted in a natural platform for positive conversation and I made some interesting business contacts.'

BV plan to host further curry club events during 2011. 'We wanted to arrange an event that was aimed at getting clients together for an informal lunch. We have been delighted with the response and very much look forward to future events following this format.' said Bernard Verby, Managing Partner.






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