AUDIT SERVICES Assurance and business advisory services
We provide a range of assurance and business advisory services
We strongly believe that the audit, although a statutory requirement,
to a diverse client base ranging from small businesses and start
can add value to client organisations and assist management in their
ups to large medium sized companies. Our client portfolio includes
decision-making process. Our approach to the audit is to ensure that
businesses with turnovers ranging from £1 million to £120 million,
each project is well planned and produces no surprises.
both private and owned publicly listed businesses on the PLUS Market.
We are committed to providing the highest standards of service based on long-term, director-led client relationships. We strive to
We work for:
provide imaginative yet pragmatic advice and solutions, derived from
• small, medium and large private companies
a thorough understanding of our clients’ needs. This is made possible
• entrepreneurial and family enterprises
by the quality of our people and our depth of expertise at all levels.
Our assurance & business services include: • statutory audits
• transaction based support including due diligence • accounting advice
Where a company is seeking admission to PLUS, the reporting
• regulatory advice
accountant’s main responsibility is to carry out due diligence on
the company’s financial position and report these findings to the
• business plans
Nominated Adviser (‘Nomad’).
• outsourced finance function The reporting accountant is independent of the company looking to list on PLUS and can therefore provide a thorough and impartial
assessment of its financial condition. The work produced as a result of its deliberations usually comprises the Accountants’ Report
We are committed to providing an effective and where necessary,
(short form), the long form report and the working capital review.
a challenging audit. Ultimately, our audit approach is designed to
Each report is presented to the directors for comment before being
focus on the risks that may have material impact on the financial
fundamentals as reflected in your financial statements. Good communication combined with honest exchange of views builds
• Short form report - is part of the admission document and sets
a stronger working relationship, brings fresh perspectives and the
out the historic financial information on the company. It includes
early identification to emerging issues. We aim to work with our
an opinion from the reporting accountant that the financial
clients to build an audit that works for the business whilst reflecting
information is true and fair for the purposes of the admission
the nature of the industry you operate in.
document . • Working capital review - looks at forward looking financials to
Auditing large groups to individual companies means our expertise is
ensure that the statement made by the directors in the admission
diverse, whether applying UK GAAP, IFRS and US GAAP we have the
document that the company has sufficient working capital after
technical expertise to assist in any assignment.
listing has been made after due and careful enquiry. • Financial reporting procedures – as part of the requirement for
Our audit services include:
PLUS listing a company needs to have adequate internal control
• statutory audit, whether under the Companies Act or other
procedures. Our dedicated team audit procedures and, where
appropriate, recommend practical suggestions in a formal report.
• interim audits • other statutory reports required from registered auditors under legislation • services as reporting accountants to PLUS Market • regulatory reports for professional bodies, such as The Law Society and The Financial Services Authority • industry specific documentary audits for many television and film documentary companies including Channel 4 and the BBC
CORPORATE SERVICES Transaction based support: due diligence
We have worked closely with both corporate vendors and purchasers
Our established valuation approach incorporates the critical drivers of
for many years to meet the needs of banks and corporate acquirers
for authoritative due diligence and investigation services
• market conditions • industry dynamics
We provide the following due diligence services:
• the competitive environment
• financial due diligence
• key personnel
• financial Investigations
• minority holdings • share transfer restrictions
Financial due diligence
We work closely with each client to provide a bespoke service to meet your needs and your budget.
Our team has undertaken vendor due diligence as part of controlled processes. In addition to full due diligence investigations, our clients often use us for tailored work, including detailed tax due diligence.
Business plans We regularly help business managers with preparation of business
plans. We provide added value beyond the traditional numbercrunching role performed by accountants.
We also carry out financial investigation work. We use our many years experience of financial investigation work to set the terms of
Our business plan services include:
the initial scope of work.
• advice regarding the content of a business plan • assistance on the preparation of a business plan based on provided information
• production of a set of illustrative financial projections • independent validation of a business plan
Value is a core consideration for any business. Knowing the value of an asset, a company, a competitor or a target creates new business opportunities and is a key driver of wealth creation.
Business plan validation
Valuation services are required at every stage of a business life cycle
Many spreadsheets contain errors and apply assumptions which are
and our team undertakes engagements for a number of different
inconsistent with other data. The success of capital transactions is
often crucially dependent on robust financial projections.
• buying and selling a business
Financial institutions and regulators often require independent
• transferring shares
assurance regarding the robustness of financial projections and we
have experienced staff who can provide this assurance.
• corporate restructuring • related party transactions • accounting and tax purposes • dispute resolution • share option schemes
We have developed a methodology which is scalable depending on
Our payroll bureau offers a confidential service aimed at reducing
the level of assurance required. This may include:
the administrative burden on clients. With HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) approved software and professionally qualified staff we are
• business plan narrative consistent with underlying projections
able to assist all our clients needs from hiring staff to filing statutory
• compilation of the financial projections on the basis of the
principal assumptions • key formulae and calculations in the model are logical and prepared on a consistent basis
• key risk areas which might prevent the projections being achieved • reasonableness of the principal assumptions
Our team can assist you by preparing monthly or quarterly VAT
• independent verification of the assumptions
returns. We also work closely with our VAT advisory team which
• sensitivity of the projections to changes in assumptions
provides specialist advice on VAT issues and problems.
• comparison of results from an independent financial model
Outsourced finance function
Company secretarial consultancy The administration in operating a company is more extensive than
We understand the pressures management is under, and for this
it may first appear. Our team has a wide range of commercial and
reason we have developed systems for taking away the burden of
corporate experience and can provide a professional and efficient
compliance chores, leaving you to deal with what counts: core,
service in the following areas:
revenue-generating activities. Company secretarial services We can provide a complete outsourced accounting and back office
• acting as corporate company secretary
service to business start-ups or more specific services to established
• company formations for private and public companies and LLPs
companies and partnerships. Our dedicated team will work with you
including the provision of ready made companies, electronic
to ensure your requirements are met, enabling you to focus on your
formations, same day and postal formations
core business issues.
• providing a registered office • acting as share registrars
Core services include:
• share issues and transfers
• accounting services • payroll • VAT returns • company secretarial consultancy
• maintenance of statutory books • preparation of documents and attendance at board and general meetings • preparation of meeting minutes and resolutions • updating memorandum and articles of association • company searches
• dissolution services • group re-organisations
Our team provides expert assistance and support on all aspects of accounting and management reporting. Our portfolio ranges from
• changes in share capital including purchase of own shares and multi share classes
owner managed businesses to subsidiaries of overseas companies. Using the latest technology we are able to offer an electronic We work in partnership with you to produce management
company formation service for limited companies. New companies
information that best suits the needs of your business and your
can be formed within 24 hours. We can take care of complex share
structures and by linking into our corporate tax team we can provide advice on the tax implications of transactions including stamp duty
Specifically, we can assist in the following areas:
• preparation of management accounts and reports • preparation and assistance with day to day bookkeeping and compliance • setting up and installing of accounting systems • preparation of budgets and cash flow forecasts
INTERNATIONAL China For the past four years Silver Levene has developed a specialist division dedicated to supporting Chinese companies already established in the UK, as well as China based firms seeking to enter the UK market. The China team has a range of professional knowledge and language skills (Mandarin and Cantonese) which are invaluable to the firm and we are engaged in a range of exciting projects reflecting the huge growth in the Chinese economy. We provide the following services to our Chinese clients: â€˘ statutory audit, â€˘ services as reporting accountants to PLUS and AIM Markets
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