Our more alert readers might have noticed a subtle change in my articles of late. Whereas previously I would suggest that you contact me at TaxAssist, the last few issues have enjoined you to contact me at Coleman Webb instead. This is because, after more than a decade of providing accounting services in the Bexhill and Hastings area, my erstwhile boss Chris Robertson has now retired. Rather than closing his long-running practice, Chris sought to pass the firm over to someone else to continue his legacy.

The people that he found to do that were Gregg Pilcher and Lisa Western of Coleman Webb. Having already achieved success with their existing office in Paddock Wood, Gregg and Lisa had decided to expand their practice. They have taken over the office in its entirety, with the rest of the team staying on to maintain a sense of continuity for the firm’s existing clients. Their aim has been to ensure a smooth transition, minimising the disruption to the ongoing business of tax and accounts.

This is not to say that they don’t have plans for the future as well. Lisa is an accredited trainer for the cloud accounting package, Quickbooks Online. As the government continues to push taxpayers into electronic record-keeping as part of their “Making Tax Digital” programme, being able to use such online solutions is going to become an increasingly important part of business. With a variety of integrated apps and programs available, from invoice-tracking to job management, it might even make day-to-day business easier. Meanwhile Gregg specialises in keeping up with the ever-changing world of tax legislation, using that in-depth knowledge to seek out the best ways to legally minimise tax bills. With their existing Paddock Wood team behind them as well, they hope to continue to provide a good service to the local area.

The sign above the door has changed. The bright yellow pound sign of the TaxAssist logo being replaced by the purple hues of the Coleman Webb banner.  But inside it is business as usual, and you can still reach me for a free, no-obligation meeting on 01424 211800. Meanwhile, hopefully drawing on Gregg and Lisa’s knowledge as well, you can still look forward to accounts and tax articles appearing in these pages for the foreseeable future.


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