“As an owner-managed hospitality business it is often difficult to benchmark ourselves with our peers and competitors. On more than one occasion, Crowe Horwath has helped us understand the market better, which assisted us with our strategic planning, enabling us to achieve our potential. In simple terms, they gave us the confidence and assurance that we were on the right path.”

Erik Robson, Director, Ely

Owner-Managed Businesses & SMEs

At Crowe Horwath we are all about adding value to your business. Whether you are looking to increase profit, looking to maximise value, or most likely both, we have the skills to make it happen.

Yes, we provide audit, tax and advisory services but our service is much deeper than that. Working closely with you we work hard to ensure your business reaches its potential and creates the profit and rewards from your skills.

We work with owner-manager businesses, entrepreneurs, sole traders, partnerships and family businesses operating both domestically and internationally, across a wide range of sectors. We are acutely aware of the issues and challenges that owner-managed businesses and SMEs regularly come up against. Our services are focused on delivering clear benefits using a combination of our many years of experience and expertise which we bring to:

  • Understanding the value of the customer and ensuring the right business processes and structures are in place to deliver long term value
  • Coping with growth – ensuring that systems and disciplines develop in line with business expansion
  • Understanding and satisfying the differing expectations of the shareholders and family members
  • Ensuring that the process of succession is being effectively managed – handing down the business to the next generation
  • Introducing clear and separate decision making processes for each of the shareholders, business and family
  • Finding the right balance – managing business and personal finances to secure the highest possible net worth
  • Spreading the management load – bringing in new expertise while keeping control of the costs

We offer partner-led proactive advice to all our clients. Our advice is clear and concise so that it is understood by all. We take the time to understand each client’s unique set of circumstances. We know that confidentiality and privacy are paramount and we are sensitive to the ways in which business ownership, management, personal objectives and family relationships often overlap. We are committed to finding commercial and practical solutions for our clients, whatever the challenge.

We work with our clients on a broad range of issues, from meeting statutory requirements, improving business performance and growing business value, to achieving lifestyle aspirations, making sound retirement decisions and managing accumulated wealth. We liaise with solicitors, insurance companies and other outside parties as required to ensure the best outcomes for clients.

Our team of experienced professionals can help you with all aspects of your business from start-up to maturity:

Start-up

Our services when your business is a startup include:

  • Advice on the appropriate trading structure – partnership, sole trader or limited company
  • Company formations and secretarial services
  • Opening bank accounts
  • Tax registration – Income Tax, Corporation Tax, VAT, PAYE & RCT
  • Assistance with accounting and software installation
  • Assistance with financing your business (bank negotiations, funding options)
  • Assistance with preparation of business plans and financial forecasts
  • Outsourcing services such as monthly book-keeping and management accounts, payroll services and VAT compliance services
  • Preparation of annual accounts and tax returns

Growth

Our services when you business is in the growth stage include:

  • Preparation of business plans and financial forecasts
  • Assistance with financing your business (bank negotiations, funding options)
  • Preparation and assistance with EIIS funding applications
  • Share option schemes for key employees
  • Holding company structures
  • Family constitutions and governance
  • Statutory audit and annual company secretarial services
  • Annual corporation tax compliance services
  • Assistance and preparation of government grant claims
  • Tax planning to include advice on the most appropriate tax reliefs available to your organisation such as the R&D tax credit or the recently introduced Knowledge Development Box reduced rate of corporation tax
  • Property transactions – CGT, VAT and Stamp Duty issues
  • Asset protection / managing surplus cash

Expansion

Our services when your business is expanding include:

  • Developing a comprehensive structured process of building value in your business
  • International / cross border tax and advisory services – As a member of Crowe Horwath International we have access to accounting and advisory services in over 130 countries around the world
  • Employee rewards
  • Financial restructuring
  • Internal audit and control reviews
  • Merger and acquisition services – identify targets, due diligence, fund raising and M&A negotiation
  • Tax efficient profit extraction

Maturity

Our services when your business is in the maturity stage include:

  • Business and share valuations
  • Management buyouts
  • Pension advice and planning
  • Succession planning – retirement, estate planning, wills and probate
  • Tax efficiency maximisation – Retirement Relief, Entrepreneurs Relief, Business Property Relief

Speak to one of our experience professionals today to find out how Crowe Horwath can assist you and your business in making smart decisions that will build lasting value for your business.

Contacts
 

Grayson Buckley

PartnerTax
 

John Byrne

PartnerTax
 

Naoise Cosgrove

PartnerCorporate Finance
 

Neil Davitt

PartnerAudit
 

Brian Geraghty

PartnerAudit
 

Chris Magill

PartnerAudit
 

Roseanna O’Hanlon

PartnerAudit and Assurance
 

Gerard O’Reilly

PartnerCorporate Finance