At EQ Leisure, we know that businesses within the leisure industry face some very specific challenges. Our dedicated Leisure team have the understanding and the experience needed to help businesses survive, adapt and flourish.
At EQ Leisure, we know that businesses within the leisure industry face some very specific challenges. Our dedicated team have the understanding of the relevant issues, and the experience needed to assist clients such as:
We deliver a comprehensive range of services to our clients, including accountancy, audit and tax compliance, but our strength lies in our advisory capabilities. We strive to build strong relationships with our clients, as this enables us to fully appreciate their aims and objectives in order to provide the most relevant advice and support in each unique situation.
For many businesses in the Leisure industry, staff are one of the most important assets and therefore payroll compliance is critical to their ongoing success. Our Virtual Finance Office (VFO) assists businesses of all sizes in adhering to the relevant HM Revenue & Customs legislation, ensuring return filing and payment dates are met, whilst also providing support on all payroll related matters, including auto enrolment, P11D expenses and benefits, and the living wage.
We understand that it can be a time consuming challenge to maintain adequate records, which provide useful management information, alongside running a business. Our VFO is there to take the hassle away from you and to allow you to focus on the day-to-day running of your business. Bookkeeping and VAT support is tailored to each individual situation, from full outsourcing to VAT return review only, and kept flexible, as we appreciate circumstances can change overnight.
To find out more about how our VFO can help your business, contact one our EQ Leisure specialists who will be happy to discuss your requirements and find the right solution for you.
Compliance work, for individuals and businesses, is a key service for us. However the Leisure industry and relevant legislation are constantly evolving so proactive tax planning is where we differentiate ourselves, and where we add the most value for our clients. We work with business owners to ensure they meet their objectives and, by developing a comprehensive knowledge of their personal and commercial affairs, we are able to provide innovative solutions and advice in a range of areas including:
At EQ Leisure, we aim to be more than accountants, acting as business advisors to our clients to ensure the continued success of their business. An outside perspective can be thought provoking and we can draw on our experience in the sector to deliver a non-executive director role to businesses, attending management or owner meetings as regularly as requested or simply being available at the end of the telephone.
Regular, accurate financial information is fundamental to being the best. We prepare and analyse management accounts, along with assisting in setting budgets, targets and key performance indicators (KPIs), allowing informed business decisions to be made. We can also critically evaluate business performance, identifying potential areas for cost savings or suggesting steps to maximise profit.
We have helped a variety of clients implement extensive changes to their businesses. If you are acquiring a business, expanding an existing business or planning for a disposal, we can provide support through every stage, whether it is a rapidly evolving enterprise or a once in a lifetime event. We’ll explain the options for structuring your business, assist in preparing business plans and projections to secure funding, and advise on the wide ranging tax implications of a sale or restructure, to maximise return and help you to achieve your aims and expectations.
Read more about our corporate finance services here.
If you work within the leisure sector and are considering getting some advice, give one of our EQ Leisure team a call to chat about how we can help you. Alternatively, fill in the contact form and someone will be in touch shortly.
EQ’s key people are often asked to provide board level business advisory support to businesses. Since 2011, we have supplied this service to the McMenemie family, owners of the Green Hotel in Pitlochry.
Over the period of his involvement, David has supported the family and the company in many different areas from succession planning, budget and price setting to staff incentives, brand identity and management controls. His advice also includes all taxation support for the company and its directors.
The hotel is hugely successful and has carved out a niche in the provision of high quality accommodation and catering to mainly elderly clientele. The hotel continues to go from strength to strength and has further plans to enhance the breadth and quality of its services.
Alistair McMenemie, Managing Director of Green Park Limited commented,
“We have dealt with David and EQ over many years and are hugely appreciative of the friendliness and quality of the team. We benefit from their detailed sector knowledge and fully trust in the service provided, no matter what the query is.”
To see how we can help you, contact one of our EQ Leisure team today.
Sue and Phillip Smith operate a very successful furnished holiday let business, Dalnoid Cottages & Treehouses, offering beautiful self-contained holiday cottages and treehouses with hot-tubs in stunning Glenshee, Perthshire.
Due to continued growth, they were looking for specific advice and approached our team on the back of a presentation to ASSC members. Since the appointment, EQ have provided advice in relation to business restructuring, various tax planning activities, refinance opportunities and profit extraction.
Phillip Smith commented,
“Since joining EQ, the team have been really supportive and provided valuable advice to help our business, and us personally. We appreciate how proactive and knowledgeable they are. Sue and I know we made the right decision moving to EQ, after helping us to restructure the business for the future, we are in the best position to continue to grow the business with their support.”
In early 2016 EQ were appointed as advisors to Clayton Caravan Park, a very successful holiday park close to St Andrews in Fife. Owned and operated by the Kennedy family since its inception in 1966, the family are committed to investment in the facilities and infrastructure, resulting in a 5 Star Holiday Park Award by Visit Scotland.
Since appointment, we have undertaken a full scale review of the operational setup advising on all areas including the business structure, company and personal taxation matters and succession planning. We also have a close ongoing relationship with the family, meeting regularly to ensure their objectives continue to be met and to discuss their plans for the future, following the approval of planning permission to expand the park with the creation of 171 new static caravan pitches.
Andrew Kennedy remarked,
“We are delighted with the service we have received from EQ since we began working with them. The team are friendly and approachable and throughout a period of change we have felt confident in the advice provided, which has always been delivered in a clear and understandable manner despite the complexities involved.”
We are delighted with the service we have received from EQ since we began working with them. The team are friendly and approachable and throughout a period of change we have felt confident in the advice provided, which has always been delivered in a clear and understandable manner despite the complexities involved.
Clayton Caravan Park
We never stop improving and striving to be better every day, this has always been our goal. Working closely with EQ has been instrumental to our success. The sound business advice and guidance EQ have offered us over the years has allowed us to build and expand our business. Their accountancy service allows us to focus on what we do best in running our businesses, safe in the knowledge that the quality advice and accountancy service we receive from EQ keeps us in order and always up to date.
Derrybeg Bed and Breakfast
Everyone at the firm has been sincere, willing and professional and I look forward to making the most of their expertise.
Managing Director, Cluny Clays Ltd
We started working with EQ at the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, and it became clear that we had made the right decision to move. They were immediately on the phone to offer support and advise us on what to do to access much needed funding. Without their initial guidance and help with applications, we would never have even applied – we are incredibly grateful for their support, having received vital funding to ensure our future. We look forward to continuing to work with the EQ team and know that we are in very safe hands indeed.
Director, TBC Pub Company
We have dealt with EQ over many years and are hugely appreciative of the friendliness and quality of the team. We benefit from their detailed sector knowledge and fully trust in the service provided, no matter what the query is.
Managing Director, Green Park Limited
We have been with EQ for several years now and enjoy working with the partners and staff. They are responsive, knowledgeable, professional, practical and helpful. What more could we ask for?
President, Kingsbarns Golf Club
Entrepreneur and accountant may not appear at the top of your list as possessing a natural synergy, but I can testify to the catalytic synergy when EQ, became involved in our businesses. I have constantly been delighted by the proactive, entrepreneurial passion and lateral thought which is applied to every situation.
They are not just our accountants - they are an integral part of our management team, being fully involved in our business and providing rather unique, proactive advice, leadership and a personal service, which is sadly missing from larger city accountancy practices, at a country rate.
The Kitchin, Bonnie Badger and The Scran & Scallie
L-R: Michal Lupina (Partner at P A Arbuckle & Sons) and Scott Greig (Partner at EQ).
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