specialist areas

At Ascendis, we work with businesses of all shapes, sizes and budgets. We’ve built up extensive experience in providing specialist services to businesses operating within specific sectors at various stages of their business life cycle.

This experience and expertise can make a huge difference to our clients, particularly if they operate within a heavily-regulated industry, have particularly complex requirements or can benefit significantly from specialist advice.


Accountants For Fast-Growing Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Whether you are a start-up and require assistance on starting out and funding, fast-growing and feel the need to get greater control over your finances, or even wanting to simply maintain growth, we can advise on:

  • Technology
  • Structure
  • Strategy
  • Tax Efficiency
  • Funding Options
  • Investments

We will be there for you every step of the way; not only as your accountant, but as your business adviser.

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Business Restructures

Business Restructure Advice

A wealth of experience in business restructuring allows us to provide solutions for business re-organisation, including:

  • Acquisitions
  • Mergers
  • Sales
  • Group re-organisations
  • Financial restructuring
  • Share schemes & key employee incentives
  • Asset protection

We look at your current structure, liaise with you on your objectives and provide bespoke solutions to get to the desired end result.

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Specialist Tax Planning

Specialist Tax Planning

Our Chartered Tax Advisers can advise on all aspects of tax planning. Whether it be:

  • The purchase or sale of a company (or other assets)
  • Re-structuring your company
  • Inheritance tax and estate planning
  • Corporation tax
  • Research and development (R&D) tax
  • Employee remuneration
  • Tax efficient profit extraction
  • Tax efficient property portfolio structuring

We can advise on each; clearly and concisely.

Our advice is pro-active, but always within UK tax legislation and – where possible – we will get HMRC “clearance” before any transactions are undertaken, so that you have the knowledge and confidence that you and your business are fully compliant.

We can also advise and liaise with HMRC on your behalf, should you have any tax disputes, which often results in considerable tax savings for our clients.

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Research & Development

R & D Tax Advice

R&D tax credits is a government tax relief that is often overlooked and therefore resulting in billions of under claimed tax relief for companies. In fact, only 5% of eligible companies have claimed this relief. The aim of the relief companies is to incentivise companies to seek technological or science advances in their industry. Examples would be:

  • Creating an app
  • Developing new software & new technology
  • Using materials in an innovative way
  • Developing new processes & systems

Qualifying R&D expenditure is “enhanced”, giving rise to a reduced Corporation Tax liability, or where the relief results in a loss you can exchange these losses for a cash sum from HMRC.

Speak with one of our advisers to see if we can assist in making a claim – you may be surprised at what can qualify!

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Financial Outsourcing

Back-Office Business Support

Many business owners often feel burdened by the responsibilities of keeping the various financial functions of their businesses running efficiently. We can act as your outsourced finance team, providing you with services such as:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll
  • Forecasting
  • VAT returns
  • Management accounts
  • Financial reporting

Often our clients use us as outsourced Bookkeepers, Financial Controllers and finance Directors, which can come with a cost saving when compared with hiring an internal team.

We provide expert administration and act act as your sounding board with no-nonsense advice. Having an outsourced financial team allows you the time to focus on your business.

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Cloud Accounting

Online & Cloud Accountants

We are cloud accounting specialists and Xero Gold Partners; as such, there are many advantages to using our accountancy services, particularly as we pass down the benefits of being in partnership with leading cloud accountancy partners to our clients. Cloud systems can allow you to:

  • Have accurate and ‘real time’ business information
  • Save costs on the finance function and reduce time for data input
  • Keep paperless business records linked to business transactions
  • Have greater accessibility to access business finances at any time
  • Form more accurate & detailed visualisations of your business and its finances
  • Set and track budgets & financial KPIs
  • Forecast financial performance

Speak to us about how cloud accounting can help you become more efficient and provide you with opportunities to improve your business’ financial performance.

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