Corporate Client Services
We provide the full range of advice and recommendation services to the Self-Employed, Business Partnerships and (principally SME size) Limited Companies.
In today's ever more competitive market place, it has become essential that to attract and retain quality staff, you need to offer a highly attractive package of employee benefits. The 'One Size Fits All' approach is often no longer appropriate - we can help you to provide a package that can be tailor made to suit all levels of staff and their different personal requirements. (See Employee Benefits Packages below).
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- Auditing your Current Pension Scheme - We provide a fee based audit service so that you can ensure that your current Directors' and Employees' Company Pension arrangements are taking full advantage of the most modern and cost-efficient arrangements possible.
- Major changes in pension legislation were introduced on 6th April 2015, with the introduction of Flexible Income Drawdown and the removal of the need to purchase an annuity by age 75.
- You need to carefully plan how much income you can afford to take under flexi-access drawdown otherwise there’s a risk you’ll run out of money. This could happen if (a) you live longer than you’ve planned for; (b) you take out too much in the early years; (c) your investments don’t perform as well as you expect and you don’t adjust the amount you take accordingly.
- If you choose flexi-access drawdown, it’s important to regularly review your investments.
- Make sure you know exactly where you stand now by contacting us for a review of all your existing and previous pension arrangements.
- Partnership protection - We advise on and provide Tax Efficient solutions combined with the most appropriate use of Business Trusts to ensure that a partnership is financially protected from the death or critical illness of one of the partners, whilst ensuring that any deceased partner's estate can receive the appropriate value of his or her share of the partnership as quickly and tax efficiently as possible.
- Shareholder protection - Similarly to the above, we provide financial advice and recommendations to protect a private Limited Company from the financial consequences of the death or critical illness of one of the shareholders, whilst also ensuring that any deceased shareholder's estate can receive the appropriate value of his or her shares as quickly and tax efficiently as possible.
- Keyman Protection - Many businesses are exposed to the risks of financial loss when a key employee suffers a critical illness or dies. Projects may have to be cancelled, the bank may call in or restrict overdraft facilities, credit may no longer be extended by suppliers, competitors may start to aggressively pursue your clients - the list goes on and on. We can help protect your business against such a loss occuring.
- Employee Benefits Packages - We provide independent financial advice on setting up (or reviewing your existing arrangements) for - Group Life & Critical Illness Cover; Group Permanent Health Insurance (Income Protection); Group Private Medical Insurance and of course, Group Pension Schemes. However, as noted above, the "One Size Fits All" approach is often no longer appropriate - after all, of what real use is a lump sum death in service benefit to someone with no financial dependents? Such a person may prefer an enhanced pension package or more income protection in the event of illness. Conversely, someone with a young family may be more concerned about the immediate need for lump sum death benefits and/or income protection, preferring to put off 'topping up' pension benefits to a later age. In line with the more modern approach, we can help you to design a "Menu System" package to suit both your budget and your employees' potentially differing needs.
Investment & Tax Planning
- Are you making the best use of your business's capital? Many businesses have substantial sums of money simply lying on deposit, and often at very poor rates of interest. It may be that the funds are earmarked for a future project or a known item of capital expenditure, or it may just be that funds are being retained within the business "just in case, they're required in the future". Either way, you may be incurring unnecessary tax liabilities that can easily (and legally) be avoided.
- We can help you make the most tax efficient use of your resources, utilising a wide range of domestic (U.K.) & offshore investment techniques whilst always allowing for your 'corporate' attitude to investment risk and needs for capital liquidity.
The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate inheritance tax planning.