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Ballards International

Ballards LLP are a UK based firm of award winning Chartered Accountants with extensive international connections and experience. Ballards LLP are proud members of AGN International.

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International Support

We are here to support

Are you an ambitious UK business that requires:
  • Accounting, audit or tax support in another country?
  • Looking to expand your international footprint, set up a business and start trading in another country?
  • Looking for an international business advisor to help you navigate the challenges and pitfalls and make the most of the fiscal and regulatory opportunities?
We do this by providing joined up and collaborative advice, combining the Ballards team and our overseas connections. Making sure that any financial impacts on both sides are fully considered and any risks that are identified are mitigated. Our contacts of international business advisors and our membership of AGN International is integral to us achieving this. Andy Bewick is our International Contact Partner and Andy’s connections all over the world make him the ideal hub for the needs of Ballards clients.
The UK is a pivotal destination for international trade, with many multi-national organisations looking to take advantage of UK’s innovation, attractive tax regime, talent and robust legal system. We offer a complete range of services for those looking to inwardly invest into the UK:

Corporate
  • Audit & Assurance
  • International tax support:
    – Corporate tax compliance and structure
    – Indirect taxes
    – Tax incentives
  • Transaction Advisory Services
  • IT & Digital Transformation
Business services
  • Incorporating a new company
  • Outsourced finance:
    – Cloud accounting
    – Payroll
    – Management information
  • Opening a UK bank account
  • Setting up a pension scheme
  • UK recruitment strategy and recruiting a workforce (via Four Squared recruitment)
  • UK branding and website creation / expansion to cover UK markets (via Creative Folks)
Private client services
  • Family office services
  • International and Non-Domicile Tax
  • Income and Capital Gains Tax planning
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Personal tax compliance
  • Expatriate tax

Ballards joined AGN International in 2024, following an unprecedented increase in onboarding international clients with the previous 2 years. From guiding internationally owned clients through their expansion plans in the UK, though to large global group audits up to £400m turnover, the Ballards team have rich experience in assisting international groups.

Ballards is based in the centre (“Midlands”) of the UK and have offices in Droitwich, Worcester and Birmingham. Our Birmingham office is a 10 minute train journey from Birmingham International Airport.

Andy Bewick is our International Contact Partner and has been affiliated with AGN since 2015. Andy’s connections all over the world make him the ideal hub for the needs of Ballards clients, as well as the needs of our fellow AGN members.

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AGN International

About AGN International

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AGN International is a worldwide association of separate and independent accounting and advisory businesses who provide assurance, accounting, tax and advisory services across the globe.

With high standards and great client service at the heart of their mission, AGN is consistently ranked globally in the top 10 of comparable organisations (4th International Accounting Bulletin – IAB – March 2024).

A globally co-ordinated organisation, we are locally embedded with four regions, sharing the goals of delivering great client service and building valuable businesses.

Excellent: High standards and client service at the heart of all that we do.

Connected: A trusted global resource of professionals to meet clients’ needs.

Individual: Real relationships with real people that you actually want to do business with.

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Andy Bewick

Partner - Corporate & International

Andy has over 25 years of practice experience delivering business advisory services to a wide range of clients, from start-up companies to multinational groups, supporting them throughout all phases of the business life cycle.

Andy prides himself on being friendly and approachable, resulting in a high standard of service delivery for all the clients that he acts for.

Prior to working for Ballards, Andy worked at an international top 10 firm for 10 years and following that was the international services lead for a firm based in the midlands.

Andy plays a leading role in delivering business services to owner managed businesses, SME’s and businesses with an international footprint within the Midlands, London and throughout the UK.

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Partner & CTO

Ben is a partner and Chief Technical Officer for the firm. He is recognised across the region as one of the sector’s most technical accountants gaining prizes from both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (and is also qualified in both disciplines). Ben works with a varied range of clients including Owner Managed Businesses, large corporates and private clients. He is also one of our leads within the Healthcare team working with GPs, surgeries and corporate healthcare businesses. Ben has advanced experience of systems implementation and is one of the firm’s leads on cloud accounting.

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Ben Allman FCA CTA

Partner & COO

Ben works closely with Owner Manager Businesses across the region. He is known for having a very hands on approach and providing tailored services. He is an expert in cloud accounting using software such as Xero and Quickbooks to provide clients with real time management information to support sound decision making. Ben is both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor which provides an added dimension to strategic discussions. Ben also heads up the firm’s Agribusiness offering which supports clients varying from rural estates and farming families to large corporate agricultural manufacturers and distributors.

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Krista Woodman ATT CTA

Tax Partner - Head of Private Client

Having qualified with the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) in 1996 and the Chartered Institute of Tax (CTA) in 1998, Krista has approaching 25 years post qualification experience in advising in tax. This experience has been attained in a variety of firms including Big 4, trust companies and wealth management firms. Her unusual and varied background, both inside and outside of the tax world, helps her to bring a different perspective and understanding to challenges faced by her clients.