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Careers with Ballards

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role with a forward thinking firm? Why not contact us to start the conversation.

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Who are we?

Ballards is an award-winning firm providing a range of accountancy services to different sectors.

We provide anyone who joins us with a variety of different clients across these industries ensuring every day delivers a challenge.

We pride ourselves on our modern approach delivering exceptional service, thinking outside the box and using technology where we can, to help our clients grow. We have a great community at Ballards and look after our teams members in many different ways.

How do we do this?

We train, we pride ourselves on the training we provide to everyone throughout their career with us

We support everyone through their own development path, Career Development Managers provide guidance and assistance bespoke to individuals

We empower individuals with work and their career

We reward through a competitive salary, some great benefits including wellbeing. Our approach to flexibility ensuring we all maintain the right balance for both work and home demands. We also celebrate individual and team success with some great awards!

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Our vision

Take a look at who we are.

We are passionate about our vision and know that we can achieve this through our DNA of:

Positions available.

Whether you are starting out on your career or looking to join somewhere new, take up the challenge and start building your career with Ballards!

Take a look at our current vacancies or email us to express an interest in working for a great team.

IT & Digital Transformation Managing Consultant

Our newest team is growing! We have a great opportunity to join our IT & Digital Transformation team as a Managing Consultant. Our current service offering provides a consulting business to existing and new clients across many different projects. The role will require experience from a diverse range of experiences and will enable multi skilling across many different projects ensuring we bring the right digital solution to our client needs

Our successful candidate will have the confidence to take on the lead on projects, sometimes taking the lead as engagement manager dealing with client interaction to ascertain the needs, some relevant engagement examples are:

  • Assessment of a client’s current IT systems, to produce a high-level RAG report.
  • Specification and selection of a new finance system for a client.
  • Project management of a new CRM implementation for a client.
  • Assisting a client to produce an IT and Digital Transformation Strategy.

If you have experience across difference sectors, can identify new business opportunities with existing and new clients and build on these relationships, as well as develop IT & Digital strategies to deliver the solution this may the role for you.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for strong candidates with the following attributes:

  • Experience in the delivery of IT and Digital Transformations either in a consulting role or working for a business
  • Overall strong technical knowledge with at least 2 areas of specialist knowledge
  • Experience of compiling proposals when bidding for work
  • Great client interaction shown through excellent interpersonal skills which will build on all relationships, new and old.
  • Highly effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills

To apply for this role please email your details to careers@ballardsllp.com

Corporate Tax Manager

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Corporate Tax Manager to join our Tax department.

This role will work closely with our Tax Partner taking control of and dealing with our corporation tax compliance offering to include both basic and complex returns. This is a key role to ensure all corporate tax returns are reviewed and or completed accurately and in time, in addition you will be managing and dealing with the Firm’s R&D offering and associated projects which come from those works.

We are therefore looking for someone with at least 3 years post qualification experience with significant corporate tax compliance exposure.

So, if you have exceptional UK corporate client tax knowledge have proven success of developing new business from either existing or new clients and are looking for a challenge this could be the role for you.

To identify planning opportunities for clients on a proactive basis and to assist tax partners with tax planning assignments

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for strong candidates with the following attributes:

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience of preparing and completing tax computations.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Commercial approach to resolving issues
  • Not afraid to voice opinions in a constructive and meaningful way

 

To apply for this role please email your details to careers@ballardsllp.com

We will endeavour to respond to every application we receive however may not be able to respond to all applications due to the volume we may receive. Therefore, if you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks of applying, your application has not been progressed any further.

Our Trainee programmes can be entered at different entry levels –

School Leavers

Joining Ballards is a great way to start your career whilst still gaining additional qualifications. Its an alternative to university whilst still giving you the experience and technical know how to further your career. Join us and study for your AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) up to level 4. We will continue to support you throughout your next preferred stage, whether to specialise in general accountancy or tax. We recruit our school leavers with a view to starting your journey in September so please enquire or forward your details to us.

Graduates

Our 2021 graduate programme is now filled.

Experienced Hires

We are always keen to hear from experienced professional individuals who share our values and DNA. If you do not see a position above of interest but are still interested in joining our team, please make contact with us for an informal discussion.

If you are interested in either of these entry levels please send your CV with covering letter to careers@ballardsllp.com

Your career with Ballards.

Our reputation is built on the quality of the work we deliver to our clients. We enable our clients to be agile and adapt to the environment by providing a responsive and tailored approach to their business, addressing any challenges and risks. This is mirrored in the career path you will have with Ballards.

Who you’ll be working with.

All our teams have an emphasis on delivering a service to a range of clients through as much technology as we and our clients, are able to use to make things as swift and easy as possible. As part of your role, you will need to be passionate about understanding the issues that are important to our clients and their businesses. You must be a great relationship builder with clients and colleagues alike. You will take ownership for your own work whilst having the opportunity to develop others and create an environment where everyone can flourish.

Your personal development plan.

Right from the start, you will develop a strong internal and external network, working with a diverse range of colleagues and clients across a wide range of sectors. Working closely with your career development manager, you will find areas where you can develop, collaborate, and communicate more effectively with colleagues and clients at all levels.  

Progress in your career. 

As well as learning on-the-job, you will enjoy a structured programme, starting with your induction to our Firm that will immerse you in our business, vision, and purpose. At the end of the programme, you will have gained a wide range of skills and experience which will support your learning and development.

Making quality second nature.  

Our clients rely on us to make sure they do the right thing and are operating within the law. We pride ourselves on the high-level standards and integrity we have for the work that we do.

What do we look for.

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements. We will consider your academic achievements alongside your strengths, motivations and connection with us.

We work hard to create a respectful, open and diverse place to work. We are an inclusive employer and committed to ensure our workforce is representative of our society, we strive to help our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

Your Benefits – Your choice.

We are committed to building a culture where people can strive in the chosen path but also do this in an environment that suits their lifestyle. We offer competitive salaries for all our roles as well as enhanced core benefits if you join our team, you will also be able to choose from additional voluntary benefits.

Our core benefits include:

Benefits you can choose:

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Insight

What keeps you awake at night? (Protect Your Business)

Many people think accountants are there just to give good tax advice. We can of course do that, but our advice is so much more than that! One thing I am keen to talk to people about is the doomsday scenario – have you thought about what would happen to your business if something went drastically wrong? Perhaps an unfortunate accident involving an employee or customer, a major error leading to a loss of customer confidence, or a serious data breach? Unfortunately, despite all of the best planning in the world, serious issues do occur. What can businesses do to protect their assets in a doomsday scenario?

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Increases to National Insurance & Dividend Tax Rates

Boris Johnson yesterday (07/09/21) announced his long-awaited social care reform and the start of the much-anticipated tax hikes for the masses following the COVID-19 pandemic announcing increases to National Insurance and Dividend tax rates.

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Inheritance Tax On Your Home – The Residential Nil Rate Band

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Getting Management Information Right

Getting the right management information and key performance indicators (KPIs) in the right format at the right time is vital to controlling a business. However, there are many common problems encountered on the road to getting this right.

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Does software development qualify for research and development (R&D) tax relief?

There are two manners in which software development may qualify for R+D tax relief.

Qualifying as part of a larger project

The first is where it is being used as a tool as part of a project, rather than being an end goal, for example, developing software to use in testing machinery, recording results, or designing prototypes. The development costs will then be allowable as part of the expenditure on this larger project.

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Time to take stock and stock take

It always amazes me how many businesses out there still put little reliance on thinking about stock and work-in-progress. There are lots of practical reasons why counting stock and valuing work-in-progress is an excellent idea; forward planning on stock requirements, monitoring cashflow requirements, improving physical controls around stock, and reducing the risk of stock going missing to name but a few.

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If I have claimed the bounce-back loan, can I still qualify for Research and Development relief?

The short answer to this question is yes. However, the answer is not as simple as you might expect.

In order to understand the effect of the coronavirus support schemes on qualification of companies for tax relief, we first need to understand a couple of terms. There are two different schemes for relief, the first (RDEC scheme) is targeted towards large companies, while the second (SME scheme) is targeted towards small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Consultation in respect of basis periods

HMRC released a consultation on basis periods on 20 July 2021.

Although we would perhaps not normally provide details of HMRC consultations,  there is draft legislation published, and we would expect full legislation to follow in due course, as this consultation is all part of HMRC’s policy of moving towards Making Tax Digital.

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HMRC Quadruple Tax Investigations

Recent data published by HMRC showed it opened 102,000 compliance investigations in Q1 2021, up 36 percent from 75,000 in the previous quarter.

This was almost quadruple the low of just 27,000 in the second quarter of 2020.

HMRC is turning its focus back to tax investigations as the pandemic has left it with a lot of catching up to do.

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Customer Led Research And Development

R&D under the beneficial SME scheme is only allowed if the project is not subsidised.
This is not a new rule, but HMRC have recently started to change their view of when an R&D project is considered to be subsidised.
In some cases HMRC are now treating projects that are undertaken for a specific customer as being subsidised by that customer and therefore ineligible for the beneficial SME R&D relief.

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Liz Peters Appointed To Tax Faculty

We are delighted to announce that Tax Partner Liz Peters has recently been appointed to the board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) Tax Faculty.

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Digital Transformation – How & Where Do I Start?

The majority of business owners understand the need for digital transformation and the benefits of becoming a digitally enabled business, though a question I often get asked is:

“Where and how do I start Digital Transformation?”

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Is the thing the thing we think that the thing really is?

It has always amused me when tax cases arise deciding on how to categorise a certain product or good. These cases often lead to large numbers of highly paid lawyers battling it out, with huge sums of money at stake, over what would appear completely trivial to most of us. However, some of these have real life relevance to many OMBs, so it is definitely worth asking yourself if the tax treatment of the things that you are doing is correct.

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Selling Farm Machinery – Do I Have To Pay Tax?

“We operate as a farming partnership and are looking to raise some cash. One suggestion my partner made was to sell some of our machinery, but I am concerned we will have to pay tax. Is this right?”

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IT system procurement is not just negotiating the lowest licence fee

Negotiating and procuring a new I.T system is not a simple process and can be a very daunting experience.

Negotiation and procurement is a very important stage in selecting and implementing a new I.T system, and it is crucial that sufficient effort and time is assigned to this process.  It is key to realise that this process is not just about negotiating the lowest licence fees and day rate, there are many factors that need to be considered, negotiated and agreed. 

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How Will COVID Affect The Value Of Your Business – The Importance Of EBITDAC

You may well have heard of EBITDA, or Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortisation. It is used widely as an approximation for the amount of cash a business generates annually, and that its owners can deploy as they wish depending on a variety of factors such as the chosen financing structure, growth plans, reward strategy etc. In the context of a transaction, a similar idea in the US is Seller’s Discretionary Earnings or SDE, which is a helpful way of thinking about cash generation.

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Company Car Tax – It’s Electrifying!

I still get asked all of the time about whether a car is better being owned by the company or by the individual. There are lots of factors in play here, but in general terms there is a simple over-riding principle – standard cars (particularly diesel) or almost certainly better owned privately, electric cars are almost certainly better owned by the company, and hybrid cars are more borderline depending on their emissions, value, and electric range. Let’s look at a few options:

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If you are a key player in your industry, you are probably eligible to make a claim for research and development tax relief.

A claim for research and development tax relief may be available for any attempt to make any improvement to the industry standard in any field of science or technology. In this context “technology” is a very broad term.

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Software selection is not just about functionality

Software selection is an important and often daunting choice for any business. When selecting a new software system, historically many businesses have followed the route of listing the detailed functionality requirements into a Request for Proposal (RFP), and distributing this to several suppliers. The responses would be reviewed and marked, and a software demonstration focusing on the functionality would follow. The outcome being a preferred software supplier to then begin financial negotiations with.

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What is Real Time Accounting?

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How the Kickstart Scheme works

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Having a conversation about the future…

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Changes For Household Finances in April 2021

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Effective Exit Planning

Whether you are considering retirement, looking for the next challenge, or for any number of other reasons, the decision to sell your business is one of the most important you’ll make. Maximising the return on your hard work and securing your legacy takes careful planning, and whatever stage of its lifecycle your business ownership is currently at, a focus on your exit plans will add value.

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Is now the right time to consider a Virtual CIO / IT Director?

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Research & Development tax credits

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Salary sacrifice / optional remuneration package benefits in kind tax changes from 6 April 2021

The Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) rules were introduced on 6 April 2017 and changed the tax position for employees receiving most benefits via a salary sacrifice arrangement, or instances where there is an option between the employee receiving either a cash or benefit as part of their package.

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Restart Grant Scheme

In the Chancellor’s recent Budget statement, he announced the pending launch of the Restart Grant Scheme. The is effectively a £5bn grant kitty aimed at retail, hospitality and leisure sector businesses to tackle the fallout of the COVID pandemic and support them until the planned reopening.

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Budget 2021

The Chancellor put forward his Budget today (3rd March) in what was one of the most anticipated statements of its type in recent years.

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Grants to help small and medium-sized businesses new to importing or exporting

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Brexit VAT Notes

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Tax information on staff working from home

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