Business Support

Our Business Support team will help you with the day-to-day running of your business, making it easier for you to get reliable and accurate accounting.

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Our experienced team provide an outsourced finance function and bookkeeping services tailored to suit your business size. We provide a full finance team to carry out back-office finance work, or we can provide tailored bookkeeping services including VAT return preparation to meet your needs. Outsourcing your finance function ensures that you are not affected by staff turnover, sickness or other unforeseen circumstances, removing distractions and ensuring that you are compliant with HMRC.

Management accounts are an essential tool for making effective business decisions. It is important that the information that you receive, be it monthly or quarterly, is presented to you in a format that is understandable and useful. Our team will work with you to make sure your accounts reporting is right for you, and will also be on-hand to offer advice and commentary on your business performance, challenge the figures, and meet with you to review the financial performance of your business.

Financial projections allow your business to look forward and help you make business decisions with foresight. A financial forecast can be used for internal purposes as a standalone document; however, they often run in conjunction with a business plan. This may be important if you are a start up business or are looking for external funding.

We prepare business plans through extensive dialogue with our clients and using our experience gained across a variety of sectors. We use evidence and detailed assumptions to build a plan that explains the business’ background, its key financials, and how it will develop over a given timespan in accordance with visions, aims and objectives.

It is essential to have a realistic, working business plan. A business plan can help you to focus your thoughts. It helps you to do all the necessary research and work out how likely your business is to succeed in practice. The business plan is an excellent tool when communicating to third parties, whether they are potential lenders, shareholders, grant providers or other stakeholders.

If your business is suffering due to a skills gap, or perhaps you need short- to medium-term cover due to maternity leave, sickness absence or a long lead time before a new staff member starts their role, we have experience staff who can work as part of your team for whatever timeframe is necessary. No matter your circumstance, our business support specialists will supplement your existing team by providing this extra resource at any level.

We can also provide higher level accountancy support if you are unable to recruit your own Finance Controller or Finance Director.

Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust

“I am very happy to endorse Chiene + Tait. We have received invaluable advice from them regarding VAT issues. They have been very thorough and efficient throughout and have acted on our behalf in dealing with HMRC. They identified major savings on the VAT on the capital cost which has enabled our project to move forward.”

Neil Sutherland, MD, Makar

“We were introduced to Chiene & Tait in relation to an R&D tax credit application to HMRC and to say were were delighted with the outcome is an understatement. The specialist service provided made all the difference for a very successful claim and subsequent financial payout. Since this initial experience we have not hesitated in working with Chiene & Tait in subsequent years with continued success. I would reconvened their services to any progressive organisations engaged in R&D activities.”

Martin Nadin, Chief Executive, Scottish Veterans Residences

“They are well-informed about the charity and third sector. Their performance has been seamless, runs on rails, and their size allows them to provide us with a personalised service.”

Chris Wright, Founder, deltaDNA

“We have especially liked Chiene + Tait’s approach: they have always taken a long-term view, working with us to make sure we correctly allocate R&D and show to HMRC the reason each project is valuable research. This has allowed us to successfully secure the tax credits with the minimum of fuss and the confidence each year to invest. I cannot rate Chiene + Tate highly enough. Having worked with other firms during the years on R&D Tax Credits, Chiene + Tait are by far the most professional, easiest to work with and ultimately the best at maximising the value back to the company.”

Tabatha McCree-Cox, Tarbraxus Distillers

“Chiene + Tait offered that expertise which is really important. They have a very friendly team. For example, Kerry on the VAT side has been really good, very detailed: she sets out the information very clearly along with what needs to be done. They are so much better than the previous firm we used.”

Richard Cooper, CEO, Novosound

“Novosound chose to engage with Chiene + Tait for specific tax advice prior to commencing its spin out. We chose C+T due to their deep knowledge of tax treatment with respect to share issues at company formation. This knowledge was exceedingly useful before and during the spin out process. The firm was easy to deal with and when a particular issue arose at the 11th hour, they dropped everything and developed a practical solution that suited all parties. All together C+T are a great firm to work with.”

Bruce Weir, Director, CW Properties

“Chiene + Tait have been excellent to deal with over the last ten years, with clear robust advice on all aspects of our company work. They really do think through solutions to provide best advice at all times.”

Gillian Brown

“They are efficient and I’ve found the people to be easy to work with. They are very transparent in their approach, and always very quick and professional in their responses. I do regard them as a trusted adviser.”

Karen Stark, Head of Finance, Care Visions Group

“Chiene + Tait have provided Care Visions with a professional service from the start: the set-up and parallel runs gave me so much confidence in the decision to outsource. The team at Chiene + Tait are always professional, extremely helpful and reliable.”

Enable Scotland

“As an organisation, we have had a hugely positive experience working with Chiene + Tait. The firm is easy to work with, flexible and promotes a real sense of confidence in their work and advice.”

Barry McCorkell, Director, Aubrey Capital Management

“I had no hesitation in asking for advice from the Chiene + Tait team when HMRC selected us for an Employer Compliance Review. Having longstanding trusted advisers at our side made it a lot easier and a lot less stressful! HMRC’s recommendations were quick to be addressed and adopted so the review, which could have been a challenging and unnerving experience, was instead professional and efficient. I would have no hesitation in recommending the C+T team to anyone in the future.”

Neil Wilkie, COO, Mironid

“We have been delighted to work with Chiene + Tait on our R&D tax credit claim over the past few years. The guidance and professionalism of the C+T team has resulted in a smooth submission process with a concomitant successful outcome. I’d highly recommend their services.”

Keith Thompson, Head of HR, Hampden & Co

“Chiene + Tait are responsive and helpful, and I thoroughly enjoy working with them. They are clear about up-front costs, and I find they provide a good service and value for money.”

Meet the team