04 Jun 2013
Chartered accountants Clement Keys has strengthened its tax department with the appointment of a new tax manager, Adam Longmore and a tax trainee James Capel.
Adam has 15 years’ experience in corporate tax work having spent time with a mid-tier national accounting practice and a Wolverhampton based independent firm. He will specialise in compliance and specialist tax advice, enhancing and expanding Clement Keys tax department expertise.
James is a graduate trainee and joined the firm earlier this year having completed an MSc in Economics at the University of Glasgow.
“We are delighted to welcome both Adam and James to the team,” says Manny Sahota, tax partner at Clement Keys. “These appointments reflect the growth in demand for our specialist tax services as we operate in an environment of ever changing legislation in relation to corporation tax.
“We recognise that the increasingly complex taxation framework is placing more and more pressure on businesses and their owners. We remain committed to providing the very best possible technical and commercial advice coupled with and highest standards of client service to help our clients negotiate the tax maze.”
Established in 1885, chartered accountants Clement Keys LLP offer a range of general accountancy, auditing and business advice services. Specialist services include taxation planning, property service charges, pension schemes, charities and not for profit organisations, entertainment and sport, fully listed, AIM and PLUS Markets businesses and European and Local Authority auditing.
Clement Keys LLP has 11 partners and is a member of PrimeGlobal, one of the world’s largest international accounting affiliations for independent professional accounting services.
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04 Jun 2013
The Travelodge team at leading property & construction consultancy Wakemans has been awarded ‘Supplier of the Year’ from their longstanding client, the UK’s first budget hotel chain Travelodge. The award was made at the Company’s annual management conference held earlier this year and reflects how the team has developed into a trusted partner since they were first appointed 17 years ago.
“We are delighted to have received this accolade,” says Wakemans director Shaun Baugh. “Our first appointment with Travelodge back in 1996 was to provide a traditional quantity surveying services but today as a result of our great working relationship we provide an extensive range of consultancy services and a number of bespoke services tailored just for Travelodge.”
Paul Harvey, Managing Director – Property, said: “This prestigious award is a great accolade for the Wakemans Travelodge team and is a testament to the great work that the team do. During the double-dip recession we have boosted our portfolio significantly and our Wakemans support team has played a key part in helping us to deliver our growth strategy. In addition they are playing a fundamental role in helping our in-house maintenance team to deliver our £57 million refurbishment programme, which will see an average of more than 50 rooms refurbished every single day for the next 18 months.”
Wakemans assists Travelodge with its portfolio of developments in the UK and Spain, as well as advising on proposed projects. Wakemans is also regularly appointed by third party developers on hotels to be occupied by Travelodge, often working in the capacity of employers’ agent.
Bespoke projects have included assisting with the management and implementation of the Travelodge in-house maintenance team ‘MIB’ (Men in Black), an industry first initiative that launched in 2011 and made Travelodge the only UK hotel company to invest in an in-house maintenance function. The MIB team travel across the UK providing an in-house support function to all the Company’s hotels, enabling Travelodge to reduce the environmental impact of using external companies and to become more responsive to the immediate maintenance and repair needs across more than 500 hotels nationwide.
More recently Wakemans has been appointed to provide QS, PM and CDMC services on Travelodge’s nationwide £57m refurbishment programme which is part of a company wide brand investment of £223 million in 2013.
The refurbishment includes a brand new room featuring an upgraded new luxury king size bed which is deemed in the industry as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of beds and is used predominately by luxury hotels worldwide.
By the end of the year, through its MIB teams Travelodge plans to have refitted more than 50% of all its rooms. By autumn 2014, 85% of Travelodge’s estate will incorporate the new room design, meaning the makeover will see an average of more than 50 rooms refurbished every single day for the next 18 months.
Shaun Baugh says, “We are looking forward to continuing our close relationship with Travelodge and playing our part in contributing to their continued success.”
Caption for photograph, l-r: Brian Wallace – Chairman, Travelodge, Shaun Baugh – Director, Wakemans, Nigel Himpson – Associate Director, Wakemans, Grant Hearn – Chief Executive, Travelodge