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18th December 2013

As a board of Trustees we have found Helen Harvie’s counsel and advice to the charity invaluable over the years.
Robin Hobson, Director – Laurence Gould

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18th December 2013

After struggling with the legalities of registering our existing Charity as a Company Ltd by Guarantee, we decided to use the professional knowledge of Helen Harvie. She worked with us to clarify each step, explained the process simply and communicated with the Charity Commission and Companies House on our behalf. I would highly recommend using Helen’s expertise.
Nancy Williams, Director – The Studio ADHD Centre

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18th December 2013

Helen understands the needs and the challenges facing the charity sector. She draws on her extensive experience to offer a proactive, problem solving approach. Her fixed fees ensure we achieve added value at a known affordable cost.
Charles Haywood, Director – MacConvilles Surveying

Inquiries into double-defaulting charities

19th November 2013

The Charity Commission has announced the list of the next 12 charities it will be investigating for not filing annual accounts and returns for 2 years.  These are charities with an annual income of £250,000 to £500,000.  The first group of charities were incorporated and most of the charities either filed their returns immediately or acted to wind up the charity.  Three of those original charities are the subject of enforcement action on the part of the Commission. [read more…]

Charity sector give feedback on draft SORP proposals

5th November 2013

At the end of a four-month consultation process the Charity Commission for England and Wales and The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has had a record number of responses to the Exposure Draft SORP by the closing date of 4th November 2013. [read more…]

Public Benefit Update

15th October 2013

On 16 September 2013 the Charity Commission published its revised guidance on public benefit.

The revised guidance is published in three sections:

1) the public benefit requirement

2) running a charity

3) public benefit reporting [read more…]

Strategic Planning – at the heart of successful Charities

1st October 2013

The Importance of the Strategic Business Planning Process!

Why bother with strategic planning?

Strategic Planning is the key for any charity to achieve sustainability and financial security, to make the charity relevant to its stakeholders and to ensure that the charity is best positioned for growth. If the trustees/governors have not given sufficient thought to the charity’s strengths and weaknesses it will not succeed, regardless of the validity of its activities. [read more…]

  • Charity registration
  • Restructuring
  • Governance and constitutional issues
  • Trustees' duties and responsibilities
  • Mergers and joint working
  • Commercial contracts
  • Company law and company secretarial
  • Regulations and compliance
  • Strategy and sustainability
  • Funding