Hospitality & Leisure

Hospitality & Leisure

Hospitality and tourism, of which hotels and leisure constitute a significant segment, is Scotland’s second largest employer, contributing £11 billion to our economy and employing more than 220,000 people. As such, it is vital that operators within this sector have access to sound financial and business advice to help them thrive.

A dynamic sector characterised by new entrants, expansion and change of ownership, we offer a comprehensive range of business and financial advice, including the preparation of business plans for new projects, tax and VAT planning for all stages of business growth and audit, accounting and tax compliance services for established businesses. In addition, our corporate advisory and tax advisory services can add considerable value whenever significant transactions are being considered.

With a significant number of hospitality sector clients throughout the UK, including hotels, public houses, restaurants, nightclubs, visitor attractions and management companies, we enjoy an enviable reputation as specialists in this sector that has been earned over many years. As a result, some of our people hold important positions in not-for-profit organisations in the sector.

Hotel Accounting specialism:
Within French Duncan, we also have a specialist department offering hotel groups real-time reporting and full financial insight. Our bespoke online software platform, set-up and run by hospitality finance professionals, brings all your financial and non-financial information together to provide live
dashboards to help you improve your performance.

Click here to visit Hotel Accounting on our website.  

Case Studies & Testimonials

Meet some of our Hospitality & Leisure specialists



Barry  Laurie

Barry Laurie
Partner
b.laurie@frenchduncan.co.uk
0131 225 6366

Barry  Laurie

Barry Laurie

Partner

BSc CA

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0131 225 6366

b.laurie@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Throughout his extensive career, Barry has worked for HMRC, Arthur Andersen, Coopers and Lybrand and McCabes. He has been a Tax Partner with French Duncan since its merger with McCabes in 2008.

Barry has a wealth of experience in all aspects of tax matters, from corporate to personal and has a particular specialism in maximising capital allowances for clients. Whilst Barry can advise any business on its tax matters, he has particular expertise in the hospitality and property sectors.

He can also advise on tax incentives for investment.

Barry prides himself on taking the initiative to understand his clients’ needs to deliver results.

He enjoys building strong relationships with his clients and continually seeks opportunities which he believes will be to their benefit.

Eileen Blackburn

Eileen Blackburn
Partner & Head of Restructuring & Debt Advisory
e.blackburn@frenchduncan.co.uk
0131 243 0199

Eileen Blackburn

Eileen Blackburn

Partner & Head of Restructuring & Debt Advisory

CA MABRP

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0131 243 0199

e.blackburn@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Eileen is a practising Insolvency Practitioner, JIEB qualified with almost 30 years’ experience in Restructuring and Insolvency and a chartered accountant.

Based in Edinburgh, she heads up French Duncan’s Restructuring & Debt Advisory practice and specialises in advising owner managed businesses, corporate and personal.

Her experience ranges from multi location retail insolvencies to complex personal cases including appointments over insolvent solicitors’ practices. Included in recent cases is the Administration of a company providing specialist security systems in the Middle East and the winding up of a company providing innovative, patent-protected water treatment technology to the tertiary/polishing water treatment and reuse market.

She is chair of the Scottish Technical Committee of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and also sits on R3’s Council and Policy Committee. She represents ICAS on JIEB and sits on the ICAS Authorisation Committee.

Eileen has been heavily involved in Scottish Insolvency matters over a number of years and has engaged with the Scottish Government and the Accountant in Bankruptcy on behalf of R3. Recently she has been involved in the working party set up to consider the modernisation of the Scottish Insolvency Rules.

Ian  Bremner

Ian Bremner
Hotel Accounting Managing Director
i.bremner@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Ian  Bremner

Ian Bremner

Hotel Accounting Managing Director

BA CA

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0141 221 2984

i.bremner@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 after training with a Big four firm.  Since then he has specialised in the hospitality sector, having obtained direct experience as Finance Director of a Scottish Hotel company before focusing on the provision of hotel accounting services to a variety of clients across the UK.

Ian joined French Duncan in 2016 to develop an innovative accounting service for individual hotels, groups of hotels and hotel management providers.  Utilising over 20 years of expertise in the sector Ian provides a tailored service, quickly identifying individual requirements based on the type of business.

Leveraging his expertise in the Hospitality Sector  he leads a team that provides cloud based hotel accounting services.  Through a one stop shop approach, hotel owners and managers are able to access real time financial information whenever and wherever they want it.

Ian’s experience and dedication to top quality service, enables clients to concentrate on key operational issues, safe in the knowledge that all of their accounting and taxation needs are taken care of.

Stephen  Thom

Stephen Thom
Partner & Head of Corporate Tax
s.thom@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Stephen  Thom

Stephen Thom

Partner & Head of Corporate Tax

ACA

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0141 221 2984

s.thom@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Stephen is an experienced tax advisor who has worked in both practice and industry roles during his career. He started his career in London with BDO prior to working with Lloyds Banking Group for three years, where he specialised in providing tax advisory services. Stephen joined French Duncan as a tax director in 2015 from a mid-tier firm in Glasgow and became a Partner in May 2017.

He specialises in advising on a variety of corporation tax matters, including: share reorganisations; group restructuring advice; substantial shareholdings exemption; the taxation of loan relationships and international tax advice. Stephen has gained experience through advising a wide variety of clients, ranging from owner managed businesses to AIM and fully-listed enterprises.

He has developed a reputation for fully understanding the commercial objectives and strategies of businesses prior to providing tax advice, in the process ensuring that the tax outcome is always aligned to the wider business objectives.

Neil  Robb

Neil Robb
Director & Head of Cloud Solutions
n.robb@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Neil  Robb

Neil Robb

Director & Head of Cloud Solutions

BAcc(Hons) ACCA

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0141 221 2984

n.robb@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Neil qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2011, training with a well-established firm in Paisley.  From there he joined a small accountancy practice in Glasgow where he focused on the provision of high quality service to his varied client base, achieving this predominantly through the use of cloud accounting software.

Neil joined French Duncan in 2016 bringing with him a specialism in cloud accounting solutions.  He has extensive experience in providing clients with high quality, user-friendly management reporting services and advice.

Managing one of French Duncan's Entrepreneurial Services Teams, Neil works with clients to help create a smooth reporting process.  He also has a focus on helping identify opportunities to create efficiencies in financial and operational functions.

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