Given that a huge part of the Scottish economy is either directly related to the property and construction sector or is affected by it, it is vital that the sector has access to sound financial and business advice to help it address its present challenges and prepare for future prosperity.
The range of challenges confronting the sector include: tightening margins; a shortage of availability of finance; lack of demand from a depressed housing market; changes to planning rules; a reduction in public sector work and an extension of the time lag between the bidding process and a project starting on site.
Yet despite such challenges, property and construction firms with good management teams continue to perform well by building long-term relationships with clients, key suppliers and subcontractors and confronting any dispute resolution matters early and pragmatically.
How we can help you
With a significant number of clients operating within the property and construction sector, we have the experience and expertise available to help management teams through the provision of advice on a range of issues, including assurance, tax, CIS and IR35 matters.
In addition to providing advice on Income and Corporation Tax, our specialist VAT and indirect tax team distinguishes us from our contemporaries. Click here to find out more about our Tax and VAT services.
Our SME clients with no requirement for a full-time in-house finance director, regularly access the full range of our financial and business advice to provide them with the strategic overview and guidance they need. Our Entrepreneurial Services Department can help with the preparation of management accounts, year end accounts and the implementation of accounting systems. We can advise if a full statutory audit is required and our Audit Department can provide this.
Other advice available includes assistance with raising and restructuring finance, including the preparations of financial projections and detailed discussions with banks and other funders. Our Corporate Advisory Department can also offer more strategic advice regarding the acquisition and disposal of businesses.
Partner & Head of Entrepreneurial Services
Greg trained with Price Waterhouse in Glasgow. He has experience at board level in an SME with institutional investment and has successfully grown and developed a business advisory practice through organic growth, merger and acquisition. Greg joined French Duncan as a Partner following its merger with Macfarlane Gray in 2012.
He advises SME clients on all aspects of business growth, with particular focus on the technology and construction sectors and owner-managed businesses in general.
A primary focus for Greg is the continued growth and development of French Duncan as the leading business advisor to SME businesses in Scotland.
0131 225 6366
0131 225 6366
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.
Partner & Head of Corporate Tax
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0141 221 2984
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.
Partner and Head of Personal Tax
Hazel began her training as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and joined French Duncan in 2012 when they merged with Macfarlane Gray. She has specialised in tax for more than 10 years and heads up the tax compliance and consultancy team in the Stirling office, managing a varied client base of businesses and private clients.
Hazel has previously served as the Scottish President of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants for two years and is currently a member of the Scottish committee.
Hazel’s specialisms include capital taxes planning, personal tax planning, advising owner-managed businesses, tax investigations and property taxation, including capital allowance claims. She has particular interest in the construction and agricultural sectors.
Hazel was brought up in a family business and has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding owner-managed firms. She draws on this background when advising on commercial and tax matters.
0141 221 2984
0141 221 2984
Tommy qualified as Chartered Accountant in 1991 with a top national accountancy firm. Having gained broad general practice experience, Tommy joined French Duncan in 2001 and, since then, has progressed to the role of audit manager within the Glasgow office.
Tommy has experience across a number of sectors, working with a range of clients from small and medium sized enterprises and owner-managed businesses to large and listed clients. This includes working with clients operating within the property, manufacturing, hotel and leisure and distribution sectors.
Tommy maintains a close working relationship with his clients, providing practical support and advice and ensuring all statutory reporting requirements are met.
Entrepreneurial Services Director
Drew qualified as a chartered accountant in 2008 from an accountancy practice in Dundee having trained as a general practitioner working in all areas of accounting, including: auditing; company accounts; partnership accounts; company tax; personal tax; management accounts; business planning; bookkeeping; tax planning and systems advice.
Having joined French Duncan in 2009 as an audit senior, Drew worked his way up to Audit Manager and managed a portfolio of audit clients across a range of sectors. With a primary focus on commercial business, his client portfolio included: healthcare, property, construction, manufacturing and agriculture. Having worked in compliance for a number of years Drew transferred to our Managed Client Services department and was appointed Director in our Entrepreneurial Services Department in May 2017. Drew uses his strong technical skills gained from his years in audit mixed with his background as a general practitioner to understand his clients’ business. Drew appreciates the importance of getting a true understanding of both the clients business and personal objectives in order to offer the most appropriate and helpful advice.