COVID-19: Help for All

All our summary information, regularly updated

COVID-19: Help for All

 

Here at French Duncan we know that the COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation will mean many businesses will face challenges ahead.

There are however various initiatives to support companies and individuals.

A summary of how we can assist you with these is available on this PDF document, which also includes contact information for the specific colleagues to speak to.

To help you navigate these times, our teams have also summarised them for you below.  Whether it's around deferring HMRC payments, accessing loans & grants, debtor assistance or help with your personal / self assessment situation - click on the link below and you'll be taken to the blog post...and we'll be keeping these regularly updated as things progress.

It's just our way of trying to help.

French Duncan.  The people for you.

 

In August 2020 we launched our COVID Recovery Assistance package, which is aimed at helping businesses look further ahead, and assist with making plans for their recovery. Find our more here.

Click on any text or image below for our latest, regularly updated resources.

CONTENTS SUMMARY:

 

 

Our latest updates:

 
     

 

For Businesses, general information:

 

For Businesses, specifically related to the HR / the Job Retention Scheme:

 
 

 

For Individuals, the Self-Employed (& Employees):

 

Please also remember...:

    

 

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Our Team


Some of the team specialising in COVID-19 assistance include the below.  You can contact any of them on 0141 221 2984, or at any time by email (which you'll find on their profile pages). 


Maria McConnell

Maria McConnell
VAT Director
m.mcconnell@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Maria McConnell

Maria McConnell

VAT Director

BA(Hons)

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0141 221 2984

m.mcconnell@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Maria started her career in HMRC some 20 years ago in the Thames Valley, where she was involved in both VAT and Excise and Inland Customs. From there, she returned to Scotland to join a Big Four practice, specialising in VAT. Maria joined PKF in 2000, moving across to BDO following the merger in early 2013 as VAT manager, before joining French Duncan in 2015.

Having spent two decades working in VAT, Maria has a gained extensive experience in dealing with HMRC and assisting clients to understand and manage how VAT applies to their business.

With experience in dealing with businesses across all sectors, Maria has been widely involved in the charity and not for profit sector, manufacturing, leisure industries, international businesses and, more recently, the renewable energy sector. Advice provided to clients includes issues such as: partial exemption; business/non-business calculations; land and property advice; place of supply advice and general business VAT planning as well as the provision of in-depth VAT reviews and bespoke VAT training courses.

Maria likes her clients to know that they are valued and important to her and achieves this by being open and friendly at all times. She adopts a down to earth approach to clients’ VAT issues and aims to keep clients up to date on relevant issues and events of interest.

Iain  Walker

Iain Walker
Partner
i.walker@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Iain  Walker

Iain Walker

Partner

CA CBV

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0141 221 2984

i.walker@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

As well as being a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator, Iain has over 10 years of experience in the corporate finance profession – both in the UK and overseas.  

Iain moved to Bermuda in 2009 where he worked in the corporate finance and valuations department of KPMG before taking on a role as corporate finance and strategy manager at London listed insurance company Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd.  He has also worked for other major professional services companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte.

Iain joined French Duncan in 2016 and is a key member of the corporate advisory team.  He specialises in advising on acquisitions, sale mandates, valuations, due diligence, fund raising and business planning. 

Iain was promoted to Partner in April 2019.

Louise  McCosh

Louise McCosh
HR Director
l.mccosh@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Louise  McCosh

Louise McCosh

HR Director

LLB MSc MCIPD

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0141 221 2984

l.mccosh@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Louise is a highly experienced and qualified HR specialist who leads French Duncan HR Services. With over 10 years experience in HR, Louise has a Masters in HR Management, a law degree and is a chartered member of the CIPD and a trained ACAS mediator.

Louise and the rest of the team at French Duncan HR Services work with a wide variety of organisations providing support in employment matters, including SMEs, Owner Managed Business and Not-For-Profit organisations on an on going basis providing advice and guidance in relation to tricky people issues including disciplinary, grievance, absence, redundancy and TUPE. The team can also work on specialist projects such as HR documentation, HR projects, HR training and mediation. For further details or to sign up for regular employment updates, please visit our website.

For a free initial consultation meeting, please contact Louise McCosh on 0141 221 2984 or email l.mccosh@frenchduncan.co.uk.  

 

Linda  Kelly

Linda Kelly
Director & Head of Payroll
l.kelly@frenchduncan.co.uk
01786 435 332

Linda  Kelly

Linda Kelly

Director & Head of Payroll

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01786 435 332

l.kelly@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Linda joined French Duncan when the firm merged with Macfarlane Gray in 2001. She has played a significant role in the growth of the firm, previously managing the workflow and business development and more recently in the last few years has established French Duncan’s Payroll team.

Linda was promoted to Head of Payroll in 2017, and since then has grown the team to 10. The team are based at our Stirling office and provide services to a wide range of clients from Aberdeen to London.

Understanding from first-hand experience the challenges faced by family businesses, Linda uses this knowledge to assist her in her dealings with existing and potential clients.

Hazel  Burt

Hazel Burt
Partner and Head of Personal Tax
h.burt@frenchduncan.co.uk
01786 451745

Hazel  Burt

Hazel Burt

Partner and Head of Personal Tax

FCCA

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01786 451745

h.burt@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

 

Hazel began her training as a Accountant in 1992 and joined French Duncan in 2012 when they merged with Macfarlane Gray. She has specialised in tax for more than 20 years and heads up the personal tax compliance and consultancy team, 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 including residence matters, advising owner-managed businesses, tax investigations and property taxation. 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.

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