Accountancy firms in merger

A long-established Swindon accountancy firm has joined forces with Optimum Professional Services to ensure its business clients can fully prepare for the government’s plans to digitalise the tax system. Reeves & Co is run by Chris

Vaughan, who believes joining with the Optimum team will provide the best way for his clients to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD). This is the Government’s initiative that will require business owners and landlords to submit quarterly reports online. MTD is due to be phased in from 2019. Richard Mathews, CEO of Optimum Professional Services, said MTD is one of the most sweeping changes to the taxation system to be introduced and it is vital that advisers are prepared and ready to help their clients. The Reeves & Co office in

Gorse Hill has closed and Chris has moved across to Optimum’s headquarters at Windmill Hill Business Park, West Swindon.

Inside Media goes for gold at awards night

Inside Media, the Bristol-based communication agency, has won Gold and Silver among seven finalist awards in the latest accolades for communication professionals. Gold was awarded for the ‘Reputation Management’ (public affairs) category for Inside Media’s support for cider maker Aston Manor. That work includes

drafting submissions on Government consultations and engaging with various stakeholders on issues like alcohol policy, duty and misuse. This strong endorsement coincides with Inside Media’s investment in development. One of the team is currently undertaking a MSc in Strategy, Change and Leadership and this along with the team’s decades’ worth of in-house experience points to more new business potential.

‘We hope that this recognition will support our ambition’

The Inside Media team celebrate their award win Simon Russell, Inside Media’s founder and managing director, said: “To

be continually recognised over the past seven years demonstrates our consistently high standards. “We hope that this recognition will

support our ambition to do more work in the public affairs arena.” The agency also won Silver for ‘STEM Campaign’ for its work for

longstanding client Continental Tyres and its Vision Zero campaign, a global commitment to reduce accidents around the globe through automotive technology, as well as seven Finalist awards. Inside Media’s unique proposition means it is ideally placed to offer media training packages in a functioning media environment.

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