The burden of adhering to regulations on the financial reporting, taxation and other activities of a not for profit organisation, such as a charity, are not always straightforward. You may need tax advice, VAT advice, preparation of management accounts, forecasts and budgets, bookkeeping and even payroll services for your staff. We can provide any or all of the services you need.
We have experience in dealing with not for profit organisations, including charities of all sizes, clubs, sports organisation, and independent schools. We issue newsletters twice a year to keep you up to date with current issues and offer a friendly and personal service, always listening to our clients needs and assisting with on-going support to ensure that they comply with their obligations, making the task as easy and as straightforward as possible.
The cost of accounts preparation and, where applicable, auditing those accounts is, we know, a major concern to most charities and we are able to provide a cost effective solution.
We are members of the UK 200 Group of independent firms www.uk200group.co.uk and our charities partner, Eric Williams, is a member of its charities panel. The group acts on behalf of more than 1,000 charities and independent schools up and down the country. As a member of this quality assured group we are therefore able to draw on the group experience as well as our own.
If you would like to discuss any matters to see if there is any way we can help you, please contact Eric Williams, Colin Barker or Jackie Patient.
What our clients say about us...
"Our Charity has been using the services of Edmund Carr as auditors for over 25 years. I personally, have worked with them for 12 years and have always found them to be extremely professional and efficient.
We have an excellent working relationship with their staff at all levels and nothing is too much trouble. They have sound knowledge of charity accounting and we are confident with their advice, which is always freely given.
We look forward to our continued association for years to come and have no hesitation in recommending Edmund Carr."
"I am the current Treasurer of the Charity Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland which encompasses the Vascular Society and Circulation Foundation (Company Number 4020415). Since 2014 we have engaged Edmund Carr Limited as accountants and independent auditors of our charity finances.
We moved to Edmund Carr at a time when the Charity was undergoing internal re-organisation and at that time we were experiencing difficulty with our internal processes for financial management. The staff at Edmund Carr have helped us through this difficult period and have introduced us to new financial software and have provided considerable support for our staff in managing our finances. We now have processes that are more streamlined and transparent and will be easier to manage for successive Treasurers.
The team at Edmund Carr have all been very professional in the dealings with our staff, they have been very helpful and understanding, and they have a good knowledge of Charity law in relation to financial management. They have always been very responsive when we have contacted them with a problem or question. We are now in a position where we can submit our annual accounts well within the required timeframe.
They are very experienced in charity work and I have no hesitation in recommending them to other charities who may be considering working with them."
"It has been a pleasure to work with Edmund Carr with help and guidance of any changes we need to make with regard to our Charity, Age Concern Chelmsford. Whatever queries we have they are there to support and give guidance in any way they can. They have been brilliant to us and I have no hesitation in recommending them to other Charities."
"I understand its good practice to change auditors every few years but when I came to the Country Trust we had been with the same firm for a long time. I needed a fresh approach with a company that understood small charities, would provide us with a personal service, was on hand to respond promptly to all sorts of queries, could agree a clear plan for the end of year process with us, in good time, and who would work with us to present our accounts in the most straightforward way. In line with the SORP of course but also understanding and taking into account our needs. I also wanted a company who would audit robustly but in a way that would help us to develop professional practices and sensible internal controls. And of course, being a small charity with very tight budgets, value for money is very important.
Two other charities recommended Edmund Carr to us and we now have one year of working together under our belts. So far we are very happy with our choice!"
"I have worked with the Charities Team at Edmund Carr for 12 years and have always found them very supportive and helpful in the production of our accounts. They are well informed about required changes due to updated legislation and are quick to flag these up. They also work well with us as their client in order to ensure that the management accounts meet our Association’s needs."
"XLP has been associated with Edmund Carr since June 2007. I selected them because I knew the partner, Eric Williams, from many years of previous business dealings. The service they provide is professional and courteous, and they are always on hand to answer our queries promptly. They have developed an excellent working relationship with our staff and have demonstrated a sound understanding of the support required for the successful operation of the charity. I have no hesitation in recommending Edmund Carr."
Further testimonials from our charities clients.