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The Charity Commission has reported that following its investigation into ‘double defaulting charities’ in September 2013, 33 charities have now complied with their reporting obligations. From November 2013 charities with between £250,000 and £500,000 gross income are being investigated if they have failed to file accounts for 2 years.
The Charity Commission find it difficult to understand why charities comply with Companies House filing regulations but not those of the Charity Commission.
The names of charities being investigated are available on the website. www.charitycommission.gov.uk

If you have any questions about this topic or any other charity issues, please contact Steve Cresswell - Head of the Thomas Westcott Charity Team on 01271 374138 or email steve.cresswell@thomaswestcott.co.uk


Are you considering using a low CO2 emissions car for your business? Read here for more information on the tax implications.

To read our Fact Sheet on the Subcontractor Annual Compliance Review please  Click Here


 This year Thomas Westcott supported the Michelmores 5k Charity Run in Exeter by entering 8 runners, all the runners did really well and for some it was the first time they had entered an organised race.

 Below are the Thomas Westcott runners and their times, the runners also raised nearly £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support through sponsorship.



Chip Time 


Dan Cornish  00:22:29 123 
Tim Wardale  00:25:15 243 
James Lowe  00:25:28 256 
Sonia Cleeve 00:31:41 520
Charlotte Cann  00:31:41 521 
Kathryn Stanton  00:32:07 540 
Charlotte Palmer  00:33:13 577 
Joanna Robson  00:35:08  607 


Well done to all the runners.


One of our trainee accountants has been recognised as one of the best in the world, after finishing 11th in the 2013 ACA international accountancy exams.

25-year-old, Mark Johnstone, who is training at Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants in Exeter, was invited to a prestigious ceremony last month in Moorgate, in the heart of London’s financial district, where he and 11 other trainees from all over the world came to receive their awards.

All trainee accountants have to pass the Associate (ACA) examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales which then grants access to the professional accountancy body the ICAEW.

Mark, who lives in Exeter, said he was very proud to attend the ceremony and: “I was honored that Richard Thomas, the firm’s Chairman, came along to support me. It was a memorable day and fantastic for my work to be recognised. My parents and fiancee also came along to support me.”

Mark is now studying for his final exams, which will be sitting at the end of July, after which he will be a fully qualified chartered accountant.

Thomas Westcott Chairman, Richard Thomas, said: “With over three thousand candidates internationally Mark’s outstanding achievement is a testament to his ability and to the diligent and dedicated way that he has approached his studies.”

Mark, who grew up in Brighton and studied at the University of Exeter, said he was delighted when he got the message in January that he had made it into the top 11: “Thomas Westcott have been so supportive with my training; they push me to do my best, but not to hard and I have been given a variety of different tasks and find the work hugely interesting.”

Thomas Westcott Chairman, Richard Thomas, has been appointed as the Deputy President of the South Western Society of Chartered Accountants.

The Society covers Devon, Somerset and Cornwall and has just under three thousand Chartered Accountant members.

Richard has previously been Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer of the former Exeter and District Society of Chartered Accountants.

Richard said “It is an honour to have been appointed to this role which keeps me at the forefront of changes that affect the profession, our members’ clients and their businesses and enables me to make a contribution to the thought development of the profession.”

New planning for farmers

From 6th April 2014, no full planning approval is required for certain developments on farms.

The main points are:
1.      Change of use to dwellings or commercial
2.      Up to 3 buildings of 150sqm
3.      Only existing agricultural buildings covered (as at 20th March 2013)
4.      Does not apply to National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), listed buildings etc. 

Danger areas:
1.      What constitutes a ‘farm’ and what doesn’t?
2.      What was the use at 20th March 2013?
3.      Beware building regulations
4.      Can a building be demolished?

For more details Click Here

This weekend sees Stuart Carrington, an experienced partner in our Axminster office, take on the “Watchet to West Bay Cycle Challenge” in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The 54 mile route starts with a tough climb out of Watchet, skirts Exmoor, then heads past Taunton on its way towards Bridport and the coast at West Bay. Six hundred riders are taking part and Stuart hopes to complete the course in 3 ½ to 4 hours.

Stuart says that, “Having had cycling friends taken to hospital by air ambulance it is imperative that such organisations continue to be supported.” If you would like to help, Stuart has a JustGiving page for this event Click Here

As well as a strong general practice portfolio built around farming, charities and non-standard assignments, Stuart has a growing client base within the cycling industry including sports agents, marketers, retailers and one of the national organisations. If you would like to discuss how Stuart could help your organisation please get in touch on 01297 33388 or stuart.carrington@thomaswestcott.co.uk .

For those particularly interested in the cycling aspect of this challenge, Stuart will be posting his performance on Strava.