So here we are at the end of another year and if you are anything like me, you wander how it few by so quickly.

You have probably heard how us accountants like to moan that we have a tough time at Christmas due to the good old UK government setting the filing deadline for personal tax returns to 31 January and the UK’s majority of company year ends also being 31 March, many companies statutory accounts are due to be filed by 31 December.   However with these deadlines having been in place for as long as I can remember it is just something we have to deal with.

The thing I like to try and do while off for the Christmas break, is to take some time to reflect on the year and decide whether, as a business we moved forward and improved or not.   What went well for us and what did not?   We are all so very often so involved in our work and do not take that step back and look at what we achieved.  Hopefully there are always some real success stories from the year, both for our clients and ourselves with staff achievements.

Looking back can certainly help us then to do the next important thing and review our plans and goals for the coming year.  Not quite New years resolutions as such but certainly plan to avoid those things which may have caused us a headache and to do more of what worked. If you have not done so before I strongly recommend some goal setting.

For us as a practice we have made some significant internal changes and communication has improved. We are working better as a team and we are able to strive on our most important goal of providing a friendly and efficient service to our clients.

There have been a great many challenges for us through 2016 and we have faced them and come through and we look forward to 2017 and supporting our clients.  Of course the government are always implementing changes for UK businesses through their budgets and with Brexit too nothing will be standing still for long. We will need to stay on our toes and help our clients get to grips with what effects them in the coming year.

All in all it has been a good year and we would like to wish all readers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I look forward to sharing more of our positive news in 2017.