A Harrogate tax specialist has started the new financial year by launching his own consultancy.
Outhwaite Associates is spearheaded by Stephen Outhwaite, who has more than three decades of experience working in the industry – first as a tax inspector with HMRC then as a senior manager with an international tax advisory firm.
And, in just a few days since “opening for business”, the firm has taken on its first clients, a major property holdings group and a large international logistics firm.
In addition, Outhwaite Associates is working hand-in-hand with a Scottish-based consultancy, providing expert advice to businesses and individuals in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Over the last two years, Mr Outhwaite has used his specialist tax and risk management knowledge to advise, guide and support more than 100 clients – from sole traders to multi-nationals – as well as a host of well-known names from the world of sport and entertainment.
Thanks to his background, Mr Outhwaite is regularly called on to speak to a wide range of professional service affinity groups, training organisations and in-house teams about the latest taxation laws.
These have included Chartered Institute of Taxes (CIoT), Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW), Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Association of Chartered & Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Mr Outhwaite said: “Having worked in the tax sector for the last 30 years – and in particular on both sides of the tax coin – I have a unique set of qualifications to offer clients.
“And, with all the political parties highlighting the targeting of tax avoidance and tax evasion as key manifesto pledges, launching Outhwaite Associates could not be better timed.
“I’m being joined in this venture by a number of ‘associates’, whom I have worked with on numerous occasions in the past. Each has a different speciality to bring to the mix.
“Over the last few years I have worked with a host of clients up and down the country offering them wide-ranging advice and support, and I’m looking forward to developing my client base over the coming weeks, months and years.”