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Our Services to International Business

The members of our International Services Team have previous experience working with Big 4, other top tier firms and in commerce with international groups; many have also completed secondments outside the UK. Our approach is to provide a highly professional, personal and value for money service. We develop a close working relationship with our clients to help them achieve success, whatever their business or personal objectives. Our clients are important to us.

Global Strategy and Structuring

Exploring a new market for the first time?  We can help you get the initial planning right to minimise the pitfalls and maximise opportunities.  Frequently asked questions include: "Should I form a company? Is there a need to hire overseas employees?  What about supply chain management?  Do I need to open a bank account?"  Our experience can help you find the answers that are right for your business.

International Audit & Assurance

We are experienced in conducting audits of subsidiaries in the UK, and international audits requiring travel overseas to clients in the US, Asia Pacific and Europe, giving us international capability in cross border businesses.  We have expertise in IFRS and reporting under US GAAP.

Outsourced Accounting Services

Not yet large enough to warrant an in-house finance team?  We can help you outsource your essential functions to keep initial overheads low and ensure you have high quality management information from the start.

International Tax

As your business grows, your global tax bill can be affected substantially by how your operations are structured.  Our tax team not only has an in-depth understanding of the UK tax rules, they are also experts on how these rules interact with overseas legislation to minimise tax payments and avoid double taxation. They have carried out transfer pricing studies for many of our clients and helped them to implement our recommendations. Our team were also crowned 'Best International Tax Team' in the prestigious Tolley's Taxation Awards 2017.

Employer Assistance/Payroll

If you are hiring employees in a new territory, or transferring existing employees abroad, let us assist you in implementing tax efficient remuneration and incentive packages for your staff.  We offer a full payroll service for UK employees, including numerous expatriates, and can introduce you to payroll providers overseas.  For more information please refer to our International Payroll Factsheet.

Expatriate Advisory Service

James Cowper Kreston's expatriate advisory service forms part of our specialist International Services, enabling us to advise companies and individuals on all expatriate related matters.  You may not have the in-house skills to deal with the multi-jurisdiction issues which arise with assignees, or simply not have the time to manage all aspects of the assignee population.  We can take the hassle away from you and become your extended HR function in managing the expatriates.

Global acquisitions
If you are looking to make UK acquisitions, our dedicated Corporate Finance team can assist with both lead advisory and due diligence services. They work closely with our International Tax experts to ensure the acquisition is structured tax efficiently. 

International Case Study - Lamex Food Group

James Cowper Kreston’s membership of Kreston has led to the firm being able to compete for much larger, and more complex, audits.  We have been able to bring together teams from around the world to pitch for, and win, substantial multi-jurisdictional audit work.

In May 2010 the firm, together with Kreston partners in the Netherlands and the USA, was appointed by Lamex Food Group, a privately owned company operating in 12 countries, employing 120 staff and with a turnover exceeding half a billion pounds (sterling).

At the time of appointment Phil Wallace, Lamex Food Group’s chief executive officer said: “James Cowper Kreston and the two other firms in the Kreston International network were able to demonstrate a very high quality of individual advisers and coordinated expertise married with the personal service that we were looking for.” 

He added: “The Kreston International network really does offer a credible alternative to the traditional Big Four accountancy firms.”