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Today’s news in brief – 17/4/2024

Quantuma’s Craig Morrison and Ian Wright have been appointed as liquidators for Royal Oak Tree Services Ltd, a Dundee-based arborist firm. Pressures from creditors, including the loss-making Amey contract, led to closure and redundancy of all seven staff. Morrison regrets the closure and prioritises support for affected employees.

ACCA has urged UK Government action to address skills decline and boost economic growth. They propose a Skills Tax Credit Pilot and baseline assessment for career guidance, targeting digital technology, sustainability, and financial competence. Lack of investment in training, fragmented career guidance, and cost concerns hinder upskilling efforts, with 75% of employers seeking to reskill staff. ACCA calls for clarity on available options to empower both employers and employees.

DJH has appointed Matt Orange as its first head of indirect tax, focusing on VAT and SDLT advice. Orange aims to leverage his expertise to enhance client services and support the firm’s growth. The appointment follows DJH’s expansion with six acquisitions in 2023, strengthening its position across the Midlands, north west, and Yorkshire. Michael Burgess, tax director at DJH, emphasises the strategic importance of the new role in driving advisory services and navigating tax complexities.

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