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Racing to Beat Cancer

A big WELL DONE to the wonderful ladies of Lewis Ballard who have once again done themselves proud by throwing on their running trainers and raising loads of cash at Cardiff’s Race For Life.

It was great to see a bigger team than ever taking part this year. Thank you to everyone who has donated, they have smashed their target and raised over £2,300!

If you would like to donate, please follow this link THANK YOU!


Making Tax Digital

To the surprise of many, the rollout for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for businesses has been pushed back to 2020. Those above the VAT threshold will have to start filing with MTD-compatible software from April 2019, but small businesses below the threshold “will not be asked to keep digital records, or to update HMRC quarterly, for other taxes until at least 2020,” the Treasury said. It would seem that HMRC will now be encouraging people to opt into MTD, rather than compelling people to use it.

As a Lewis Ballard customer, you will know that we like to stay at the forefront of technological changes, so you really couldn’t be in safer hands.
As we already encourage our clients to utilise our cloud accounting packages as much as possible, this will be a relatively pain-free change for many. And, of course, we’ll be here to guide you through every step of the way.

We’re Hiring!






Do you want to join The UK’s Most Inspiring Accountants?

Are you dedicated to helping people succeed and making a difference, with a genuine commitment to always giving brilliant customer service?

Will you enjoy being challenged, in a fast moving business and are you enthusiastic, flexible and keen to develop new skills in a cooperative team environment?


Then you’re perfect for us!

Do you love meeting new people and building the positive, effective relationships that grow businesses?

Are you looking for a company that encourages you to excel and offers you exciting opportunities to progress?

Do you want to work for a firm that’s passionate about cloud accounting?


Then we’re perfect for you too!

As committed employers we are ACCA, CIOT and AAT affiliated and have Investors in People Gold award and ACCA Platinum Trainer status for our continuous focus on developing our team.

Take a look at the roles we have available below:

Client Account Manager 

Join our team and you’ll enjoy a varied role, building client relationships and advising them on all aspects of building a business including, Accounts, Tax, VAT, Payroll, Business Growth, Funding and Sales & Acquisitions. You’ll need exceptional communication and technical skills to help your clients succeed and the organisational and business awareness to ensure profitability. Develop your full potential with great opportunities to progress.

Required experience:

  • 6 Years Practice Experience
  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Accounts Technician/Graduate Accounts Technician

Are you keen to develop your accountancy and business skills alongside a highly qualified team? We’re looking to expand our busy accounts department. In this varied role, you will be preparing accounts, VAT returns, cash-flow forecasts and company and personal tax returns, as well as providing support and training to clients on a variety of cloud accounting packages and working in support of the Client Managers to provide an excellent business development service to clients.

We are looking for both graduates and those who already have practice experience and AAT/ACCA qualifications.

Salary is dependent on experience and qualification.

**To join The UKs most inspiring accountants & AVN’s Firm of the Year please provide a CV with a covering letter to**


25 Years of Hurdling to Success

To celebrate an excellent 25 years of Neil as a partner in Lewis Ballard, team LB headed out to the races at Chepstow.

There were victors running away with the winnings, and others who fell at the first fences, but overall a very successful afternoon all round that made it a win for the office. Congratulations to Neil for his continued, steadfast leadership and success.

Auto Enrolment

Auto Enrolment has been coming for a long time and our wonderful Payroll team have been hard at work getting options ready for you that keep you compliant and your staff well looked after. The important thing to remember is that we take care of the details to make sure that you don’t get caught out, taking care of that one extra thing on your business plate. That being said, there is still a decision to make about what works best for your company.

Option 1

An excellent pension scheme that comes with extra employee benefits, this pension comes with access to an IFA directly, who will visit your business and an discuss any employee or employer queries directly. This pensions comes with –

  • A portal so your employees can decide how their pension scheme will be managed.
  • Excellent returns.
  • A website with extra discounts and personal tool incentives.
  • Direct access to an IFA.
  • We administrate everything to make sure your company complies with all aspects of auto-enrolment.

Option 2

A pension scheme directed more at smaller businesses looking to comply with The Pension Regulator. This is a great option to make sure your employees’ pensions are put into a compliant scheme. This pensions comes with –

  • A portal so your employees can decide how their pension scheme will be managed.
  • We administrate everything to make sure your company complies with all aspects of auto-enrolment.

What will the monthly contributions be?

Pension contributions at 1% (Employer & Employee) until 05/04/2018
Pension contributions at 2% Employer, 3% Employee from 06/04/2018 until 05/04/2019
Pension contributions at 3% Employer, 5% Employee from 06/04/2019 until further notice

(Above costs vary for different sized companies.)

Minimum Wages Rates from 1st April 2017

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
2015 £6.70 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
2014 £6.50 £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
2013 £6.31 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

But I have more questions?

Want to know more details about auto enrolment, or maybe the specific pension options available? Give us a call and we can go over with the details.