Under the new partnership, members will have direct access to C+T via a dedicated helpline for advice on accountancy issues related to conservation projects including VAT recovery, business plans, software packages, Gift Aid and setting up trading subsidiaries.
The membership of the Birmingham-headquartered Heritage Trust Network comprises more than 200 groups and trusts from across the UK. These include Castles of Scotland Preservation Trust, Manchester Transport Museum Society, and the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust.
Catriona Finnie, corporation tax manager and Gift Aid specialist at C+T – which itself dates back nearly 140 years – said: “VAT, tax and other accountancy-related issues often have a significant impact on the viability of conservation projects. This new partnership builds on our ten-year association with the Heritage Trust Network, giving its members direct access to our in-depth expertise to ensure they maximise tax efficiency and reduce risk on the important work they are doing throughout the UK.”
Also commenting was David Tittle, chief executive of Heritage Trust Network, who said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with [C+T], a firm with a UK-wide presence as well as a strong track record in supporting charities and heritage groups. Accessing the firm’s expertise on business matters and key accountancy issues will be invaluable for many of our members as they rescue, restore and find new uses for historic buildings and spaces.”