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Christmas Opening Hours

Date posted: December 20, 2013

Please note our offices will close for the Christmas period at 12pm on Tuesday 24th December 2013 and will re-open at 8am on Thursday 2nd January 2014.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from all at Riley & Co.

Secret Santa at Riley & Co…

Date posted: December 11, 2013

It’s that time of year, the names have gone into a ‘hat’ and you’ve pulled out the name of the guy you’ve never even spoken to, who sits in the corner behind a stack of papers and you’re sure is very nice but you have no idea what interests him. Or worse, you’ve pulled out your manager’s name. Now you have to think of something appropriate, light hearted, inoffensive, non-embarrassing and most importantly of all it has to be under the £10 limit. Here at Riley & Co we ignored that as you can see by our surprised faces!

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10 great secret Santa gifts

We’ve come up with some suggestions for those of you that are stumped and reaching panic stage. Take a look at our 10 great secret Santa gifts to take along to your work Christmas do:

1. For the social media nut: like and dislike ink stamps. Now they can like and dislike everything. It might be a good idea to list things they are NOT to stamp; e.g. other people’s possessions, animals, people…

2. For the outdoor lover: a desktop garden. Bring the outdoors in with a desktop garden or find a low maintenance plant if they have room on their desk for one.

3. For the football fan: desktop football. Get a small ‘finger football’ style game or a mini foosball table and it can double up as an activity for the Christmas party, you could even organise a tournament.

4. For the one who works during tea break: a memo mug. Choose between a blackboard style exterior mug and chalk or a plain white mug with a special marker for jotting down notes.

5. For gadget guy: mobile phone tidy. Secret Santa budgets probably don’t allow for any great gadgets so this is a good way of keeping with the theme. It loops onto the phone charger when it’s plugged into the wall and provides a small platform for the phone to rest on while it’s charging. (Also good for clumsy colleagues who have a habit of standing on their mobiles that they’ve left on the floor.)

6. For the ‘I want you to make me a cup of tea but it MUST be made in this way’ one: mug with tea colour gauge. Plenty of places sell these now, a white mug with strips of ‘tea colours’ inside for you to match up to your fussy colleague’s desired tea strength.

7. For the music fan: a musical tie. This novelty gift will be amusing for at least several minutes and can be worn at work or to the Christmas party.

8. For the neat freak: a desktop vacuum. Gifts that can be used at work are great because the recipient won’t feel they have to take them home if you don’t know them that well.

9. For the girly one: a toiletry gift set. Bath stuff is always a safe option, but go for a gift set so it’s clear it’s a present, not a hint.

10. For when you just don’t know what else to get: a lottery ticket. This sounds like a bit of a cop-out but is good as a last minute option, and if it’s a winning ticket it could end up being the gift that keeps on giving!

If your workplace is having a budget Christmas party suggest to your colleagues that you all get secret Santa gifts that can be used at the party, such as games. It takes the pressure off everyone to think of personal gifts and will provide team building exercises.

We hope you’re feeling inspired, good luck and Merry Christmas!

A Breakfast Briefing – Buying or Selling Your Business

Date posted: December 3, 2013

Riley & Co has teamed up with Nat West Bank to deliver a breakfast briefing at the Shay Stadium, Halifax.

Steve Ward, Director of Banking operations will highlight the issues considered by banks when considering lending applications from potential purchasers.

Simon Walton, Tax Director at Riley & Co will look at the ways to structure a sale in order to minimise the vendors tax bill.

WHEN – Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 8.30am – 10.00am (Refreshments served from 8.00am).

WHERE – The Shay stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YS

To book your place, please call us on 01422 341019.

Dividend Paperwork Templates

Date posted: December 3, 2013

Dividend Minutes Template Tax Voucher Template

Please click on the links above for templates to assist you with completing the documentation when a dividend is voted.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any help.

Supporting Our Clients

Date posted: December 2, 2013

Last Tango

We always try to support our clients and it is a bonus when this involves a great night out.

On Wednesday evening we entered a Riley & Co team in the Halifax Steam Brewery quiz night, we didn’t win but we weren’t humiliated either, we will definitely do some more swatting up for next time!

We sampled the fantastic real ales all of which are brewed on site at Hipperholme and Dave Earnshaw, the owner had been busy cooking his homemade chicken curry and twice cooked chips as an after quiz treat – delicious!

We can definitely recommend that you head on over for a good night out http://www.halifax-steam.co.uk/

On Thursday evening we attended the Last Tango in Halifax event at Holdsworth House Hotel.

It was a brilliant evening, Anne Reid, Sally Wainwright and Karen Lewis were on hand to tell us about the latest series and answer all of our questions, we even got to see a sneak preview of some of the wonderful scenes filmed at Holdsworth House.

The food was amazing as usual and over £1,000 was raised for Marie Curie.

Last Tango is certainly helping to put Halifax on the map and Holdsworth House Hotel have had some great publicity including this brilliant review in the Mail on Sunday yesterday http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2516376/Holidays-Yorkshire-Following-footsteps-stars-Last-Tango-Halifax.html