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Leisure & Hospitality

As consumer tastes and buying patterns change, so too does the financial outlook for a leisure and hospitality business. Our expert team understands this highly competitive marketplace, and how sensitive it is to economic change. The highs and lows are real; we offer the best financial and accountancy advice to guide and support you through obstacles, and lead you towards growth.

Accounting and advisory for hotels

Your hotel needs to meet the challenges of today’s ever-changing market place. Hotel owners face the continued challenge of offering genuine quality and value for money, and retaining high-performing employees, all while trying to gain competitive advantage. 

This sector has huge variation - from top-branded quality hotels or family-run hotels, to national and international groups; from serviced apartments or bed and breakfast houses, to spas and health resorts - our hotel and hospitality accountants understand your needs. We can help achieve your goals by supporting you with:

  • Preparation of accounts
  • Cash flow forecasts
  • Advice on regulations specific to the hotel industry on areas such as tax, VAT, HMRC and PAYE
  • Improving efficiencies, productivity and cost saving
  • Dealing with employment tax issues and assisting with HMRC enquiries

How we advise pubs, restaurants and bars

With more than 25,000 restaurants and over 50,000 pubs in the UK, the hospitality industry has never been so competitive. Our specialist pubs, restaurants and bars accountants advise businesses in this sector on their strategy, and show them how to position themselves in their competitive environment to gain advantage. The services offered by our hospitality accountants include:

  • Advising on internal controls to ensure cash is being deposited into the bank
  • Comparative balance sheet analysis
  • Ratio analysis by industry standards to detect issues that may not otherwise be detected 
  • VAT reclaims on gaming machines
  • Dealing with employment tax issues and HMRC enquiries
  • Dealing with tips and tronc arrangements

Expertise with sports and health clubs 

Our in-depth understanding of key industry and sector-specific issues for sports and health clubs is central to the delivery of our accountancy, business advisory and tax services. As a sports and health club owner you need to ensure that you can get hold of key financial information to make business-critical decisions. Our leisure and hospitality accountants can help both clubs and their managers maximise the potential of their assets through: 

  • Internal audit and risk management support
  • Management strategy reviews
  • Financial management and benchmarking analysis
  • Financing growth and succession
  • Reducing corporation tax burden
  • VAT advice and solutions
  • Dealing with issues relating to the engagement of workers

Get in touch to discuss how we can take care of business for you.

Key contact

Head of Leisure & Hospitality, Partner
Chris Sutton
+44 (0)207 429 4100
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Meet the team

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Mike Kay

Partner

Mike is a well known name amongst the professional community in Essex and beyond. Over 20 years’ experience has ranged from secondment to clients, dealing with day to day challenges, through to heading up our Corporate Finance team in London and the South East. He has been awarded the "CF" designation by the ICAEW recognising his M&A experience since 1995.

Mike’s reputation and client base extends beyond East Anglia to the South Coast and up to the Midlands. He is regularly recommended by other professionals and clients for his simple and straightforward advice led approach - which he believes greatly increases the ability to understand, deliver and succeed - and his extensive knowledge of many industry sectors including leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and logistics. He is frequently instructed by banks to act on their behalf when considering lending propositions.

Working with businesses of all sizes, Mike has a particular focus on entrepreneurial clients, with many planning for future acquisitions, exits, buy outs and finance raising, drawing on his extensive knowledge in this area. Mike is often asked to provide business valuations in connection with matrimonial disputes and corporate restructurings.

Away from the office Mike can usually be found watching a game of rugby, when not working on his house renovation project, or enjoying a few glasses of fine wine. Unfortunately all this has limited his ability to reduce his golfing handicap.

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Chris Denning

Corporate and International Tax Partner

Chris has over 27 years of tax experience and joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in January 2013 following the merger with HMT Assurance LLP. He joined HMT in 2008 having previously spent nearly 20 years split between PwC and latterly KPMG.

Chris has provided a comprehensive range of advice and expertise for a range of corporate clients, from entrepreneurially owned start ups to large corporate/ multinationals. This includes advising on, for example, mergers and acquisitions, group restructuring, inbound/outbound expansion, CFC’s, PE’s, shareholder planning, employee incentivisation, transfer pricing strategy and compliance and profit extraction/repatriation.

As well as extensive transactional tax expertise Chris has developed an intuitive understanding of the interaction of taxes in relation to the ongoing provision of tax advice and works very closely with his clients in order that he can proactively identify issues and opportunities for tax planning which can be aligned with commercial goals and activities.

Throughout Chris’ career, he has also developed sector experience in hospitality and real estate.

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Gordon Thrower

Senior Tax Manager

An employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars.

More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.

Outside the office, Gordon is a season-ticket holder at West Ham United and is deputy editor of the popular West Ham website kumb.com, in which capacity he is often invited on to podcasts, tv and radio programmes, usually when the producers cannot find anyone famous to talk to.

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Toby Stephenson

Partner

Toby joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in August 2017. For over 25 years, Toby has specialised in working with and advising growing entrepreneurial, family and PE backed companies, International groups, and  UK subsidiaries of International parents. He has worked with clients in a diverse range of industries but has specific sector expertise in hotels, leisure and gaming, manufacturing, wholesale & distribution, and the service industry sectors.

Toby is a responsible individual for audit purposes, and has built up a reputation for providing clients with pragmatic advise not only on financial reporting matters but also on strategic business planning matters including raising finance, growth through acquisition, exit planning and business restructuring.

Away from work Toby is a mad keen Worcester Warriors rugby fan and can be found in the South Stand at Sixways at all home games, or blatting around the Worcestershire countryside in “Delilah” his Caterham Super 7 sports car. 

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What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions

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