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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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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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John Mendes

Partner

John leads the outsource services team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson. He has considerable experience with assisting owner managed businesses, subsidiaries of international companies and other incorporated businesses, across a range of sectors, with their requirements. 

His focus is in ensuring that our back office solution is specifically designed to meet your requirements, with access to management and financial reporting which is accurate and timely. The advent of cloud based technology has led to the introduction of further efficiencies and more in-depth and bespoke reporting to our clients. 

A devoted family man but his passion for Chelsea FC runs deep.

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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.

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Rob Dando

Corporate Finance Partner and Transaction Services Leader

Rob joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson Corporate Finance in April 2020 to lead the Transaction Services team. Rob has over 15 years’ transaction consultancy experience, with considerable knowledge in global markets. He specialises in advising mid-market businesses, corporate clients and financial institutions, in their assessment of acquisitions and divestments, as well as assisting organisations on their journey to initial public offering. Rob’s primary focus is on providing financial due diligence services for M&A transactions.

Rob has extensive deal experience across a variety of industry sectors, deal sizes and on a global basis. He has a particular interest in business services, education, healthcare, technology and transport & logistics sectors.

Rob is a chartered accountant (ACA) and holds the Corporate Finance Qualification (CFQ) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).

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What they say about us

My favourite benefit of working with MHA MacIntyre Hudson is having access to a huge network of knowledge but still having the direct personal feel when dealing with the local office team. Callum Bates -
Business Owner

What they say about us

The relationship with MHA MacIntyre Hudson has always been a solid one. The team are able to respond quickly to problems and achieving timescales. Their international network, Baker Tilly International, gives them breadth and the ability to cover overseas issues. - PRISYM ID