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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 Travel &Tourism, Partner
Rajeev Shaunak
+44 (0)20 7429 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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David McDonnell

VAT Director

David joined MacIntyre Hudson in 2016 and heads up our London VAT team. He brings with him a wealth of VAT experience built up working in practice and advising clients for almost 20 years, prior to which he was an Officer at HM Customs & Excise (as was).

David has a broad experience spanning multiple industries and is well versed in all VAT matters affecting businesses, particularly in relation to the Real Estate, Retail and Financial Services sectors. He also has considerable practical experience in dealing and negotiating with HMRC on complex technical and VAT saving issues and prides himself on delivering pro-active, timely and commercial advice to his clients in a language and manner they can understand.

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Gavin Davis

Partner

Gavin joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in June 2018 and is the Partner who leads our Technology Advisory Services practice. He joined the firm from BDO LLP where he led the technology consultancy practice for more than five years. Gavin has more than 35 years of experience in the IT industry and, besides running his own IT consultancy business for ten years, has worked for some of the worlds largest IT companies including; Fujitsu, Dell, Capita, Ricoh and Atos.

As well as a formal training in Electronic Engineering, Gavin holds several industry qualifications including; MCSE, PRINCE2, ITIL and CISM. In previous roles Gavin has developed global IT consulting methodologies, delivered (and recovered) several large high-profile IT projects as well as managing large teams of consultants, engineers and project managers.

Technology Advisory Services provides a range of services to support business in the mid-market. In these businesses it is not uncommon to find the Finance Director (or other senior board member) responsible for IT. Gavin calls them “The Quasi IT Director” ® and typically they become reliant on junior IT staff or third-party IT support companies for strategic advice, which may not always be in the best interest of the company.

Gavin and his team are completely independent and can provide advice that is based around your business and specific requirements. Typical services include:

  • IT reviews to identify areas where IT might be causing issue around the business
  • Strategic IT advice, to help get the best out of your IT, both now and in the future
  • Application procurement support (specification and selection) and,
  • Outsource IT director services.

Gavin also supports the MHA MacIntyre Hudson Corporate Finance Mergers and Acquisitions teams by providing IT due diligence on both the buy and sell side.

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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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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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With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been successfully since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group