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Motor

From audit and assurance, tax planning and compliance, through to deals support and transactional tax advice, field team training and outsourcing, or company car ownership schemes, our experts have got the keys and driven growth. When it comes to the financials of your dealership, trust the experts.

Our specialist motor team provides up-to-date, accurate, concise and tailored advice, services and solutions to many UK dealer groups. Our specialists are trusted advisers to many motor dealer groups, supporting them on aspects of ECOS, PAYE, capital allowance and corporate finance.

With a proactive approach and extensive knowledge of the industry, we provide thought leadership and remain at the forefront of key issues facing the sector. We also run sector-specific and focused update events, such as the MHA Motor FD Forum and the Berkhamstead Motor Club. This enables us to actively engage with owners of retail groups, manufacturers and other advisers in the sector on a broad range of business issues, identifying ways to proactively support them with their strategic, operational, cost reduction, risk and compliance agendas.

How we work in dealership accountancy 

  • The experienced motor team provide a comprehensive range of services and specialist advice including:
  • Audit and assurance: we act as auditors for 75+ motor dealers and lease businesses including Sturgess, Pentagon, Delgarth and Vanarama.
  • Tax planning and compliance: we are tax advisers to 100+ motor dealers and manufacturers, including many Top 50 dealer groups.
  • Capital Allowances (CA): we have the UK’s leading motor CA specialist in our team maximising allowances on dealers’ historic and current property acquisitions and expenditures.
  • Transactional tax advice and exit planning: ensuring the right operational and entity structure for our clients, including their trading and property interests.
  • Shareholder wealth and inheritance tax planning: tax-efficient extraction of wealth for dealership owners.
  • Employment taxes and company cars: supporting you with issues such as car averaging, establishing employee car ownership schemes, worker status, and travel and subsistence.
  • VAT planning and compliance: working with you on cases of HMRC litigation, partial exemption, finance and insurance income, Motability, dealer discounts and other specific motor VAT issues
  • Strategic and corporate finance support: sale and acquisition, restructuring, refinancing, operational and business strategy reviews to help your dealership grow.
  • Business support: providing health checks, deal file and month-end reporting, and other process reviews, including FCA and cyber security.
  • Field team training and outsourcing: we can provide support to manufacturers’ BM teams and funders’ risk teams.

Get in touch, and let’s drive towards growth together.

Meet the team

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Colin O’Kane

HR Consultant

Colin has over 13 years’ experience in the HR field having worked in the Financial Services, Telecommunications, Retail and Airline sectors. He joined MHA Macintyre Hudson in June 2019 and is a HR Generalist qualified as an Associate CIPD member since 2004.

Colin advises a wide range of clients from across the firm on the entire spectrum of HR issues, from employment contracts and day to day people management issues including sickness, disciplinary and grievance issues to more complex projects such as redundancy exercises.

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Howard Lewis

Partner

Links with the shipping industry forged early in Howard’s career and which continue today led to his interest in overseas businesses. For the last 20 years he has led the firm’s international development group and his connections with a multitude of advisors including members of Baker Tilly International, around the world, ensures that companies based overseas and trading in the UK and the firm’s clients taking their first steps into new markets are actively assisted. 

The international business development group links clients from the UK with Baker Tilly members throughout the world and clients referred from overseas are connected to the sector, service line and location that can most efficiently handle their affairs.

Our clients arriving in the UK from overseas are headquartered in all parts of the world but our highest concentrations have traditionally been the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Australia as well as from the original links with shipping, Greece. Activities undertaken are widespread covering all types of products and services as well as retail, distribution, wholesale and manufacturing. 

Having worked in the City of London for most of his career he is a Freeman and this demonstrates his continued and long term interest in the City. Howard is married to Leonie, the CEO of a communal volunteer organisation and both of them are actively involved in their local community and the promotion of inter faith relationships throughout London. 

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Richard Powell

Partner

Richard is a specialist business adviser who looks to build strong relationships with his clients to ensure that they are getting the very best advice and service, and that their needs and goals are being met.

He is a local lad born and bred, and has spent all of his professional life working with larger owner managed business and international groups in the region with a particular focus on those in the manufacturing and engineering sector.  Away from work he spends most of his time with his family, playing golf or watching rugby.

Richard also sits on the Board of our UK wide association, MHA.

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Chris Rising

Internal Audit Director

Chris joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson from a large mid-tier firm where he spent the previous 20 years since graduation from university managing a range of internal audit clients across the Not for Profit and Charity sectors.

Chris has over fifteen years of experience operating at a senior management level in supporting his client to ensure they have in place an effective governance, risk management and compliance framework and supporting a number of them through a period of uncertainty and change. Chris is a strong advocate for the innovative use of Internal Audit to provide assurance over the effectiveness of their control environment.

Chris is an ACCA Fellow and has dedicated his career to Internal Audit since graduating in Economics from the University of York.

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What they say about us

A team who fully understood our business, our objectives and ultimately a team who we felt we could trust and enjoy working with. Excellent advice throughout the negotiations. Would not hesitate to recommend them. Neil Hollingworth - SRBE Holdings Limited

What they say about us

The core services provided by the firm, global presence, industrial expertise and proactive response helped us take the decision towards using the services of MHA MacIntyre Hudson. - Tillomed Laboratories Limited