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Retail & Consumer

The shape of the retail sector has changed significantly in recent years. The traditional model that has existed for decades is in flux, as people change not only how they buy, but what they buy and where they buy it. Retailers have had to rapidly respond to the changing business environment and the complexities that come with it.

Technology, data security, the supply chain and competitor ‘price wars’ are causing retailers to review their business models and look for efficiencies to ensure that business forecasts are achieved. Our retail and consumer team can provide a full range of advisory, tax and accounting services to help our clients successfully develop their businesses to not only deal with the changing retail environment, but thrive in it.

How our retail consulting can help your business

From growing entrepreneurial OMBs to household names, we’ve been advising and guiding accounting and business strategy in the retail sector for many years. We have helped clients grow, diversify and expand internationally.

  • Our work focuses on a mixture of compliance, business advisory and commercial projects offering our clients help in areas such as:
  • Taxation, particularly around international tax, transfer pricing, restructuring, VAT and customs duties
  • Employment issues, capital allowances, currency volatility and tax mitigation
  • Business planning and support trying to access funding
  • Planning for intellectual property and branding
  • Maximising the efficiency of the supply chain; reducing costs and improving margins
  • Advising on disposals and seeking acquisitions during phases of M&A
  • Advising on both governance issues to best attract investment, and on minimising fraud and corruption risk
  • Tax and audit compliance, accounting and financial reporting.

Get in touch to discuss how our experts can help your retail operations to streamline – and grow.

Key contact

Head of Retail & Consumer, Corporate and International Tax Partner
Alison Conley
+44 (0)20 7429 4100
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Meet the team

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James Lawson

Director

James joined MacIntyre Hudson Corporate Finance in the London City office in 2015. He has approaching ten years’ experience  in lead advisory M&A and  focuses on advising entrepreneurs and management teams to develop and execute strategies to create, preserve, or extract shareholder value for companies in the £1m to £100m value bracket.

James has wide ranging M&A lead advisory deal-making experience across a variety of industry sectors on an international basis, with a particular interest in software and technology, media, healthcare and business services sectors. 

James completed an Executive MBA (Distinction) from Cass Business School in 2015, and also holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Law from the University of Sydney, as well as an LLB in Law and French. Outside of work James is a keen traveller, foodie, gym regular and skier.

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Lucy Sutcliffe

National Customs Director

Lucy advises clients on customs and excise duty issues, assisting them to understand and utilise the various and often complex customs and excise regimes and procedures. Lucy helps firms identify streamlining solutions and business efficiencies when importing and exporting goods, and advises on real-world potential solutions to help firms prepare for the advent of Brexit. Our clients will also be able to benefit from her expertise in advising on the potential benefits and obligations of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) regime.

Prior to joining MHA MacIntyre Hudson Lucy led and directed the UK’s central team responsible for a range of customs special procedures within HMRC. This role included oversight of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) regime, Inward Processing & Outward Processing procedures and customs international trade supervisory work.

She is also an award winning and highly experienced senior financial and criminal investigator who led high level and complex civil and criminal investigations impacting both nationally and internationally.  

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Alison Conley

Head of Retail & Consumer, Corporate and International Tax Partner

Alison was appointed as one of our Tax Partner's in the summer of 2016 and advises clients of both the London City office and Chelmsford.

After training with a big four firm of accountants, Alison specialised in international tax before being made a partner with BDO, going on to lead its Southern region tax team. She returned to the big four as a partner before becoming a director of a specialist tax and business advisory firm focussing on entrepreneurial clients. 

Over her career, Alison has advised corporate clients of all sizes across many business sectors, but she has particularly strong experience in the retail space. 

Alison has also been involved in multiple transactions and deals, where her focus is on ensuring that the tax strategy matches the needs of the company and its shareholders. 

Alison works closely with the corporate finance teams, and with international clients requiring cross-border tax advice. 

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Richard Thomas

Tax Director

Richard joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in October 2016. Richard is a Tax Director in the corporation tax team, providing tax advisory services to a wide range of corporate clients.

Richard trained with BDO where he worked with large corporate clients requiring a seamless compliance function combined with proactive tax advice.  This continued following his move to a big four firm where he worked with both listed and entrepreneurial businesses.  Richard is a Chartered Tax Advisor and a member of the Association of Tax Technicians.

Richard enjoys reading, music, online gaming and horology.

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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

What they say about us

SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector