Phil Murray

Phil Murray, Commercial Director, Harlands Accountants

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7 Science & Tech Startup Business Strategies Like The Pros

Posted by Phil Murray 01 May 2018 11:44 AM

There are many hurdles to jump when starting a science and tech business. You know that others have been along this path before, but you don’t know exactly where it leads. Getting the right start can make the difference between success and failure. We know that you can start up a tech business anywhere in the UK, and your success can depend on the decisions you make from the outset. Here is our guide to the 7 Science & Tech Startup Business Strategies Like The Pros –

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner Business Building

Durham Accountants continue to work with a proper North East Fitty!!

Posted by Phil Murray 08 February 2017 09:15 AM

Since 1984 Ian Moir and his team at AMH Workspace have been helping companies throughout the UK to transform their workspaces. Much like the accountancy industry, Ian has seen major changes to business styles and innovation over the past 3 decades but the company continues to be one of the leaders in its field.

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Topics: Client Stories

You are never too old to go on a bouncy castle!!

Posted by Phil Murray 02 February 2017 10:30 AM

The tax return season brings its Ups and Downs for most accountancy firms and ours was no different this year. This time it had nothing to do with hopping towards the 31st January but all to do with catching up with Bryan Carlson who is the owner of a fab company called Creative Indoor Play.

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Topics: Client Stories

Diamonds are a girl's best friend...oh and an awesome semiconductor material

Posted by Phil Murray 30 January 2017 11:30 AM

There has been a rush of anticipation around the office for the past few months. Christmas Hols, the looming deadline day for tax returns (and football transfers!) and the news that we were going to be working with someone in the diamond business.

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Topics: Client Stories

Durham Businesses looking to tap into innovation support

Posted by Phil Murray 25 January 2017 08:34 AM

After meeting Elizabeth Shaw from the North East BIC last week, we were made aware of some support that is available to SMEs who are committed to embracing innovation but lack the ability and/ or confidence to make the change.

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Topics: Client Stories

Durham Accountants Helping Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Posted by Phil Murray 11 January 2017 10:03 AM

As we enter the final stages of tax return deadlines this year we tend to search for ways to keep the team alert and active. Like many businesses, we have a love for high quality coffee and have some connoisseurs in the office who were delighted when we started to work with a brilliant business called Clockwork Espresso!!

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Topics: Business Owner Client Stories

Harlands Accountants are helping to keep people warm this winter

Posted by Phil Murray 21 December 2016 03:00 PM

As proud Durham accountants and business advisors, we love to shout about some of the inspirational businesses we are lucky to work with. It is our aim to help these businesses take control of their finances and build a better business. By knowing that their finances are in check means they can concentrate on moving the business forward and doing the things they love. This blog features the awesome guys from 

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Topics: Business Building Client Stories

Do the new changes at companies house affect you?

Posted by Phil Murray 23 May 2016 11:08 AM

As from 6th April, nearly all UK companies and LLP's will be required to keep a register of People with Significant Control (PSC) , and people who control companies or LLPs will be subject to new disclosure requirements.

Relevant companies and LLPs must keep the new registers from 6th April 2016 and file relevant details with Companies House from 30th June 2016.

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Topics: Business Owner

How to achieve business success in 2016

Posted by Phil Murray 17 February 2016 07:30 AM

The new year is a great time for you to step back and take a fresh look at your business.

Achieving success in 2016 is a matter of looking strategically at what has and hasn’t worked, so that you can plan for the future. This article will provide you with 4 simple suggestions for all business owners who want to build a better business in 2016.

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner

What grants are available in the North East?

Posted by Phil Murray 16 February 2016 07:30 AM

One of the most popular questions we often get asked is; "Are there any grants available at the moment?" or "Can i get a grant towards that?".

With that in mind we thought it would be worthwhile to share news about a grant that is availble to North East Businesses with a deadline of 25th March 2016.

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Topics: Raising Finance Business Start Up