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Anne's retirement

We said goodbye to one of our Secretaries, Anne this week who has worked for Clouders for over 22 years.  She has retired at the same time has her husband Shawn so they can enjoy some quality time together.  Anne has always been very popular in the office and with our clients and she will be sadly missed.  We would like to wish her the very best of luck for the future and for her and Shawn to enjoy their retirement together. 

David Osborn

David Osborn has completed 40 years of service at Clouders and still going strong, although he has now taken advantage of working a four day week.

He would like to thank all of the staff and clients he has known over the years past and present that have made life enjoyable and challenging at times!

Heres to the next 40 years or will he get a reduction for good behaviour!! 

During February our offices will be closed on Saturdays, unless an appointment has been made in advance.

Seasonal Greetings from Clouders

Clouders, in our usual custom, instead of sending Christmas cards, we will be donating direct to the following charities:-

Essex Air Ambulance
Macmillan Cancer Support

We would also take this opportunity to advise that our office will be closed for the festive period from 12.00pm on Thursday 24th December until 9.00am on Monday, 4th January 2016.  We will also be closed on the Saturday, 19th December, 26th December and the 2nd January 2016.

Donna of Clouders has passed her Module 101 of British Sign Language

Donna Norman has passed module 101 of her BSL Level 1 exam (with fullmarks) and she is sitting further modules 102 and 103 in March and June next year.

This qualification is designed to teach learners to communicate withDeaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involvesimple, everyday language use.

British Sign Language (BSL) was recognised by the government as alanguage in its own right in March 2003. BSL is the first or preferred languageof an estimated 70,000 Deaf people in the UK. BSL is a visual-gesturallanguage, with its own grammar and principles, which are completely differentfrom the grammatical structure of English.

Thomas Perry from Clouders  - Trek in the Grand Canyon - 8-15 March 2016

I am doing a trek in the Grand Canyonbetween the 8th and 15th March next year in aid ofAlzheimer’s Society. Altogether I have got to raise £1605. With all donationsgoing to the AS, due to me self-funding the trip.

I believe over the course of the week the trek is 80km.

The link for more information is; http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2917or http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2916

My donation page is; https://www.justgiving.com/Thomas-Perry3/

Please support Tom in his Challenge to help raise as much money as he can.


2 June - Bailiff Scam

Action Fraud has seen an increase in the number ofsmall to medium sized businesses being contacted by fake bailiffs requestingpayments for a phantom debt. The scam involves the business being cold calledfrom someone purporting they are bailiffs working on behalf of a court,attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The caller will thenrequest payment by means of bank transfer and if this is refused, will threatento visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed. A range of differentbusinesses are being targeted; including Nurseries, Manufacturers, Hotels andTaxi Services. 
Protect Yourself

  • Confirm what the debt is regarding; bailiffs are only used to recover certain debts such as council tax, child support and compensation orders. Bailiffs are not used to recover debts relating to private advertisement; these would be collected by debt collectors. Debt collectors do not have the same legal powers as bailiffs and will not have special court authorisation to act. For more details regarding this, please look at the Citizens Advice website.
  • Double check with the Court or originating company to confirm whether the suspects are legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the suspects could still be on the line.
  • Request details of the debt in writing to access its legitimacy.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call.

If you, or anyone you know, have beenaffected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

Karting Challenge - 13th May 2015

The 2015 Inter Firm KartingChallenge was a hectic night with lots of last minute changes for the Cloudersteam. One team member was hurt in a car accident the previous day and decidedit was best not to risk aggravating things on a racing circuit and a secondteam member was leaving to go to the airport at 5am the next morning so had toleave as early as possible. There must be at least 7 driver changes during the2 hour event, so David took the sessions 1 & 3 and the remaining 6  x15 minute sessions were divided up between Chris and Tom.

There were seven teams takingpart and Clouders drew position 2, on the starting grid. For the first time,David opted to start for Clouders, rather than the final session & takingthe checkered flag. As he took his position on the grid the grid he realisedthat the kart in front was being driven by an ex-employee of Clouders. When thelights went out, David got a good start and was straight onto the back of theleading kart. After 2 laps he took the inside corner on the long straight &hairpin and took the lead and held this position until the first driver changeat 15 minutes. It looked like it was going to be a close race between Cloudersand Goldwyns, but, unfortunately, they got shown a dubious black flag which extendedthe Clouders lead to 2 laps.

The lead did extend and contractduring the evening, but after 120 minutes, 236 laps, a refuelling stop andseven driver changes, Clouders won by 2 laps. Chris also got the fastest lap ofthe night, being 28.44. Our thanks go out to the organisers at ICAEW andRayleigh Karting for another enjoyable evening.

New members of staff

Clouders are pleased to announce that following an internal restructuring of our practice, we have a new part-qualified member of staff starting with us on 8th June 2015.  This will enable us to enhance and expand our service for those clients in the Dental and Doctor Surgery sector, as well as focusing more attention on the preparation of accounts and tax returns for Limited companies and the self-employed.  With banks and mortgage companies demanding more recent and up to date figures, this will also enable Clouders to produce these urgent financial statements in a timely manner.

Clouders new opening times

We are also pleased to announce that as part of our ongoing programme of reviewing our practice and speaking to our clients, we are extending our opening hours.  We will now be open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, starting on Saturday 6th June.  There will always be various members of staff here and at least one director for you to speak with, but if you would like to see a specific director or member of staff, please book an appointment beforehand.  We feel that these changes will put Clouders in an excellent position to meet your needs as they arise, but if there is anything else you feel would enhance our service to you in the future, please let us know.

Thomas Perry of Clouders raised £800 for Macmillan Support skydiving 12000ft

Clouders raised over £500 for Havens Hospice!!!

Some of our staff, David Osborn, Mark Radford, Thomas Perry, Sam Bailey, Denise Staines, Victoria Staines, Dee Payne, Caroline Hyams, Gemma Elford, Angie Easter, Beverley Osborn and Donna Norman all completed the 3k Corporate Challenge at Hadleigh Olympic Track on Sunday, 12th October to raise money for Havens Hospice.

We raised over £500 in total with Mark Radford, coming first in the 3k event overall. Well done to Mark Radford.

It was very hilly but we all felt a real achievement in the end.