We’re delighted to announce our upcoming move to fantastic new premises!

In February 2019, we will relocate to purposely designed and newly refurbished offices at Carleton Business Park, Skipton.

This is an exciting development for The Shepherd Partnership and we can’t wait to welcome you – our clients and contacts – there in the near future.

Watch this space for further updates…but please get in touch if you have any questions in the meantime.

Please CLICK HERE to download a map of our new location.

Our new address will be:

Carleton Business Park


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FSB urges Low Pay Commission to delay National Living Wage rise

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to consider whether forthcoming rises in the National Living Wage (NLW) rate may need to be put on hold if the economy cannot bear the pace of change.

The NLW rose in April 2017, and presently stands at £7.50. The government has pledged to bring the NLW to £9 per hour by 2020. However, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has estimated that this will ‘fall short’, and may only reach £8.75 an hour by this time. The FSB has stated that any risk to the UK economy should be ‘built into the next NLW increase’, which is scheduled for April 2018 – suggesting that the NLW should rise to no higher than £7.85 next year.

The FSB is concerned that the NLW does not currently take into account the state of the UK economy and inflationary issues, and has highlighted a ‘string of recent poor economic statistics and continued uncertainty’ as reasons for the LPC to consider delaying the planned rises.

The call followed the FSB’s publication of new research, which revealed that 64% of small firms affected by the NLW have recorded lower profits in order to meet the April 2017 rise, while 39% have had to put up prices to meet the demands of the NLW.

Commenting on the issue, Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: ‘Small employers have demonstrated their resilience in meeting the challenges set by the NLW, with many cutting their margins or even paying themselves less to pay their staff more.

‘In sectors where margins are tight, small firms are resorting to more drastic measures to cope with the NLW.

‘It’s vital that the NLW is set at a level that the economy can afford, without job losses or harming job creation. Cost pressures on small businesses are building, and with most recent economic indicators underperforming, we are now facing the reality that the NLW target may need to be delayed beyond 2020.’

The LPC is set to make its NLW recommendations to the government in the Autumn.

Our 2013 Business Seminar: Save The Date!

The Shepherd Partnership Business Seminar 2011

We will once again be hosting a breakfast seminar on Thursday 28th March 2013. All local businesses are very welcome, so please put this date in your diaries!  In the meantime you can view details of the 2012 Business Seminar here, which was well attended by local businesses.

The Shepherd Partnership Business Seminar 2011Our Skipton business seminars are well attended year-on-year, and have become a key event in the business diary for many.

The Budget will take place the week before – on Wednesday 20th March 2013 – and as in previous years this seminar is designed to make sense of the key areas that are relevant to local businesses. The programme will also incorporate 2 guest speakers who will deliver informative presentations on business topics that are pertinent to all attendees – details will follow in due course.

This is the third year we have hosted this event, and numbers have increased year-on-year.

The completely free 2013 seminar will be held once again at The Tempest Arms, Elslack, and will present an opportunity to network and learn alongside local, like-minded businesses. We envisage that the seminar will run from 8.30am-11.30 and all attendees will be offered breakfast rolls, tea and coffee with our compliments.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive more information and booking details for this event once they are ready, please email rachel@shepherdpartnership.com.

Skipton Rugby Match Sponsorship: Shepherds ‘do it right’

For the second year running The Shepherd Partnership have sponsored a match at Skipton Rugby Club. On Saturday 20th October over 50 local businesses and Shepherd Partnership staff congregated at the club for an afternoon of pies, peas, beer, and good company against a backdrop of rugby.


It was once again an incredibly successful afternoon, with many attendees reporting that they had relished the opportunity to meet up with both familiar and unfamiliar faces.


The Shepherd Partnership was also praised for its good organisation, warm hospitality, and for supporting the local club through sponsorship.

Here are some of the comments received since the event took place:

‘…thanks for the excellent afternoon we enjoyed at the Rugby Club on Saturday.’ – Chris Windle, Windle Beech Winthrop Limited

‘…a most enjoyable afternoon and your hospitality was much appreciated.’ – Justin Birch, QualitySolicitors Mewies

‘…the Shepherd Partnership sponsored match is without doubt one of the best held at Skipton Rugby Club because you do it right. It is well organised and you get a good crowd down which creates a good atmosphere.’ – Simon Smith, Windle Beech Winthrop Limited

‘Good beer – good pies – good company!’ – Mike Vincent, Fresh Partnership Limited

‘Thank you all for a most enjoyable afternoon in Skipton.’ – Peter & Maeve Rock, Modern Equipment Limited

With such a great crowd and friendly atmosphere, it was easy to believe that nothing could go wrong at the Club that day. In truth there was one negative to report – the score….

Better luck next time!

CHEERS! Shepherd Partnership Sponsor Skipton Beer Festival for Second Year

Shepherd Partnership Accountants Sponsor Skipton Beer Festival

The Shepherd Partnership is delighted to announce that we will once again be sponsoring this year’s Skipton Beer Festival taking place at Skipton Town Hall on 19th-21st April 2012.

Last year’s festival, which we also sponsored, was a runaway success. Held as usual in Skipton Town Hall the event attracted a record attendance of 2,158 customers who drank their way through 859 gallons (3,910 litres) of 74 different cask-conditioned real ales and 66 gallons (250 litres) of 16 different ciders and perries! 

As an active part of the local community we are proud to support the Beer Festival as it reaches its 6th anniversary. We hope that lots of you will be able to pop in and enjoy the festival, which promises to be a highly enjoyable weekend of social beer tasting & general merriment!

For more information go to: http://www.skiptonbeerfestival.org.uk/

Farewell Joan

Joan Retires From The Shepherd Partnership Chartered Accountants

Our longest-serving staff member has retired after 60 years service. Joan Southwell has finally signed-off from her job with The Shepherd Partnership, retiring at age 82.

Joan Retires From The Shepherd Partnership Chartered Accountants

Joan with The Shepherd Patnership Directors at her farewell meal

Amongst Joan’s happiest memories is when she met her second husband, Andy, whilst working with the firm, who she married in 1968. Sadly he passed away in 1985 and Joan never married again.

As an integral part of today’s staff team at Shepherd Partnership, Joan will be much missed and the Directors took the whole firm out for a meal at a local restaurant to make sure she had a good send off.

To read the full story click here.