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Understanding your needs

We have seen the dynamic of our relationship with many of our academy and education clients evolve in recent years.  Clients have become increasingly commercially aware and proactive, which has led them to explore new aspects of the expertise that we offer and, therefore, obtained more value from our relationship than ever before.

Just as with any business our education clients require help with:

  • Year end accounts
  • Tax matters
  • Monitoring budgets
  • Maintaining cash flow
  • Reviewing costs

Why us?

  • Over 12 years of experience working with schools
  • Currently act for over 50 education establishments, managed by 3 partners
  • Extensive charity experience demonstrated as 2 partners have been awarded the DChA (Diploma in Charity Accounting) by the ICAEW
  • Used to working with charitable entities – VAT, corporation tax issues and establishment of trading subsidiaries
  • Supported by experts within the Kreston network which acts for over 750 academies and over 1,500 charities in England
  • Regular client support provided – meetings, newsletters and e-bulletins
  • Involved in the writing of the Kreston benchmarking survey
  • Extensive experience of liaising with the ESFA gained over the last 10 years
  • Partners at the firm have been guest speakers for the NASBM and the ISBA
  • Regular seminars (previous seminars have been on VAT, procurement, internal assurance and the year end accounts)

Our team specialises in two main areas of education. Please select your area of interest:


We have worked with Clive Owen LLP during the school's first year of Academy status and have found the company to be a thoroughly professional organisation. As well as undertaking the yearend audit and responsible officer role, they have provided a number of training courses which we have found very useful. Of particular interest was the session on ‘Academy Finance’ where governors gain a better understanding of the issues we may face as an Academy – funding environment, VAT, gift aid, corporation tax and cash flow implications to name but a few.

A Robinson – Business Manager, Reid Street School, Darlington

Chris, Gary, my fullest thanks for leading such a valuable session with our governors on Thursday. Not only did you provide an extremely well thought through oversight, particularly useful for those members not on the Finance and Premises Committee, but you also managed to focus on the particular circumstances of Park View since conversion in a highly effective manner. The Governing Body as a whole is now much clearer about our overall financial position, both the upside and potential pitfalls.

B Dennison OBE, Park View Academy, Chester-le-Street

Since appointing Clive Owen LLP we have been very impressed with the level of support provided, not only with the yearend audit and responsible officer roles, but also as a general sounding board. Chris Beaumont has attended a number of meetings where he has explained accounting and auditing matters in a refreshingly none jargon manner enabling Governors and Staff to fully understand the issues applicable to us. Given the complex nature of the Academies income streams, VAT was a particular concern, and whilst it has been an issue Chris’s colleagues has helped guide us through this tax minefield, not only helping us complete the actual returns, but also aiding our understanding through onsite training.

M Regan - Principal, Carmel College, A Catholic Academy


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