Applause Accountancy Services Limited is a friendly and professional firm of Chartered Accountants based in Birtley,County Durham. We are a family business, run by Julie Relf (BA Hons, FCA) and Stephen Relf (MPhil, FCA, CTA).
Julie has worked closely with local businesses, entrepreneurs and mumpreneurs, helping them to meet the requirements placed on them and to achieve their potential. As a Chartered Accountant, Julie is able to advise on a wide range of accounting and business issues. As a small business owner herself, and having started a local Business Club – The Inspire Network – Julie also has invaluable experience of setting up and growing a business.
As a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor, Stephen specialises in helping a wide range of companies and individuals with their tax affairs. Up to July 2015, Stephen led the Technical Team at the Chartered Institute of Tax (CIOT) in its efforts to improve the tax system. This involved responding to HMRC consultations on new tax law, meeting with HMRC officials to discuss issues with the tax system, and keeping the CIOT’s 17,000 members updated on developments in tax. Stephen now divides his time between writing commentary and articles on tax law and advising clients. He continues to take an interest in tax policy, working with the CIOT through its Technical Sub-committees, and the Office of Tax Simplication where he is a member of the Consultative Commitee tasked with overseeing work on options for the closer alignment of Income Tax and NICs.
As an owner managed business ourselves, Applause Accountancy Services Limited better understands the needs and pressures of small businesses and offers a friendly and accessible service, which is tailored to the needs of each client. We take the time to get to know our clients and work proactively on their behalf to help their businesses develop and grow.