Expanding HWB promotes tax manager

TEAM LEADER: Martin Back, centre, who has been promoted to Tax Compliance Manager at Hampshire accountants and business consultants HWB Accountants, with his team, from left, Thayef Chowdhury, Matthew Magee, Lyndon Howes and Danny Hockin at the company’s Chandlers Ford headquarters. Team member George Vass was not present for the picture

Expanding Hampshire accountancy firm HWB has bolstered its Tax team with the promotion of a tax manager as demand for services continues to grow.

Martin Back has been promoted to Tax Compliance Manager and now leads a team of seven at the Chandler’s Ford chartered accountants and business advisers.

The 29-year-old joined HWB in 2016 and his promotion is part of HWB’s ongoing strategy for growth.

He takes over from the previous tax manager Helen Spalding who will take up a position of Tax Advisory Manager, working with a new colleague Joe Wilson to support Associate Director Gemma Hedges and Senior Tax Manager Alan Rolfe when she returns part-time from maternity leave next autumn.

Gemma said: “Martin is a well-established and key member of the Tax team at HWB. He absolutely deserves this promotion and we are expecting him to develop into an inspirational team leader.

“It is very much our policy at HWB to promote from within to safeguard business continuity. This promotion is in recognition of Martin’s hard work and dedication. His wealth of knowledge across a broad range of issues is invaluable as we move the firm forward.”

Martin, who achieved his ATT qualification in November 2019 and whose previous role was Tax Senior within the team, is currently mostly office-based as he helping to train three new members of the team.

He said: “While I am bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the role, I’m also very familiar with the processes and what works best. I have an in-depth knowledge of our clients, I like representing HWB to the wider world and believe customer service is our number one priority.

“One of the things we are focussing on is growing our own talent. HWB has a great reputation for training and my aim is to continue our success stories. Time was invested in me when I was a trainee and it is an honour to do the same with our current intake.”

Martin’s range of clients includes individuals, trusts and partnerships, particularly directors of companies HWB represents commercially and also purely personal tax clients.”

He added: “Broadly I’m in charge of the tax compliance programme – which is essentially getting annual tax returns done for clients, everything from simple repayments to the most complex of issues.

“Tax is an ever-changing world and my challenge is to stay on top of all the rules and regulations for the benefit of clients to ensure they can get the most from my team’s expertise.

“There is also making tax digital for income tax looming, which will be a real change to the way we work, if and when it actually happens, including a fourfold increase in the amount of reporting required.”

In addition, Martin advises on capital gains tax (CGT) disposals for clients selling a second property and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) which allows people to invest in start-ups and growing businesses – with generous tax reliefs.

Born in Canterbury, Martin attained a first class degree in economics at Portsmouth University and still lives in the city. He is married and outside work enjoys football, cooking, walks and travel.

Chartered accountants HWB, headquartered at Chandler’s Ford, near Southampton, provides business and tax advice.




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HWB Chartered Accountants was founded in 1985 as Hopper Williams & Bell and is based near Southampton. The firm provides accounting, tax and business advisory services to organisations across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset & West Sussex and beyond.

As one of the leading firms of chartered accountants and business and tax advisers in the region, HWB offers the depth of resource and specialist skills of a national practice but remains dedicated to the personal approach.

Services include: accounting services, audit and assurance, auto enrolment, business strategy & planning, corporate finance, HMRC enquiry fee protection, human resources, international services, IT services and solutions, online accounting, payroll services, personal tax services, probate & estate administration, specialist tax and financial planning.

Specialisms include: education sector and academies, architects, charities, FCA accountants, healthcare, legal, logistics, property accountants, recruitment and travel.

HWB’s motto is Experience the difference.

The firm produces a series of guides and tax cards and has a resources centre on its website, as well as staging seminars and events on a regular basis. The HWBulletin is published bi-annually.

HWB is registered to carry on audit work in the UK and regulated for a range of investment business activities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)


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