Community & Sponsorship News

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    Our Property Tax Advice Article Featured in Essential Guide Magazine
    July 2023

    If you have made a profit from selling a residential property in the UK (that is not your main home) you need to be aware of changes to rules that require you to declare and pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to HMRC as well as exemptions that have been reduced. LWA’s Tax Manager, Nickie Antley-Slater explains more in our Essential Guide article here.

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    Nickie Becomes a Mental Health First Aider
    July 2023

    in July, our Tax Manager, Nickie Antley-Slater attended a Mental Health First Aid course and is now a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®). This course teaches knowledge and skills for spotting the signs and providing first aid to support people who may be experiencing mental health issues. MHFA England is a social enterprise with a vision to improve the mental health of the nation. Through training, campaigning, and reinvesting, they equip people with the skills to support their own and others’ wellbeing. Find out more on their website here:

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    Join the Fun at the Foundation Family Festival
    July 2023

    Get ready for the Foundation Festival Day on Sunday 2nd July at Victoria Park where all generations of your family can get involved in healthy physical activity together. The event kicks off at 10am with the ever-popular Family Mile, followed by the festival over at the Asics Stadium pitch featuring headline acts. It costs just £5 to sign up your family to the event, and this includes a goody bag, a finishers medal and entrance into the Festival. Click here to find out more.

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    Manchester Color Obstacle Rush
    June 2023

    On Saturday 17th June, five members of the LWA team took on intense fitness challenges of the Manchester Color Obstacle Rush Fun Run to raise money for two charities very close to all of our hearts - The Christie NHS Foundation Trust Charity and Alder Hey Children's Charity.  Together with the support of friends, family and our LWA clients, they have smashed the £500 target and raised a total of £845!! This will be split equally between the two charities.

    We are keeping our Just Giving page open for one more week in case you want to make a donation, and once again - a HUGE thank you to all that have supported us so far! Here's one of the many photos from the event.

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    DJK Dülmen Under 13's Win Their League!
    June 2023

    Congratulations to the LWA sponsored DJK Dülmen boys on another successful season. We have been supporting and following these lads from a young age through their grass roots football journey, and delighted that they have been promoted to play in the Bezirksliga league next season, which is the highest league for this age group!

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    Nick Taylor 300 Bike Ride Magic Weekend
    May 2023

    The Magic Weekend is such a special event for Rugby League supporters as it’s the only time they all get to be in the same place at the same time. This year as part of the event, cyclists will be setting off from the Halliwell Jones Stadium, home to the Warrington Wolves team, on Thursday 1st June, and hopefully arriving in time for the Wolves' game against Hull on the Sunday having covered over 300 miles. This is all to raise much needed funds for the Charitable Foundation, and you can help by supporting our sponsored rider, Nick Taylor, on his fundraising page here.

    Learn more about the Magic Weekend here.

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    Steve Collings Invited to Speak at Accountex 2023
    May 2023

    Accountex 2023 took place last month and Steve Collings was invited to speak at the event by Croner-i - sponsors of the 'Emerging Practice' Theatre. Steve was there as an expert on how accountants and auditors can benefit from online training, and offered advice and answered queries from other practices.

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    Supporting Charities by Sponsoring Ben Currie's Testimonial
    April 2023

    As co-sponsors of Ben Currie's Testimonial year, we're helping to spread awareness of events being held not only in celebration of Ben's career, but also to help raise money for the charities being supported through the Testimonial including: 

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    Congratulations to Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation Celebrating Their 18th Birthday!
    March 2023

    We’d like to take a moment to wish a very Happy 18th Birthday to the wonderful Warrington Wolves Foundation, a registered charity who specialise in changing lives through sport. On 17th March at the Halliwell Jones Stadium as part of a record Super League crowd, it was a pleasure to cheer on the Foundation and their projects, of which we’ve been Business Patron since 2019, and it was wonderful to see them receive such a warm reception from both home and away fans! For information about any of the Foundation’s work or for opportunities to get involved, please click here, and if you’re interested in becoming a Business Patron like us from as little as £50 per month, please email

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    Local Sports Team Produces National Talent!
    March 2023

    LWA have had a strong partnership with local Elite Ice Hockey League team, Manchester Storm for a number of years, and we just had to share the fantastic news that Captain Cam Critchlow was recently selected to play for Team GB at the 2023 Euro Challenge. Team GB won all 3 games during the tournament picking up wins against Japan, Poland and Romania - which is great preparation for the World Championships later this year. Congratulations to Cam!

    Photo credit: Dean Woolley

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    Success for LWA Sponsored Youth Football Team
    February 2023

    Congratulations to LWA-sponsored DJK Dülmen D1 team who have had success in the German Kreisliga (A) Ahaus-Coesfeld league table for the 2022-2023 season, receiving local newspaper coverage for their achievements so far this season. We are proud to say that the team includes 5 players (4 boys and 1 girl) that are signed to DFB Stützpunkt Selm team as they have all been identified as having special football talent and the potential to become professional footballers, and will be coached and mentored for the next 4 years. Watch this space!

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    LWA Proud to Support Brainwave
    January 2023

    We’re delighted to be supporting Brainwave again this year as our chosen charity. It’s important to all of us at LWA to give back to the community and we do this in a number of ways. If you are a charity or local community organisation and looking for support, we are happy to consider your request - send us an email to with details of your organisation and the support you are looking for. In the meantime, please visit the Brainwave website here and make a donation if you can.

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    Sponsoring the Warrington Business Awards
    Innovation Category

    The Warrington Business Awards are back and LWA are delighted to be sponsoring the Innovation category. Les Leavitt will also be a judge for the awards. As a firm, LWA are dedicated to the innovation and development of our business. The Innovation award is open to any organisation irrespective of size or sector. The judges will be looking for evidence of the introduction within the last two years of an innovative product, process, service or business method. Read more in our announcement here.

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    Hits Radio Cash for Kids Campaign
    £160 and lots of toys donated

    LWA has taken part in the Hits Radio Cash for Kids campaign collecting Christmas gifts and donations for less privileged children across the UK. Organised by Jo from our administration team, we have raised £160, and would like to thank everyone that has contributed. Jo will be taking this wonderful stash of presents to the Cash for Kids depot today!

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    Well done to Nickie and her family!
    Awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young

    Our Tax Manager, Nickie Antley-Slater, together with her family and friends, completed a 20 mile walk around Manchester raising awareness of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young following a diagnosis in one of Nickie's daughters' close friends a year ago of a rare condition he was not aware he had.

    The group were set off from Edgeley Park by Steve Bellis, club president of Stockport County, who brought the National League Trophy with him which was won by Stockport in May. Nickie and the team have managed to raise over £2,000 so far and the Just Giving page is still open below if you are able to donate. Visit their JustGiving page here.

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    Essential Guide Magazine - Changes to Capital Gains Tax for Divorce
    Read our article featured in the magazine

    The Office of Tax Simplification has recommended that the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rules on a divorce should be relaxed. The government has recently agreed to this, and draft legislation is to be included in the Finance Bill 2022-23, which will affect disposal taking place on or after 6th April 2023. Read the full article here.

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    Supporting youth football in Germany

    LWA have renewed our sponsorship of the youth football team DJK Dülmen G-Juroren over in Germany this season, as we're determined to maintain friendly relationships with our European neighbours even if our politicians aren’t! We wish the boys all the best in their upcoming matches in 2020.

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    LWA Spreading Joy This Christmas
    Supporting the Warrington Wolves Toy & Foodbank Appeal

    The LWA team are proud to have supported the Warrington Wolves Christmas Toy and Foodbank Appeal this year. Here are some of the first team players collecting LWA’s donations from Nickie Antley-Slater and Danielle Safhill in our Birchwood Park, Warrington office.

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    Co-sponsoring Stefan Ratchford's Testimonial Year
    21st January 2022

    LWA are delighted to be co-sponsoring Stefan Ratchford's testimonial year in 2022, which kicks off in just over a week with the pre-season match against Wigan Warriors. Steve has also taken the role of Treasurer for Stefan and if you would like to get involved in any sponsorship opportunities for future events, please call 01925 248 888 or email Stefan is raising awareness and money for the following charities throughout his testimonial.

    Joining Jack | Team Ted | Three Wishes | The Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation

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    Our Energy Crisis Article Featured in TWO Business Magazines
    Helping businesses save money

    LWA's recent article on How UK Businesses Can Tackle the Energy Crisis through tax reliefs as well as utilising our partnership with award-winning Connected Purchasing platform, Reducer, has been featured in two leading business publications across the north west - Business Connect Magazine AND Warrington Chamber of Commerce's Insight Magazine.

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    Helping with the Race against Hunger

    On Sunday 9th February, a team of staff from LWA will be joining The Rotary Club in St Helens to pack 60,000 meals in 4 hours, which will be distributed to vulnerable people across the world. You can find out more and / or donate to this cause here:

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    LWA headline sponsor at AFG Law 7th Charity Night

    LWA will once again be headline sponsors at AFG Law's annual charity night where there will be plenty of fun had, all to raise awareness and funds for three local charities: WHAG, Early Break, and Buddy Bag Foundation.

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    LWA to sponsor Manchester Storm & Team GB player Ciaran Long!

    We are are thrilled to announce our return as an official sponsor for the 20/21 Elite Series, sponsoring British forward, Ciaran Long, as he makes a return to Manchester Storm following a season with Belfast Giants. Les Leavitt, Managing Director at LWA comments “We’re thrilled to be supporting The Manchester Storm once again and looking forward to watching the team play, as we all get back to some normality. We wish Ciaran all the best for the upcoming series.

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    Racing ahead with Sami Bowler

    LWA sponsored Sami Bowler as she competed in the UK Mini S Cooper Challenge last season. She achieved 4 podium finishes and just missed out on 3rd place overall. Sami has recently been nominated for club racer of the year 2019 and British Women’s Racing Drivers Club GoldStar for 2020, and comments on the LWA sponsorship: "I've had an amazing year. Thank you for everything!"

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    LWA sponsor Wolves' 2020 Season Launch Gala

    We were absolutely delighted to sponsor the opening gala for the Warrington Wolves 2020 season on Tuesday 21st January. It was a great night meeting local businesses and fans at the event.

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    130 Years of Supporting Young People
    Celebrating with Merseyside Youth Association

    We are absolutely delighted to be continuing our sponsorship for the Merseyside Youth Association's 130th birthday celebrations that were due to take place in October 2020.
     Now in their 132nd year of changing young people’s lives, we are looking forward to attending the Gala Dinner this evening.

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    Bringing the Storm!

    As a south Manchester established firm, it’s important for LWA to build relationships with local clients and organisations, and we're pleased to announce we have renewed our sponsorship with Manchester Storm Ice Hockey team for the 2019/20 season. This is the third consecutive season we've come on board as sponsors, this time backing Canadian, Cody Thompson who signed with the club in 2019, and we're delighted to continue supporting our client Mike Morin, the club’s assistant coach. 

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    LWA sponsor AFG LAW Race the Sun challenge

    We’ve supported our client AFG LAW for a number of years, in their many charitable initiatives including annual Charity Nights raising awareness and funds for local charities. Our latest contribution was as main sponsors of the kit and equipment for a trio from the firm to complete a 50 mile cycle, a climb to the summit of Helvellyn, and a 3km row on Lake Thirlmere. This was all in aid of Action Medical Research – a charity that find cures and treatments for those that have been born prematurely. A whopping £2,300 was raised, with the team smashing the original target. You can read all about how Greg, Matt and Abbie accomplished the race in 9 hours 57 minutes as the fastest mixed male/female team by clicking here.

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    Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
    Massey House sponsor

    LWA have been part of the South Manchester community for 25 years, and many of our staff have started their careers with us from a young age. We are looking forward to the reciprocal opportunities and relationships that will be formed following our sponsorship of Massey House, part of the House System at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

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    Steve Completes Half Marathon for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA)
    11th December 2021

    On Saturday 11th December, our Director, Steve Collings completed a half marathon alongside a team organised by Martyn Clarke inspired by former rugby player and legend Rob Burrow MBE (diagnosed with MND), and to raise funds for the South Lancashire & West Yorkshire Branches of the MND Association. Steve is pictured above left with Martyn Greaves who was also on the team.

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    Helping to raise £25,000
    As Co-Sponsors of the Brainwave Ruby Ball

    It was our pleasure to co-sponsor the Brainwave Ruby Ball held at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa recently. A great time was had by our team and a fantastic £25,000 was raised on the night which will go towards a Speech and Language role for this wonderful local charity that LWA are proud to have supported for a number of years. If you would like to get involved with the charity, please email Brainwave's Fundraising Manager

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    Business Connect Magazine

    We regularly write articles with vital information for the Greater Manchester Business community, in a widely recognised publication – GM Business Connect. You can find our latest article by clicking here:

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    WBEx Women in Business

    We were proud to be one of the main sponsors at a special Women in Business event organised by Warrington Business Exchange in September 2019. Our Tax Manager, Nickie Antley-Slater represented the firm alongside Trainee Accountant, Teigan Risley. There was great food, strong debate and fantastic company catching up with well-known faces from the Warrington business community, as well as meeting some new contacts whom we will be working with in the future.

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    LWA Stadium Barriers on Display
    For the 2021 Rugby League World Cup

    We were honoured to have had our branded stadium barrier banners present at the Halliwell Jones stadium recently, as the Warrington Wolves home ground welcomed the Papua New Guinea team. The PNG Kumuls will be based in Warrington for the 2021 RLWC (Rugby League World Cup) which will be held between October 15th and November 19th. We love this photo of the Papua New Guinea flag draped over one of our barriers!! Good luck to all the teams involved.

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    The Essential Guide Culcheth, Croft & Winwick Park

    For tax issues affecting businesses and individuals, LWA write a column in The Essential Guide magazine, showing how you can save on your personal and/or corporate tax bill through reliefs and allowances. For the latest article, please click here.

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    We're behind the Mike Cooper Testimonial Match

    The Rugby Football League awarded Warrington Wolves and England international, Mike Cooper, a well-deserved testimonial in recognition of his illustrious career, good character and service to the community both within and around Rugby League, and we were honoured to be one of the sponsors for the team kit on Thursday 23rd January against Salford Red Devils!!

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    LWA Co-Sponsor Warrington Business Conference
    World Class Warrington

    Members of the LWA team were thrilled to be part of the 2022 World-Class Warrington Business Conference earlier this month, with keynote speeches from Bill Esterson, Shadow Minister, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS); Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden; and heads from the region's businesses.
     Steve, Nickie and Teigan went along to represent our firm and to network with companies from across the North West, and Steve was interviewed on his thoughts about Warrington and the growth opportunities the town offers.

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    Steve Collings & IRIS team up for UK seminars

    We’ve teamed up with IRIS Software, and our very own Audit & Technical expert Steve Collings will presenting a series of CPD events across the country on the latest Financial Reporting Standards (FRS). Click here to book your place and to take advantage of the early bird offer of £159 if booking before 31st January:

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    A Donation of £100 to Trafford Council
    Helping Young People Leaving Care

    Pictured here is Jo from our office presenting a £100 voucher donation to Mark Bailey from Trafford Council which will go towards giving a little magic this Christmas to care leavers - young people who due to difficult childhoods have been unable to live with their biological families, growing up in children’s homes, residential schools and with foster carers. Trafford Leaving Care Services want to be able to offer these young people a small gift or a chocolate selection box to show them they are important and cared for.

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    Awards success for LWA and our clients
    Plus congratulations to the finalists in our sponsored category

    LWA co-sponsored the recent Warrington Business Awards (Innovation category) and would like to congratulate all the finalists including, Holiferm, HaulageHub and Quantum Science Ltd. Our client Siobhan McCarroll from Dunky's Day Nurseries was shortlisted for THREE awards - a fantastic achievement. Congratulations also to our very own Steve Collings, who was shortlisted as Business Man of the Year!! Steve has had an incredible 12 months (as part of an inspiring career so far!) including being treasurer for Stefan Ratchford’s testimonial, and having another book published by Bloomsbury Professional - all whilst doing an amazing job as Co-Director of LWA. We all enjoyed the awards evening, including Steve who got his picture taken with Sue Johnston OBE.

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    Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation

    In 2019 we became official Business Patrons of Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation having already supported the cause throughout 2018 with events such as inviting less able children who love rugby, to meet the 1stteam players and watch the game as special hospitality guests.

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    LWA team support the homeless

    On Boxing Day, our Client Digital & Accounts Support Bradley, along with his family members, handed out warm clothing, footwear, sleeping bags, food etc. to the homeless. Many LWA clients, contacts and staff members donated spare items for Bradley to take along dropping off at either our Sale or Birchwood Park offices.