Square Chapel appoints accountancy firm ahead of expansion

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Halifax performing arts charity Square Chapel Trust has appointed York and Leeds-based accountancy firm Garbutt + Elliott as it prepares to reopen its newly expanded facility in 2017.

As part of the appointment, Garbutt + Elliott will prepare and audit the charity’s accounts in order for it to produce its annual report. Nigel Shaw, charities partner at Garbutt + Elliott, will manage the service with partner Alan Sidebottom signing off the audit.

The appointment comes at a significant time for Square Chapel Trust, as it prepares to reopen following the significant expansion of the organisation’s Halifax premises – Square Chapel Centre for the Arts. The Trust’s Centre for the Arts is set to double in size and will have two entrances, and direct access to the famous Piece Hall in Halifax, increasing the centre’s visibility and allowing the charity to offer an expanded programme of film, theatre, comedy and more.

Commenting on the appointment, Square Chapel Trust finance manager Mike Chapman said: “For us, after many years with the same auditors, 2015 was the perfect year to seek out a new company and we were delighted to receive Garbutt + Elliot’s bid. We had previously had dealings with the firm in the area of VAT so we were confident that we would receive the same high-quality level of service.

“As we approach the conclusion of our first audit with Garbutt + Elliott and the issuing of our March 2016 statutory accounts, I feel that both parties are pleased that we are working together. Square Chapel’s future business model is unrecognisable from anything that has gone before and moving forward with Garbutt + Elliott gives us the reassurance that we will have the very best level of support available to us.”