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Taxation Awards 2014

The week of the Taxation Awards 2014 finally arrived and once again BLT were very proud to be sponsoring the VAT team of the year award at the event.

The three teams shortlisted for 2014 were:

  • Francis Clark
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Thomson Reuters Indirect Tax Research

BLT would like to congratulate all three of the firms for making the shortlist and also the worthy winner. The BLT Indirect Tax team were out in force with Liz, Guy, Emma and Tom all in attendance!

BREAKFAST SEMINAR- ‘Brand You’ by Cliff Findlay

Business has changed. Every marketplace is now more competitive than ever before. To win new business you need to be different and say something that stands out. If you don’t then you make yourself like everyone else and the client can only choose through price or personal preference, neither of which are good scalable sales processes.

Cliff Findlay, author of the book ‘Why You’, founder of Tribe160 (a peer to peer network) and MD of Latitude Solutions (a B2B specific marketing company),  gave us a no-holds-barred session on how we should start to think about our businesses-  and even ourselves –  as a brand,  and create our own niche.

BREAKFAST SEMINAR – Speaker; James Eder, Founder & Head of New Business, The Beans Group,

James Eder has created and built up Student Beans from just an idea to a nationally recognised brand across university campuses in the UK. James shared his story of setting up a website with his brother in 2005 when he was just 22, branching out from .com to cookbook and beyond and how the business (now called The Beans Group) won Digital Business of the Year 2013, set up Voxburner, a youth insights consultancy and grew to a team of over 40 employees.

James gave us tangible ideas and examples of what we can do to make a difference and how a bit of innovation can go a long way.


BLT at the MCA Awards 2014

The management consultancy team was once again present at the Management Consultancies Association Awards Ceremony this year, sponsoring the ‘Change Management in the Private Sector’ award. Congratulations go to all the finalists in this category and in particular Boxwood with the Guardian News and Media (highly recommended) and PwC with URENCO UK – the winners of the award.



Change for Growth – BLT Breakfast Briefing – Wednesday 14th May

As the economic recovery continues, businesses are investing for growth. But how do organisations promote innovation and improve performance?

Professor Vlatka Hupic of Westminster University and London Business School offered insights into how companies can identify the bottlenecks preventing growth and innovation, uncover their hidden strengths, and implement new management practices for sustainable success.

Her latest book on management will be published later in the year. 

Indirect Tax Market Report – NOW AVAILABLE

We’re delighted to announce the publication of BLT’s Indirect Tax Market Report 2014; we do hope you find the report informative and a useful reference point.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who completed the survey that was distributed widely to the Indirect Tax population at the end of 2013. The published information is drawn from the results of this survey, reference to recent BLT placements and conversations with key players in the Indirect Tax world.

To receive your copy please contact us on 020 7405 3404 or


BLT were once again proud sponsors of the “Best VAT Team” award at the LexisNexis Taxation Awards 2014.

The LexisNexis Taxation Awards are the gold standard of excellence in the UK tax industry. They made their debut in 2001 and quickly grew to become a major annual event. BLT have sponsored the Best VAT Team awards since their inception in 2001.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Thursday 22nd May at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London. Each year’s prize-giving is attended by around 700 guests, a lucky few of whom take home gongs that are much sought-after by tax professionals throughout the country.

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