Why the Orkney Islands? Why Scotland? MGI Worldwide’s Ivan Houston talks about renewable energy expertise and the Scottish tax system

23rd June 2021

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Recent new members Scholes Chartered Accountants based in the Orkney Islands and Edinburgh, Scotland are a passionate and ambitious firm constantly exploring new ways to help and assist their clients with all their accounting, tax and advisory needs in Scotland and elsewhere across the UK & Ireland.

The Firm enjoys the challenge of trying to innovate and respond to changing expectations and developments in the business world and they love working with entrepreneurial businesses and dynamic business people, particularly those who are thinking more internationally.

Renewable energy expertise

With over 300 jobs related to renewables, over 700 individual energy generators and technology investors, and 12 large scale wind turbines, Orkney is known for its renewable energy expertise.

“Orkney is an important national and international hub for renewable energy development, with a wave and tidal energy device testing base and connections with developers from across the globe, who travel to Orkney to develop and test their renewable energy devices in Orkney’s waters.”

Ivan Houston, Director at Scholes

Although Scotland is part of the UK, the devolved Scottish tax system means that some of the tax laws work quite differently to the rest of the UK.  Scholes Chartered Accountants can help with supporting clients who are not overly familiar with the system – particularly in relation to property transactions and income tax.

Listen to this brief video message from Ivan Houston:

Why Scholes Chartered Accountants chose to join MGI Worldwide?

Joining MGI Worldwide was an obvious choice for new members Scholes Chartered Accountants to support their growing clients, particularly those looking internationally, and to explore future collaboration possibilities with other like-minded professionals across the global accounting network in the UK & Ireland, across Europe and internationally.

Scholes Chartered Accountants looks at relationships for the long term, having formed as a family business some 50 years ago – Karen Scholes, whose father founded the business, still leads the firm alongside the firms’ other partner, Ivan Houston.

To find out more about Scholes Chartered Accountants., visit their member profile page here or their firm website here.

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