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Trade Secrets Training: accounting for creatives

9 February, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


No, not creative accounting. This is the third of our Trade Secrets training sessions, and it’s scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, 9th February 2016.

Save the date now. Book the course now. It’s sure to get busy, once everyone realises how much better off they can be with a bit of accounting savvy.

The workshop is being run by a chartered accountant who has a lifetime of specialist experience working for artists, writers and other expressive types. She knows everything you need to know about freelancing, limited companies, expenses, tax, VAT and HMRC. But all through the prism of the creative career.

Is a walking tour of the Lake District just as valid a business expense for a poet as a visit to a factory by a businessman? Hmm. More details later.

When: 2.30pm–5pm Tuesday, 9th February 2016

Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

Fee: a lowly £150 if you’re a member of 26 (if not, all you need to do is join).

Your call to action: email training coordinator Rachel Marshall. She’ll tell you what you need to do in order to secure your place. If you’re not already a member, join 26 – it’s only £26 a year.

After this training session, you’ll have a better understanding of:

  • the different types of taxes (income tax, VAT, corporation tax…)
  • the ins and outs of self-employed vs incorporation
  • expenses to claim for self-employed individuals and companies
  • record-keeping for accounts
  • the workings of the tax system

About Christine Styrnau:

For more than 30 years, Christine has worked with accountancy practice Valentine Ellis & Co (est. 1958) specialising in working for creatives. She became partner 20 years ago and now runs the practice as sole trader. Christine has extensive knowledge on tax law and finance relating to artists, creative individuals and companies. She is Treasurer of The London Group, and acts on behalf of many London Group members, practising artists, Turner prize nominees, RAs and academics. She has several accountancy qualifications, a degree in art history, and an ongoing engagement with the arts, from book launches to Biennales.



9 February, 2016
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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