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Acquisitions & Mergers

There are several scenarios where you might wish to attain a business enterprise. Whatever the situation, Plus 1 Group can remove the stress from the process and maximise the opportunity for you.

Whether you are considering buying a business or merging with another business, we have the experience and expertise you require. Are you getting a good deal? Is the business right for you? Can you afford it? Have all avenues for future growth been investigated? We ask the right questions, and find the required answers.

The services we provide cover every stage of the process - From identifying potential acquisitions and negotiating the commercial elements of the transaction to forecasting the future of the business. Our services include:

  • A review of your goals and objectives
  • Due diligence services
  • Preparation of financial forecasts
  • Advice on the potential pitfalls and rewards involved in a merger
  • Assistance with purchase negotiations
  • Advice on financing
  • Assistance with preparing a business plan

Drawing on the skills of professionals reduces your chances of purchasing an unsuitable business. Let Plus 1 Group show you how our experience can save you stress and provide you with the great opportunity a business acquisition or merger can be!



Charitable Trusts

Charitable trusts are set up to hold money or assets and carry out activities for the benefit of the community. Five main types of charitable trusts exist in Australia:

  • Australian charitable trust
  • General charitable trust
  • Prescribed charitable trust
  • Deductible gift recipient
  • Prescribed private fund

Each type of charitable trust brings with it different requirements and benefits. At Plus 1 Group we know the practicalities of the charitable trusts and so are able to assist you by:

  • Preparing the trust deed
  • Applying to the ATO for an ABN
  • Organising tax exemptions where applicable

Most importantly, our experience enables us to ensure your trust is used to effectively reach your charitable goals.



Company Secretary

Company legislation requires businesses to perform several administration tasks that take up a lot of valuable company time. The last thing you need as a business owner is to be stressed out trying to ensure you comply with the Corporations Law. The possible threat of penalties for failing to keep up with the changing rules is too great a risk to take.

At Plus 1 Group we can relieve this burden for you. Our services include:

  • General advice on company law
  • Company formations
  • Filing annual returns on your behalf
  • Preparing all documentation related to minutes and resolutions
  • Maintaining statutory books
  • Assistance with changes of directors, shareholders, addresses, and office details
  • Bonus issues
  • Share transfers
  • Registered office facility

Please contact us for further information on how we can help you get back to running your business.



Estate Planning

As unpleasant as the task is, estate planning is one of the necessities of life. Knowing your hard-earned assets will be dealt with in the manner you choose provides peace of mind.

For business owners, a plan for succession of ownership is essential. We can guide you through the process of providing for business continuity.

The executor and trustee of a will are required to perform a number of duties. At Plus 1 Group we are experienced in estate planning and can guarantee no deviation from the succession plan for your assets.

The areas in estate administration that we can assist with include:

  • Meeting to discuss objectives for your estate
  • Confirming assets - Valuations, inventories, and appraisals
  • Court approval for a grant of administration
  • Documentation involved in estate planning
  • Protecting the assets
  • Paying taxes and debts
  • Estate distribution



Farm Accounting

Farming is a specialist business, having unique practices and conventions, making it unlike other commercial enterprises. At Plus 1 Group we recognize that to you farming is not only a business, but a way of life. As such, our approach to you needs tailoring to meet your individual circumstances.

By listening to and understanding your needs and hopes, we develop a working method that centres around a mutual relationship of trust and commitment. We want you to know that your accounting and tax affairs are in order and that you can call on us for whatever additional support you may need.

Our offices in the heart of the Goulburn Valley (Victoria's Fruit Bowl) farming community provide a comprehensive range of agricultural accounting and taxation services that will give you the confidence to develop your business.

Our services include:

  • Farm budgeting and cash flows
  • Farm sales and purchases
  • Farm accounting software packages
  • Ownership structures
  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Taxation
  • Seasonal Planning
  • Succession Planning



Forensic

Forensic accounting is the use of accounting techniques to assess the financial implications of legal disputes. In a dispute over money it is imperative to obtain accurate, timely advice.

At Plus 1 Group we offer assistance in legal disputes to swiftly make those headaches over money disappear. Often with our intervention the dispute can be settled without a court case. However, in the event that a court case is required, we can provide the information and documentation required for your case, and act as an expert witness in court. 

All our specialists possess a sound understanding of legal concepts and procedures and have years of relevant experience. They are ready and able to guide you through the treacherous territory of the legal industry!



Human Resources

Your most valuable asset is your staff. In recognition of this, and in line with our aim to help you make the most of your business, we provide an HR consulting service. By providing you with the best HR team, we guide you into getting the best out of your team.

We can assist in the following key areas:

  • Employment Relations:
    • Advice on employment agreements, employment legislation, and employee policies and procedures
  • Health and Safety:
    • Assistance with implementing systems to ensure compliance with legislation
    • Training on health and safety
  • Recruitment and Selection:
    • Assistance with advertising for employees
    • Shortlisting and interviewing
    • Reference checking
    • Psychometric testing
  • Remuneration:
    • Support in administering the payroll
    • Advice on remuneration levels
    • Guidance with incentive and bonus schemes
  • Performance Management:
    • Assistance in identifying performance measurement criteria
    • Training on carrying out performance appraisals
    • Guidance for managers in dealing with non-performance problems
  • Strategic HR:
    • Aligning HR strategies with business objectives to ensure the development of a team drives the improvement of business performance
  • Team Building:
    • Implementing personality tests to aid resolution of communication problems
    • Team building workshops
  • Change Management:
    • Implementing plans to achieve change in the workplace
    • Training managers to guide their team throughout the transition phase
    • Counseling, interview coaching, and other outplacement services



Information Technology

We live in a computerised age where technology enables us to enhance a wide variety of business processes. Using software and hardware effectively can provide enormous benefit to your business.

Here at Plus 1 Group Accountants we have embraced computerised systems, ensuring our experienced, trained professionals can:

  • Discuss the best system to further enhance and develop your business
  • Install and configure software to suit your purposes
  • Install and configure hardware to suit your purposes
  • Recommend processes to make your computer system more secure
  • Train clients to be self-sufficient users of a range of software applications
  • Remove viruses and unwanted software
  • Maintain your computer so it's free of viruses and unwanted software

Whether you are thinking about obtaining new computer hardware or looking at completely changing your business systems, our team is willing and able to assist you.



Insolvency

The key to avoiding insolvency is to seek professional help as soon as the first signs of difficulty appear. The experienced professionals at Plus 1 Group can assist in identifying problem areas and suggest solutions to improve the position of the company. Timely, expert advice could save your business from liquidation or receivership.

Receivership entails someone being appointed to raise funds within the company to repay a financier. Liquidation becomes necessary when so many of the company assets are sold that it cannot continue its daily business. A liquidator disposes of all the company assets, repays the creditors, and the company ceases to exist.

In the event that liquidation or receivership is necessary, Plus 1 Group has the required experience and skills to assist. If your business is struggling under financial and operational difficulties, proactive and insightful action is vital to avoid, or at least minimise, the ramifications. Contact us today for an appointment and expert advice to assist with your situation.



Orchard Accounting

The Orchard industry.

Running a successful orchard, Cool Store or a packing house operation is not just about growing and packing fruit.

Here at Plus 1 Group we know what it takes to grow quality fruit, we understand the seasonal conditions faced by growers. With our experience in the industry we can help growers to identify production cost's, cost savings in the farming operation and advise on future orchard management and planning to achieve a better long term financial outcome.

We can also help to identify and prepare applications for any fruit industry grant's available.

Running a cool store and Packing House Facility is the natural progression from growing fruit. Plus 1 Group can provide advice on planning and managing the financial aspect of any upgrades to Cool Room and Packing House facilities.

We can also provide advice on identifying inefficiencies and managing the cost of operations.



Rental Property

At Plus 1 Group we have the expertise required to assist you in a variety of areas relating to residential and commercial property.

The services we offer include:

  • Advice on purchasing a property
  • Reviews of lease agreements
  • Advice on funding
  • Guidance in tax minimisation
  • Advice on ownership structure
  • Periodic reviews to ensure returns are maximised

The importance of forecasts in making a residential investment cannot be emphasised enough. We can provide you with forecasts for:

  • Revenue returns
  • Financial position
  • Potential growth

Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you in the business of rental properties!



Selling a Business

Selling a business can be a difficult, disheartening time and the tasks involved can seem particularly arduous. At Plus 1 Group we take the unwanted burden from you.

The services we provide for preparing to sell a business include:

  • Obtaining comparative results
  • Establishing a realistic sale price
  • Taking the business to the market
  • Negotiating with potential purchasers
  • Drafting a contract

Our friendly, professional team will help you obtain a maximum return for your business.



Succession Planning

To ensure the long-term success of your business, it is critical to establish a well-designed succession plan. Coordinating the transition of your business to your successors can be an arduous process. However, with our years of experience we can address the complex issues of business continuation, removing the stress from your shoulders.

Contact us for more information on forming a plan that facilitates a hassle-free continuation of your business!



Trusts

A trust provides a valuable way to protect the assets you have accumulated for the benefit of others. Our extensive experience with trusts enables us to offer specialist advice on trust formation and ensures all statutory requirements are met. Obligations for trustees can often be onerous, and our assistance in trust administration can prove invaluable.

We can assist with:

  • Preparing and executing the vital documentation required for trust formation
  • Attending to the special requirements involved in reporting for trusts
  • Completing the trust administration:
    • Minute-keeping service
    • Annual accounts
    • Taxation
    • Asset management
    • Investment monitoring
    • Income distribution

Contact us today to ensure your trust is formed and administered as effectively as possible, covering all legal requirements and guaranteed to fulfill its purpose!



Valuations

Am I getting the best price for the sale of my business? Is the asking price too much? An independent valuation provides you with answers to the questions you often need to ask about the value of a business or property.
We are trained and experienced in business valuations and can provide you with simple guidelines and formulae to determine the value of your business or property. We can also appear in court or for arbitration as expert witnesses in relation to business valuations.

Choose Plus 1 Group for a professional, accurate valuation service.



Transport Industry

Transport Accounting

Plus 1 Group Accountants are well aware of the difficulties facing the transport industry today, from reduced profit margins, to increasing staff costs and fuel prices. The industry is rapidly changing, and business owners need to have a transport accounting team that is proactive and in tune with these changes.

Transport Consulting, Transport Advice

Plus 1 Group offers various transport consulting services to the transport industry. These services include assisting in financing arrangement, costings and budgets, preparation of fuel tax credit back claims for auxiliary equipment and off-road travel, as well as all of the other everyday issues facing the transport industry. Our transport consultancy services are built upon our specialisation in providing transport accounting services to clients across both Victoria and Australia.

Contact our transport industry specialists to discuss your business and your financial needs.