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Posted 03/07/2015


The organisation behind the Royal International Air Tattoo has appointed the Cheltenham office of national audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill to provide audit, tax, advisory and VAT advice.

The RAF Charitable Trust and its trading company, RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, were established in 2005.The primary activity of the company is staging the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire – the world’s largest military airshow – which this year takes place on July 17-19.

It also organises a prestigious annual tour by the Bands of the Royal Air Force and provides an aviation consultancy service to event organisers around the UK.

RAFCT is one of the members of the RAF family of charities and is chaired by Air Marshall Sir Kevin Leeson. Its objects are to promote the Royal Air Force, support its people and encourage a spirit of air mindedness in young people.

Since it was set up ten years ago, RAFCT has handed out £2.74 million in grants, with the largest proportion going to the Air Cadet Organisation to support a wide range of initiatives and projects.

RAFCT finance director Steve Gunyon said that during the in-depth competitive evaluation process, he was impressed with Crowe Clark Whitehill’s clear grasp of the specific issues faced by the trading company and its parent charity, as well as the potential solutions they brought to the table.

He said: “We have ambitious and exciting plans to grow and develop significantly both our operating business and the charity.

“To have found a professional partner who understood both activities, and would be there on a day-to-day basis to help us minimise the risk in delivering those plans, was strategically vital.

“Having now completed our first audit three months earlier than in the past, alongside successfully working together on several non-audit topics, it already feels like we’ve built the team. It’s a real pleasure to be able to say ‘Well done!” to them.”

Guy Biggin, partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill, said: “Everyone knows the Royal International Air Tattoo, but few will be aware of the hard work and planning that goes on behind it.

“To be part of that team and the process is really rewarding and we are extremely pleased to have been appointed.”

Nationally, Crowe Clark Whitehill has one of the largest audit, tax and advisory teams for not-for-profit client and has a recognised expertise in this sector.

The Cheltenham office acts for a growing number of nationally recognised charities and NFP organisations in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

 Guy Biggin            

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