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Hugh Swainson - Director.

Hugh joined Buzzacott in 2003 and is a Director in the Charity and Not-for-Profit team.

Hugh specialises in audit and advisory services, with a particular interest in social enterprise and applying the innovation seen in these organisations to the wider charitable sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the sector, Hugh works for a range of clients on international audits including expanding start-ups and also NGOs with established international networks. He is well-equipped to support clients that are developing their international networks, financial controls and reporting environments.

Hugh is also a keen advocate of reporting social value, looking at the way charities record their social value creation (or impact), including Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodologies, and linking social value creation to social finance.

Outside of work, Hugh assists on a programme for young social entrepreneurs, which has included the delivery of finance workshops, reviewing business forecasting and helping entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas. 

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Work 1-to-1 with our charity sector experts and talk to someone who understands how to approach an audit, right down to the smallest details.

You want a streamlined audit process that doesn’t get in the way of your day-to-day. With us, you get crystal clear communication and realistic timetables, so you know when milestones are due and how to meet them. And because our service focuses on the key areas of your organisation, we won’t take up more of your time than strictly necessary.

During our audits we offer detailed feedback on your systems and controls – feedback you can act on because it’s designed to suit and add lasting value to your organisation.

As well as external/statutory audit, our assurance services include:

  • Independent examinations
  • Funder audits
  • Assurance and internal compliance
  • Due diligence assignments
  • HR audits
  • Grant audits

You’re our speciality

We audit charities like yours across the UK and globally, so we bring plenty of relevant experience to help everything run smoothly. And our people tend to stay with us, so you’ll often see familiar faces whose understanding of your situation grows every year.

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