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Left school in 1963 and went straight into an accountancy practice. He began his accountancy training as a mature student on reaching the age of 21 and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1975.
Much of the early background was in auditing and he held a Registered Audit certificate for 25 years, before concluding that it was not cost effective for small practices to continue auditing. After returning his audit certificate Mr. Hoppen has held an ACCA Practising Certificate (non-audit).
Mr. Hoppen accountancy background includes:
- Experience of private practice, commerce, industry, the charity sector and the educational sector gives a global range.
- Client experience has ranged from the small individual to dare we say, royalty. From the small sole trader, to partnerships, and from the limited company to the PLC.
His most enjoyable project was while as a Financial Controller of a legal practice and spending 6 months on the computerisation of the practice. This entailed a notable recommendation, whereby a $50-70,000 computer system would provide a guaranteed cost benefit of £150,000 with a potential further saving of £250,000 per year.
In 1994 Laurence obtained a teaching qualification, which was updated and upgraded to a masters degree in 2015, hence the expertise in training and development. The degree entailed preparing a 5,000 document titled “Ethics within Accountancy” and is going to be published soon! A book on Business Ethics is being prepared as is one on V.A.T. for small and medium sized businesses. Since Brexit, the book on V.A.T. is on hold, pending substantial hoped for changes, once Brexit has been completed.
Personal interests include a love of football, with a special interest in football finances!
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